It is crazy that we are so close to race day!! This week has been all about acclimating to altitude and enjoying taper workouts.
“Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours.” ~Zero Dean
Monday and Tuesday we were still in Red Feather Lakes, CO (elevation 8600 feet) and enjoying the peace and quiet in the mountains. Wednesday we ventured to Estes Park, where we will be for one more week. You can check out our Red Feather Lakes adventures here.
Swim: 2500 yards
Our only swim this week was on Wednesday at Mulberry Pool in Fort Collins. I was a bit nervous before the swim, because I was uncertain how my body would respond to the altitude difference from what we had experienced in Iowa, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised!!
Bike: 67.6 miles
Friday we rode the first loop of the Ironman Boulder bike course (which also is the 2nd loop). I was shocked at how good I felt on the bike at altitude and how much I loved this part of the course. We will be riding the 3rd loop later this week…I hope I love it just as much!!
My absolute FAVORITE bike ride…possibly ever…happened yesterday morning. We rode the Peak to Peak Highway from Raymond to Ward and back to Raymond. It was 2000+ feet of climbing at 7-10% grade for 10 miles to an elevation of 9200 feet and I. Was. In. Love!! I will have a separate post devoted entirely to this ride, so stay tuned. For now…here is a sneak peak at a few photos of this amazing ride. I’ll have more in the Peak to Peak Highway post 😉
Run: 20 miles
I have enjoyed 3 separate runs at altitude. I was most pleasantly surprised with my 12 mile run in Estes Park. My body felt great…a little winded, but it was manageable. I saw lots of wild life and ran around the lake a few times so I could see this amazing view…
My run pace was a little slower than back home, but not as bad as I had anticipated. I think this means I’m acclimating nicely to the altitude!!
Strength Training: 2 hours & 20 minutes
I managed to get 2 full body strength training sessions in and one core work session in this week. Now that the race is getting closer, I will be scaling back on the full body strength training and just doing core work this week.
Weekly Totals: 11 hours
I am so pleased with how well I am acclimating to the elevation difference that we’ve experienced. I can’t imagine coming up 4000 feet higher than we are use to for a race and not having time to acclimate. This 3 week trication was definitely the way to go!!
Definitely the Peak to Peak Highway ride…I was in serious #bikelove mode!!
How was your week? Have you ever trained/raced at a much higher altitude? If so, how did you acclimate before your adventures?