Last week we prepped for nearly 2 weeks off from work and had loads of fun in Madison, Wisconsin around Ironman Wisconsin race weekend. Since 2010, we have been in Madison the weekend after Labor Day every year (minus last year…hello Covid) for Ironman Wisconsin. We have volunteered, raced, spectated, cheered, supported, and loved every minute of what feels like a hometown race. We are sad to see the race date change to June starting in 2022 as we will no longer be surrounded by the IMWI experience. With the Ames Triathlon on the same weekend in June, our priorities will be elsewhere. Leaving Madison this time was bittersweet. Here is a flavor of week 36!
Quote of the week:
“Life can be bittersweet, but only you control the sugar.”~Michelle Parsons
Swim: 0 yards
Sadly I didn’t get any swimming in last week. The timing of life and the pool schedule just didn’t mix.
Bike: 109 miles
Friday we got to ride on the Ironman Wisconsin bike course. I didn’t have working batteries, so I don’t have data to show for our ride, but sometimes those are the best rides! Ride free! We had to take a detour in the first 5 miles as part of the bike course is being resurfaced. This allowed us to climb new peaks and descend into new valleys. It was a fun new challenge! Oh…and that hill climb on Kollath made Barlow feel like a vacation for those of you familiar with the Barlow climb. 😳
Run: 24.8 miles
Saturday morning we ran on a large part of the IMWI run course. This is such a fun course. Running down State Street and along Lake Mendota…so many wonderful memories from racing here in years past.
Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 40 minutes
30 minutes of yoga
Attitude of Gratitude:
What were your highlights from week 36 of 2021?!
2 thoughts on “2021 week 36: bittersweet”
I did Moo in 2013 for my first, it will always be special. Thanks for being a volunteer. Although I probably wasn’t going to race there again, I’m also disappointed in the date change for the race. It’s hard to train in the midwest for a spring or early summer Ironman. But I’m also hearing next year or two will be the last for IM Wisconsin. Looks like Des Moines will take over in September.
It is such a special race. I have heard this same rumor. Hopefully we hear something soon about DSM.