This week marks the max amount of hours I think I have ever spent training – ever. The sad part? This is still phase one or the “base phase”, so its only going to keep going up from here.
Monday: ride/swim. 58:20 minute ride/17MPH/16.62 miles/61 degrees/HR 138. The goal of this ride was to increase my cadence, ideally to 100+. I ended up around 80. I did a few laps around my neighborhood and ventured out a bit when I got bored. I focused on cadence some, but not the whole ride. 56:53 swimming/1600 meters. A decent amount of this was spent resting, but my friend and I did a set of ” 5, 4, 3, 2, 1″, which basically means 500m alternating swim and pull, 400 meters alternating swim and kick, 300 meters with the goal to “build” (I didn’t), 200 meters of drills, and 100 meters all out. The all out wore me out so I did a 100m cool down and then quit for the day.
Tuesday – run. 75 minute stroller run/7.53 miles/9:58 average/63 degrees/ HR 153. How the twins tolerated a 75 minute run is beyond me, but they did and for that they are pretty awesome.
Wednesday– swim/run. 54:31 swim/2000 meters. Combination of laps and drills, some with and some without. Nothing too exciting here. 60 minute run/6.15 miles/9:46 pace/90 degrees (!!)/ HR 154. Ugh is all I have to say about this one. It was HOT. Uncomfortable and HOT. I just wanted it to be over so I could eat…..and eat we did – we all met at Charleston Sports Pub afterwards for Tami’s birthday.
Thursday quick change ride/run and yoga. 45:22 ride/12.62 miles/16.7 MPH/63 degrees/HR 145. 15 minute run/ 1.74 miles/8:38 pace/63 degrees/HR 149. I actually managed a 90 bike cadence average on this ride, but interestingly my heart rate average, although still in zone 2, was a little higher than it usually is. The run felt fantastic, and again just goes to show you the difference temperature can make. Just this week I’ve had a run in zone 2 average an 8:38 all the way to a 9:46 (non stroller run). Later that afternoon, after fighting with hamstring and hip discomfort all week, I did the 30 minute yoga for runners video. The twins thought this was an awesome opportunity to crawl through the tunnel.
long run swim. As the week went on I was feeling more and more discomfort in my hip, which is what tends to act up when my PSOAS is tight. I’ve also had some discomfort in my knees when riding, and had been unsure what issue is causing what. My chiro, who is also a cyclist, agreed with my suspicions that maybe my bike fit is off, and that everything seemed unusually tight. I had planned to cut the run down anyway since we were spending the day walking at the zoo, but thought maybe a swim would be better. 45 minute swim/ 2000 yards. I decided to swim for 45 minutes straight at a comfortable pace and see how far I got. At this pace, a 2.4 mile swim (minus wetsuit and current) would take me about an hour and 36 minutes, or a 2:29/100m pace. Slow.
Sunday long ride: 150 minute ride/41.2miles/16.5 MPH/58 degrees/HR unknown. This ride ended up as a bit of a SNAFU from the beginning. I forgot my inhaler so we stopped by my house to get it. I picked up my HR monitor (I forgot that also) but it never connected to my watch, so I just went without it. I also forgot to re-start my watch twice. But its done, so yay for that.
After the ride Erik, Tami’s husband, was kind enough to check out my bike fit for me. It seems the bike itself is fit correctly, but he adjusted my cleats on my shoes (I had both new pedals and cleats within the last couple months), so hopefully that is enough. He also mentioned the increase in mileage could play a factor, as I increased from an hour a week to 3-4 hours a week pretty abruptly. Finally I was able to meet with the coach from last weeks’ swim clinic, who went over my video and made drill suggestions. Here’s hoping I can knock some time off my swim between now and October.
Total Time: 9 hours 51 minutes
Training Thoughts: I have a lot to learn.
May 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm
Wow!! I’m tired just reading that! What jogging stroller do you have? I’m in the market!
May 16, 2016 at 9:51 pm
A Bob Ironman, ironically enough. Love it!!
May 16, 2016 at 9:27 pm
You are amazing. I saw you throughout this week. And besides all this training you still work and remain an awesome mom and wife. I’m proud of you! Aunt Bon.
May 16, 2016 at 10:26 pm
“Training Thoughts: I have a lot to learn.”
Girly… I’ve run like 100 races and every race I run, I learn something new. Even if you have a lot to learn and a lot of training to go, you have so much support on the journey from all of the tri club, runners, the coaches, your family, etc. You’ve got this!
You had a great week of training and got tons of good workouts in. I’m shocked you managed to work out so much on the weekend AND do the twins’ b-day because that would take a ton of energy. I hope the shoes/cleats adjustments on the bike help as well as the yoga so that your psoas doesn’t act up again!
May 17, 2016 at 9:42 am
The nature of zone 2 is what helps me survive I think lol. If I were doing 10 hours at tempo paces I’m not sure I’d make it.
May 19, 2016 at 6:42 am
Just stumbled across your blog. It reminds me of when I was blogging my weekly training recaps heading into Ironman Wisconsin (my one and only full) and wringing my hands each week wondering if I was doing enough. Enjoy the journey. Victory is in crossing the starting line knowing you belong there. The rest of your day is a celebration of your journey.
Just to clarify. Are you doing Ironman Beach to Battleship? Full or half? Have a great time! Enjoy it all!
May 19, 2016 at 7:01 am
Oh yes I definitely look at these workouts each week and think about how this hour ride translates to 7 on race day. I know it will, it’s just a lot to wrap my head around. I’m doing the full beach to battleship
May 19, 2016 at 9:54 am
Trust Your Training! You will think I am insane for saying this BUT IRONMAN Race Day is not hard it’s AMAZING only IF you do the training an nail that nutrition… It’s a moment I’ll never forget… You’ll do fantastic… I’m ready for my next full 🙂
May 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Yes on nutrition. In the base phase now so going to start working on that in a couple weeks when we enter the “build phase” any tips/tricks?
May 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm
I love and trust Infinit Nutrition… I have 1 mix for the bike and a separate flavor and mix for the run. You can talk to a rep and they will ask you questions to make a a customized mix. Salt Salt Salt!!! I can’t stress that enough… before the swim to keep legs from cramping on bike.. during bike and on run take salt tabs. I am not a big solid food eater, but at the half way on the bike I had a few bites of a PB&J was glorious 🙂
As you continue to build you’ll find what your body craves. After each long ride note what you crave and that will tell you the types of things you should add.