Holy crap! Time is seriously flying. 6 weeks? I mean, really…6 weeks? How did that happen?
This week ended up a bit bigger than last week, due to that unexpected change of my long run day from Sunday to Monday. I felt great leading into the week. I felt energized, strong, and mentally ready to go! I am not overwhelmed anymore with the training, but I think that’s because there’s only 6 weeks to go. There is not much sacrifice left before race day. So, I’m just putting my head down, getting the work done, and making sure I recovery properly.
One thing that I have learned over the years, which might be tomorrow’s post…but that is to not compare your training to anyone else’s. Or how you recovery, or what your body’s needs are. Every person’s body is different. I have a friend, who can smash herself. She can train hard and long hours, and go to social functions, and be totally fine off only 7-8hrs of sleep a night, and still kill it in races. I, on the hand, need 10hrs of sleep a night during ironman training, sometimes a nap on the weekend, and can only handle 1-2 social functions a week. We are all different, and that’s the beauty of it. Listen to your body. Listen to your needs. And do what’s best for you.
So, here is what this past week looked like…
Tuesday – 2800yd swim
Wednesday – 1hr 10min bike w/ 10x2min hard intervals and salsa dance class!
Thursday – 6.65 mile run easy and a 1hr 15min easy spin on the bike
Friday – 1hr tempo run – last 20min hard – I did this per usual on the treadmill – and I’m definitely starting to show some improvements :)
Saturday – 51 mile bike ride – cruisin’ – but I beat my last 50ish mile bike ride by 4min. So, that’s a good sign!
Sunday – 11.5 mile run with 1500ft of climbing. I like doing my long runs on trails and with a lot of climbing because it keeps it interesting and I know the tough routes will pay off on race day.
Totals for the week:
Time: 13hrs 22min
Distance: 132 miles
I missed two swim sessions this week, but that was due to some life factors. I have some good news to share…but for today I’m still keeping it under wraps. And so there was much celebrating to be had! :) I don’t feel too bad about missing the two swim sessions. My swimming time isn’t going to greatly improve from now until Ironman race day, but it’s important to stay strong and keep a feel for the water. And I have my Swim24 challenge coming up on August 30th! But, it is what it is, and I got the important sessions in. This week is a BIG week. And I’m ready to tackle it!
Cheers to new beginnings!
Sweet mimosa bar!