It’s only my second full week back in training mode and I already feel as though I have been thrown back into the middle of last season. Isn’t it amazing how quickly our bodies remember and adapt? I’m not going to lie, it felt great to rev up the training and find the groove I thrive off. One thing is certain – I am really taking full advantage of rest days and down time, and I feel no remorse for lounging in my PJs after a full morning of sweat and hard work.
Monday: The week started with some strength training and core workouts in the morning, followed by a full moon snowshoe/cross-country ski extravaganza with a group of like minded adventurous women that evening. About 25 of us met up at Meissner Snow Park and ventured out 3-miles round trip to one of the shelters. Lots of laughs and entertaining conversation was shared. It was a late Monday night, but well worth it.
Tuesday: I made my way to the pool mid-morning and surprisingly had it all to myself – for a few minutes, anyway. That evening I attended my coach’s group trainer class for a brutal 75-minute session on the bike. There is something about that group environment that makes it impossible to go easy. You work hard, sweat puddles, and have fun while doing it. Perfection.
Wednesday: Base effort 7-mile run in the beautiful, warm sunshine. What is with the warm weather in Oregon this week!? Loving it. I chose a route with a lot of hills because apparently hills are going to be the theme this year. I need to dominate the hills!!!
Thursday: 2200yrd swim followed by a 5-mile run with my husband. It was his first time running outside since his surgery back in September and it went better than expected. This day will also go down as the day I got featured by Ironman via their social media outlets. Perhaps it’s a sign?
I really like the quote they used with my photo and have decided to make it my training motto for the season. Every time I have doubts or question my ability, I am going to remember why this is important to me…
Friday: My friend Nicole invited me over for a 75-minute trainer session in her pain cave. She lives down the street, so it is always really easy to connect. She did Ironman Canada last year (finished 2nd in her AG and went to Kona) and is planning to do it again this year, so I’m trying to learn all that I can from her experience. Let me tell you, trainer rides are 10 times more fun when listening to N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. I wonder how much I would have to pay my coach to play this music during one of his classes… Mike, are you reading this???
Saturday: With the excitement of the Seahawks game looming, Justin and I were up and wide awake early. It is impossible to sleep in on game day. We headed straight to the Athletic Club, where I proceeded to jump in the pool while Justin made his way to the treadmill. I am so impressed with his recovery. He has been running and swimming almost every day and has been able to run up to 6 miles.
My 2400yd swim went by rather quickly and I immediately went home and jumped on the trainer while Justin stayed to swim. I had a 40-mile endurance ride, so I pedaled along while watching Dateline and listening to Serial (not at the same time). I finished Serial. Sad day, but a good ride. And the Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers, moving on to the NFC Championship against Green Bay on Sunday!
Sunday: Always a great start to the day when a girl gets to put on her BRAND NEW running shoes and head out the door for a 10-mile progressive run. The air was cool and crisp, and the sun was poking through the clouds. I finished just in time for the fog to roll in, bringing with it the rain and ice.
Week 2 Totals
Swim: 6700 yards, 2hrs 8mins
Bike: 84.6 miles, 4hrs 35mins
Run: 22.2 miles, 3hrs 5mins
Strength/Core/Other: 1hr 45mins
It was a great week and one that makes me optimistic for the journey ahead. I am already up to 12 hours of training and last year I peaked at 16 hours during my season. Alrighty then. Bring on the 14, 16, 18, 20+(?) hour weeks! Ok, maybe wait until spring is here so I can bike outside. 🙂
I am already noticing subtle changes in my body and appetite. I am feeling stronger, sleeping better, and eating A LOT more. I’m glad my husband doesn’t mind doing the grocery shopping and cooking, because I’m pretty sure I would start eating all the food as soon as I walked through the doors. Have you ever done this? I am definitely guilty of walking in and grabbing a beverage, and opening it before paying. This is why I love Costco. Free food – in the sample form, of course.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Have you ever opened a beverage or ate something in the store before paying for it?
This might be an unfair question –> N’Sync or Backstreet Boys?