23 Weeks ’til IMWI: Seeing Green

This week was a completely different week than last week! I was ready to get back to work in the pool, on the saddle, and pounding the pavement. The theme this week was “seeing green” in Training Peaks!!

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Seeing Green

Monday:

The 4 am alarm clock got us to the gym for an hour strength training session, which was a great start to the week. After a full day of work, I met one of my personal training clients for an hour and then hopped on the bike for an easy hour ride.

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Tuesday:

I seem to have no trouble getting up and riding my bike, running, or strength training, but I always struggle with going to the pool early in the morning. After I get in the pool and swim a couple of hundred yards, I’m always glad I made it to the pool, but sometimes my mind tries to convince my body to go back to bed. Thankfully I didn’t listen to it this time. We started the day with an early morning 2700 yard swim. It ended up being the perfect start to my day. After a full day of work, I experienced some serious #runlove! We ran 10 miles around town and through campus. It was a beautiful evening and we were so lucky to have Mother Nature actually bless us with good weather!

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Wednesday:

We started the day with 90 minutes of sweaty bike intervals before a full day of work, followed by a work meeting, and then 2400 yards of swim torture. I couldn’t seem to get my arms to turn over and my stroke just wouldn’t come together smoothly. I plugged through, but it wasn’t a great swim for me. That smile is because I was finally done! 😉

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Thursday:

Thursdays we typically sleep in, but we got up early because I had a deadline to meet for work and this would give me a couple of extra hours to meet it. After a full day of work, I met with a personal training client, hopped on the bike for an hour recovery ride, and then headed back out the door to teach TRX.

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Friday:

Friday mornings we always sleep in. It felt good to get a few extra hours of shut eye! After a full day of work, I got to enjoy 2100 yards of pure #swimlove 🙂 This was the best swim of the week. I always love Friday swims after work! I’m not rushed to get here or there and I can fully relax and enjoy the water. We followed this up with dinner out with friends. It was fun to catch up and hear about life!!

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Saturday:

We woke up at 5 am…yes, I know it is Saturday…ate our standard cream of rice cereal with blueberries and beet powder before a long workout and hopped on the saddle at 6 am for 3 hours and 15 minutes. This bike workout had a lot of variety, so the time ticked by rather quickly! Then it was time to change into winter running gear…yes, it was COLD and WINDY for our 45 minute run off the bike!! Serious #triathleteproblems existed as I changed into winter compression gear because I was all sweaty from the long bike ride!! UGH!! This run was REALLY tough!! The winds were sustained at ~30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, which made the wind chill temperature feel like ~20F. We pushed through and finished strong, but were exhausted when we were done. After grabbing food, an epsom salt bath, and a shower, we decided to take a 2 hour nap before grocery shopping, completing 30 minutes of core strength training, and prepping food for the week. This week’s meals include homemade red curry, homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade ham and bean soup, and homemade sweet potato with ground hamburger and pasta sauce. We added lots of meals to our freezer for future use as well!!

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Sunday:

We slept in until 6 am, ate our standard cream of rice cereal with blueberries and beet powder, and hopped on the bike for 90 minutes of tough hill climbs at 7 am. I really struggled to keep my cadence higher for this ride, especially on the second hill set. We quickly transitioned to a long run. The weather was completely different from yesterday. While it was still windy, it was near 50F when we started running and only got warmer throughout the 1 hour 45 minutes that we pounded the pavement. It was nice to have the sun shining on our skin…VITAMIN D 🙂 We were so lucky to have 2 girlfriends join us for the first 4 miles, before we ventured out to finish the last 70 minutes on our own. This was probably the best I’ve felt coming off the bike in a LONG time and was so happy to see close to a 9:00/mile pace for nearly 12 miles on tired legs!! So much #runlove 🙂 After refueling, an epsom salt bath, and a shower, I left for CPR/AED recertification. I was bummed to have to spend all afternoon indoors when it was supposed to be near 80F outside, but I was offered free recertification that I had to take advantage of. Thankfully the instructor also wanted to get outside and we got done in under 3 hours 🙂 I spent the rest of the afternoon doing some house chores, including moving the winter equipment into the shed and bringing the summer equipment to the garage. I hope this doesn’t jinx us…we are really looking forward to spring/summer!! We then went on a family outing to get some froyo…first of 2016 for us. This is definitely one of our favorite parts of the warmer weather!!

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Basil was tired after running 11.6 miles, but her nap didn’t last long and she was ready to play all afternoon!!
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Spending 3 hours with “Annie”

Weekly Totals: 17:19

Swim: 7200 yards in 2:45
Bike: 110 miles in 8:15
Run: 26.6 miles in 4:04
Strength Training: 2:15

Quote of the Week: 

“Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday.” ~anonymous

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14 thoughts on “23 Weeks ’til IMWI: Seeing Green

  1. Wow-I do not know how you do all that along with a full-time job. My hat is off to you! I need to get back in the pool too-it’s been far too long. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Amy! We do have little time for other things in our lives, but we do love what we do, so that helps! I’m putting a post together on how we make it all work in our house 😉

  2. I don’t know how you get up at 4am! I would probably have to go to bed at 8am for that to happen. I feel like my 6am wake up is early. Haha. I will think of you from now on. 🙂 If I could I would swim in the morning just to get it over with.

    1. We do go to bed by 8 pm to get up at 4 am. It is really the only way to make it work for us. In the summer I don’t mind swimming first thing in the morning at the 50 meter outdoor pool, but I don’t have to rush off to anywhere either. Makes it nice!!

  3. You make IM training look seriously fun. That’s…..dangerous? inspiring? both?! I love that you call an hour on the trainer “easy.” We’re kind of opposites though…early morning swims are the easiest for me. 🙂

    1. Ironman training is fun!! I get to do what I love…swim, bike, run!! I definitely like early morning swims in the summer outside in the 50 meter pool!! The indoor pool is so gross. I used to think an hour on the trainer is torture…now I have to get closer to 4 hours on the trainer for it to become torture. With time and lots of miles, your perspective changes.

  4. Catching up on your recaps Kecia! Another solid week….good for you! So many positives to take away. From sustaining severe winds on your cold run, muscling through a tough swim and then seeing great times on your Sunday run off the bike….way to go!

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