One week! One week! One week! That’s it. After signing up for Ironman Florida nearly a year ago, race day is almost here. It’s hard to believe that it’s time. It’s hard to believe that I have put in so many hours, logged so many miles and have eaten a ton of calories. I am tired, ready, nervous, excited and the list of emotions continues.
I’ve skipped a few week’s worth of training logs since time seems to be working against me. I started my taper on the 19th, two weeks before the race. I’ve been focusing on getting to bed early and listening to my body. I also went on the ‘wagon’ and won’t treat myself to any adult beverages until after I cross that finish line. Here is my final week of training before the race:
Sunday: 31 miles, 4 miles brick. Finished up right before a rain/snow mix that made for a damp and cool Sunday.
Monday: 30 minutes of core/weights in the morning; 1,800 swim in the evening.
Tuesday: 4 miles. That’s it. Felt like 20. My body felt the taper. I felt tired and sore. Got my bike tuned-up and cleaned for its showing on November 2nd. Went to bed around 9:30.
Wednesday: Super easy 5 miles with friends before sunrise. 30 minutes of core/weights/stretching/rolling after.
Thursday: Rest Day! Ahhhhh! My mind didn’t go stir crazy, and my legs felt rested. Dropped off my bike to get shipped to Florida–this is happening!
Friday: Met my friend, Amanda, for an easy 5 at 5:30 a.m. The stars were still out and so was the moon. It was a crisp morning, but very beautiful. Some weights/core after.
Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:20 pace including 4*4 minutes with my old teammates, followed by 2.25 miles at goal marathon pace. Later that afternoon, we joined some friends at the pool for a timed swim. I went 90 minutes, all freestyle, no stopping!
Running: 27 miles
Biking: 31 miles
Swimming: 2.1 miles + 90 minutes
Weights: 90 minutes