Vanilla’s Training Log 8-24-13

It’s the end of August!  Yikes, where has the summer gone?  This upcoming week is my official one-year anniversary of living in Boulder, and I can’t believe it!  Time continues to go by so fast!  From a training perspective, this was a decent week, but I lost my bike mojo.   I need to get it back very soon!  I got in lots of swimming, and a longer run, which was all good!

Sunday:  15.3 miles with my friend, Amanda.  We ran mostly on pavement to help with training for our upcoming races:  Twin Cities Marathon and IM Florida.  We averaged 9:16, which was wonderful.  Amanda is trying to slow down her long runs in an attempt to BQ,  and I am trying to pace better for a 4:00 marathon for my Ironman.  One challenge that we have here in Boulder is that many running paths and routes are on dirt/soft trails, which are great for the legs, but we need to remember that the impact on these types of surfaces is different than roads, and we race on roads.  It was a great run, and I was pleased that the pace felt comfortable given my 8 hour workout the day before.

Monday:  1,250 swim at lunch (super easy) and weights in the evening.

Tuesday:  9 miles with my friend, Cathy, with a workout 4-1/3-1/2-1, twice.  Weights in the evening.

Wednesday:  7 miles in the morning, helping with coaching.  Planned a 2-mile open water swim in the evening, but the event was canceled due to thunderstorms.  I was feeling tired, so I took this as a sign to go home, do some cleaning, cooking and relaxing.

Yikes!  I am 9 weeks away from seeing this flag on the course!
Yikes! I am 9 weeks away from seeing this flag on the course!

Thursday:  Like other Thursdays, slept in.  Ran 9.1 miles to/from work, 7:45 pace to work, watchless and easy on the way home.  Felt wonderful.

Friday:  5 x 800 swim.  Yes, 4,000 yards, talk about going back and forth!  Had to do this instead of the 2 mile swim planned on Wednesday.  As boring as it was, it was a great mental workout!  Weights/core in the evening.

Saturday:  Iron Girl Triathlon:  750 yd swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run.  This was a fun event sponsored by Athleta, but overall, I was disappointed with the bike and run courses along with the post-race festivities.  I did decent, and I met some great women.  And, any time I can go under IM pace and improve my swim is worth it.  Plus, I got to meet fellow Newton runner, Winter Vinecki, who was featured here at Salty Running.  What an amazing young woman!

Weekly Totals:

Running:  43 miles

Biking:  12  miles  (Need to get my mojo back0

Swimming:  3.5 miles

Weights:  2+ hours


Native Ohioan now living in Boulder, Colorado. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running.

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