Solid Training Weekend

2 Jun

Thursday: Boring endurance swim in the am. Clocked 3500 meters. BORING! Our main set was a ladder of 400, 300, 200, 100 x2. Moderate pace. It is almost as bad as a threshold day which we had done on Tuesday.

Pm: Deathmill run and a shit ton of stretches. In my new kicks. The new Brooks Glycerin 11 are out! They are smokin’!!

Friday: 40 mile ride with Erica.

We did 3 climbs. Thompson, Old Germantown, and Newberry. We were either ascending or descending and rolling hills in between. No flat on this ride. Our average was not that high but I feel like we got the best bang for our buck with a ride like this.

Saturday: 10 mile run! I had a hard time deciding what shoes I wanted to wear. I did not want to wear my old shoes for 10 miles. I had only 4.5 miles on the new shoes. I have more miles on my Hokas but short miles. I use those for my transition runs and a couple of other short runs. I ate breakfast, laced up my Hokas, and I was out the door.

Here is a CLASSIC mental toughness day! I felt good when I left home. I got to the trail and started to run. I was not even 1/4 mile into it and I wanted to turn around. 😦 I was wishing I had some music!! The first mile-1.5 is pretty much uphill. I knew I just had to get through that! I kept trying to think of other things.

My brain was saying absolutely not…you can not keep going!! My legs were saying you are fine just keep going! I just kept going. I felt better after the 1st 11:10 mile. SLOW! Miles 2-4 were actually pretty good and reasonable. I thought about turning around at 4. My legs kept me going to 5! I stopped at 5 and had 1/2 a gu. I felt better. Not for long! I had another 1/4 of the gu at 6.5 and 7.5! That helped for a microsecond each time. My miles were consistent though. At mile 8 I took a micro-walk break. I took another at 8.5 knowing it would be pretty much downhill for the remainder of the run. I passed a lady just before 9. She said I was smokin’ passed her. I said BARELY! That gave me a little more drive. I hit the 10 mile and when I usually run down to my car…I walked!

I feel like I learn more from a shitty training session/race than a good one. Today I think the problem was my nutrition. Friday is the worst day for my eating. I just do not think I eat enough. I thought about it a lot yesterday. I always have a shitty Saturday training day. ALWAYS! I think that it comes down to my eating on Friday. I eat good. I just do not eat enough. I definitely do not do it on purpose it just happens. 😦

I need to watch it more careful on a regular basis now that I am doing this challenge. Believe it or not I eat dessert every day. It is sick…I know!! But those are all calories “lost!” More on this later!!

Sunday: Planned 35 mile ride. Actual: 24 plus 4 to the gym!
I slept in. Ate breakfast. Dinked around for a while. Finally hit the high road about 11:30. It was windy. Not really warm but the sun was out. I was out there to do 3 20 min threshold intervals. I finally got into my groove and got through the first one.

It happened! What any cyclist dreads! A FLAT TIRE!! I have not had a flat forever! I was by myself. I started to fix it and another cyclist helped me with the CO2 cartridge. I will not bore you with the details! 🙂 I was just stopped longer than I wanted to be!! I decided to just head home.


I had lost most of my motivation to have a good ride! I got through another interval but barely. The tire was not fully pumped up and I could feel it. I just wanted to get home!! 😦

A view of the Columbia River

A view of the Columbia River

In retrospect a decent ride. It is the road that the Blue Lake oly is on next weekend.

I usually take a break. Then go do my swim/Pilates in the late afternoon. I wouldn’t have had that big of a break so I just grabbed my swimsuit, swam, and decided against Pilates.

I am excited for a rest week coming up and Blue Lake at the end of it. I have never gone into BL with any kind of taper! Sound be interesting! 🙂

How was your weekend?

Any good or bad training days?

10 Responses to “Solid Training Weekend”

  1. Kristen L June 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    Looks like quite the ride this weekend! Lots of hill climbing.

    Glad you are learning from the not so great runs. Great job for getting through the tough miles and not quitting.

  2. falcor007 June 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM #

    I road Newberry the other weekend as well. It is PURE TORTURE. Kudos for hitting all three, that IS getting the most bang for your buck.

  3. Kara June 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

    Wow that bike ride looks tough! Awesome job with all your workouts!! I hear you on the run – those are the worst…when you just want to stop the whole time! But you’re right, you learn so much from the bad training days.

    I really really need to focus on my nutrition too. You make a good point – I bet eating better/more on Friday would make for a better training Saturday!

    Oh and that swimming puppy is so adorable, hahaha!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM #

      I try to make my training rides harder than my actual races cause then my race ride seems easy! haha!!

  4. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} June 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM #

    You are such an inspiration to me! Sounds like a tough training week, way to hang in there.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM #

      Thanks!! It is nice to be on a rest week now. I am enjoying it and excited for my race this weekend!

  5. Change of Pace June 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM #

    Wow- that hilly ride looks awesome! I think you’re going to kick butt this weekend!
    I am always terrified of flatting when I’m alone. Last year, I got flats on my first and last rides outside. Of course, both were solo!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats June 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

      The race should be good. I hope it goes well!
      I know!! I feel the same way!! That’s why I only like to do “short” rides by myself! 🙂 I am still in awe of your 100 miles solo!!

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