14 Weeks ’til Ironman Boulder

WOW!! What an awesome week of workouts!! I felt strong both mentally and physically all week long, which is good since I’m not feeling that way at work. Only 4 more weeks of school before summer break, but who’s counting πŸ˜‰


AM: 1 hour strength training session, which was the perfect start to my week.

PM: 1 hour trainer ride…alternating between Zone 2 and Zone 3/4



AM: 90 minute run with 6 x 0.3 mile hill repeats. This was my #FaveWorkout of the week


PM: 65 minute swim covering 3000 yards…I felt slow in this swim, but felt as though I had really good form.


Basil spending some time watching the birds. #sucharetriever
Basil spending some time watching the birds. #sucharetriever


AM: 90 minute trainer ride…we did fartleks on the bike where each person picked something different to do for 2-4 minutes every 10 minutes after the 30 minute warm-up. It was fun to have variety and not know what was coming next πŸ˜‰


PM: 2500 yard swim inΒ 55 minuteΒ that included a 1500 TT…my time trial was not where I had hoped it would be. Since I couldn’t seem to get my form down and felt like I was a fish out of water, I’ll take the sub 2:00/100 time though.


Basil helping me make dinner...she loves veggies
Basil helping me make dinner…she loves veggies


PM: 1 hour brick followed by 45 minutes of TRX…the brick felt AWESOME!! I felt like I was flying on the run!! I love it when a workout falls together so smoothly and feels so amazing!! TRX was a good mix of strength, where we incorporated 2×1 minute of plank (both regular plank and side planks), which challenged a lot of the people in my class πŸ™‚




100 days away from Ironman Boulder and it was a rest day…It felt really good to take it easy today.


PM: We went to the Drake 1/2 Marathon packet pick-up for Sunday’s race and then started carb loading with breakfast for dinner…French Toast and Turkey Bacon…YUMMY πŸ™‚



AM: WHY IS IT RAINING AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!?! We were suppose to do our 5 hour trainer ride to raise funds for the Tour de Cure/American Diabetes Association, but the weather was COLD AND WET (mid 30s), so we opted to postpone yet again. I don’t know when we will reschedule this fundraiser to, but we haven’t given up hope yet. Instead, we rode on the trainer in the basement. 4 hours was the goal, but I was so close to 60 miles at the end of my 4 hour ride that I continued to ride to 60 miles. I was mentally and physically feeling really strong. I had #noangrykitty thanks to Coeur Sports. I stayed hydrated thanks to Osmo NutritionΒ ActiveΒ and my nutrition was spot on thanks to goldfish crackers and Barnana πŸ™‚



PM: 30 minutes of core work followed by a pasta dinner with friends that we would be running the Drake 1/2 Marathon with on Sunday morning. Good times and great eats!!


Race ready!!


AM: The Drake 1/2 Marathon started at 7:30 am. My goal was to run a 2 hour race, relax and have fun. I crossed the finish line in 1:56:10 with a HUGE smile after having managed to run the entire race (including Bulldog Hill and quite a few others). I was ready to walk the hills if needed, but I just slowed my pace a bit and plowed through the hundreds of walking athletes. This course is not designed for a PR as it has some substantial hills in it, most of which are in the last 5K of the race, but I was only 3:30 slower than my PR, so I’ll take it!! With theΒ Legend Tri 100 only 6 short weeks away, I’m glad I didn’t push harder, even though I had it in me to do so.



PM: 2100 yard swim…most of this workout was drills and 100s, so it was a nice and easy recovery swim after this morning’s race.

Weekly Totals: 16:08

Another week in the green πŸ™‚

Swim: 7600 yards

Bike: 106 miles

Run: 24.5 miles

Strength Training: 2:15:00

How was your week? Did you have any races last week? If so, tell me about them πŸ™‚

20 thoughts on “14 Weeks ’til Ironman Boulder

  1. Completely solid week Kecia!!!! First week back after recovery and you killed your training! I can relate to your feelings about your swims this week, but you stayed strong and got them done and the yards in the bank! Your race was great and kudos for keeping your run going on all the hills! Way to go!

  2. Great week Kecia! I cannot believe you are less than 100 days away from IM Boulder, crazy! I love following your training because your big race is only 2 weeks before mine:) Seriously impressed with your 4 hour ride on the trainer… I do the same thing, when I’m close to a # like 50 or 60 for example, I’ll keep riding… b/c you can’t end on 59 miles! Congrats on another green week too:)

    1. Thanks Kristin!! It is so CRAZY to think we are getting so close to race day!! Where has the time gone?!?!?!

      I typically end with whatever my time is, but I really wanted to see a “6” for the first digit of the distance on this ride. I guess I’ll have to work a bit harder next time to make it happen in sub 4 hours πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Leslie!! Nice work on the 2:20 trainer ride πŸ™‚ Crazy that I look forward to those shorter rides now that I’m up to 4+ hours πŸ˜‰

  3. So many beautiful green boxes! Great job! I love that your favorite workout was hill repeats. I love to hate hill repeats. Also, great job on your half marathon! I’m still chasing that elusive sub-2 hour half. Maybe next year.

    1. I have to admit I was a little worried that the devil vs angel chatter would be present on this ride, but I stayed mentally strong and the chatter stayed away 😊

  4. Very impressed by 4 hours on the trainer!!! You look so strong and focused, can’t wait to see how this translates to your outdoor riding. Congrats on your half marathon, way to rock it on a tough course!!! I love how you and your hubby train together… you are lucky to have a permanent training partner!

    1. Most days I’m lucky he is by my side through it all. Some days are tougher than others, but that goes with anythingπŸ˜‰ So far I’ve felt like my trainer rides have really made me stronger, but I’ve only had one outdoor ride to base that on πŸ˜‰

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