2 weeks til St. George 70.3 and wow has time flown! Where did it go? It’s amazing how training for races sometimes can seem daunting when there are weeks and weeks ahead of you, and then suddenly there’s only two weeks. And then the heart starts beating a bit faster at the sound of the race name, and you start thinking about the excitement, and all the possibilities, but honestly all the things that could go wrong. And then I start to calm myself down. You have done this before. This is your 13th one. You are out there to have fun. You know you will finish. Just give it your best on that day and see what happens. It is not about the time or your age group place at the end of the day but about letting that day be a test to see where your fitness is and how far you have come.
I completed 11hrs of training this past week, and you’ll see below that my HR graph looks a bit more how it should look for 70.3 training. As my fitness has improved, and as I’ve listened to my body more, I have come down a bit more from zones 5,6, and 7. That is probably why I’m feeling more energized, too! 🙂 I track all of my training in Training Peaks. So for those who are looking for a good place to track their training check them out. I have been using them since I got into this sport 7yrs ago. If you get the free plan, you just upload your workouts every day. If you buy a plan, you can plan out your workouts in advance. Personally, I like the freedom to plan a bit, even if the plan changes.
Highlights from the week:
- Training with caffeine – You can read all about my new love of caffeine here.
- Continuing to improve on the bike – I continue to see improvements which really pumps me up. And honestly using GoZwift has been a huge help. I think training by power can really help because HR can really change based on fitness level, as well as stress and sleep and nutrition. I always use my CycleOps Smart Trainer, and I couldn’t be happier with it. It seriously is doing wonders for my cycling. Definitely worth the investment if you ask me.
- Having both my workouts done before the work day begins. This has been HUGE for me. Personally I only like having to shower and get ready 1x per day. So, to get both my sweat sessions in in the morning has been life changing. It allows me the time to get a lot more done after work like chores, and eat dinner early, and BLOG! 🙂 I have been waking up at 4:30/4:40 and getting my first workout in a 5am and my 2nd starts at about 6am. I have been doing two sports in the morning and only doing 30-45min sessions for each. I think this is also making a huge difference. It’s more about quality than quantity and that has been a tough mental shift for me, since I started out in this sport with high volume. It’s a bit scary not having swum more than 2000yds so far leading up to St. George, but honestly I’m OK with that. I will be OK. 🙂
Challenges of the Week:
- My appetite is out of control – Training and losing weight and body fat just do not go hand in hand for me. Plus when I’m trying to lose weight and body fat, I have to incorporate strength training, and I just don’t have the time to do more than 2x a week for 30min. And when you put in a hard 4hr ride on the weekend, and then a hard 2hr run on top of that, it’s hard to not want to just eat everything in sight. If you ask me. So, I’m letting go of the desire to get bikini ready right now, and focusing on training. Bikini ready will have to wait until after St. George. 🙂 Then I’m going on a 21 day challenge. 30 days seems to be too long and tough for me. But, 21 days, I can do that!
Quote of the week: Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. – Mae West <3
It was quite the week! I’m feeling strong and lucky to be able to live in San Diego and do what I love all year round outside! We currently have a lot of Santa Ana winds blowing in and it’s definitely making for some tough outdoor workouts, but thank goodness I have had some wind experience since I lived in Chicago for nearly 5yrs.
Products I Love for Training:
Skratch Labs Chews
Oakley Sunnies – Radar
Coeur Sports Cycling Kits
2 weeks til my 13th half ironman! Here we go!!!
Photos by Topher Riley.