26 weeks ’til #IMLou – patience

Last week’s focus was on patience. Patience while training, patience with myself, patience at home, patience at work, patience with Mother Nature…patience, patience, patience.

This is what “spring” in Iowa looks like! This was the weather across the state Friday afternoon…

Swim: 8900 yards

Thanks for sharing a lane with me Anne! So fun to see you and play in the water together!
“I breathe my courage, exhale my fear.” ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie
3700 yard swim with 20×100 at swim threshold required lots of patience + focus!

Bike: 55.6 miles 

Recovery spin while chasing dreams!
When Coach gives you a “Just for fun…random power challenge”…aka FTP test, you pull out the magic @coeursports kit!! It worked! My test went better than I expected!
Sweat fest on the bike for a couple of hours. “Don’t worry about the numbers. Be patient and do your best!”

Run: 17.7 miles

Hmmmm….2 legs or 4?! #runlove
Sunshine + 63*F = tank top + shorts + a happy Basil + a happy Kecia!! Shhh…don’t talk about the expected snow in less than 48 hours.
My run ladder required lots of patience and had to be done on the treadmill since Mother Nature has a VERY unique idea of what spring looks like. So unique no one else agrees with her!
So grateful to have some motivation and support running next to me today. Thank you Kris!
Leaving tracks while running in our “spring” weather. WHY?!
A short transition run off the bike required lots of layers. The transition was ridiculously long as I struggled to get into all these layers super sweaty, but when the windchill is 13*F, the layers are a MUST!

Yoga: 30 minutes

Thank you Yoga Download for helping me get a good stretch post training!

Strength Training: 45 minutes + 10 minutes of core strength daily 

Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 22 minutes

Quote of the Week: 

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”


Thursday’s weather while running.
Sunday’s weather while running

Attitude of Gratitude:

A beautiful morning sunrise!
Getting blood work done to learn more about what I can do to improve as an endurance athlete. #blooddontlie
Watching Basil tree squirrels makes my heart happy!
Recovery fuel + NormaTec boots post FTP test.
Homemade Thai food!! YUMMY!!

How was your week?! What were you grateful for last week?! How do you remain patient when you want immediate change/gratification?!

12 thoughts on “26 weeks ’til #IMLou – patience

  1. “I breathe my courage, exhale my fear” – love this mantra/quote. Something I’m grateful for last week was getting two of my poems published in a literary magazine. It was exciting to see them in print on Friday.

    1. It is one of my favorite quotes. HUGE congratulations on your work being published! 🙌🏻 That’s an amazing accomplishment!!

  2. So much swimming-good for you! Isn’t yogadownload the best?? I ran out of patience with the weather weeks ago-I took Sweet C off the trainer because I’m finished riding inside and am not putting her back on. We are getting up to 20cm of snow over the next 2 days. It’s unbelievable. Hang in there!

    1. Yoga Download is amazing! Thankfully we didn’t get much snow here, but my parents got 10 inches (and live only 3 hours away, up in the NW part of the state). It is crazy! I feel like today marks 100 days of January. We will survive, and I’ll remember this when I complain about the extreme heat in July! 😜

  3. Is the weather ever going to get better!!!! We actually had some sun today and it was so nice!!! Great week! Keep it up!! I’ve had a little bit of a cold but work outs don’t seem to be suffering so that is good! 🙂 Do you have a threshold swim every week or was that one just for “fun”?!! 🙂

    1. I don’t know if the weather is ever going to be warm. I’m so ready for summer!! I do have a swim with threshold work once a week, and it is helping me get stronger + faster in the water. I’m glad your cold isn’t holding you back from working out, but I do hope you feel better soon!! 😊

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