MONTH SWIM BIKE RUN
TIME (hours) MILES T M T M
February 7:43 9.63 7:23 89.1 9:05 62.3
March 6:30 5.5 3:58 54.1 14:02 101.6
April 0 0 10:02 121.3 18 106
May 6:20 7.8 14 208.7 12:30 87.6
June 8:40 13.3 30 501.8 10.4 74.9
July 9:20 13.2 22:40 353 6:50 57.6
Wow, why the heck did I not swim at all in April?!
I remember around that time it was super rough. I just lost my grandmother and was dealing with lots of anemia, still...no clue.
I'm also bad at doing training LAST MINUTE. The spike in June on the bike was "oh crap I need to do longer rides ASAP"...same thing with March in the run. I had 2 marathons that month and ...needed to start training.
Right now I can probably get away with it, but if I want to stay injury free I need to work on a longer training period instead of HUGE swings of added training.
Seeing this ...scares me a little. I'm not injured at the moment, however I'm wondering if I did enough for a successful first Ironman finish. ....I just hope so
Tapering has been a blessing but awful at the same time. I did the bulk of my training while only having Thursday's and Sunday's off in June. Working the rest of the week, at 2 jobs, didn't afford me a ton of time of training. I made it work and did the best I could. With less training time It's allowed for more time to think..aka..second guessing. "Am I going to be enough?, Did I do enough?"
I leave in 2 days for Santa Rosa, arriving Thursday to the expo. I laid out all my gear, in race fashion, to make sure I had everything, plus extras (extra goggles, tubes, a change of shorts for the run, extra socks, Body glide before the swim and another for before the run, extra sunglasses, etc etc. ) I don't want to get to the expo or Santa Rosa and have to make a last minute stop to buy something to use for the first time on race day.
Do you see anything I forgot?
I also am bringing some mantras that have gotten me through other nerve wracking race events.
1. From Chrissie Wellington, 4 Time Ironman World Champion
" I run to feel complete, to feel alive, to feel happy, and to feel free. I run to visit beautiful places, to overcome my fears...and to remind myself, and others, that our limits may not be where we think they are."
2. Another quote. I've had a few people, throughout this training program, pick at me about my speed, or lack of it,laugh at some of my questions about racing, and question some training choices I've made. It hurt me but then I found this quote and have kept it with me this whole training cycle
"Don't let others dictate YOUR happiness, YOU ARE AMAZING"
3. One of my favorite verses from the book of Joshua
" Be Courageous and Strong" Joshua 1:9
Being strong and in the right frame of mind when participating in endurance events is key for me. My body can always surpass my mental capability. I always try to get these in my head once my head starts questioning my rationality of doing these events, lol
I'm a roller coaster of nerves right now. I have moments of excitement and then I think "oh crap what did I sign up for!" When I did winter guard, my instructors used to always say before a show, TYT...aka Trust your Technique...AKA...Focus on what you can do and don't go outside of the box.
One of the best things about living in California are the amount of active athletes there are here. I belong to two running clubs, one that meets Tuesday/Saturday and one that meets Wed/Sunday. My husband and I have a schedule that doesn't have a pattern so we are able to do at least 1 track workout a week. We also are members of a triathlon club that has a duathlon series during the summer every Tuesday. It alternates between a Run/Bike/Run or a Swim/Run. There is also a bike ride every Saturday and a Triathlete swim class twice (possible of 4 classes) a week. Even though my schedule is kind of all over the place I'm able to do at least 1 workout in a group setting. I have some amazing athletic friends that truly inspire me.
I hope to be posting a GREAT race review of the 1st ever Ironman Santa Rosa. It's supposed to be a beautiful day and course. I can't wait to cross that line, hear those words "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!"
I'm passionate about running, fitness, nutrition and all things that make me and everyone else a better version of ourselves.