2021 week 15: race week

Say wut?! Yep! Last week was race week! I got to race IRL for the 2nd time in 2021. With the year+ of cancelled races and uncertainty in 2020, I am not taking racing for granted. Racing is a beautiful gift! One that I am enjoying, while also striving to do + be my best.

Quote of the week:

“Racing is the fun part; it’s the reward of the hard work.”

~Kara Goucher

Swim: 9500 yards

Tuesday’s swim was given to me by one of my Coeur Sports teammates and it was a good one! Thank you Michelle for sharing this fun…ahem…challenging workout with me! I was hoping this swim (and afternoon brick) was an indication of how my race was going to go, because I felt STRONG, race ready, and excited! I also noticed that my swim efficiency is improving as I’ve been spending more time focusing on my form lately. πŸ₯³

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
  • Main Set:
    • 16×50 every 4th one is HARD (5 sec rest)
    • 12×50 every 3rd one is HARD (10 sec rest)
    • 8×50 every 2nd one is HARD (15 sec rest)
    • 4×50 every one is HARD (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Who’s ready to race?! This girl!! LFG!! πŸ₯³πŸ’™πŸ’›

Bike: 86.3 miles

I used to spend most of my focus while on the trainer scrolling through social media and texting friends to distract myself from the tough work in front of me.

Now my focus is 100% on the work in front of me. Keeping my thoughts strong, positive, and focused on the present moment. When I get to those recovery intervals, I celebrate my success(es) on the previous tough interval(s) and refocus my thoughts to be strong and positive for the next interval.

I know making this shift in my focus and thoughts will reward me tremendously in the future as I continue to get stronger physically and mentally! #believe

Where is your focus? Where do your thoughts go? πŸ’™πŸ’›

Run: 26.0 miles

Sunday I got to race and I was SO full of joy for SO many reasons…the weather was perfect, I got to see friends I haven’t seen in over a year, I GOT to race IRL, there were real participants to chase down, there were real spectators cheering, I got to push my limits without looking at my Garmin once, I felt the strongest physically and mentally I’ve felt in years…SO MUCH JOY! Oh…and the icing on the cake…I ran my 2nd fastest 1/2 marathon EVER! My fastest was 14 years ago and I only missed that finish time on Sunday by 2 minutes. I’ll have a more detailed race report in the coming days, so stay tuned.

Squeee!! I GOT to cross a start line and a finish line of an IRL race on Sunday!! πŸ’™πŸ’›

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
2×30 minute full body workouts
2×30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 14 hours & 35 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

All the snuggles! πŸ’™πŸ’›
Thank you Nick with Vitality Massage Ames for keeping me healthy and getting me ace ready!
Getting to swim/bike/run in the same day fills my heart with happy! πŸ’™πŸ’›
Recovering in my Normatec Recovery boots and getting all of the snuggles is pure joy! πŸ’™πŸ’›
Spring is here!!
Flat Kecia is race ready!
Love these three!
We got new furniture!

What were your highlights from week 15 of 2021?! What does the IRL return to racing look like where you live?!

2 thoughts on “2021 week 15: race week

  1. Well done on putting the hard work in! It certainly showed on race day-congratulations on a great finish πŸ™‚ That flower picture is lovely-I saw my first crocuses on my walk today! We do have more snow on the way though…sigh.

    1. Thanks Amy! I hope that snow doesn’t stick around for you. It’s nice to see the flowers popping up all over around us. πŸ₯° Spring is finally here!

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