2022 week 24: play

Last week it was great to focus on recovery, dog snuggles, play, and do what I wanted when I wanted. The freedom of not being tied to a workout schedule was amazing…for a while and then I started to get antsy. 😜

Quote of the week:

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”

~Diane Ackerman

Swim highlights: 2679 yards

I went to the pool a few times this last week with no structured workout. It was freeing and so much fun! Getting to play with friends was icing on the cake!

YAY for play time with Tim and our friend Courtney! 🥰

Bike highlights: 0 miles

There was no bike love last week and to be honest, I really missed riding. I would love to get outside and ride this week, but we went from a super cold spring to a stifling hot summer (it currently feels like 104F outside right now as I type) and I’m just not quite ready to ride outside in this extreme heat after IMDSM. We’ll see if we get a break in the temps so I can squeeze in some outdoor miles

Run highlights: 0 miles

There was no run love last week and there won’t be any this week. I have committed to myself no running for 2 weeks post IM as that will give my body a break from the pounding before starting the next training cycle.

SUP: 2.46 miles

Getting to spend time on the water is one of my absolute FAVORITE places to be!

Play time! We love the water! 🥰

Water Walking in the Lazy River: 1.0 miles

Sunday we went to the lazy river and walked both with the current and against it. It was nice to be outside getting exercise in the water and doing something other than swimming. We drug our neighbor with us and we are all so glad we went!

YAY for water walking, vitamin D, fresh air, and amazing company!

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily except Monday

Weekly Totals: 4 hours & 31 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 24 of 2022?!

Thank you Nick with Vitality Massage Ames for flushing out all of the IMDSM fatigue and soreness.
I am still Covid negative! I have tested 4 times in 10 days and am grateful to be healthy! 🥰
“Happy Father’s Day Dad! I caught you a squinty squirrel for your present.” ~Jersey 🥰😜
Jersey 1, squinty squirrel 0

2022 week 23: IMDSM race week + best worse case scenario

Last week was Ironman Des Moines race week and boy was it a whirlwind! It was a bit strange for me as usually we travel to Ironman races, so all of the planning and preparation is done well in advance to make sure I have everything I need for race day. Since this was a “hometown” race (being only 35 minutes away from the race venue), I opted to sleep in my own bed. This created a whole new experience leading up to the race. I’ll have a post specific to my IMDSM race, but for now, this is what race week looked like.

Wednesday morning my husband woke up with a fever, body aches, and a bad cough. He decided to stay home from work. Midday I received a text message from our 82 year old neighbor across the street (she is like family to us) that she tested positive for Covid. About 1 minute later, my husband texted me that he also tested positive for Covid. I had a complete meltdown and pity party (thankfully they texted me right before my counseling session). I am 4 days out from IMDSM…what am I going to do?! After about 15 minutes of feeling all the emotions, I went into problem solving mode with my counselor. After counseling, I called our neighbor and asked her if my husband could “move in with her” until after my race to keep me healthy. She was all on board and was glad I had asked (it was either that or I get a hotel room and move out temporarily). So my husband packed up everything he needed for the next 4 days and moved across the street. After work Wednesday, I came home to an empty house, tested negative for Covid, and continued to plan for my IM race (now having to shift my plans around for race weekend because I would be doing everything solo…taking care of our dogs, driving myself down to the race which was thankfully only 35 minutes away from home, getting all my gear post race, etc.). I ran some errands for them on Thursday and Friday, checked in to the IM race, did some race week workouts, made them meals and did literal door dashes (setting the food outside, ringing the doorbell and dashing back across the street), got all my gear together for IM, and tried to relax and reduce my anxiety as much as possible. Saturday morning I still tested negative for Covid, so I took all my gear down to transition and continued to relax and door dash. Having my husband live with our neighbor was the best worse case scenario and I am so grateful to the both of them for making it work!

Sunday was race day. My anxiety was a bit high going to the race as this was my first IM race without my husband (either racing it with me or being there to support me), but I kept reminding myself that I have done this before and know what to do. Lay this brick! I have so many things to be proud of through all of this, but I’ll save all of the race day stuff for another post.

As of Tuesday morning, my husband has moved back home + returned to work and I am still Covid negative. 🤩

Quote of the week:

“This was the best worse case scenario.”

~ME

Swim highlights: 7421 yards

Tuesday I did a pre-race swim to practice varying my pace like I might have to do on race day to get around other athletes.

  • Warm up:
    • 300 warm up
    • 4 x 50 drills (choice)
    • 4 x 100 descends (20 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 100 easy
    • 800 as 200 SURGE, 200 steady, 400 race pace by feel
    • 30 sec rest
    • 4 x 50 kick hard (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 100 easy
Raise your hands if your ready for race day!!

5 days until #IMDSM #LFG ⚡️

Bike highlights: 163 miles

I had a few indoor bike workouts to make sure the system was a go and my HR was where it needed to be before racing. I didn’t get any pics from before race day on the bike, so you’ll just have to wait for the race day pics in my race report.

Run highlights: 33.4 miles

After a few shake out runs, the body was ready to race!

The universe is reminding me to be PRESENT. Don’t waste energy wishing for a different past or worrying about the future. Stay focused and PRESENT in THIS moment as you lay THIS brick! ⚡️
\•
4 days until #IMDSM #LFG ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily except race morning

Weekly Totals: 20 hours & 19 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 23 of 2022?!

So grateful to Nick with Vitality Massage Ames to get me race ready!
The dogs love to play in the water, so we started teaching them to jump off the dock this week!
So grateful for meeting Mike Reilly at IMDSM athlete check in and that he is supporting the Ames Triathlon. If you haven’t registered for it yet, get on it TODAY!
All checked in and ready to race! #LFG ⚡️
All the gear is ready for race day!
Getting to meet up with my Coeur Sports teammates on Saturday before the race was exactly what I needed to help calm the anxiety!
Mojo is racked and ready to go!
Getting my pre-race squeeze on from Normatec Recovery
Still Covid NEGATIVE!! 🥳

2022 week 22: tapering like a pro

How on earth is it already IMDSM race week?!?!?! Last week I tapered like a pro…lowering my volume with bits of intensity popped in to keep the body sharp and race ready!

Quote of the week:

“Taper like a pro…keep the body sharp, get lots of rest, fuel and hydrate well, relax, and enjoy your “extra” time.”

~ME

Swim highlights: 13,593 yards

Thursday I had my last long swim (5000m) and was SO DAMN HAPPY to be swimming outdoors in the 50m pool that I didn’t even care that the air temp was 48F and the water temp was 68F. I mean, yes it was chilly, but totally tolerable.

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
    • 100 kick
    • 200 drills
    • 200 pull
  • Main Set: Each set of intervals should get slightly faster in pacing than the last set.
    • 500 (10 sec rest)
    • 2×400 (15 sec rest)
    • 3×300 (20 sec rest)
    • 4×200 (25 sec rest)
    • 5×100 (30 sec rest)
    • 6×50 on the minute
    • 4×50 sprint (10 sec rest)…in a 25 yard or meter pool, this would have been 8×25 sprints
  • Cool Down:
    • 300 any stroke
Last long swim before #IMDSM is in the bank! It is SO awesome to be back swimming in the outdoor 50m pool! • I am R E A D Y to toe the start line of IM #9 and test my physical, mental, and emotional fitness + endurance!

10 days until #IMDSM race day! #LFG ⚡️

Bike highlights: 68.3 miles

All of my bike miles were indoors last week and I got to put in my last brick session on Saturday before the big dance!

I am right where I’m supposed to be and just 8 days away from #IMDSM race day! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 9.17 miles

Wednesday was Global Running Day, which was perfectly timed with my split run day. Five easy family miles to start the day and 2 speedy miles to end the day.

On this Global Running Day, I GOT to run twice today…am endurance miles and pm speedy miles. I’m incredibly grateful for the community, freedom, therapy, self confidence, mental fortitude, joy, and so much more that running has brought into my life. ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 58 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 22 of 2022?!

Snuggles and a good book during the taper…YES PLEASE! 🐶🥰
Thank you to Nick with Vitality Massage Ames for flushing out all of the peak training and Oly racing to help get me ready to race IMDSM!
Look at what is open! Our favorite place to swim!
Sooo grateful to get to spend the morning cheering on our niece, Isabella, in her first swim meet in a 50m pool!
Dog walks FTW! 🐶🥰
Snuggles and Squeezes! 🐶🥰 Normatec Recovery boots are the best!
There are two pups here who weren’t impressed with the storms and wanted all the snuggles and reassurance we could provide.

2022 week 21: race week

Last week I had my first triathlon of 2022 and was SO excited + ready to toe the start line of a triathlon! The Clear Lake Olympic Triathlon was a good test of my fitness before IMDSM race day! I’ll have more on that race in it’s own post coming soon!

Quote of the week:

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.”

~Bonnie Blair

Swim highlights: 6500 yards

Tuesday I did a 1000 yard time trial focusing on my effort and laying one more brick in the foundation for IMDSM coming up in just over a week.

  • Warm up:
    • 400 swim
    • 8×50 easy down, strong/fast back (15 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 1 min rest
    • 1000 time trial (20 sec rest)
    • 100 easy (20 sec rest)
    • 5×100 at IM effort (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Proud of my execution and effort for my 1000 TT while carrying LOTS of fatigue from peak IM training.

Bike highlights: 143 miles

My favorite bike from last week was during the Clear Lake Triathlon. Let’s just say that I am SO DAMN PROUD of how I executed the day in the conditions we were given. Sadly, I don’t have any pics of me riding last week.

Run highlights: 28.6 miles

Wednesday I had a double run day with both runs on the treadmill as the weather wasn’t super cooperative (we had thunderstorms on and off throughout the day and I am not one to be out in lightening if it’s preventable). These runs were kept at an easy pace allowing me to kick it up a notch (or two or three) at the Clear Lake Triathlon on Saturday. Making sure to keep the easy days easy allows you to go hard on the hard days…aka race day! Sadly I don’t have any pics of me running last week.

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 29 minutes
30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 21 of 2022?!

Thank you Kyle with Kyle’s Bikes for giving Mojo your race blessing!
All the SBR love in one day!
There is beauty even in the midst of the storm.
Squeezes and Snuggles 🐶🥰
Look at that blue sky and sunshine! Vitamin D for the win!
Getting to meet up with some Coeur Sports sisters, race, and test the fitness for IMDSM was SO MUCH FUN!
I GOT to play Saturday at Tri Clear Lake and do a little speed work in the midst of IRONMAN training. I’m SO DAMN PROUD of my effort, my execution, and my mental endurance.

2 weeks to IMDSM #LFG ⚡️

2022 week 20: spectacular views from the peak

Last week was the pinnacle of my training for IMDSM. While it doesn’t exactly feel like I’m tapering just yet, it is nice to see less volume on the calendar for this week. That view after you reach the peak and can see out over everything is so spectacular! Now it’s time to gradually back off the training, stay healthy, and let my body soak up all of this training so I can make a massive withdrawal in 3 weeks! ⚡️

Quote of the week:

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

~unknown

Swim highlights: 12,700 yards

My swims last week felt a bit on the sluggish side, but that is kind of to be expected as I was/am carrying a lot of fatigue. We’ll see how the swim feels in the coming weeks as I start to shed the fatigue in preparation for IMDSM race day!

  • Warm up:
    • 300 kick w/ fins (20 sec rest)
    • 300 pull (20 sec rest)
    • 300 swim (20 sec rest)
    • 4×100 descending (20 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 2×800 Z4 effort (30 sec rest)
    • 400 Z4 effort (30 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 100 any stroke
Peek-a-boo…it’s peak week for #IMDSM with all the feels (hunger, excitement, hunger, exhaustion, hunger, pride, hunger, joy, hunger, readiness, hunger…did I mention hunger?! 😜) #LFG ⚡️

Bike highlights: 167 miles

Sunday I got to preview a large portion of the IMDSM bike course with my Coeur Sports sista, Michelle! What a day! It started off with 36F windchills and slowly climbed to a high temp of 66F throughout the day. And boy was it windy, but the blue skies, sunshine, and smiles for miles made it all worth it!

Any day on two wheels and the open roads is a great day! Sunday I had the privilege of previewing a large portion of the #IMDSM bike course with Michelle ⚡️

3 weeks ‘til IMDSM! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 41.4 miles

Wednesday I did my last long run. I felt strong and even felt that I could have ran a few more miles when I was done. This is a great feeling and a solid boost of confidence going into the taper!

I am R E A D Y to test my limits as I continue to create my next level! Awww yeah! #LFG ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 23 hours & 34 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training
2×30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude: What were your highlights from week 20 of 2022?!

Starting peak week off right with a massage from Nick at Vitality Massage Ames!
All of the SBR!!!
Open water swim season is here!! 🐶🥰
Miles with our baby girl…she loves running SO much! 🐶🥰
Homemade pizza on the grill is the best!
And that’s a wrap on the really big training. Now to taper…even though it doesn’t feel like it yet.
So incredibly grateful for the massive support from Tim on Sunday as he drove the IMDSM bike course leap frogging us, made sure we didn’t miss a turn, carried extra water + nutrition, and stored all of the extra layers we had to shed as the temp climbed from 36F to 66F throughout the ride. He’s the BEST! 🥰
Thank you Normatec for all of the good squeezes!
We had some tired girls (including our neighbor dog…look closely) after a big weekend! 🐶🥰

2022 week 19: climbing the peak

Last week was more peaking for IMDSM! We are officially 4 weeks out from race day and our weather went from the 60s to the 90s overnight, so we got a good dose of heat + humidity acclimation while making lots of deposits in the bank last week. I am getting excited to make a massive withdrawal from the bank in 4 short weeks!

Quote of the week:

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

~Andy Rooney

Swim highlights: 4000 yards

I only got to the pool once last week. After getting sunburnt a week ago, I decided to stay away from the chlorinated water as it really dries my skin out and I wanted to keep my skin as hydrated as possible so it could properly heal.

  • Warm up:
    • 300 mix in some strokes
    • 6 x 50 (as 25 fast, 25 easy) (10 sec rest)
  • Main Set: (***Note: PBB = paddles, buoy, band)
    • 5 x 100 descend 1-5 (15 sec rest)
    • 500PBB trying to hold same pace as last 100
    • 4 x 100 descend 1-4 (15 sec rest)
    • 400PBB trying to hold same pace as last 100
    • 3 x 100 descend 1-3 (15 sec rest)
    • 300PBB trying to hold same pace as last 100
    • Rest 2min
    • 800 swim holding best average possible
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Putting in the work!

Bike highlights: 236 miles

I got out on the open roads for a few long rides last week and I am pleased to report no more sunburns because I coated myself in Zealios sunscreen (which is the best stuff out there)!

This is who I am. ⚡️
This is my happy place. ⚡️
This is everything! ⚡️

4 weeks to IMDSM! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 31.4 miles

Sunday I had my longest run of the week and did it off of a shorter ride with intense intervals (oh and a big brick on Saturday). Needless to say, I was carrying a lot of fatigue in the legs. I realized on the shorter ride that I was in need of more fuel than I had planned for. Thankfully my ride was on the trainer at home, so I was able to load up before heading out on the run. I took Jersey with me for the first 1/2 of the run and did the last 1/2 of the run solo. Because of my increase in fueling coming off the bike, I was able to execute a much stronger second 1/2 of the run and turn what started as a REALLY. TOUGH. WORKOUT into a strong finish.

Grateful for beautiful weather on a long run day!

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 21 hours & 43 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training

Attitude of Gratitude:

Jersey loves to lay in the sun 🥰
This is a privilege! ⚡️🔥
We finished another puzzle!
All the snuggles 🥰
Double rainbow (look closely…the top one is faint) 🥰
Normatec squeezes are da 💣
A solid day of SBR!! ⚡️⚡️⚡️

What were your highlights from week 19 of 2022?!

2022 week 18: peaking in progress

Last week began the last big push into IRONMAN Des Moines. We are just under 5 weeks away, which doesn’t seem possible since this spring has been uncooperative to get outside much for training. Thankfully I think we may have hit a turning point in our weather during this last week…just in time for the final push to IMDSM race day!

Quote of the week:

“I am in progress of being the human and athlete I am becoming.”

~Me

Swim highlights: 12,750 yards

I had some good swims last week, with Monday’s swim being the largest swim of the week. Ya know when you’re 5 weeks out from Ironman, in peak training, always hungry, tired, and don’t know which direction you’re going most of the time as you juggle all the things?! Yep…that’s where I’m at.

I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, which has me swimming into lane lines. 😜
  • Warm up:
    • 400 easy swim
    • 300 pull
    • 300 as 25 drill/25free
    • 300 build by 100
  • Main Set:
    • 4 Rounds of:
      • 200 Fast (20 sec rest)
      • 150 Moderate (20 sec rest)
      • 100 Fast (20 sec rest)
      • 50 Moderate (20 sec rest)
      • 100 EZEZ (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 100
    • 200 any stroke

Bike highlights: 158 miles

Saturday we FINALLY had some decent weather to get outside and ride. With 5 weeks to IMDSM I’m SO grateful to be healthy, able, and fit enough to be able to make some big deposits in the bank! And I’m even more grateful to finally get outside on two wheels with blue skies, sunshine, warmer temps, and the freedom of the open roads. Oh…and the wind was an added bonus…both a bit challenging and loads of fun!! LET’S GOOO!! ⚡️

Even the wind couldn’t wipe this smile off my face for 105 miles. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’ll never take riding outdoors for granted. (and look at all of that salt on my face + jersey 😳)

Run highlights: 26.7 miles

Wednesday was a nice day for a long run, focusing on covering one mile at a time.

Making deposits in the bank one dollar at a time. So grateful for one of the nicest days we’ve had in a long time + Jersey running some miles with me! ⚡️💛💙

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 21 hours & 32 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
3×30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

Getting to cheer Laylah on during the last track meet on Monday, which was cancelled right after this event due to cold, rainy weather.
Thank you Nick! I attribute my healthy body in part to you and the wonderful work you do!
I love a day that has all the swim, bike, run love!
Jersey is determined to help Laylah with her homework, but finds this particular assignment boring. 🤣😜
Getting snuggles from Basil during thunderstorms on Sunday. She HATES storms, so snuggles are a must in her mind. 🐶🥰

What were your highlights from week 18 of 2022?!

2022 week 17: being vs. doing

After racing the Drake 1/2 Marathon in a state of complete discomfort, Vanessa Foerster presented a timely reminder for me last Tuesday. “More is not better. Intentional is better. Stop believing you have to do more to be more. Start believing that your training is working and be more present in it. Results, on and off the race course, first come from who you are being before what you are doing.” Thankfully this reminder came at just the right time. Lately I have gotten sucked into the doing instead of focusing on the being in all areas of my life…personal, relationships, work, training, etc. It has felt pressure-filled and out of alignment with my core values.

Quote of the week:

“Stop believing you have to do more to be more.”

~Vanessa Faye Foerster

Swim highlights: 7400 yards

Tuesday I had the following workout, which is good to see how body position impacts efficiency. My pacing was spot on in both sets! BOOM! 🥳

  • Warm up:
    • 300 easy
    • 4×100 descending (20 sec rest between)
    • 100 easy
  • Main Set:
    • 4×500 with at least 30 seconds rest between structured as:
      • 500 use pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
      • 500 NO pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
        • Which was faster? What can you do to bring up the speed of the slower 500? If pull buoy was faster, work on body position in the water and kick timing. If swimming was faster work on catch and pulling more water…grip it and rip it!
    • The second round try to get the times closer together with the same effort level. Don’t work harder…just smarter!
      • 500 use pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
      • 500 NO pull buoy at half IM effort (what was your time??)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke

I must have been tired during Thursday’s swim as I struggled to count correctly. 😬 😜

40x50s was on tap Thursday morning.

4x(1, 2, 3, 4 hard)✔️ 4x(1, 2, 3 hard)✔️ 4x(1, 2 hard) 😬 lost count & missed a 2 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4×1 hard ✔️

Apparently counting was a bit too difficult for my tired brain at 5 am. 😜 Oh well…brush it off and move on.

Bike highlights: 186 miles

I will never take for granted any time I GET to ride outside again. This spring has been less than ideal for outdoor rides from a safety standpoint…IMO it is not safe to ride in 30+ mph sustained winds with higher gusts (I’ve been blown off the road before & I’d rather not have it happen again) and/or on open roads in rain where drivers may struggle to see me. As a result, I have spent WAY more time training indoors this spring than any other spring that I can remember.

With IRONMAN Des Moines less than 6 weeks away, I had 4 hours on the bike indoors Friday and another 4 hours on the bike indoors again Saturday (with a 40 minute run off the bike both days on the treadmill). Here are my thoughts around why indoor training is “perfect” for me and how Mother Nature had me in mind when she threw this weather our way:

  1. All of this indoor training is making me stronger physically and mentally
  2. My indoor training is much more focused work than when I train outside
  3. I am getting more heat acclimation by training indoors since our outdoor temps have generally been below normal this spring
  4. I have more intentional and focused thoughts when training indoors (since I write them out and post them in front of me while I train)
  5. I am creating my next level and am going to be SO prepared for race day

#LFG ⚡️

Seeing Vanessa’s post Tuesday was exactly the wake up call I needed to get me to refocus on being intentional and let go of the pressure to do more. In doing so, I felt free of the pressure-filled shackles holding me back, I felt more aligned with my core values, I finally nailed my incredibly challenging workout (that I have failed multiple times in the recent past), and I had fun doing it! Focus on BEING intentional! It works! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 22.4 miles

Wednesday, I went out for some mile repeats. It was full of discomfort, but going through that discomfort was SO worth it!

Don’t avoid the discomfort. When you navigate through the discomfort, you come through it stronger. Sit with the discomfort, feel all the emotions, free up some mental space, and come out ready to create something new on the other side. The discomfort is worth creating your next level! ⚡️ #keepgoing #LFG

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 18 hours & 47 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

So grateful for refocusing my energy and getting some swim/bike/run fun in the same day!
It has been a hot minute since I’ve had a soak!
Thanks Normatec for helping me recover between long sessions!

What were your highlights from week 17 of 2022?!

2022 week 16: speed bump during race week

Last week was race week! Sadly I hit a massive speed bump in the road early in the week that derailed me for the majority of last week. Mentally I was in a funk, but thankfully race day was a turning point for me.

Quote of the week:

“When life’s road has pot holes and speed bumps…it makes you a better driver.”

~unknown

Swim highlights: 0 yards

I hit a mental road block last week with the swim. I am so disgusted with our pool situation that I just couldn’t force myself to go swim.

Bike highlights: 0 miles

I had big bike plans for the week, but my body and mind had other ideas.

Run highlights: 14.1 miles

I got to race for the first time in 2022. I will have a full race report soon, but for now, just know it was a tough day, which I am SO grateful for!

Sunday was my first race of 2022. The Drake 1/2 Marathon had loads of discomfort, burning in my legs, a pounding heart, heavy breathing, salty sweat in my eyes, exhaustion, emotional discomfort, challenges, learning, and growing, AND you know what?! I’m S O D A M N P R O U D of experiencing all of it because all of this helps me create the best version of myself! I am here for it! #LFG ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 4 hours & 26 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Thank you, Nick with Vitality Massage for getting me race ready!
So much love! 🐶🥰
Walking with my sister’s dog and trying to get them more acclimated to each other (Jersey is afraid of Jasmine).
Hanging out where it is safe during a storm with rotations overhead.
Recovery at its finest thanks to my Normatec Recovery boots.

What were your highlights from week 16 of 2022?!

2022 week 15: build it

How are we less than 8 weeks out from IMDSM?! Considering it was snowing here on Easter Sunday, this just doesn’t seem possible. Last week I put in some solid training as I continue to build to race day in less than 8 weeks. Did I mention IMDSM is less than 8 weeks away?! 😜 I guess the saying is true…time flies when you’re having fun!

Quote of the week:

“Dream it. Believe it. Build it.”

~Unknown

Swim highlights: 9350 yards

Thursday’s swim was a nice long build with a 300 best effort at the end. My goal was a sub 5 minute 300, which I just missed as I finished in 5:00.2. And ya know what?! I still view this as a win! I stayed curious throughout, focused on my effort, and had my own back no matter what the results were. I may not be there YET, but I will be there soon!

  • Warm up:
    • 500 easy to warm up
  • Main Set:
    • Increase the effort as the distances get longer.
    • 5×100 (10 sec rest)
    • 4×150 (15 sec rest)
    • 3×200 (20 sec rest)
    • 2×250 (25 sec rest)
    • 300 BEST EFFORT
  • Cool Down:
    • 100 easy
Stay curious! Stay connected! Don’t miss it! Lay this brick! How’s my effort?!

Bike highlights: 201 miles

Over the weekend, I did a 4 hour ride + 40 minute run off the bike on both Saturday and Sunday. Sadly my bike rides were on the trainer in the basement as the weather was not at all conducive for a long ride outside either day (ummm…did I mention we got snow on Easter Sunday?!). I know these sessions will make me that much stronger on race day…physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I am here for it! All of it! The fun, the joy, the discomfort, the challenges, the exhaustion, the learning, the growing…all of it! #LFG ⚡️

Run highlights: 27.5 miles

Thursday afternoon I did a one hour bike workout with intervals and followed it up with an 11 mile run outside. There was sunshine, but the temps were chilly and the winds were 35 mph sustained with gusts at 50+ mph. Thankfully Jersey went with me. At one point, we were blown to a complete stop and Jersey looked at me like, “Mama, what just happened?!” It made our 11 mile run the perfect combination of challenging + fun!

I am here for it! ⚡️

I am here for all of the discomfort. I am here for the burning in my legs. I am here for the pounding heart. I am here for the heavy breathing. I am here for the sweat in my eyes. I am here for the exhaustion. I am here for the emotional discomfort. I am here to learn and grow. I am here for the challenge.

Because all of this leads to being S O D A M N P R O U D of who I am, what I’ve already accomplished, and what I will accomplish in the future! #LFG

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 20 hours & 57 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

We got to go cheer on our nieces at their first 7th grade track meet. So fun!
We got to go cheer on our nieces at their first 7th grade track meet. So fun!
There was a hot air balloon that soared over us at the track meet. Look at that bluebird sky!
Soaking up all the sleep!
Any day I get to 🏊🏻‍♀️ 🚴 🏃🏻‍♀️ in the same day is a GREAT day!
Getting my squeeze on with my Normatec Recovery boots to help me recover from the last workout and prep for the next one to come!
Time flies when you’re having fun! And last weekend was full of lots of 🏊🏻‍♀️ 🚴 🏃🏻‍♀️ fun!
All the snuggles! 🐶🥰

What were your highlights from week 15 of 2022?!