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 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 7: batteries at full capacity

Last week started with low energy. I took some time to process why this was the case and realized I had been giving my energy out to others without taking time to recharge my own batteries. I was letting others cross over boundaries I had established and it was not serving me. Thankfully I was able to take some time for myself and recharge my batteries on Wednesday, which set me up for success the rest of the week. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others, so do what sparks a light in you to keep your batteries at full capacity.

Quote of the week:

“You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.”

~Alexander den Heijer

Swim: 10,000 yards

Saturday was a day of flow in the water. The water was calming, my stroke felt strong, and everything just clicked. So grateful to feel this flow state!

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
    • 200 drills
    • 4×50 (25 fast/25 easy) (5 sec rest between)
  • Main Set:
    • 5×100 descending (20 sec)
    • 500 pull (try to hold same pace as last 100) (20 sec)
    • 4×100 descending (20 sec)
    • 400 pull (try to hold same pace as last 100) (20 sec)
    • 3×100 descending (20 sec)
    • 300 pull (try to hold same pace as last 100) (20 sec)
    • Rest 2 minutes
    • 800 swim holding best average possible
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Sometimes things just flow with ease, so you let it. You don’t force anything. You just BE. ⚡️💙💛

Bike: 163 miles

How big are your bricks?

If your bricks are too large, they can be much heavier, more challenging to move, and may not fit into some spaces making it difficult to build a sturdy foundation.

I keep my bricks small. Small bricks are lighter, easier to move, and fit into many spaces allowing me to build a really solid, strong, and sturdy building.

Thursday my 20 minute intervals were too big for my brain to handle, so I made my bricks smaller. Instead of focusing on 20 minutes at a time, I focused on two minutes at a time to get through each 20 minute interval. These smaller bricks were lighter, much more manageable, and added strength, stability, and cohesion to the building I’m creating. ⚡️

Run: 32.0 miles

Mental health is SO important! You must take care of yourself first so you can be at your best for those you love. Do more of what lights a fire within you to keep your batteries at max capacity! 💙💛 #selfcare

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 20 hours & 14 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

THANK YOU Vanessa Faye Foerster for sharing your workbook with me! SO GRATEFUL for your knowledge and teachings!
Thank you to Nick with Vitality Massage for getting some of those knots out and keeping me healthy!
So thankful my body allows me to do what I love!
Getting my squeeze and snuggles is the BEST! Normatec
This is the life!
I apparently make a good pillow as both Basil and Jersey are both laying on me.
Working on improving my run by trying something different. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” I’m changing up my long runs by doing intervals on the bike to fatigue the legs before running. I have goals and need to improve my run strength and speed off the bike to achieve my goals!

What were your highlights from week 7 of 2022?! What sparks a light in you and keeps your batteries at full capacity?!

2022 week 3: reestablishing routines

Last week was all about reestablishing routines, starting back to a regular training schedule, and getting excited for what 2022 has in store for me! We are officially 20 weeks out from Ironman Des Moines. #LFG ⚡️

Quote of the week:

“Establishing and keeping a routine can be even more important than having a lot of time.”

~Austin Kleon

Swim: 12,800 yards

I finally made it back in the water after having to take a break because of Covid. It felt AH-MAZING to be back in the water! Thanks to my friend Lee for suggesting this killer workout! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
  • Main Set:
    • 16×50 every 4th hard (5 sec rest)
    • 12×50 every 3rd hard (10 sec rest)
    • 8×50 every 2nd hard (15 sec rest)
    • 4×50 all out (20 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
It felt sooooooo good to get back in the chlorine after being a fish out of water for 20 days! Look out 2022…I’m coming for ya! #LFG ⚡️

Bike: 87.1 miles

Saturday morning was my longest ride since IMAZ. It felt great to be getting back to some longer stuff with Z3/4 work mixed in.

I’ve missed getting in some longer rides…head down + work! Looking forward to many more in the future!

Run: 18.8 miles

Wednesday I had 2×2 mile intervals at 1/2 marathon pace. My brain said, “you can’t hold this pace because you haven’t done this since before IRONMAN Arizona AND you aren’t fit enough right now to do it. You’ve lost all your endurance and speed in the offseason.” I could have let my pesky brain dictate my workout, but I decided ahead of time to focus on “this moment” while running. Just because I haven’t done this workout in months, doesn’t mean I can’t do it today. And what’s the worst that can happen?! I show up, give my best effort, don’t meet the goal pacing, and feel disappointed?! I’m good with feeling disappointment knowing I gave my best effort and missed the goal; I’m not good with feeling disappointment because I quit on myself by not trying and listening to my pesky brain.

Breakthroughs…⚡️I didn’t let my pesky brain dictate my workout. ⚡️I successfully achieved the goal pacing for both 2×2 mile intervals. ⚡️I focused on “this moment” during my run. ⚡️I laid another brick in the foundation of building my way to #IMDSM in June. ⚡️I added to my mental endurance bank.⚡️Just because I haven’t achieved “it” YET doesn’t mean I won’t achieve “it” in the future. #LFG⚡️

Oh…and this Breakthru design by Coeur Sports may have brought a bit of power to today’s workout. It’s da diggity! ⚡️

Snowshoe: 5.57 miles

Monday we took to the trails before it got SUPER cold (ummm hello -18 F with windchills at -33F). The girls have so much fun playing in the white stuff and it brings me so much joy to watch them play! Thankfully it warmed back up into the low to mid 20s by the weekend, so we could get back out for more #snowtherapy + fresh air!

“We’ve trained our humans to give us what we want. Monday we told them we wanted to go play in the white stuff and they listened! We are so lucky to have humans that love doing what we do! Thanks mom and dad for taking us on epic adventures so we can play!” 💙 -Basil and Jersey #snowdogs #snowshoe #snowshoeadventures

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 17 hours & 52 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

What a GORGEOUS winter day to walk on campus on Tuesday! ❄️💙
I GOT to swim, bike, and run in the same day! It has been a while since this happened and I’m lovin’ it!
Excited to be an SBR Sports Inc. ambassador again in 2022. If you are looking for great products to remove the chlorine, get your wetsuit on/off easier, reduce/avoid chafing, or keep the goggles from fogging over (even the ski goggles), SBR has something for you! Use KECIAPLACEFENCL at checkout for 20% off!
Getting my Normatec squeeze on while helping with homework and snuggling. 🥰
Getting to play in the snow with our niece and the girls! 💙❄️
We play hard and rest hard! 🐶🥰

What were your highlights from week 3 of 2022?! Are you someone who thrives off of routines?!

2022 week 2: fresh

Last week I had a fresh start, got out in fresh air, and got a fresh cut. With the fresh start, came finding some structure again and it felt AMAZING! I had missed daily movement, structure, and routine. After coming out of the offseason and then recovering from Covid, I was conscious of monitoring my heart rate (both resting and during training) to make sure I didn’t see any red flags. This helped me be smart as I returned to training…allowing me to progress without setbacks.

Quote of the week:

“I’m feeling great. I’m feeling good. I feel fresh.”

~Caroline Wozniacki

Swim: 0 yards

I’ve waited 2 full weeks post positive Covid test before returning to the pool since I have to take my mask off in a public space around others…because who swims with a mask on?! So that means that last week I had no pool time, but it felt SOOOO good to submerge myself back in the water this morning!

Bike: 146 miles

Tuesday I got on the bike to test my recovery and found that my HR and breathing were back to normal. *happy dance*

When your dream feels out of reach, are you willing to show up anyway?

After having the last 7 weeks mostly off from training, I’m starting to climb my way back to IRONMAN fitness. At this moment my dream feels so far out of reach, but I’ve decided that this is not a problem. I know that if keep showing up and laying the next brick that my dream will become a reality.

So to answer my own question…HELL YEAH!⚡️#LFG

Run: 10.1 miles

Wednesday I got to run outside in 54*F temps for the longest run I’ve had post IMAZ. I was a bit uncertain of what to expect as I hadn’t run outside post Covid and had no idea how my body would respond. Uncertainty is normal. Uncertainty is not a problem. I showed up and decided ahead of time to listen to my body. If I felt healthy, I would keep running. If I felt illness anywhere (chest, throat, anywhere), I would stop running. I don’t want to set myself back as I have races to train for. I want to train for them from a place of health and wellness and not push through an illness. Thankfully, I felt healthy and was able to run for an hour. Sure I have lost speed and endurance (as I’ve had about 7 weeks of little to nothing post IMAZ), but I felt healthy and was super pumped about that!

🦠I recently had Covid
💉I am vaccinated + boosted
😷I wear a mask indoors when not with my bubble of people I’m normally around
🦠Covid is real
💉vaccines do NOT make you invincible
💉vaccines do help prevent serious illness and death if you do get Covid
🙏🏻I am thankful for science
🙏🏻I am thankful my vaccine flexed its superpowers making my symptoms minimal
🙏🏻I am grateful to feel 💯% again
🙏🏻I am grateful to be healthy enough to return back to my normal, active lifestyle so quickly
🙏🏻I am grateful for running outside in shorts in 54F temps + sunshine in January in Iowa
🙏🏻I am grateful for running my farthest distance since IMAZ today
🙏🏻I am grateful to be creating the best version of myself
💉please get vaccinated and boosted (when eligible) to protect yourself and others
😷please wear a mask indoors to protect yourself and others
⚡️I’m ready to make 2022 an amazing year

Snowshoe: 1.59 miles

Friday into Saturday we got 12 inches of snow, so we HAD to go out and play in it! So grateful winter decided to FINALLY show up so we can enjoy some snow!

Our snowshoes were calling our names, so we HAD to go play! The girls were happy to oblige, even if the 12 inches of snow was a bit deep to plow through at times. ❄️💙 #snowdogs #snowshoeadventures #snowtherapy

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 14 hours & 28 minutes
3×30 minutes of full body strength training
2×30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

The 🔥 in the sky was 😍 Monday morning!
There are never enough snuggles for this little girl! 🐶🥰
So grateful to be interviewed for the Train Your Mind podcast with Vanessa Faye Foerster! 🥰 Give it a listen!
So grateful to have a public bus system to use during inclement weather!
Loving all this snow! ❄️💙
Moving snow definitely counts as a workout, but it is worth it to get to play in all this powder! ❄️💙
Look at all this fresh snow! ❄️💙
We play hard, but we also rest hard! 🐶🥰
Doesn’t everyone have help with yoga?! 🐶🥰
Every few years I get my hair cut so I can donate it to Wigs For Kids. 🥰 It is time to donate!

What were your highlights from week 2 of 2022?!

2022 week 1: brakes

2022 came in with the brakes pressed firmly against the floorboards. While it didn’t start out like I had planned, it started the way the Universe had planned. Last week I spent the week in isolation as I tested positive for Covid on Monday. I’m so grateful for the vaccine flexing its superpowers making my symptoms nearly non-existent. If Covid wasn’t a thing, I would have suspected I had laryngitis and wouldn’t have even gone to the doctor. Thank you science!

*Note: I am monitoring my resting heart rate to help me determine when to step it back up with my training.

*Also note: Tim tested negative for Covid and has zero symptoms.

Quote of the week:

“I survived Covid-19.”

~Me

Swim: 0 yards

Isolation meant no swimming last week.

Bike: 17.4 miles

I felt pretty normal most of the week, so I decided to give a super easy ride a try to see how my body responded both during and following exercise. All went well and I’ll be easing back into some structure this week.

Getting to test my body a bit.

Run: 0 miles

While I didn’t test the running last week, I did go for a couple of long walks with Tim and the girls in the woods. It was so great to get out in fresh, cold air and move! Sadly we haven’t had enough snow to snowshoe in, but the girls had a lot of fun anyway! Jersey brought us a deer leg she found. 🤣

Sooo proud of her find!

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 5 hours & 42 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training

Attitude of Gratitude:

Lots of snuggles this week!
Even Basil snuggled with me this week. It has been a long time since she last snuggled with me.

What were your highlights from week 1 of 2022?!

2021 week 50: rest is action

Sunday marked 4 weeks post Ironman Arizona and I successfully gave my body a REALLY good break during this time. During the last 4 weeks, I swam 3 times, biked once, and ran twice. There was one strength training session, one yoga session, and zero snowshoeing. I have gone on long walks with our girls, spent time with family, supported our nieces at their sporting events, slept 9-11+ hours most nights, and rested like my upcoming races depend on it, because guess what… THEY DO! Sure, I push my limits, but I also know that in order to perform at my best, I not only have to work hard, but I also have to take some time off and rest hard (lessons we can call learn from watching our dogs…they play hard and rest hard).

Quote of the week:

“All action begins in rest…This is the ultimate truth.”

~Laozi

Swim: 5200 yards

Friday we hopped back in the pool for a happy hour swim where we played a game of roll the dice. This is such a fun way to create a workout without having to plan ahead. It is spontaneous…something most type A triathletes don’t have much of in their daily lives. 🤪

Fri-yay happy hour roll the dice swim was a great way to end the week and ease back into training after nearly 4 weeks off post #IronmanArizona ⚡️

Bike: 19.2 miles

Saturday Mojo and I reconnected after nearly 4 weeks apart. Oh how I’ve missed her! It felt amazingly fantabulous awesomeness and so much more to reconnect!

We are excited to chase our dreams and see just how far we can go in 2022! #LFG ⚡️

Run: 3.0 miles

Sunday I took the girls for an easy run around the golf course (one of our favorite winter running locations). They had SOOOO much fun!

Even when the run feels tough, it’s always fun to watch the joy these two have while running! #basillovesrunning #jerserylovesrunning

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 6 hours & 39 minutes
30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

All the snuggles!
Two peas in a pod!
Thank you to Michelle K for my Secret Santa gift! LOVE it all!
Staying safe during a tornado warning and comforting all the girls.
So grateful to have our niece join us to meet Tim’s parents for lunch on Saturday.
I’m soooo grateful she loves to snuggle!
Isabella gets lots of snuggles too!

What were your highlights from week 50 of 2021?!

2021 week 41: flexible

If you remember from week 40, I ended the week sleeping on the couch with Jersey right off the bike…I needed sleep. Well, that carried over to start the week last week. I needed sleep, so I took some time off work early in the week and slept (nearly 12 hours on Monday night and nearly 11 hours on Tuesday night), which set me up great for workouts later in the week. I know that if I continue to push myself instead of rest + sleep, I am setting myself up for failure (injury, not hitting intervals, risking over training, etc.), so I almost always listen to my body and give it the sleep it craves. I decided to be flexible in my process and re work my plan for the week to give my body the rest it was craving.

Quote of the week:

“Be clear about your goal, but be flexible about the process of achieving it.”

~Brian Tracy

Swim: 11,000 yards

Friday I had a GREAT swim after work! Not only did I put up some AMAZING paces, but I also took time to play in the water (which is something I haven’t done nearly enough of lately).

  • Warm up:
    • 200 swim
    • 200 drills
    • 4×50 descending (10 sec rest)
  • Main Set:
    • 3 times through (start hard and make each set harder/faster/stronger than the last set)
      • 100 (10 sec rest)
      • 200 (15 sec rest)
      • 300 (20 sec rest)
    • 100 kick (with fins)
    • 300 pull (with buoy, paddles, and ankle band)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any stroke
Lately my swims have been all business, so it was WAY past time to bring the fun factor back! Oh don’t worry…I took care of business before playing Friday! ⚡️🔥

Bike: 48.9 miles

I stayed on the trainer last week for all of my bike workouts. I nailed some workouts and struggled with others, but I showed up, gave my best, and learned along the way.

Endurance efforts with surges in power to wake the legs up and fatigue them a bit before a 10 mile run off the bike! ⚡️

Run: 33.5 miles

Being just under 5 weeks to race day, I am ramping up the mileage and had some great runs last week. Some solo, some with my #1, and some with my favorite girls.

I GET to challenge myself and push my limits as I enter into peak training! Enjoying the process and excited to see what I can do on race day! #LFG ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 14 hours & 7 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

Petting horses after running…Why not?!
Getting all the sleep!
“Mom, make room for me!” ~Jersey
Jersey loves the Normatec Recovery boots
Doing my civic duty by voting for city council + school board at a satellite site.
I have been at a loss for words on how to accurately describe how grateful I am to represent Coeur Sports for year 8 in 2022. This is more than a team. It’s a family! 🥰
Getting to swim/bike/run all in one day… #happyheart 🥰
So grateful that Basil loves to run and shared a few miles with me Saturday! 🐶🥰
So grateful that Jersey loves to run and shared a few miles with me Saturday! 🐶🥰
#SundayFunday included a farm ninja obstacle course, zip lines, hay rides, a corn maze, and quality time with some of my favorite peeps! 💙💛
The farm ninja obstacle course was a fun challenge on Sunday!

What were your highlights from week 41 of 2021?! When you find yourself exhausted, do you give your body the sleep, rest, and recovery it needs?!

2021 week 36: bittersweet

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. 😳

Challenge yourself! The more fires you experience, the more fireproof you become! 🔥

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.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Creating calm, peace, gratitude, and joy along Lake Mendota Saturday morning with my fav before the excitement and whirlwind of volunteering/spectating at IMWI.

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 12 hours & 40 minutes
30 minutes of yoga

Attitude of Gratitude:

“As you have bigger goals, you have to be willing to expand on your belief for the next future version. Be clear about who you are, what you want to be, who the future you is. How does that future person act, think, feel?! PRACTICE that over and over and over!” ~ Vanessa Faye Foerster

Grateful for more miles to PRACTICE how my future self acts, thinks, and feels on race day! ⚡️⚡️⚡️#LFG #fun #gratitude #joy
Squeeze me! Squeeze me! Normatec Recovery
Thank you Nick for working out the kinks so I can take time off work to play! Vitality Massage Ames
Getting to drink Karma Kombucha…OMG! YAAASSSSSS!!
So many shenanigans with my fav on the IMWI bike course.
Meeting up with my Coeur Sports sisters!
I have been in the change tent at Ironman Wisconsin since 2010 except for years I raced (2011, 2014, and 2016) and last year (hello Covid). See ya later Ironman Wisconsin! 🐮 ❤️
Ian’s pizza is a MUST when in Madison!
Sunday was bittersweet as it marks the end of a chapter. With the race moving to June in 2022, it is time to pass the Captain badge off to the next amazing Women’s Change Tent Captain. 🐮 ❤️

What were your highlights from week 36 of 2021?!