Workouts of the Week – Kicking Off St. George 70.3 Training

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I officially signed up for St. George 70.3 last week! My parents have booked their flights and the airbnb and Toph and I will be heading out to join them 7 weeks! I can’t wait. We may even take a few days before and after to do some camping and adventuring. It’s so beautiful out there and all the national parks. It’s hard to not want to explore a little bit besides just race. Signing up or races keeps me motivated to keep improving and it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. Besides typical fitness goals, I love to have an “end point” so that I feel a sense of accomplishment. That’s the best part about SMART goals. haha ๐Ÿ™‚ #nerdalert



With that being said – it’s 8 weeks til St. George. And so it’s time to get to work. At the same time, I don’t necessarily have any true goals tied to it, but of course, I’d like to improve my overall time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week was another crazy week. Work is definitely taking a priority, and I’m happy with that. I have work goals, too. And sometimes triathlon has to take a back seat. And that’s OK. Triathlon is a lifestyle for me, so it’s not going anywhere. The week looked like this:

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Monday was a planned rest day. I needed to get some shut eye after a busy week in La Paz. Toph and I had a ton of fun, but it was definitely exhausting, too. Missed that recap? You can read about it here. I felt really good and energized after some sleep, and seriously felt like a new person. Everything about me suddenly changed. It’s kind of amazing how powerful sleep is. I kicked off Tuesday with an intense trainer workout on my amazing CycleOps Smart Trainer. And then again on Wednesday, had an awesome trainer ride. I’m seriously digging the trainer right now because with Daylights savings, and me being a morning worker outer, it comes in handy to getting in a solid workout in the dark mornings right now. And then later had a nice easy run where I ran into my friend Sheri. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thursday and Friday were tough, work and blogging and all that jazz became my priority, and so I got in a good 30min strength session in on Friday before heading up to Big Bear for the day for a company day trip! (You can read about that recap here).

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Oakley Endurance

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Rocking my new Oakley’s, the Jawbreakers. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have an obsession with big sunglasses, what can I say? haha.

Big bear was a long day, but I was eager to get up on Saturday and head out for aย long ride. My legs were toast from my two hard bike workouts from earlier in the week, but I was excited to go for a true endurance ride. Toph, Megan, Tyler, Kris, Jim, and I all headed out for a cruisey coast ride. Megan, Tyler, and Jim turned around in the middle of camp pendleton, while Kris, Toph, and I continued on to San Clemente. It was a perfect day for a ride. A nice breeze, some cloud cover. Not too hot, and not too cold. I was a pretty happy camper.

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Saturday was all about chillin’ after that! It’s amazing how quickly the day goes by when you are out riding bikes. I felt really strong on the bike on Saturday. Not gonna lie. I haven’t felt that strong in a long time. I was staying with the pack and cruising along no problem. That’s a first in a really long time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely a boost to my confidence in my cycling capabilities. After a refuel of pizza (yup, pizza). I don’t eat picture perfect all the time (my goal is to always be real and truly authentic with all of you). This is my life. I eat pizza – and not just any pizza, I mean it was thin crust Domino’s. How can you resists 50% off all pizzas deal?

Pizza was the perfect fuel to power my run on Sunday. (I love pizza. Have I said that yet? haha). Toph and I headed out for a run along the coast, and again, I was running strong. At the beginning I was having some aches and pains that are still lingering in my ankle but after 2 miles of warming up, I started to feel good. I powered my run with my fave Bobo’s Oat Bar Bites.

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This was then followed up byย a simply magical wedding. We quickly cleaned up and then headed off to photograph our friends Keith and Payton’s wedding at the Quail Botanical Gardens. What a stunning day. It was picture perfect and their love for each other was inspiring. Stoked for them. Here are some teasers that Topher put together from the wedding.



Needless to say I was stoked on 8ish hrs of training for the week! And I continue to see improvements. My goal is to focus on short and hard during the week and long on the weekends. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll see if it works or not at St. George 70.3, but it’s what I have time for.

Hope you all had a great week of training! I’m enjoying my rest day today ๐Ÿ™‚



Fave Products/Current Partnerships:

CycleOps, Barnana, Bobo’s Oat Bars, Coeur Sports, Saucony, andย Oakley.

  • Katie Morse

    Awww. Thanks so much for the note Liis! Have you done St. George 70.3 before? I did it last year for the first time and it was awesome. Definitely tough, but trainer workouts can really pay off. I promise! Happy Training!

  • Liis Berendsen Rametta

    I stumbled on your blog randomly as I was just wasting time on Instagram. You caught my interest since I am also doing St.George 70.3. It’s fun to read how your training is going, and the struggles you are facing. I’m in the same boat with in terms of always trying to get better on a bike. It’s my weakness, and living in Park City, Utah doesn’t make it easy to ride outside in spring time. Anyway, good luck ! – and keep posting about your training. It motivates me !