Well friends, I made it through my biggest week of training! YAY!!! I can’t believe I did it. It’s been quite a battle getting through training but mind over matter. I can honestly say, I have never trained this minimally heading into an ironman, and so I knew getting in the BIG workouts were super important. And that I had to do at least one century ride and one 18 mile run, so that I can at least go in with confidence. :)
Here’s how this week panned out:
Monday – Rest day!
Tuesday – I didn’t mean for this to be a rest day, but it was, because work was just really busy this week. I knew I had a three day weekend coming up, so I didn’t worry about it too much.
Wednesday – 7 mile run and 1hr salsa dance class!
Thursday – 3100yd swim
Friday – 3300yd swim, 1hr run with 3x5min intervals, 2hrs 30min ride w/ 2 x 30min intervals
Had to have red, white, and blue froyo to celebrate the 4th!
Saturday – 102 mile ride
Sunday – 18 mile run and 30min swim
After my run, I decided to hop in the ocean for a little natural “ice bath” post-run. It was soooo hot out on Sunday. Also, I didn’t have time to go to the bike shop to pick up some sports nutrition for the run, so I opted to head to the local market to pick up some fuel. I decided to try out gummy bears for the run, and they worked like a charm! Seriously. Stomach was happy. Glucose and energy levels stayed up, and I had one of the best long runs, I’ve ever had in the heat.
It was a solid week, even with two rest days on the front end. It helped that it was a 3 day weekend, so I was able to train hard for 3 days. My body honestly feels great. Better than it has in the past. Maybe it’s all the rest I’ve given it while training for this ironman? It will be interesting to see how race day actually goes. If this minimalist approach works for me. Before Ironman Arizona, after my crash, I couldn’t train at my normal level of training, and so I definitely raced that race with minimal training, and it went well. But, I had all the Ironman Wisconsin training still in the bank. So, we’ll see what happens!
I’m just soooo thankful to have made it through the week, and gotten in the BIG workouts. Sooooo very thankful. 3 weeks to go til race day! I can’t believe it. #4 is right around the corner.
Total Time: 16hrs 48min