Vanilla’s Catch-Up Log!

Well Salties…  the year is almost half over, and I’ve completely neglected my 2015 goal of posting my training logs timely.  The intent is there, but time has gotten the best of me.  To get caught up, I’m borrowing the format the Clove used in her recent Badwater Training Log (thanks, Clove).  I’m hopeful to get back on the posting wagon very soon!  Here are some of my training highlights more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-3-15 to 5-9-15

Catching up on another week in May! 5/3:  Colorado Half Marathon. Decided to run a half about an hour north from my house.  I ran a 1:35–first in my AG.  I felt OK, and being that most of the course was downhill, I was hoping to go a little faster.  But… it was 2 weeks after New Orleans, and I barely slept the night before.  I had to wake up at more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-19-15 to 4-25-15

Sunday, April 19th was the New Orleans 70.3.  I had been focused on this race for a few months, and I was excited to race at sea level (below sea level).  I was a little nervous since I hadn’t swam in open water since November + the first race of the year (regardless of the sport) is always doubtful for me. The forecast called for downpours of rain, so we more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-12-15 to 4-18-15

Here is my training log leading up to the New Orleans 70.3. 4/12:  Easy 34 mile ride, followed by easy 4 mile run.  Windy on the bike at the end. 4/13:  Rest 4/14:  4.1 miles with my running group–helped coach the workout. 4/15:  TRACK!!!  Met my friend/co-worker, Erin, for a short track session before her Boston and my New Orleans.  She had 8 x 400, and I had 6 x more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 4-5-15 to 4-11-15

Last hard week before the New Orleans 70.3!  Doubts and uncertainty are starting to set in, but I’m also ready for it to be over with. 4/5:  48 miles on the bike.  It was awful.  I had no cadence, and I just felt off.  I couldn’t wait for the ride to be over with!  6 easy miles in the evening before a big Easter dinner. 4/6:  Rest day.  Went to more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-29-15 to 4-4-15

Birthday week training log!!! 3/29:  55+ on the bike with my friend, Eddie.  A little chilly and windy at times. 3/30:  Super easy 3.7 miles at lunch. Weights in the evening. 3/31:  About 7 miles in the evening with my run group.  Coached a 25 minute tempo workout. 4/1:  My Birthday!!!  I took the day off from work to relax and have my own schedule.  First, I ran 8 miles more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-22-15 to 3-28-15

Hello Salties!  What happened?  I have fallen off the training log wagon again, and it happened without warning.  Here’s my attempt to catch up! 3/22: Double brick of 20 mile ride/3 mile run.  It was pretty chilly, so I opted to do the workout inside.  First ride of 20 miles was just over 18 mph and felt fairly easy.  Run after was 3 miles in 22:56 with just about 3 minutes more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-15-14 to 3-21-14

Well…it’s happened again… I’ve fallen behind with my training logs!  Ugh!  Better later than never, right?  This week was a real confidence booster since I hit 3 milestones in my training:  50+ mile ride, sub 20:00 for 3 miles and 3,000m swim.  My race is coming up quickly! 3/15:  52+ on the bike with my friend, Eddie.  It was 75 and sunny with NO wind!  This ride made me remember more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-8-15 to 3-14-15

Spring is my favorite season.  I love watching the flowers bloom, and I love that the days get longer.  I do not, however, enjoy the time change.  It has always messed with me, and it takes me about a week to acclimate.  But, I always tell myself that it’s worth it. 3/8:  4 miles pretty easy, then I met my friend, Eddie, for an easy ride of just over 32 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 3-1-15 to 3-7-15

It’s March already!  Time for spring!  Time for March Madness–both in basketball and in training.  This is the month to really start focusing on the New Orleans 70.3 in April! 3/1:  Still pretty cold outside, so indoors was the only option.  25 miles on the trainer + 15 miles at race pace.  It was challenging, but I got through it.  I tried not to freak out at the stats as more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-22-15 to 2-28-15

Winter hit us hard this week in Colorado! 2/22:  33.7 miles on the trainer followed by 3 miles.  Tried out my new snowshoes for 30 minutes on the trails.  What a great workout! 2/23:  Weights then easy 3 miles.  1,850m swim in the evening. 2/24:  Super tired in the morning, so I slept in.  4.5 miles with my run group in the evening.  It was a hill workout called dice more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-15-15 to 2-21-15

Winter finally made it to Colorado this week!  I guess we were jealous of the entire  country, so we needed our share of snow! 2/15:  Easy 8.3 miles.  Left the house with bright sunshine and blue skies, and after about 45 minutes later, I could just see the clouds rolling over the mountains.  By the time I reached the last mile, snow flurries started.  Colorado weather changes so quickly! 2/16:  President’s more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-8-15 to 2-14-15

2/8:  60 + degrees, but the winds were over 30 mph, and there was no way I could ride outside.  So, I stayed put on the trainer with the intentions of riding 30.  After 20 miles, I had no tension on my back wheel, and I realized my tire was flat.  I stopped to put air in it and was able to ride another 10 miles with 5 x 90 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 2-1-15 to 2-7-15

Happy February! 2/1:  27+ miles on the trainer around 18 mph, followed by 4 mile run! 2/2:  Lift in the morning.  4.7 miles early afternoon.  Sunny and 55, but lots of puddles from the melting snow over the weekend. 2/3:  Workout fail!  Planned 2mins, 4mins x 4, but it was clear during the warm-up that my body wanted nothing of it.  Got through 1 set, then called it at 3 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 1-25-15 to 1-31-15

I had high hopes for training this week, but my immune system had different plans.  I caught some of the nasty stuff going around.  Ugh! 1/25: 7 miles in 55 minutes.  It was nice enough to ride outside, so I headed out, but I underestimated the wind.  There were times I felt like I was riding right into a wall.  I barely managed 15 mph.  I felt tired, and I’m more » Read more