2021 week 16: where you need to be

Last week was a recover week and I definitely needed it! After having a stellar race on Sunday, I needed some down time. Getting my #fauciouchie2 on Wednesday only added to the recovery that I needed since I had some side effects on Thursday. I was SO grateful to get our 2nd vaccine! I’ve never been so happy to feel so miserable when the side effects knocked us down for a bit. That vax is giving me superpowers and I can’t wait to see and hug my family! Throughout the week, I was reminded that I am right where I NEED to be, even if it isn’t where I WANT to be.

Quote of the week:

“Right where you are is where you need to be.”


Swim: 5400 yards

Tuesday’s swim had some pace work. After a solid warm up, I got to practice pacing at different efforts which may be needed during a race. There are no time targets to hit, paces to strive for, or specific heart rate zones to try to achieve. It is all based on perceived effort and I was right where I needed to be for the entirety of this workout…even if I always want to be faster, stronger, braver, grittier, blah, blah, blah.

  • Warm up:
    • 300 swim with fins (20 sec rest)
    • 300 kick with fins (20 sec rest)
    • 300 pull with paddles (20 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 100 HARD (15 sec rest)
    • 200 steady (10 sec rest)
    • 300 HARD (15 sec rest)
    • 400 with fins POWERFUL (20 sec rest)
    • 300 HARD (15 sec rest)
    • 200 steady (10 sec rest)
    • 100 HARD (15 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
You are right where you need to be in this moment. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Bike: 48.1 miles

My toughest bike workout this week had some challenging intervals in it. My legs were heavy, but I stayed in the moment. Be in the moment. Learn from the moment. Grow from the learnings. I was right where I needed to be even if it’s not where I wanted to be.

Sometimes what a friend needs to hear is also EXACTLY what you need to hear. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Run: 6.0 miles

First run post vax #2. It was a beautiful afternoon on Saturday for an outdoor run with the family. Our only goals for this run were to get outside and enjoy the fresh air + sunshine + company. Check…all goals were all accomplished. ๐Ÿฅณ

Running into the next stage of the pandemic. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 7 hours & 8 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

All of the Jersey snuggles! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Spring is here! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
More Jersey snuggles! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
A long walk with Basil and Jersey post vax #2 ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

What were your highlights from week 16 of 2021?! Remember…you are right where you need to be!

2021 week 14: fail more and quit less

My focus for last week was to “fail more and quit less.” Sometimes I find that I micro quit on myself before I even start something so that I won’t fail. I set myself up to have an “out” or to not work as hard just so I don’t have to witness myself failing. I donโ€™t want to feel the disappointment and embarrassment that comes with failure. I want to be able to say I successfully completed the work as it was planned. But this keeps me small. It keeps me in a space of comfort and doesn’t allow me to grow. Providing myself with OPPORTUNITIES to fail more allows me to really get an idea of where my current limits are. When I fail, I am learning to allow myself to feel all the feelings, learn from the failure, rise up, and continue to believe in myself…and that my friends, is NOT failure!

Quote of the week:

“Fail more & quit less.”

~Vanessa Faye Foerster

Swim: 10,400 yards

Tuesdayโ€™s swim was crazy 8s with the main set being 8×150 descending paces (increasing effort) with 20 seconds rest, 8×50 on the 1:00, and 8×25 sprint with 10 seconds rest. Normally I start these 150s at an easy pace (50% effort) and progressively get faster and faster until the last one is at an all out effort (95-100% effort). This normal way of descending these 150s is comfortable, but I know I donโ€™t grow when I stay in my comfort zone. Sooooo, Tuesday morning I DECIDED to start faster (85-90% effort) for these 150s, which forced me to have to push harder and harder throughout this set than what I normally do. Why?! How do I know where my limits are if I donโ€™t push them?

Taking this action created an OPPORTUNITY to fail more and quit less! An OPPORTUNITY to find where my current limits are! In the past when I would start off my 150s at an easier effort/slower pace, I was micro quitting on myself. I was giving myself an โ€œoutโ€ so I didnโ€™t have to witness myself failing by not being able to descend my splits. By starting faster, did I fail Tuesday?! A little (because I missed descending the 6th interval by 0.8 of a second), but I also learned a lot! And those learnings are NOT failure! I learned that I CAN (and DID) put that one failure behind me as I rise up and believe that I will be successful in the next interval. I learned that I CAN (and DID) generally descend paces at faster speeds/harder efforts than what is comfortable. I learned that I AM STRONG and FAST! I learned that Iโ€™m starting to believe that I do belong amongst the fast women I look up to. I learned that when I believe in myself, the data starts to reflect this belief. My friends, all this learning is NOT failure!

  • Warm up:
    • 100 swim
    • 100 kick
    • 100 pull
    • 200 swim
    • 100 kick
    • 100 pull
    • 100 swim
  • Main Set:
    • 8×150 descending (20 sec)
    • Rest 40 sec
    • 8×50 on the minute
    • Rest 1 minutes
    • 8×25 sprint (10 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Fail more & quit less! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Bike: 95.2 miles

While I physically didn’t “fail” any part of Saturday’s ride, Mentally I struggled…BIG TIME! Those mental battles were more exhausting than the actual physical work. My brain wanted my body to quit SO many times I lost count…hello micro quits I saw you and gave my best effort to ignore you. Every time my brain tried to convince my body to quit, I would tell myself, “Kecia, you are strong! Just one more minute.” This battle lasted for 2 hours (of my 3 hour ride), but my self talk was the stronger participant, shutting the micro quits down, and won all of those battles Saturday.

The mental battles were brutal, but thankfully my self talk was the stronger participant and won all of those battles. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Run: 25.5 miles

The main set of Wednesdayโ€™s run was 4×4 minutes FAST followed by 4 minutes easy. I had some fatigue in my legs from a challenging brick after work Tuesday, so I doubted that my legs would hold on at the FAST paces that were staring me in the face, but I was determined to try! After all, โ€œfail more and quit lessโ€ right?!

Not only did I successfully complete these intervals at the scheduled paces on tired legs, but I decided that the next time this workout is on my schedule (which is 3 weeks from now) I am going to strive to push my limits A LOT farther than I did Wednesday. By cutting 25 more seconds per mile off my FAST pace (which scares the sh!t out of me), I am hoping to find my limit. Can I do it?! Youโ€™ll have to wait 3 weeks to find out!

Friday’s run was a 10 mile progression run. I did this on the treadmill as it was a cold, windy, rainy morning and I didn’t want to run outside in those conditions. I started out strong and confident, but by about mile 7, I bonked…BAD! Step off the treadmill and walk to regain some semblance of composure. Whomp! Whomp! Hello Failure…it was good to see you! Why?! Failure = learning! I learned that I need to consume fuel before (and maybe during) my longer runs when they are early in the morning.

Speed work makes the dream work! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› (๐Ÿ“ธ Wednesday’s run)

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
3×30 minute full body workouts
30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 15 hours & 54 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Any day I get to swim/bike/run in the same day is a GREAT day!! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
I love how these two snuggle! It warms my heart! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Our recovery is on point! I get a good squeeze from my Normatec Recovery boots and Jersey gets all the pets! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Friday Happy Hour swims are SO FUN!! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

What were your highlights from week 14 of 2021?! Where do you find yourself micro quitting and could benefit more from failing instead?!

2021 week 13: kinetic energy

Kinetic energy…AKA energy of motion…steered my yellow Lamborghini last week. I converted all of that potential energy I acquired from two weeks ago into kinetic energy. When you decide, commit, and act, you succeed. I’m happy to say that last week was a successful week! ๐Ÿฅณ

Quote of the week:

“We have kinetic energy only when we act. Remember, velocity is the main factor that decides our kinetic energy.”

~Mani Kannan

Swim: 8000 yards

I splashed into Thursday with motion at a variety of paces! “Hard swims into race pace” was on deck and it was tough, but so AWESOME! I BELIEVED I could successfully complete this swim, so I did! There is no greater gift you can give yourself than to believe in you, your abilities, your goals, and your dreams!

  • Warm up:
    • 400 swim starting easy and building effort
    • 6×50 as 25 drill/25 swim (10 sec)
  • Main Set:
    • 3 times through the following:
      • 2×100 BEST
      • EFFORT (20 sec)
      • 400 race pace (80% effort) (20 sec)
      • 100 easy
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
DECIDE…Decide to be brave enough to believe in you, your abilities, your goals, your dreams! Own that belief and wear it proudly! If an oyster can turn sand into pearls you can turn negativity into optimism, skepticism into confidence, doubt into belief. Decide to let the magic happen by being brave enough to change your mindset to believe in yourself, commit to your goals, and focus on your dreams. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Bike: 92.6 miles

I grew the most mentally during Tuesday’s ride this week! The structure of the workout was 1 min @ 117 % of FTP followed by 30 seconds @ 20% FTP. Repeat this until “failureโ€ or 20 intervals, whichever comes first. Failure means you can no longer hit the 117% of FTP and have missed the target by 10-15 watts after at least 2 tries.

I had a LOT of doubt going into this ride, but during my warm up I DECIDED to be brave enough to change my mindset. I DECIDED to be brave enough to #believe in myself. I DECIDED to be brave enough to focus on one interval at a time. I DECIDED to be brave enough to show the f*%k up. I DECIDED to be brave enough to bet on ME! And ya know what?! I not only successfully completed 20 intervals at 117% of FTP, but I know I had a few more intervals in me! ๐Ÿฅณ

DECIDE…Decide to be brave enough to bet on the YOU of tomorrow! Donโ€™t focus on the you of yesterday. If you continue to strive to be 1% better today than yesterday, the you of tomorrow will be someone worth betting on! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Run: 23.1 miles

Wednesday morning the family went for an endurance run! It was so nice to have the streets mostly to ourselves at 5 am. We received a nice compliment from a random newspaper delivery person, โ€œThank you for making it easier for us to see you by being so well lit and having your dogs lit up also.โ€ ๐Ÿฅณ Everyone who is out exercising in the dark should take advantage of the spring sale that Noxgear is currently having…30% off right now and if you sign up for their newsletter, you get an additional 5% off. It is a small investment for your safety! *I am not sponsored by nor affiliated with Noxgear. I just love their product!

Thank you Noxgear for making us much more visible and helping to keep our family safe when we run because #itcouldbeme ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

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

Weekly Totals: 14 hours & 46 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

So grateful to Nick at Vitality Massage for keeping me healthy and active! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Yay for days that include all things swim/bike/run! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
This is how we recover…sleep + Normatec Recovery boots = WIN!! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
March totals…I’m so grateful I got to do an IRL race in March! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
I love snuggling with our baby girl…even when she puts her foot in my face while she’s sleeping! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฅฐ
Another day of all the swim/bike/run love! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
It was a GORGEOUS day to cover 50+ miles OUTSIDE on two wheels in my Coeur Sports Kinetic Kit! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
When you get ready to head out on two wheels and your speed, cadence, and power sensors donโ€™t work (after trying two new batteries in each), do you ride without metrics or fret about the missing metrics and scrap the ride to problem solve why they arenโ€™t working?! I chose to ride without metrics and worry about problem solving tomorrow. And. It. Was. AMAZING! ๐Ÿฅณ #itcouldhappenonraceday
Grateful to get to do yoga outside on such a beautiful day! Thanks to Jersey for “helping” me!

What were your highlights from week 13 of 2021?!

2021 week 7: keep showing the f*%k up

Last week was the official start of my “training plan” for Ironman Arizona. I use that term loosely as I don’t have a coach and don’t have a specific “plan” that I am following. But I’ve decided that since I’m 40 weeks out, I should focus my journey a bit more on achieving the goals I have for myself at IMAZ in November. So I let my mantra dictate my week!

Quote of the week:

“Show the f*%k up!”


Swim: 8300 yards

I just love when I see 12x100s in Training Peaks (even though I put it there ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฅณ)! Thursday when I started this swim, I felt like I was swimming through mud, but I reminded myself to show the f*%k up and stick with it. After a solid warm up, I still felt I was swimming through mud, but told myself that I just needed to show up for THIS interval…and ya know what?! By the time I got to the “fast” efforts, I was feeling like I was moving efficiently through water instead of fighting the mud, so keep showing up in THIS moment!

  • Warm up:
    • 300 swim
    • 4×50 drills
    • 200 swim
    • 100 kick
  • Main Set:
    • 4×100 easy with 20 seconds rest between
    • 4×100 moderate with 20 seconds rest between
    • 4×100 fast with 20 seconds rest between
    • 500 pull with paddles
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Small habits add up to big success! Showing up for yourself in this moment is a step in developing small habits that fuel big successes over time. When you show up, you get a bit more courageous, confident, stronger, resilient, and powerful every time, so decide to show the f*%k up for yourself! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Bike: 87.2 miles

Saturday I showed up for some sweat equity. My brain said, “blah, blah, blah” at the 2:15 endurance ride and tried to sabotage my success by talking my body out of succeeding, but thankfully my body was stronger! My brain would rather have intervals instead of an endurance ride when riding indoors, so I had to show the f*%k up and pull my brain back into my workout multiple times throughout this ride.

My body reminded my brain to show the f*%k up even for the less challenging workout and won the battle!

Run: 22.1 miles

I had a lot of great runs this week (with a couple of them being outdoors…yay for our *heatwave*), but the one that I had to show the f*%K up for the most was Monday’s speed work on the treadmill. It was structured as:

  • 15 minute EASY warm up
  • 4×4 minutes FAST with 4 minutes EASY between
  • Cool down EASY to 50 minutes

I have done this workout a few times since the start of 2021, so I had a baseline that I felt I should be able to hold for the FAST efforts. This baseline was 7.8 mph (7:41/mile pace) at 1.0% incline. I decided to really challenge myself and push my limits by running “my pace” for these 4 minute FAST intervals at 8.0 mph (7:30/mile pace) with the 1.0% incline. The first 2 intervals were tough, but tolerable. By the 3rd interval I was spitting out positive words (Courage, Believe, Show Up, Limitless, and Strong) whenever I could get enough of a breath to talk out loud to myself, but they were on repeat in my brain. The last interval was all guts and determination!

I have goals! So today I challenged myself to run my “fast” intervals even faster than what I thought I could and ya know what?! I successfully surpassed what I thought I could do.
-Was it challenging?! YES!
-Was it comfortable?! NO!
-Did it take positive self talk to keep me focused on achieving success?! YES!
-Was it worth it?! HELL YES!
We are all capable of SO much more than we think. Have the COURAGE to SHOW UP and BELIEVE you are STRONG + LIMITLESS! This is where the magic happens! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Snowshoe: 4.89 miles

It finally warmed up enough (kind of…is +3*F windchill warm enough?!?!) to venture outside and snowshoe for a bit on Wednesday! It was fun to get to see one of my Coeur Sports Collective Beat teammates and play in the snow together! Our adventures were short, but it was good to catch up in a COVID safe way! We had a few more snowshoe adventures later in the week after it warmed up even more and felt like a *heatwave* when it was in the 20s.

After being cooped up for a week because of the bitterly cold temps, I’m grateful it finally warmed up enough to get some fresh air (some even with friends) today! โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
3×30 minute full body workouts
2×30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 17 hours & 2 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

I got my 2021 Coeur Sports Alumni team gear! I am SUPER excited to continue to represent Coeur Sports and be a part of the inaugural Alumni team as we continue to strive to encourage, empower, support, and inspire women in sport!
When the windchill is -38*F, reading a good book while sitting in the Normatec Recovery boots is a win!
So grateful I GOT to run outside…even if the windchill temp was only 3*F! Fresh, crisp air is good for the soul!
Someone wanted all the snuggles under the warm blanket with me after snowshoeing adventures! โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
It’s all about the attitude! Today I had an #attitudeofgratitude for the *heatwave*, fresh air, sunshine, playtime, and sMILES together! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Short sunset snowshoe with the fam! โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’™
Epsom salt + lavender bubble bath = good recovery after a big workout!
We HAD to get out and play in the snow covered woods today. It was such a GORGEOUS winter’s day! Fresh air + sunshine + family + play + snow = #happyheart โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
I love my little snuggle bug!
I am stoked to continue to represent Coeur Sports in 2021 by being part of the inaugural Alumni team! Need some questions answered?! Iโ€™m your girl! Need some cheers or encouragement?! Iโ€™m your girl! Need some support?! Iโ€™m your girl! Need some motivation or inspiration?! Iโ€™m your girl! Need some race day high fives or hugs?! Iโ€™m your girl! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป Letโ€™s empower and lift each other!

What were your highlights from week 7 of 2021?! What mantra(s) do you turn to?!

2021 week 3: consistency

WOW! After the inauguration on Wednesday, I felt a huge sense of relief as it feels like 2021 has finally started. As I mentioned in my week 2 post, I had a huge bike block in December, so my swimming, running, strength training, and yoga took a major backseat at the end of 2020. It’s not that I ignored them completely, but they definitely weren’t a priority as my training was very bike focused in December. After doing minimal training for the first couple weeks of January, last week was about re-establishing balance, routine, and consistency in my training…and it feels AWESOME! After all, CONSISTENCY is key to success!

Quote of the week:

“You are what you do consistently, not what you do occasionally.”

~Robbie Bruce

Swim: 9200 yards

The swim of the week was Thursday’s 2800 yard swim with the focus being best effort for quite a bit of it. Crazy 8s is a workout that I love to hate…

  • Warm up of 800 yards = 100 swim, 100 kick (with fins), 100 pull (with paddles), 200 swim, 100 kick (with fins), 100 pull (with paddles), 100 swim
  • Main Set:
    • 8×150 descending pace (increasing effort) with 20 seconds rest between…each 150 interval should be slightly faster than the last one finishing with the last 150 at max effort
    • 1 minute rest break
    • 8×50 on the 1:00…each of these 50s should be at max effort. (If you swim 45 seconds, then you have a 15 second rest. If you swim 50 seconds, then you have a 10 second rest.)
    • 1 minute rest break
    • 8×25 sprints with 10 seconds rest between…each of these 25s should be at max effort
    • Cool down = 200 yards
  • Cool down = 200 yards

Focusing on my form and concentrating on LIMITLESS during those hard intervals kept me giving my absolute best effort that I had in the moment.

You can choose to be a shark or a guppy. Today was shark day!

Bike: 106 miles

Despite having lost a bit of bike fitness from the summer, I am focusing on INTEGRITY in my training. I am training where I am and being grateful for the little wins every single day. If you know me, I’m not a fan of staying in the comfort zone for long, so I have begun working toward one of my goals which is to increase my FTP in the coming months. Thursday I was rocking my 1 hour & 10 minute workout with 3×10 minutes in high Z3/low Z4, so I felt it only right to host my own little dance party off the bike. Using Zwift, I set this workout up so that each 10 minute interval was a bit more challenging than the last.

  • 10 minute warm up
  • 5x (1 minute at 75% FTP/Z2 and 1 minute at 50% FTP/Z1)
  • 3 minutes at 50% FTP/Z1
  • 10 minutes at 80% FTP/Z3
  • 3 minutes at 50% FTP/Z1
  • 10 minutes at 85% FTP/Z3
  • 3 minutes at 50% FTP/Z1
  • 10 minutes at 90% FTP/Z4
  • 11 minutes cool down
Dance party! When you have a great ride, you should celebrate with a little happy dance off the bike!

Run: 21.1 miles

I have a goal to add more running into my training in 2021 to increase my run durability. This will help build strength in my legs and condition them to better handle a stronger and faster finish on race day. Of the 5 runs I completed last week, only 2 of them had any kind of intensity to them and 3 of them where 35 minutes or less. The key to run durability is frequent, shorter, easy runs. I am grateful for the treadmill to keep me honest on these runs as sometimes it is really hard for me to keep my easy runs easy…especially when running outside. Wednesday was my long (1 hour + 5 minutes) progression run. After a 5 minute warm up, the main set was to get faster by 10-20 seconds every 5 minutes and then end with a 5 minute cool down. This run really helped build my CONFIDENCE and helped me BELIEVE that I can get some speed back in my legs. I increased my speed by 1.5 mph over the course of the main set.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
3×30 minute full body workouts
2×30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 57 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Jersey doesn’t like Mondays
Combatting Blue Monday with fresh air, sunshine, snowshoes, exercise, friends, and dogs.
Thank you to my Coeur Sports teammate, Ruth, for my BELIEVE Fellow Flower!
I got to swim, bike, and run all in the same day! INTEGRITY…training with where I’m at not where I think I should be.
Snuggles with our baby girl! #happyheart
Today we celebrate the opportunity for change, hope, and healing. Seeing a Woman of Color sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America brought so many happy tears to my eyes.
These beautiful sunrises never get old!

What were your highlights from week 3 of 2021?!

2021 week 1: focus on the positive

This wasn’t the start of the new year that many of us had hoped for, but it was the start that we were given. We can choose to focus on the negative or choose to focus on the positive. I chose to make the most of what I was given last week and focus on the POSITIVES.

Quote of the week:

“Bringing integrity back to training and racing means you have to stop worrying about where you SHOULD be and OWN WHERE YOU ARE.”

~Lauren Fleshman

Swim: 2600 yards

I had a swim test on Tuesday to determine where I am currently with my swim speed. LIMITLESS guided me throughout this test and helped me give everything I had to do my absolute best! My CSS (critical swim speed) has dropped just a bit since peaking for IMLP in 2019, but considering I haven’t swam as much in 2020 (thanks to closed pools + no racing) and I haven’t been training for anything other than life + fun, I am super happy with where my current swim speed is! I have a few more weeks before more focused and dedicated training will start for my 2021 races, so for now I will keep swimming for life + fun.

Bike: 22.7 miles

On December 31, 2020 I did an FTP test on the bike and while I lost some bike fitness, I FINALLY feel strong on the bike again! During my bike workout on Tuesday (which I forgot to take a picture of), I was FINALLY able to nail all of my intervals because I am training at my current fitness level instead of where I think I SHOULD be (aka…where I was before). OWNING WHERE I AM gave me a HUGE boost of CONFIDENCE on the bike again. Now it’s time to put in the hard work to RISE up and get those watts back that I lost. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Run: 13.5 miles

I had a few good runs last week, but the highlight was my speed work on the treadmill that went so much better than I expected this week! That means next time I GET to work harder and increase my pace a bit. It is time to FLY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily + a 30 minute full body workout

Weekly Totals: 5 hours & 58 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

I GOT to swim + bike + run all in the same day! ๐Ÿ™‚
Focus words for 2021!
Continuously learning and growing
Snuggles with my baby girl!
Organizing our workout room!

What were your positive highlights from the first week of 2021?!

16 Weeks ’til Ironman Boulder

It is hard to believe we are only 16 weeks away from Ironman Boulder. This was the last big week before a much needed recovery week. It was full of rainy weather, lots of bike bottle washing, lots of technical fabric laundry and preparing lots of food to put in the freezer that we can pull out for a quick, healthy meal.



Lot’s of Coeur gear in this load…love my Coeur gear ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade cornbread chili…chili topped with cornbread and baked in the oven = YUMMY!!

Homemade Curry…chicken, squash, eggplant, bell peppers, onion, garlic, ginger and all the curry yummies ๐Ÿ™‚

Swim:ย 7300 yards in 2 hours & 45 minutes

Overall, my swimming this week were very positive. Tuesday’s swim was even my #FaveWorkout of the week. I felt like I had good form in the pool and was able to maintain a solid pace when not working on drills.



#swimlove post 4 hour brick on Sunday, which felt surprisingly good :)
#swimlove post 4 hour brick on Sunday, which felt surprisingly good ๐Ÿ™‚

Bike:ย 46.9ย miles in 3 hours & 30 minutes

This week’s rides involved some #intervals, some Zone 2 work, lots of sweat and even more #bikelove.




Run:ย 25.2 miles in 3 hours & 53 minutes

I had some AMAZING runs this week that included LOTS of #runlove. Tuesday’s run taught me to #NeverGiveUp and persevere. After this run, I felt on top of the world!! Saturday’s 16 mile run was also a really good run. I felt strong, I felt energized, I felt amazing, I felt happy during the longest run of the season.




Brick:ย 51.8 miles in 4 hours

Sunday was our only brick workout this week…3:30:00 on the trainer followed by a 30 minute run. I actually felt like I could have gone longer and faster on the run, but decided not to push things and take advantage of a slower run where I’m just logging the miles after Saturday’s LONG run.



Strength Training:ย 2:15:00

I had a good strength session on Monday, an awesome TRX workout on Thursday and a solid core work session on Saturday.


Basil was trying to help me with planks


There was LOTS of compression, LOTS of Osmo Nutrition Recovery, LOTS of Pure Clean Powder beet juice powder, LOTS of healthy whole foods for refueling, a massage, many salt baths and a couple of naps this week.



Basil napping after our long run Saturday...
Basil napping after our long run Saturday…

Weekly Totals:ย 16 hours and 23 minutes

How was your week?

My #FaveWorkout – Week 17

This week my #FaveWorkout was more a day of workouts…

Yesterday was my birthday and I celebrated it doing what I love…working out ๐Ÿ™‚

I started my day with 45 minutes of easyย #runlove at 4:30 am with the Iron Hippie and Basil. It was perfect outside (low 40s F) and no one was out and about yet ๐Ÿ™‚ After the run, the Iron Hippie made me a “birthday smoothie” to replace my birthday cake for the day…I think it had enough calories in it for the entire day…


Chocolate almond milk, 1/2 a bag of mint Oreo cookies, a heaping scoop of peanut butter and two scoops of Osmo Recovery...#toomanycalories
Chocolate almond milk, 1/2 a bag of mint Oreo cookies, a heaping scoop of peanut butter and two scoops of Osmo Recovery…#toomanycalories

After work, we took to the trainers for some #bikelove #intervals. Thankfully it was 74F outside and we rode in the driveway on our trainers. I broke out my new Coeur Sports tri kit…it is time to reach for the stars and #dreambig!! ย “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~Les Brown


I love that my friends understand me and want to workout while celebrating my birthday at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚







It wasn’t all fun and celebrations. We did get down to work with this 30 second #interval workout:

20 minute warm-up including 3×45 sec single leg drills
3x(7:00 of 30 sec sprint/30 sec recovery) w/ 5 min easy spin between sets
9 minute cool down

After the #bikelove, I taught TRX…lots of core work to give the legs a bit of a break in preparation for today’s long run after work.


What was your favorite workout this week?

21 Weeks ’til Ironman Boulder


What a great week!! While I don’t like losing an hour of my day this time of year, I do like having more daylight hours in the evening…a sign that spring really is just around the corner!!


AM: 1 hour strength training session…

PM: Trainer Ride…3×9 minute Over/Under Intervals…This was my #FaveWorkout this week!



I was suppose to get up early and swim, BUT…that didn’t happen, SO…

After work, I got some #swimloveย and #runloveย back to back…I’m so ready to start exercising outdoors in warmer weather!!

Notice the Iron Hippie in the background ๐Ÿ˜‰

Giving my Coeur kit and new Newtons some #runlove
Giving my Coeur kit and new Newtons some #runlove


AM: Zone 2 #bikelove


PM: Make-up Parent Teacher Conferences from last week…we got more snow tonight too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


One more cold day before nice weather is suppose to bless us…


I followed this up with an amazing recovery smoothie…Osmo Nutrition and Pure Clean Beet Powder are the perfect addition to any smoothie!!


PM: #bikelove #intervals followed up by TRX class…this is quickly becoming one of my favorite workout combinations!!



Aย swim was on the schedule for after work today, BUT…it was 52F and sunny outside. Since I’ve been cooped up most of the winter, I decided it was time to lace up the running shoes and do Saturday morning’s run on Friday afternoon. I can swim tomorrow. Fresh air, sunshine, warmer temperatures, friends, what more could a girl ask for?!?!?! Basil also needed some exercise…we were both so happy to get back outside!!

13 miles in shorts!!



I slept in Saturday morning and decided to swim Saturday afternoon. I had the whole pool to myself after family swim time was over. I followed this up with some core work…everyday I notice I get a bit stronger in this department ๐Ÿ˜‰ #progress


Sole Sista Time after my workouts…

We aren’t always sweaty…we do know how to dress up ๐Ÿ™‚


1st brick of 2015 is in the books!! 3 hour ride and 20 minute run…BAM!! It felt AWESOME ๐Ÿ™‚ I love running off the bike when my legs are all warmed up!! The best part…I could have run harder ๐Ÿ™‚


Weekly Totals:

Swim: 4500 yards

Bike: 82.5 miles

Run: 25.6 miles

Strength Training: 2:10:00

Total Duration: 13:41:00

Only one more week to get through and then it is spring break week. As a teacher, this is my 2nd favorite part of the year…it takes runner upย to summer vacation ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am definitely looking forward to a week off and time to regroup before the last big push to the finish line of the school year. I don’t have any big plans, but working out, relaxing and spending time with friends will be my top priorities ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your week? Are you going to get to enjoy “spring break” sometime soon? If so, do you have big plans?

My #FaveWorkout – Week 16

This week has been a busy week, but I’m feeling really good about where my #IMBoulder training is atย and really excited aboutย the warmer weather that is suppose to be just around the corner. Can you say…WARMER WEATHER…YES PLEASE?!?!?!?!?! There is talk that this comingย Tuesday should be 61F for a high (that is 79F warmer than the feel like temperature yesterdayย morning)…HEAT WAVE ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok…Kecia…refocus…my #FaveWorkout this week involved one hour of #bikelove #intervals on Monday…

Trainer: 3×9 minutes Over/Under Intervals

Warm-up: 10 min including 2×1 minute 100+rpm
Main Set:
3×9 minutes (2 min 8/10 effort, 1 min 9/10 effort, 2 min 8/10 effort, 1 min 9/10, 2 min 8/10, 1 min 9/10)
4 min recovery
Cool Down:
15 minutes Easy Ride

Lots of sweat…


Those 9 minute sets were a LOT more challenging than I thought they’d be…OUCH!! This is how I’ll make #progress ๐Ÿ˜‰

What was your favorite workout this week?