Monday, September 17, 2018

Ironman Louisville Training 2018 {week 16}

Gorgeous sunrise run. 

Weekly totals. I worked out 18 hours last week. 18 hours!!


I’m tired, but tired in a good way. Little things make me cry- like seeing a lady brushing her old dog at the park near my office, seeing my friends crush their races, thinking about IM Lou and my upcoming races, and getting stupid emotional post run of the mill 6 mile run. Y tho? You know you’re almost done with IM training when....

Workouts went well this week. I was shocked to see the totals on Friday- I had already worked out a lot by that point and knew I had a huge weekend ahead of me. I just put my head down, woke up early (like always) and got everything done. 

I came to the conclusion that my mood is directly linked to how (I perceive) my workouts/training is going. When I feel I’m not doing enough, I get pretty down on myself. I feel like I’m wasting my time (and my family) and my money. Like why sign up for stuff if I’m not putting in the work!? But a few “bad” weeks over 20 weeks does not make a crap race. I need to remember that. I just hold myself to a level of work ethic- I can’t half ass things. It’s not in my blood. 

Stopping to sniff the flowers and everything. I love my big dog. 

Low lights:

I’m tired. I guess if I didn’t feel tired at this point of the training cycle, something would be wrong. 

I feel like I just don’t have enough time- between working out 18 hours, working 47 hours and life, I feel stretched thin. 

Feeling extremely nauseous post swim. Typically I have only gotten nauseous post open water swim (especially if the water was not calm). I’ll attribute this to swimming while dehydrated, too much caffeine and on empty stomach. I swam post 13 miler and didn’t eat anything (typical for me as I don’t like to run while full). I should have eaten a SiS bar before I ran to the pool. Upon the rec of a trusted athlete friend, I bought some ear plugs. I’d hate to feel the way I did post swim on race day in a few weeks. 


Running with Ze a few times. He really seems to like running. He is really good at staying to the right side and not being erratic while on the path- a good quality when cyclists are zooming by at high speeds. 

A guy stopped to talk to us while we were taking pics. He said he recently lost his border collie who looked similar to Ze (we joked they all do look alike) and that seeing Ze made him happy. Ze has this effect on people. When I have time post IM, I’ll work on training him better and pursue therapy dog certification. 

Catching the sunrise while outside was also nice. While we were running literally every single person was taking photos of the sunrise one morning. Cue tears. 

I completed the virtual version of the Rapha Women’s 100k ride this weekend- and kept going to hit 100 miles on Zwift. I cycled on the trainer for 5:40! While the mileage is questionable (I’m not convinced I can go 100 at that pace) it was a solid 5 hour 40 minute effort. 

With week 1 of 3(?) of peak training in the books, I’m encouraged but also feel I’m spending a lot of time to be completely mediocre at 3 events on race day. Swimming aside*, I’ve been putting good work in on the bike and run and really hope this translates to a nice reduction in time come October 14. The Louisville course is “easier” than the crazy technical bike course and hilly run of IM Wisconsin. *re: the swim- I know I  won’t get better without a lot of coaching and time and consider that investment to not be worth it for a 10 min cut in time. 

Cuddling with my big dog while watching the replay of the Berlin marathon. He’s not usually very affectionate, but for an hour and a half he slept under a blanket on top of me. 

Looking forward:

I am excited more and more for October 14. I’m enjoying looking at restaurants and other places to see (bourbon distilleries) while in Louisville. 

I just need to lock down my nutrition plan for the bike. 

I need to figure out what to wear on the run portion. 

I’m excited for life post IM. 

27 days to go. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Ironman Louisville Training 2018 {week 15}

Weekly training totals:

Run: 46.67 miles, 6:30.33 hours
Bike: 139.37 miles, 8:25.47 hours
Swim: 2200 yards, 52.04 minutes 

Total miles: 187.31
Total time: 15:48.24


This week was better. I clocked nearly 16 hours of workouts and felt in a more positive mindset. With 5 weeks to go, and basically only 3 more big weeks of workouts, I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and no longer feel it’s a train. 

Everything is falling into place. There’s some loose ends to tie up over the next few weeks, but overall I know I’m in a much better spot than I was 2 years ago. I’ve watched the Ironman Louisville recap videos a lot this week, and they definitely helped me gain some more excitement towards this race.  Texting with friends who are also training for Louisville has also helped tremendously. 


Low lights: 

Not being able to swim in the lake. The weather created some huge waves and dangerous rip currents and a guy died after being swept into the lake on Saturday. 

I went to the pool and just as I pushed off the wall I collided with a guy crossing the lanes (Y THO!?). It elevated my heart rate too much and I couldn’t get into a good rhythm of breathing for at least 5 minutes. After that, I was a manatee gliding through the water again. 


Feeling pretty good on the bike and during my runs. Ive been pushing myself on the trainer and am seeing improvement. I doubt I’ll ride long outside again before game day- I prefer inside due to safety, and time management.  Running has been good too. I almost got to 50 miles this week- which I haven’t hit in a while. 

We saw Live and Counting Crows on Saturday. It was nice hearing Live again, and seeing CC for the first time. Last outdoor show of the year for us :(

Live, Live. 

CB dog has been good- the Horner syndrome is still present on his left side, but it’s not slowing him down at all. 

I made 3 new recipes this week! I’m now at 36/52 new recipes for 2018. A full list of the recipes I’ve made this year is {HERE}
I tracked some friends who did IM Wisconsin yesterday. It was great seeing them achieve goals that they set. 

With 34 days to go I’m making a list of the things I need to figure out before race day:

•Feel comfortable in wetsuit during OWS
•Nutrition plan for bike
•Where the nearest Dunkin Donuts is to our hotel so I can buy a ham egg cheese croissant to put in my bike special needs bag. 
•What to wear on the bike if it’s on the cooler side 
•What to wear on the run. I’ll likely change completely in T2 again. 
•Run nutrition 
•Which beer to place in my run special needs bag 

And the list goes on.