Sunday, April 15, 2012

Training Update and Another Winner

Before I get into my training as of late, I just want to announce the winner of my latest door prize. Tom S., you have won yourself some TriSlide!! I will be choosing the winner of the coaching raffle tomorrow as my team wraps up their 3,080 mile journey across America. You can still enter!! Click here for details.
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So my Full Rev training is in full force! I have been putting my nose to the grindstone and getting it D.O.N.E. done! The thing about training for an IM is that, unfortunately, it really isn't very glamorous or exciting. It is a lot of hours of fairly easy aerobic work. Most of the mental toughness, comes in not getting discouraged by how slow I am going. I have to remember that I am training for an endurance event, and the goal is to be able to keep going!! So while I would love to be able to report that I'm out killing mile repeats or setting PRs on all of my training runs, the truth is I'm just out there getting the time in.

A couple of weeks ago we had a gorgeous week of summer-like weather, and I was lucky enough to be able to get in almost 200 miles of riding. Since then, though, it's been back to the trainer because of weather and the boys being on break this past week. Yesterday, though, I took the new bike (yet to be named still) out for a 4 hour ride, and it was great. I felt good, despite some saddle issues I'm working through, and I definitely felt like I had more in me. Lately every time I go out for a swim, bike, or run, while I'm not necessarily feeling very fast, I am feeling very fit, and that is a great feeling. (Of course, let's be real...fast would also be a good feeling...).

Once I got home I had a 30 minute run on tap. It wasn't scheduled as a brick, but I knew that once I got cleaned up from my run there was NO WAY I was going to get sweaty again. (Training Tip: Honor what you know about yourself and your tendencies, i.e. that you are more likely to skip an evening workout, and you will be much more consistent in your training.) I didn't really feel like going out for even an easy run, and as I was debating Noah came up to chat. I asked him if he wanted to go on a run with me, and he was all for it! It was nice and easy, and we ended up doing 2 miles together! He was a trooper. His pacing method is a little unorthodox - run as fast as you can and then stop, then run as fast as you can and then stop, but all in all he did pretty darn good. He talked to me the whole time, and it was a great way to spend 30 minutes with my son. I will definitely be asking him to join me more in the future.

I'm starting to get excited for race season to begin. A lot of friends and teammates are out there already racing, and I'm itching to get started. My first race of the season is the Olympic Rev at Rev3 Quassy in June, but I'm also headed down to Rev3 in Knoxville in a few weeks to work in timing!! Woot! Can't wait!

Hope everyone has a great week!!

5 comments :

  1. Very exciting! I think I am going to learn a lot from you and look forward to following your journey!

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  2. So glad you are coming to Knoxville! We will be there too!

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  3. Great job on your training! I hope you have some great weather this week!

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  4. I'm getting really excited for tri season too! ready to open water swim again.

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