Thursday, July 24, 2014

What training for an ironman looks like in gifs








What I hope finishing looks like!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap - 100 miles done!

Well hello friends. I hope you all great weekends! I am sure you will shocked to hear that I worked out. A lot. Did you know that triathlon clothing is trying to kill me?
Let me back up a bit, before I get into that story.
Friday night was a girl's night out that took place at a tri shop and ended by 8:30 pm. My kind of Friday! We got to chat, eat some snacks, drink some wine, and check out all the goodies Top Gun Triathlon store has to offer. It was a super fun night!
Thanks for hosting us Keara!
Saturday morning was a glorious six mile run, since I did my long run during the week, followed by a mile and a half open water swim. Both the swim and run felt great and it was so nice to get home before noon. The S.O. and I went to see the new monkey movie (Planet of the Apes something or other) and it was surprisingly good. Who'd have known?
Saturday's run and swim group.
On Sunday, I was ready to tackle my first 100 miler of my training plan. I had hit 90 miles on a ride last month so I knew I could do it, but I was still pretty nervous on Sunday morning. I planned my nutrition out so that I ate as much as I will eat during the ironman. My coach and I estimated the standard 250 calories per hour. I had a combo of gels, blocks, bars, and liquid calories. My friend Hugo was in for the full 100 with me and we had Tori and Patrick for 75 of it, plus quite a few others for about 30-50 based on where they headed back on the trail.
Pringles made an awesome late-ride treat!
I wound up having a really great century ride. I ate all my calories and didn't have any tummy issues. We had to stop a few times due to a flat tire and refilling water bottles and whatnot but I am happy to report that this ride felt good for the duration. Sure I was ready to be done toward the end but my rear end and legs seemed to hold up fine. The only issue was (see first paragraph) that my bike shorts gave me a rash along the rubber around the bottom of the leg. You know the part that keeps them from riding up?
After we finished riding, I told Hugo I thought I had some 3rd degree burns or something and he let me know that it was a rash from the bike shorts and he gets it too. I've worn these shorts countless times and this is the first time this has ever happened with them. However, this is the second skin rash I've gotten from triathlon clothing. I got a really bad rash from a swimsuit a few months ago. Oy. Triathlon clothing is trying to kill me.
Huge thanks to Hugo for sticking with me for the whole 100! He helped add on the 10 miles I needed when I wasn't quite sure how to get those in on the trail. It worked out perfectly and I got to see a whole new section I've never ridden before. (And thanks to Team Kool-Aid and the A-Train for joining and coordinating!)
Post ride delirium with Hugo.
I'm feeling really happy about my training right now. I have a sprint tri on Saturday so my long run may get a bit stunted but I'm ok with that for this week. Saturday's race is my yearly sprint tri that marks my tri-versary. I can't believe this will be my 5th year of triathlon!
I have a question for you ironman finishers about race day clothing. For those of you who completed the 140.6 in the same outfit, how did it go? Where did you hold all of your nutrition? I'm still debating the clothing change thing. I want to be comfortable and I don't really care about time loss in transitions, but the girly-girl in me wants to wear my cute kit. What say you all?
Happy Monday! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's just emotion...

Training for any race can be emotional. I have trained for countless races and I've hit some rough patches here and there. I'm emotional, what can I say? So, I suppose I should have realized that in training for an ironman, which is eleven thousand more miles than anything else I've ever trained for, I'd be kind of a mess.
I always put pressure on myself to perform at certain paces or speeds during workouts and when I can't hit those paces I get pretty upset. I'm learning to let that go, now more than ever. I've had some low days where I don't want to get up and I am so tired I forget to bring a towel to the pool. I have also suffered through a long runs that have left me miserable and whiny. And I have ridden my bike into the wind while cursing like a merchant marine.
I am out there. I am running. I am swimming. I am biking. I am still putting in the mileage and doing work. I may not be the Flash, but that's the thing about ironman training, it's really hard. It's harder than I think I realized and I'm really understanding what my friends who paved this path before me went through. It's hard to empathize until you are there. I am finally feeling like I'm more in a groove and I'm enjoying seeing just how far I can push myself. I'm also still wrapping my brain around 2.4, 112, and 26.2. How will I do that?
I work full time. I am a girlfriend, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. And I forget to give myself credit for trying to do all of this and be all of this when I am also working out 10 to 14 hours per week. I place humility very high on things I respect in others, but I know now that a good self congratulatory pat on the back is needed on those days when it's a real effort to get in a post work training session.
The other thing is that I've been training with blinders on and just going day by day without thinking about the end goal. Meghan, reminded me of this today when she talked about how amazing it will be to see our friends and family along the course. She is SO right. The end goal is that finish line. When I hear my name called, added by YOU ARE AN IRONMAN, all the work will be more than worth it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Confessions

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. It's been a lot of weeks since my last confession.
1. I took three full days off of training last week. Two of these days I can blame the holiday/vacation and "turn down for what" nights. The other day I took off for family reasons. (Grandpa in hospital, fortunately, he's doing better.) Ultimately, I don't regret any of the days off. But darn, now I won't win the Ironman.
2. I registered for marathon #8. I'm a maniac. See you at Grandma's Marathon in June 2015.
3. I'm gonna try for that BQ. There, I said it.
4. "One and done" are three words I keep repeating to myself for some reason...
5. I have become addicted to buying snacks from Trader Joe's (it's relatively new to my area).
6. My book for this month is seriously kicking my butt. I'm just not getting through it and I'm not a book quitter dammit!
7. I want to see what the hype is about for Hoka One's. I think they look a bit goofy but I see some fast people rocking them and ain't no shame in that.
8. The Tour de France is my all time favorite thing to watch in sports (close second is the Summer Olympics). I don't really love cycling for hours at a time myself but man I love watching others do it.
9. A few of my favorite riders in the tour this year are:
Jens Voight - SHUT UP LEGS! Dude is hilarious and honest. Sad to see him retire but cannot wait for him to be a broadcaster!
Mark Cavendish -THE MANX MISSILE! He's hot. He's fast. And I like his no-nonsense attitude. Very sad he's out of the tour at this point. 
Why hello Mr. Cavendish. How you doin?
Fabian Cancellara - SPARTACUS! I really enjoyed his post cobbles stage interview. He seems like a level-headed guy and is a fantastic cyclist.
10. For some reason, I thought McDonald's for dinner the night before a tempo run was a good idea. Let me be the lesson to you all to avoid those amazing hot French fries the day before a tempo run. Haha.
Your turn.
Have a great weekend!