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I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 25

Peak Week(s) 1 of 3.

Last’s weeks partly conscious/partly forced decision to take an easier week turned out to be an intelligent one. It helped me physically recover and mentally take a “break”. I’m told its mostly a mental game at this point.

Also, how are we at week 25 already?!

Monday run/swim. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. Another day it looks like possible rain in the afternoon, another day I swim at home and of course it doesn’t rain. And that easy feeling swim I had last week? I lost it. It feels mostly awkward and slow again. I have a theory, but I’m waiting to test it out before I come out with it. On the plus side, I did a 2500 yard straight swim and felt fine afterwards, except bored. 58 minute ride/16.5 miles/17.1 MPH/82 degrees. Warm. Easy. Not much to say here.

Tuesday run/swim. Monday night I went to bed early – even a bit earlier than usual, around 9:15. I slept OVER 9.5 hours. NINE AND A HALF HOURS. But, I woke up feeling like a new person, and even though the run was still warm, for the first time in awhile I felt like I could run a bit faster. 60 minute run/6.26 miles/9:35 average/73 degrees. The swim ended up an unplanned last minute change, as the weather was calling for rain for the next several days straight, so Bryan picked the kids up and I jumped in the pool. It still felt odd and slow. I’ve tried to make my sets longer and my goal was to do two sets of 1300, but I Was so frustrated with how slow the first 1300 was I broke the rest into smaller chunks. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. 

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Wednesday run. A day for go running snacks. We beat the rain but it was STICKY AND HUMID. 60 minute run/5.53 miles/10:40 average/72 degrees

Thursday swim. Again I had planned to do a warm up, a set of drills, and then 1600 straight, but I got stopped 900 in by a landscaper who wanted to use the pool bathroom. 60 minute swim/2500 yards

Friday long run. I had the bright idea to move my long run to Friday so I could have Sunday off, knowing that week my long ride and run during week 26 would be during the week because of work training over the weekend. So I figured I’d avoid what would end up being 17-18 hours of training without a rest day by moving it. What I forgot to consider was the time I put in the week BEFORE. I had already mentally moved it so I just did it, but did a run/walk to play it safe. My pace actually ended up being the same as the week previously – this week felt a bit cooler but last week I was more well rested so it seemed comparable. 2.5 hour run/14.5 miles/10:20 average/70 degrees

Saturday long ride. This was THE long ride – the BIG one. I held back at the beginning knowing how many hours I had already put in the previous 7 days without a rest day, and actually found I had a good amount of energy at the end – enough even to pull the group in the last few miles. 5.5 hour ride/101.5 miles (!)/18.3MPH/72 degrees. 

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Sunday – rest day

 Total Time: 14 hours 12 minutes (19.5 hours from Saturday-Saturday without a rest day)

Miles Traveled: 148.78

Training Thoughts: I should have kept better track of this day by day and week by week, as I am finding I often forget by the time I sit down to type this. Honestly I had hoped to write a few posts on my thought process as this has gone down, but I have either just been too tired or too busy. I’ve had so many running thoughts about all of this and the effect its had on me and my kids and everyone around me. I felt better this week overall and I think the challenge of the number of hours and the 100 mile ride fueled me, but by Sunday I was pooped again. I’m definitely having to dig deep to find motivation some days.  It really has been a roller coaster ride even hour by hour some days. I haven’t lost it on anyone and I haven’t yet turned into a total dick, but I’m definitely less patient and more irritable.

14 days to taper.

 

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 24

I planned a cutback week for myself this week. Most of the group was racing the White Lake Half so we had actually done a 5 hour ride a week earlier than planned. My goal was to avoid overtraining.

Monday. swim/ride. Labor Day so Tammie and I swam in my neighborhood and then did an easy ride. And by easy I mean EASY.  Intervals? HA. By Sunday I started to feel like I was coming down with something. I woke up on Monday feeling worn, but ok. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. Another good solid swim where I felt like I was making some improvement! I even swam a couple 400-500 yard sets at my current fastest RACE speed (2:10/100 yards). Yes, its still slow. 60 minute ride/16.98 miles/17.4 MPH/66 degrees. Not much to report here, but hallelujah for some cooler morning weather.

Tuesday run. 60 minute stroller run/6.03 miles/9:56 average/61 degrees. Ya’ll seriously -61 degrees and I still can’t get out of a 10 minute per mile average. I still felt like I was fighting something, and still worn down, so I guess I shouldn’t have been shocked. And yes, I realize that isn’t horribly slow, but I’m comparing it to my past runs not anyone elses. To be on the safe side I started going to the chiropractor weekly again, and mentioned my fatigue. He told me I needed to take it easy – do the time, keep the muscles moving, but EASY. Stop altogether and I’m more likely to actually get sick. Honestly, I’ve felt like this before and should have recognized that I was REALLY close to overtraining, but thought maybe this was how the peak phase goes.

Wednesday “run”/”ride”.  I’m using the terms loosely here. I literally took the twins for a 60 minute walk in the morning, and did such an easy spin that evening that I didn’t even break a sweat. But I honestly started to feel better even after Wednesday morning. Go figure even though I planned a shorter week my body had other things in mind.

Thursday swim. 38 minute open water swim/1600 yards. I was finally able to join some of the group swimming Lake Moultrie. The swim was slow. I’m a horrific sighter and today was no exception. But, I made it across, and without panicking. After we took a short boat ride and that was fun.

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Friday rest day. It was still warm (ha) after work so I thought hey, take the twins to the pool. What do they do? Eat.

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They get it honest enough I guess.

Saturday long ride. 3 hour ride/53 miles/17.6MPH/70 degrees. All I have to say here is, you know you’re training for something nuts when you legitimately say to yourself “yay! only 3 hours today!” I also did a 15 minute run afterwards.

Sunday long run. 2.5 hour run/14.5 miles/10:22 average/superfuckingmuggy OH MY GOD WHERE DID THE COOL WEATHER GO?!?!?!

Total Time: 11 hours 3 minutes (last year my peak was 9 hours and this year 11 hours is considered a cut back. Geez Louise)

Distance Traveled: 105.07

Training Thoughts: I went into the week feeling overwhelmed honestly and it started to get better as the week went on, but the theme for the week was pretty much what the heck was I thinking? Also humidity can suck it. SUCK IT.

 

 

 

 

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 23

23 is my favorite number.

I’ve basically stopped doing any intervals at this point. I might get one in. Honestly, I just don’t have the energy, doing them isn’t going to make or break my race, and its not worth the risk of injury.

Monday swim/run. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. Typically I go to Danny Jones to swim in the larger pool on Mondays but the weather was calling for a chance of storms in the afternoon. Rather than risk getting rained out (I wouldn’t have, of course) I did my swim in the morning. 60 minute run/6.25 miles/9:47 average/73 degrees. I actually split this and did 2.6 pushing the stroller, came back to shower and get my massage, then come home and finished the rest on the treadmill, so then there was another shower.

Another thing Ironman training requires is lots of showers.

Tuesday ride. 61 minute ride/18.3 miles/17.8 MPH/72 degrees

Wednesday run/ride. 60 minute run/5.8 miles/10:15 average/who knows the temp. My run didn’t get transferred to the Garmin site somehow. But it is in my watch, so it still counts. 45 minute ride/13.14 miles/17.4 mph/88 degrees. This one got squeezed in between work and picking the twins up from daycare, which I did with 10 minutes to spare. I should add my neighbor saw me leaving for both the 6am run and 5pm bike ride, and probably thinks I’m certifiable. He’d be right.

Thursday  swim. 60 minute swim/2800 yards. The plan here was to meet a group for a lake swim in Moncks Corner, but the weather looked iffy thanks to the oncoming Tropical Storm, and so it got canceled. My parents had the kids anyway so I hit the pool. I did 100 yards before Tammie got there, and stopped to realize I had finished it much more quickly than usual. I figured it was a fluke. After chatting awhile I started again, and finished 1350 yards in less time than it took me to swim 1300 yards just last week. Not only that, but it felt easier, smoother and much more comfortable. I took another break and did another 1350, this time 20 seconds faster than before! Something is clicking! FINALLY!

Now, to be fair, I’m still slow, just not as slow.

Friday rest day. Most of the state of South Carolina shut down for Hurricane Hermine, which ended up doing almost nothing.

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In all seriousness, I was more than relieved nothing ended up happening, and plenty in Florida were affected, so I’m not trying to be an ass hole here.

Saturday  long ride. 5 hour ride/87 miles/17.4 mph/65 (!!) degrees. We basically took the same route as last week, just a bit more slowly and turned around a bit sooner.

2 super long rides down.

Sunday long run 2 hour run/11.5 miles/10:16 average/68 degrees – You guys, when this is over, all I want is a nice, short, recovered and FAST run. I never thought I’d hear myself say that I was craving a nice fast 5k but man am I ever.

On the plus side, we saw goats.

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BAAAAAAAAAA

Total Time: 12 hours 50 minutes

Distance Traveled: 144.5 miles.

Training Thoughts: I want a nice, cool, fast run. I want to know what recovered feels like. Rest? What is rest?  I’m tired and I’m taking a cutback week next week.

Hooray 7 weeks to go! ( celebration )

Holy shit 7 weeks to go! (panic)

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 22

Holy cow. This is starting to get real.

I think this week marks the highest number of hours I’ve trained/exercised, EVER. This is like a part time job. I’m training more hours than I worked part time in college, though, I worked a ridiculously low number (like 8-10) so I guess that doesn’t mean much.🙂

This week also got interesting (and flexible) thanks to some illness.

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Monday: run/ride. 60 minute run/6.2 miles/73 degrees. I ran 40 minutes solo with my horribly slow intervals ( I swear I forgot how to run fast), and returned home to find out that Abby had thrown up. Ugh. I.hate.vomit. By the time I got home she was acting fine, but couldn’t go to daycare for obvious reasons. I finished the run with her solo in the stroller (she was drinking, had asked for a snack and said she wanted to go), which was much lighter with only one toddler in it. Obviously I couldn’t take her swimming so I opted for an hour trainer ride while she watched a movie. 60 minute ride/12 miles/horribly slow

Tuesday swim/run. 60 minutes/2500 yards. 60 minute treadmill run/6.12 miles. Despite acting fine all day, Abby woke up vomiting several times Monday night, meaning sleep was less than plentiful. Just in case Tuesday night ended up like Monday night, I doubled up while I still had some energy. We kept her home again, and again, she acted fine all day. What the heck, kid?

Wednesday swim. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. As expected, we were up again Tuesday night, but this time thanks to the other end. I’ll just let you figure that one out.

Thursday long run. 120 minute run/12.16 miles/9:51 average/65 degrees (!!). We finally made it through a night without any issues, but 3 nights with less than great sleep made this run a tough one despite the AWESOME temperature outside. BRING ON FALL!!

Friday swim/ride brick. 30 minute swim/1300 meters, 30 minute ride/8.98 miles/17.8MPH/70 degrees. I’ve kinda decided the ride run quick change isn’t helping me enough to warrant staying consistent with it, so I made up a brick of my own. It allows me an extra swim and to see how the transition is from swim to bike, though race swim is MUCH longer.

Saturday long ride. 5 hour (!!) ride/89 miles/17.7 MPH/70 degrees at start. Longest ride! And really, not bad at all. The last 90 minutes or so did suck, but mostly because it was HOT. I also did a short run/walk afterwards because everyone talks about how weird your legs feel, but actually my legs recovered more quickly than my heart rate did, thanks to the fact that it was 90 degrees outside. UGH.

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Sunday rest. TIRED.

Total Time: 13 hours 20 minutes

Distance Traveled: 138 miles

Training Thoughts: WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?!?!? I don’t even bother with the intervals most of the time because I AM TOO TIRED TO DO THEM.

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 21

Week 21 is where it starts to get horribly exhausting fun.

This week was a bit more tiring than usual, because I had to do some shifting to get my long ride and run in. Even though last Sunday’s long ride technically went with Week 20, I ended up cramming 15 hours of workouts into 6 days, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do anything over the weekend.

We are now in the “I’ll worry about it when I get there” peak phase of the Be Iron Fit training plan. I do swear one day I’ll blog about something other than my lame training plans, but right now it looks like that day will be sometime in November. This phase of the plan averages between 13-15 hours of training per week, though for me it means 12-14, since I am following the Just Finish swim plan. After 3 straight weeks at 14 hours, taper begins. I laugh a little that 9 hours is going to be considered a taper, when that was my peak week during last years’ Olympic triathlon training.

Ha.

Monday: run/swim. 60 minute run with 3x 5 minute intervals/6.12 miles/9:50 average/73 degrees. It was a little easier to breathe this morning but who am I kidding? It’s still muggy as hell. My intervals were ok: 7:52, 8:03, 8:24. My marathon pace average was 8:35 and I’m running 8:24 intervals. Man I’m ready for fall. 60 minute swim/2500 meters. 

Tuesday: run/ride. 60 minute run/6.04 miles/9:56 pace/73 degrees. No intervals this run. I was feeling tired from the last couple days and knew I still had a long week ahead so I skipped them. I was excited to end a complete zone 2 workout in under a 10 minute  mile. Ha. 60 minute ride/18.1Miles/17.9 MPH/77 degrees. Skipped the intervals here too, so zone 2 only.

Wednesday  swim. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. By the end of it I thought maybe I was starting to get the idea of high elbows, but by midday my shoulder was sore, so perhaps not.

Thursday long run. 1 hour 45 minute run/10.25 miles/10:15 average/73 degrees. Starting this run at 6 am rather than 7 did help, but again, its still humid as shit. I think I melted.

Friday long ride. 4 hour ride/65 miles/16.7 MPH/72 degrees. I dreaded this ride for awhile until it turned out Tammie also had the day off (yay!) so I wouldn’t have to go solo. I hadn’t planned to spend my birthday day off on a small seat pedaling for 4 hours but when you sign up for a race like this sometimes flexibility is important. Another friend joined us for the first 2 hours and we explored a new area, but the roads were bumpier for longer than we anticipated so that slowed us down quite a bit. I’m just excited to have another 4+ hour ride crossed off the list.

Friday night was tri/birthday party night!

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Saturday/Sunday – rest day. I spent the weekend doing continuing education for work, and knew that if I Was going to be gone doing that all day, there was no way I was going to be able to come home and take off again for a workout, so I just planned the weekend off. After cramming all that into 6 days I was ready for it anyway.

Total Time: 10 hours 58 minutes

Miles Traveled: 108.77

Training Thoughts: I just might be able to survive the three 14 hour weeks after all!

 

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 20

This week was the final week of the “Build Phase” and, in my book, marks another big training milestone – we are 2/3rds of the way through! One more week and we are in the single digit countdown. It also means training time goes up, and time for just about anything else (blogging included) goes down.

Monday – run/swim. 45 minute run/4.61 miles/9:46 average/79 degrees I cut my run a bit short because I was planning a big swim. I’ve been having issues with my allergies and asthma the last couple weeks (I think the rain is to blame) and today was no exception. I was supposed to do 4×5 min intervals and per usual they got slower as I went. I finally felt better able to breathe 40 minutes into my 45. Go figure. 77 minute swim/3000 meters. The plan calls for 2 3000 meter straight swims during the build phase and I never managed any so I figured I’d do at least one. Luckily, I found my waterproof iPod while helping my sister move and that kept me from going crazy. It was slow but I didn’t stop (that’s what she said?). I know I just used this meme, but its appropriate for how I felt afterwards.

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Tuesday ride. 60 minute ride/18.3 miles/18.3 Mph/82 degrees. The interval attempts here were an epic fail. It called for 8x 4 minutes and not only could I just not get my heart rate up for long, the timing of them was bad. I ran into many points where I needed to slow down or turn around and so eventually I just said screw it.

Wednesday swim/run. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. I had some company on this dark dark swim this time and that was nice. 60 minute run with 10 minutes 1 lap fast/1 lap slow./6.12 miles/9:48 average/86 degrees. Still warm, but it finally didn’t feel like the seventh level of hell outside so I joined the track this week. The change of scenery was nice.

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Thursday long run. 2 hour run/11.25 miles/10:40 average/77 degrees. OH MY GOD WHERE IS FALL?!?!? So I started this run at 7 am and ran till 9 which made this even more difficult. I drank 16 oz of nuun, a 20 oz bottle of gatorade and 8 more ounces when I got home and was still dehydrated. And slow. And man I forgot how difficult a 2 hour run can, be especially when it feels like  90 by the time you’re done.

Friday ride/run quick change. 45 minute trainer ride/8.8 miles (slow as shit). 15 minute run/1.58 miles/9:32 average/75 degrees. I think my body is going to forget how to run faster.

Saturday  rest day. Took twins to birthday party. Yay for cake!

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Sunday long ride. 4 hour ride/74.58 miles/18.1 MPH/73 degrees This ride, thankfully, felt a little easier than the last one. I wasn’t as tired the last few miles, and I wasn’t as tired afterwards.

Total Time: 12 hours 13 minutes

Miles Traveled: 128.5

Training Thoughts: Actually, I feel proud of myself this week.

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 19

I do still plan to write a recap from the last sprint tri but was hoping our coach would post some pics I could steal. I think he’s out of town so there may be a picture-less one going up soon. After the race I skipped intervals for this week too.

Things really start to get fun from here on out. And by fun I mean…well, I’m not sure to be honest. Every long ride from here on out is at least 4 hours, and the runs begin to get longer as well.

Monday – swim/run. Somehow, I have zero recollection of these workouts. My calendar says I ran on the treadmill, but I can’t remember why. I swam 2500 yards so that means I swam at home, but I can’t remember why I did that either. I think maybe the weather was calling for rain in the afternoon so I swam first and ran on the treadmill once it was too hot to run outside? I do remember I watched an episode of Orange is the New Black. 60 minute swim/ 2500 yards. 60 minute run/6.2 miles/9:41 average. 

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Tuesday- ride. 62 minute ride/18.26 miles/17.6 MPH/ 72 degrees. Clearly I need to write these weekly things more quickly now that we are almost in peak week because my memory seems to have disappeared along with my energy.

Wednesday swim/run. 60 minute swim/2300 yards. 60 minute stroller run/5.55 miles/10:19 average/77 degrees. This one I remember. Tammie met me for a swim this morning. It was an odd morning because the swim started out dark as usual and then the pool guy randomly showed up and turned the lights on. I was eternally grateful and told him that he needed to do that weekly from now on. I don’t think he will.  Afterwards the twins and I went for “running snacks”, which now involve a pee break. I stopped once to pee somewhere myself and Miles decided he needed to go, so now every time we get close to that area, he has to pee.

Thursday – long run. 90 minute run/8.71 miles/10:12 average/75 degrees. This run, for lack of a better word, sucked. I was tired. My pace was inconsistent. I was unmotivated. My asthma and allergies were acting up. I turned on a motivational song and instead of pumping me up I spent it trying to convince myself not to quit….for good, not just the run itself. For the first time since I started, I seriously believed that I was in over my head. I made myself finish the run though, and by the end I felt a good bit better, but I still felt off the rest of the day.

Friday – swim. 60 minute swim/2500 yards. I took it easy in anticipation that I’d be spending the next day helping my sister move, so I did the  majority of the swim with my fins on, trying to focus on form.

Saturday  rest day.

Sunday  long ride. 4 hour ride/74 miles/17.7 MPH/73 degrees. We tried a new route through Walterboro and I was very thankful for the change of scenery. The last 45 min or so started to get hot, and we had one snafu (a flat), but otherwise it was a great ride.

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Total Training Time: 11 hours 55 minutes

Training Thoughts: This shit? Is no joke.

I Want To Be an Ironman – Week 18

This week was much more choppy than usual since I wanted to race at least one more race of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series. And since we had done our mock olympic the weekend before, I did all workouts in Zone 2 (no intervals). Also, I am apparently super lame and took zero pictures. So here is a meme.

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Monday – long ride (part 1) 2 hour ride/34.83 miles/17.4MPH/73 degrees Long rides around my house require some creativity. I did an out and back involving my usual 1 hour route, some back roads and a couple loops through a neighborhood. It was boring. And hot.And the weather is lying – it was much warmer than 73 when I started, and felt like the 90’s by the time I was done.

Tuesday swim/run 60 minute swim/unknown distance. Tammie and I split the cost of an hour session with a local coach who gave us some drills to practice, where I learned I was actually doing them improperly. I have a lot to learn when it comes to my swim. More of the swim was discussion than actual swimming so I’m not really sure how far I went, but I’m counting it. 58 minute run/5.83 miles/9:58 average/73 degrees. OK, now I KNOW the weather is lying as it was definitely not 73 degrees. Or something in my watch is broken. Maybe its wishful thinking, since the high temp for at least 3 days this week was at or over 100. 73 would feel like a cold front.

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Wednesday swim/run 60 minute swim/2500 yards. This swim almost didn’t happen. I went to bed at 9:15 the night before, my alarm set for 5:15. I tossed and turned, and maybe dozed until nearly 11 o’clock, when I finally took half a Xanax because I knew it would help me sleep. I left my alarm set figuring if I woke up feeling exhausted I’d turn it off, but surprisingly I felt alright. I’ve read, though, that feeling tired but being unable to sleep can be a sign of overdoing it, so I told myself if I didn’t sleep well that night I’d rest the next day. 60 minute stroller run/5.55 miles/10:38 average/75 degrees. It was sticky and not fun, but I got it done.

Thursday long ride part 2. 2 hour ride/33.7 miles/17 MPH/79 degrees. Looks like the weather is working right again. I took a different route this time and it made the ride much less boring. It was still hot though. And I slept pretty well Wednesday night so didn’t have to rest.

Friday long run 75 minute treadmill run/7.6 miles/9:52 average. Bryan unexpectedly had to go into work much earlier than usual so I still got up at 5:15 but headed upstairs to run instead of outside. I forgot my heart rate monitor and had issues getting Netflix to work at first but it ended up not being as bad as I had dreaded thanks to Orange is the New Black, Season 4.

Saturday rest day

Sunday James Island Sprint Triathlon. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this race. When we left at 5:30 it was already 82 degrees. In the end, it wasn’t my worst and it wasn’t my best, and I still got a mug🙂 I’m hoping the Tri group coach will post some pics I can steal so I can have some for the recap at least.

Total Training Time:  10 hours 45 minutes

Training Thoughts: I am SO OVER THIS HEAT. It sucks the energy right out of me. Bring on fall!!!!

I Want To Be an Ironman- Week 17

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Tami dared me, and apparently I always listen to Tami

This week marks the first official “Tall Bill” Olympic Triathlon!

Monday – run/swim. 60 minute run with 3×6 min Z4/6.14 miles/9:47 average/73 degrees. It was cooler out for this run, but STICKY and foggy. My lungs weren’t thrilled and my interval times showed it. After the intervals I took Chance out for a slow mile and finished it up solo. 60 minute swim/2500 meters Part of this swim was a shot at the James Island Sprint Distance (600 yards or 550 meters) which I did in my fastest time so far! 12:49

Tuesday ride. 60 minute ride with 5×5 min Z4/18.2 MPH/18.3 miles/81 degrees. The plan called for 6 sets of interval but with all the stops and turns on my usual route I didn’t quite get enough.

Wednesday swim/run. 60 minute swim/2500 yards It is staying darker longer in the morning now so I’d say a good 20 minutes of my swim was dark, but as long as I can see the bottom of the pool I’m happy. 55 minute stroller run with 5 min Z4/5.5 miles/10:03 average/ 73 degrees . I decided to run in the morning since it was a bit cooler (and not foggy) and of course you know how much the twins love “go running snacks”.

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Thursday ride/run quick change. 45 minute ride/14.06 miles/18.4 MPH/73 degrees. 15 minute run/1.61 miles/9:20 average/73 degrees

Friday long run. 60 minute run/6.29 miles/9:33 average/70 degrees Finally! A run with an average in the 9:30’s! This Z2 stuff sometimes makes me feel like I’m losing my speed. I can’t wait for a nice cool run to really see where I am.

Saturday rest day

Sunday The “Tall Bill” Olympic Triathlon! So our plan calls for an Olympic Distance race (actually next week but next week is the next James Island race, so some things got switched around) and there isn’t a good local one so one of the group created our own. I planned to treat it as a workout and not a race, and succeeded with the swim and bike at least, but by the time I got to the run it was so hot I didn’t want to spend any more time running than necessary so I was in Z4 for the whole thing. Also, you know its hot when Z4 is between 8:45-9:15/mile. Anyway, so we did 1500 yards in a local neighborhood pool and then rode our bikes to our usual ride spot for the ride and run. The pool didn’t have lanes or lines on the bottom so we did some makeshift – and I ran into them often.

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Total Time : 10 hours even

Training Thoughts: Man, once my watch countdown started hitting the double digits (currently 90 days away!) my brain started going into a bit of a panic mode. I just realized this is actually happening soon I guess – 6 months out it seemed so far away it wasn’t anything to worry about. Now I’m having more panic-y thoughts than calm ones, but I’m told this is normal.

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