Well I completed my first BIG BUILD week for Ironman Wisconsin specific training.
When Beth, and I spoke, I told her my goals, and well we decided to make my training challenging, yet doable. With the flexibility of being able to work from home at least once a week, this also allows me to put a little extra time in.
Highlights from this week:
- Tempo treadmill sesh with Coach
- First La Jolla Cove swim of the year!
- First 95 mile bike ride of the year!
- Got moved into the 1:30 lane at Master’s!
- Saw the dentist and the eye doc – No cavities and still have 20/20 vision! – In fact, eye doc told me I probably won’t need glasses for another 15-20yrs. SWEET!
Monday – Swim, Run, Strength – Logged 3500yds in the pool, had a nice easy recovery run, and then went to Rehab United for some social strength training. I often do my own strength training workouts, but once a week I like to go get my butt kicked with other triathletes at Rehab United.
Tuesday – Run, Bike – TEMPO TUESDAY! – woohoo! I headed to the treadmill for a good sweat sesh, and hopped on the one right next to Beth. She is speedy, and I tried to feed off her speed and energy as I powered through my speed workout. Believe me it was SWEATY. Here’s a pic of Beth killin’ it. My bike was just an easy spin to recover from the morning tready sesh.
Also, went to the dentist on Tuesday. I usually do my 2x/yr cleaning back at home in Wisco, but I need to establish myself here, and it was time to find a dentist. Ummm…things have gotten high tech. First off, my new dentist is AMAZING. She is full of positive energy, and is a boat load of fun. I needed xrays, and then got my teeth cleaned. This isn’t that exciting of news, except, that I thought it was kinda fun, that everything they did, I could see up on the screen…
Sad story – one of my little “incisors” has had only 25% of the root left for quite sometime. Sadly, it’s about down to 15%. It’s still strong and stable. But, due to my brother accidentally hitting me in the mouth with the back of his head when I was little, has ended up to be a pain in the a$$ now. So, eventually I’m going to have to get a new tooth. WEIRD. But, hopefully not for another 5 or so yrs.
I mean they let you watch t.v and put headphones on you, while they clean your teeth. That’s what I’m talking about. 5 star service.
Wednesday – Swim, Bike/Run brick – this is when I was told I can’t swim in the 1:35 lane anymore. ha! So, I moved up to the 1:30 lane, and got my butt kicked. But, it was a good butt kickin’. I need to continue to push myself, and step outside my comfort zone. Sometimes I’m scared to fail in the pool, and so I play it safe, it’s where I’m least comfortable to begin with, but I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable in the pool.
My bike/run brick was UNBELIEVABLE. Seriously, it was a PERFECT evening out. I had a tempo brick to do, so I headed to Camp Pendleton so I could really accelerate without worrying too much about cars/traffic. I was sent a new product on the market: HUMA Gels (made out of chia seeds), and I thought this brick would be a perfect one to try the gel out. They sent me strawberry and apple cinnamon. I went with apple cinnamon for this brick. After my killer bike tempo workout, I put the bike in the car, threw the running shoes on, and took my HUMA gel. It was actually delicious. It reminded me kind of of apple sauce. YUM. The texture and the taste. I ran along the Oceanside 70.3 run course, and had a really solid training session.
Sometimes, I just can’t believe I live here. It had always been a dream, and now I live it every single day as a reality. AMAZING!
- No stomach problems
- Taste was delicious
- 100 calories
- Liked the consistency
- I have now tried it before a swim, before a bike, and before a run, and on a brick, and all four times, I loved it, definitely will be adding it to the mix
I also visited the eye doc on Wednesday. I hadn’t had my eyes checked in maybe 10yrs, so thought it might be a good idea, to just double check that all is still grand. And it was. Once, again, my new eye doc, is AMAZING. She’s hilarious, and we just laughed, talked boys, pop culture, fitness, the whole shebang. The whole time I was like this chick rocks. Would highly recommend her.
Thursday – Strength, and Torrey Repeats. I LOVE Torrey Repeats. I still have a lot of work to do with my climbing, and so it gives me an opportunity to get stronger and better.
On my way home from TP, I spun by the Del Mar fair grounds. It was just sooo colorful, and looked like a ton of fun, that I had to take a pic.
Friday – First swim of the year at The Cove! It was a perfect eve for an ocean swim. Beth met up with me there, and we hit the water. We just swam a mile. But, I definitely need to practice more open water swimming. I like The Cove, because there are lots of other people swimming, so you are never alone in the water, but I don’t like it because parking is a nightmare in La Jolla on a Friday afternoon, and the KELP scene is TERRIBLE. Although, it wasn’t too bad on Friday. We stayed for the tri club potluck. It was another awesome day.
Beth and I rocking our Zoot Prophet Wetsuits.
The Infamous La Jolla Cove.
Saturday – It was up and at ‘em for an early morning ride with my friend Jen. She is a stellar cyclist and had to ride 3-4hrs easy, and I had 4-5hrs at “ride as you like with the group”. I love this phrase, because I can smash myself, or go easy. So, the beginning of the ride, we went relatively easy. And about an hour in this happened:
Water bottle cage fell off. DANG!
A screw fell out (reminder to self: always tighten screws prior to a ride). Have no idea where the screw went, we road around looking for it for a few minutes, but then decided to just move on. So, I had no choice, but to leave it on the side of the road, and I put the one water bottle I had in my back jersey pocket, and I still had my one bottle in my aero cage. Bummer.
Anyway, we then met up with pro triathlete Katya, who is SPEEDY on the bike. And I got my butt kicked for the next 3 1/2 hrs. Which was a good thing. I need to work on my cycling badly. I ended up totaling 95 miles with a lot of climbing! I followed it up with a solid tempo brick run. SOLID SATURDAY.
Sunday – Long run, and swim sesh. I headed down the coast Sunday morning for my long run. I rarely run down the coast, and instead usually run on trails for my long run, but thought I’d mix it up. I LOVED every second of it, mostly because every couple miles, I would see someone I knew, and it would give me a rush of energy. I spent a lot of the day, running errands, and tracking my friends who were doing IMCdA. All of whom CRUSHED it! Then I headed to the pool with Jené for an evening swim sesh. She finished before I did, as we had different workouts we had to do, and suddenly she was at the edge of the pool with her phone…I thought she was taking a “vine” or “instagram” video, so I look up:
And boom, she shot this pic of me. ha! Love it!
Total hours for the week: 20hrs 50min
MONEY IN THE BANK!
Another big week ahead, and also racing the San Diego International Triathlon this weekend. Should be fun!
Side Note: My friend Anabel finished her first Ironman this weekend at CdA, not only did she finish, but she finished in under 11 hours, and placed 7th in AG. AMAZING! She has inspired me more than I can say. CONGRATS Anabel!
Second Side Note: Three Soas Racing teammates also did IMCdA this weekend, Page, Dawn, and Debbie, congrats to all three of you! So, so proud!
Third Side Note: I signed up to do IMCdA next year in 2014! WOOHOO! It will be Ironman #4, if all goes well at IMWI and IMAZ this year.