Well, it’s about 10 weeks until Ironman, and these next 4-6 weeks are tough with some very challenging workouts, both physically and mentally. Two out of the five key workouts in my plan were this week, and fortunately, I got through them. I also did a sprint race on Sunday which was a lot of fun. I can tell that my activity levels are increasing because my appetite is out of control. When I go to bed at night, I sleep soundly through the night. Last Wednesday morning, I woke up in a complete daze and had no clue why I was awake, what day it was or why my alarm went off!
Sunday: Divas triathlon, which was all women’s only event consisting of a 1/2 mile swim, 12miles less on the bike and a 5k run. I swam decent, but I need to continue to get more aggressive in the water and not be afraid to guard my space. The bike was 3 loops, which was fast and flat, but somewhat congested. The run was out/back with the 2013 Colorado Firefighters’ Calendar Models providing water and great scenery (lol) at the turn around. I felt great on the run, but I got passed by a 39- year old going uphill. She charged that hill, and when we got to the flats, I started catching her at 2.5 miles. If only the run was 4-5 miles… Overall, I was 17th, but 6th in my age group, out of 550 women.
Monday: 10.45 miles keeping just under goal marathon pace, then weights/core in the evening.
Tuesday: 9 miles back/forth to work.
Wednesday: 8.55 miles at the track as part of coaching/pacing. Weights/core in the evening.
Thursday: 21 miles on the bike; super easy 7 miles back/forth to work.
Friday: 70 minutes continuous in the pool. This is a key workout to practice the mental aspect of a long swim. You can do any stroke, and go as slow as possible, just no stopping. I have no idea how many laps I did. I just kept telling myself, don’t look at your watch. I succeeded and didn’t look at my watch until 48:30. It seemed to go quick, but boy was I hungry all day. Swimming spikes up my appetite!
Saturday: This was another key workout: 30 mile ride, 30 minute run, repeat 3 times. This is as much of a mental workout than it is physical. There’s a 30 mile loop starting at our house, so that was convenient, and I ran my favorite 3+ loop. Overall, I felt good and kept hydrating taking in calories. It was over 90 when I finished! the last 8 miles on the bike were mentally tough since I had to go uphill, there was a slight headwind. The run was fine except for the last 5 minutes. I had to stop at a corner and wait for a stop light, and I got a little dizzy when starting back up. I had to back off, but I was able to finish the run. I admit, the last part of this workout really had me feeling some doubts, but then again, this is the stuff that happens in training. Total mileage on the bike was 90 with over 10 miles of running. And the funny thing was, all I wanted was to drink Coke and then some chocolate milk.
Running: 51 miles
Biking: 123 miles
Swimming: 750 yards + 70 minutes
Weight Training: 2+ hours