2021 week 44: peak training + race week

Last week was my last peak training week and I got to cap it off with one of my favorite local 1/2 marathon races followed by my last big training day. Who’s ready to taper?! THIS GIRL!!

Quote of the week:

“The race always hurts. Expect it to hurt. You don’t train so it doesn’t hurt. You train so you can tolerate it.”


Swim: 9700 yards

I had some good swims last week. Here is my Friday happy hour swim workout.

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
    • 200 drills
  • Main Set:
    • 4×50 descending times/increasing effort (10 sec rest)
    • 2 times through the following (second set should be harder/faster than the first set):
      • 100 (10 sec rest)
      • 200 (15 sec rest)
      • 300 (20 sec rest)
    • 100 kick with fins
    • 300 pull
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Got my eye on some weekend fun! ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Bike: 119 miles

Sunday I took my last long ride outside. How could I not since it was 65F in Iowa in November?! It may have been windy AF, but that meant I had an AMAZING tailwind when I turned around to head home.

You have very little control over where a smooth golf ball travels. Dimpled and dented golf balls travel farther and straighter than smooth golf balls. The dimples and dents are more aerodynamic, creating less drag and more lift.

Challenges give us dimples and dents, allowing us to travel farther and straighter in future storms. So when given the opportunity to be smooth or dimpled and dented, always choose the dimples and dents!

It was windy AF Sunday, but I couldn’t resist riding outside in shorts and a short sleeved jersey when the temps were in the mid 60s in November in Iowa. The challenge the wind provided was just what I needed to add more dimples and dents so I can travel better on race day! #thisismykindofchallenge

14 days to #IronmanArizona #LFG ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Run: 34.6 miles

Saturday I got to race one of my FAVORITE local 1/2 marathons…the Hillbilly Hike 1/2 Marathon. This course is flat, fast, and fun! I started off easing into the run with a very comfortable 9:00/mile pace for the first couple of miles before kicking it up a notch to see what I could do. And what I did was absolutely AMAZING!! It “hurt” but this is exactly what I’ve been training for!! I’ll get a more detailed race report up soon!!

Turn up the volume! It was race day today! ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Saturday was my 4th time running the Hillbilly Hike 1/2 marathon and I beat my previous course PR by almost 7 minutes! Say WUT?! Racing with joy + gratitude is definitely the way to race!

#IronmanArizona is in 15 days! #LFG ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 17 hours & 13 minutes
30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

Thank you Nick, with Vitality Massage, for keeping me in tip top shape!
Getting my recovery on with my Normatec boots.
All the snuggles! Such a great way to recover!
The fire in the sky was so gorgeous Sunday morning!
Any day I get to swim + bike + run in the same day is a good day. Any day I get to do it all staring the taper in the face is even better! Bring on the taper!

What were your highlights from week 44 of 2021?!

6 thoughts on “2021 week 44: peak training + race week

  1. You did it! Enjoy that taper. There is nothing more satisfying than following a training schedule and seeing those positive results. I’m glad you ended your peak week with a race that sounds like it was so much fun. We all need more joy and fun in our lives. Enjoy lots of food and rest over the next couple of weeks 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Amy Lynn! This is the best build I think I’ve ever had for any of my previous Ironman races and I’m so excited to watch how it allows me to create the race of my dreams in 12 days! Definitely soaking up all the rest and goodness in these next 12 days so I create more joy + fun + gratitude on race day! 🥰

    1. Thanks Jim! Oh don’t worry…our weather has DRASTICALLY changed! We have snow flurries in the forecast for tomorrow. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Winter is arriving…

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