Two years ago when I signed up for my very first triathlon (Ironman Boise 70.3) I documented my weekly journey from the first workout until the moment I crossed the finish line. I really enjoyed reflecting on each day and sharing my adventures as a triathlete-in-training. Now, as I start getting serious about the many races I have on the schedule ahead, including a half marathon, half Ironman, and full Ironman, I am once again hoping to utilize this blog as a weekly training log for myself and others who want to follow along on this journey with me. Each week I hope to share experiences, ideas, highlights, and insights as I face the many ups and downs of Ironman training. Hopefully this will get me back into a more regular blogging schedule, although with a 6-month old there are no guarantees.
Who knows, maybe I will inspire someone out there to throw on a pair of running shoes, hop on a bike, or make waves in the water. Triathlon can be a very intimidating sport, but once you let go of fears (like I have) and embrace the community, it can be one of the best experiences you will ever have.
It’s officially less than six months away from my Ironman. Six months may seem like a lot of time when thinking about all of the days, weeks, and months of training that will take place, but when you are starting over after the birth of a child those six months can sound pretty overwhelming. The good news is, I’ve built a good base these past few months and am seeing huge gains in my fitness. Here is where I am at as I begin the journey to 140.6…
Monday: I set a record in the pool – for me, that is. I was able to swim 3000meters before finally throwing in the towel once I got to a point where I could not stop shivering. When you are in the water for that long, it gets cold. And I was cold before I started swimming!
Tuesday: I found my speed again. I had a 6.2-mile “fatigue” run on my schedule, which included four 1-mile repeats around the track. I finished the workout with a 7:40 average pace – the fastest I’ve seen in a year. Given the fact that the first two miles were a warm up and cool down, I’m really happy with this.
Following my run I did 90 minutes on the trainer for a total of 26 miles. Mentally, it was a tough ride as my legs felt like noodles. I guess that was the point.
Wednesday: Started the morning with 2200m at the pool, followed by a 25-mile VO2 Max interval ride on the trainer. After my coach introduced me to Zwift a couple weeks ago, I’ve been using this program during my indoor trainer rides. It makes time go by a little faster and keeps things interesting (although, if you are competitive you really have to hold back!).
Thursday: I had a base pace trail run on the schedule and went out for an 8.5-mile loop around Shevlin Park. I’ve been avoiding trails like the plague since returning to running after pregnancy due to my body still being pretty flimsy and weak. Because I am still breastfeeding, the hormone relaxin is still very prominent throughout my body, which means my tendons and ligaments are “loose” and I need to be cautious on uneven terrain.
Friday: A quick 22 miles on the trainer courtesy of my mom. I’m thankful she was able to watch Axel while I completed a fun cadence interval ride.
Saturday: My first long group ride of the year! I recently became a member of Bend Tri Elite with a handful of other Central Oregon athletes, and rode with the group for the first time this year. Myself and six other guys rode for 65 miles. I’m pretty sure I was too out of breath trying to keep up to take pictures. It was double my longest ride of the year and I was able to keep with the group for the most part. A huge boost in confidence!
Sunday: I finished the week strong with a 7.75 tempo/base run. I started with a warm-up around the neighborhood before running to the track for the main interval set. The wind was whipping, but I managed to stay upright 99% of the time. Even though my legs were still recovering from Saturday’s ride, I finished without complaint.
Week 1 Totals:
Swim: 1hr 52mins, 5,200 meters
Bike: 7 hrs 35mins, 138 miles
Run: 3hrs 10mins, 22.7 miles
Time: 12 hours 37 minutes
Mentally, this was the week I needed as I officially start stepping things up and begin training for the 2016 triathlon and running season. It feels good to already be hitting some of my pre-pregnancy paces and distances.
In other news, my favorite running store Footzone was having a storewide sale last week and I ended up purchasing a new pair of running shoes. The shocker? They are NOT Brooks. I have been a devoted Brooks girl since I started running in 2006, but decided to step outside the box and test out the Hoka One One Bondi 4.
I will be adding these into the rotation in hopes of giving my body a little more cushion and recovery. I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I hope I fall head over heels – figuratively speaking, of course! To be continued…
Have you ever added a completely different style of running shoe into the rotation? How did it work out for you?
Virtual reality on the trainer or treadmill – yay or nay?