Less than three weeks until Ironman 70.3 Lakes Stevens. Really? I felt like the weeks leading up to IM 70.3 Boise were very structured and organized, whereas I currently feel like an unorganized mess with workouts scattered all over the place wherever I can squeeze them in. With the busy weekends and my race schedule, training the “Boise” way just isn’t going to work for Lake Stevens. I’m okay with that. I’m still putting in the work and miles, and feel as though I can pull off a solid race in August.
Monday: Rest Day. It was stormy and I had a lot of grading to do.
Tuesday: Knowing that the thunderstorms could potentially roll in once again, I decided to get my ride and swim done before the noon hour. I completed a 45-mile ride and 2100-yard swim moments before dime size hail started to fall. I felt really bad for all of those other cyclists out there getting pegged. As it turns out, I got my swim in just in the nick of time. My husband was at the pool less than an hour after me, and was only able to complete 500 yards before they closed it due to lightning in the area.
Wednesday: A lovely morning at the track with storm clouds once again on the rise. I was able to test out my brand new Brooks Glycerin shoes (seriously, in love) and had one of the best track workouts ever. I started with a mile warm-up, completed 8 X 1000m sprints with slow jog in between, and a mile cool-down, for a total of 8 miles in 58 minutes. I think the fancy shoes make a difference.
Thursday: This was a big brick day for me. Because I knew I was going to be away over the weekend, I moved my long ride and run up in the week to assure I would get it done. I had a 4-hour ride on my schedule at tempo pace and was able to complete 78.5 miles in 4hours, followed by a 3.3 mile run in 27 minutes. I finished feeling strong and confident about my longest ride of the year.
Friday: My friend Roger and I met at the Deschutes River for a morning swim, testing out the roughly one mile swim course for the Deschutes Dash Triathlon. The water temperature was 57 degrees, but I didn’t mind and enjoyed swimming with the current. Personally, I am a firm believer that all open water swims should have a nice current.
Saturday: A week ago I was recruited to run the 10K leg for an Olympic distance triathlon relay team at the Deschutes Dash. This is a popular two-day event in Bend that has a number of racing options including a 10K, Olympic triathlon, sprint triathlon, duathlon, and so on.
With six of us competing, we split up into two teams: Team FreshAirSports consisting of our friends Barry, Wade, and Gina, and Team FoulAirSports with me, Roger, and Chad.
Roger, who I swam with the day before, led the team with a 19-minute swim, Chad made quick work of the bike course with a time of 1 hour and 12 minutes, and I finished the 10K run in 44:14, a personal record by over a minute. That’s a 7:11min/mile average and was enough to help Team FoulAirSports eek out a victory over Team FreshAirSports. I was (and still am) shocked!
After the race we hung out with our friends for a bit, celebrated our team’s 2nd place victory, and then rushed off to grab a sandwich at Subway and head for the mountains to backpack and camp. Justin and I hiked more than 6.5 miles and gained 2500ft of elevation on the way to our campsite at Green Lakes, which made for a tired body and early bedtime.
Sunday: No run, bike, or swim, but I was able to hike roughly 8.5 miles carrying an extra large pack on my back. I’ll tell you, I was sorer from backpacking than I’ve been from training all season.
Swim: 1hr 10mins, 3,700 yards
Bike: 6hrs 20mins, 124 miles
Run: 2hrs 15mins, 17.5 miles
Hiking: 5 hours, 15 miles
Although my training has been somewhat atypical of what I am used to, I still feel as though the things I am doing are helping me prepare for a good race at Lake Stevens. This week is once again going to be a little out of the norm, as I am partaking in the Cascade Lakes Relay with 11 other teammates on a 217-mile journey around the Cascades, from Diamond Lake to Bend, beginning Friday morning until Saturday eve. Wish our team Scrambled Legs luck!
Do you have any crazy weather going on where you live?