WELL we are inside 35 days until Ironman Wisconsin. Training has been going really good so far.
Swimming: Swimming has been steady. Intervals are hard. I felt like I was getting faster in April/May and then something happened. I was tired and not making interval times. I was a little frustrated but kept trying. I was writing Chris, saying I was tired..the swim was rough..I was trying to rally. BUT whatever I was doing it was working.
I had an awesome 4000m swim at Hagg Lake. Always a fun event and a good marker.
My swim in CDA was really good too!! That is always a good marker too!
I’ve had a few good 3200M training swims at Hagg in the last couple of months!
I’ve really stopped worrying about it! I go to the pool and swim my laps. Do my intervals. If I only have a few seconds rest, I only have a few seconds rest and chalk it up to all the one other hard work I’m doing. I’m putting in the work and that is all I can do!
Biking: This is the first year that I have really used my power meter. I’ve been nailing my intervals. I’ve had a few awesome rides with some friends.
Rode Larch Mountain with Nadia.
I have not done this ride (all the way to the top) since I trained for IM Canada ’09. I tried to find my time from that day but couldn’t find it!! I record everything, I just have to look harder!!🙂
I had a couple great rides with Darrell. We ride really well together!!
I had a SWEET ride to the coast yesterday!! Portland Triathlon club does a ride to the coast every year. They have a 100, 65, and 40 mile option. There was 6 of us who finished the 100, 8 started but 2 ended up doing the 65.
We all started together and when we started climbing we all kind of dispersed. I had intervals to do so I was ok riding by myself. It kept me engaged and positive. I fueled. I rode smart. I felt amazing. Really pumped with how it went!! I rode with Blake for a bit and did some chatting. He is training for CDA/his first IM!! I finished really strong!!
I’m pretty sure that is the fastest training century I have ever done! Bam! I had a knee problem before CDA and have been seeing a PT. She says my glutes (weren’t) firing. They now have finally joined the party. I’ve been doing my PT exercises 2x/day for the last 6 weeks. She says they are definitely firing now!! Bam!!
We saw some whales too! Super fun!
Running: Has been surprisingly great. It is always a work in progress as you know. I’ve really been working hard. I run with some Oiselle gals on Wednesday. I can absolutely credit Liz, Nadia, and Krysta for making me run faster and getting me out of my comfort zone! I’ve been doing my long runs in conjunction with those runs to make it extra hard!🙂
Dan and I have had a couple runs together. Usually start together, but I always have to go longer!
Needless to say training has been going good and I am contemplating another Ironman next year. I hate to say that with 5 weeks to go because anything can happen. But I’m positive and happy!
The Olympics might kill me! I love them!!! BUT I am staying up way too late. Once swimming is over I should be ok!! Time will tell!!
Things I am looking forward to after September 11th: Running with music again, more yoga, cooking different stuff then the same ol’ every single week, and not drinking Gatorade/Skratch almost every single day!