#IMLou Race Week

Race week has come and gone, but I wanted to update you on the final days leading up to #IMLou!! Don’t worry, I’ll have a race report soon…I’m still trying to process it!! Teaser…it was the absolute hardest thing I have ever done!! It made my last 5 Ironman finishes feel like a walk in the park!! 😉

Swim: 2650 yards

Diving into race week!!
Swimming with my #1 supporter by my side!!

Bike: 4 miles

I forgot to get a pic of this bike ride…let’s just say I put on my race gear, took a cold shower, and went out on the bike in 38*F air temperature to test if my race gear would be warm enough. Brrrr!!

Run: 7.4 miles

Running with my fave by Churchill Downs after spending hours in the car to get to Louisville!!

The second run (that I also forgot to take a picture of) was after my bike ride that I mentioned above. Cold + wet = Brrrr!!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength the first half of the week

Weekly Totals: 2 hours & 23 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“There’s always a calm before every storm.” ~Saif Ali

Attitude of Gratitude:

Grateful to have Nick with Vitality Massage help keep me race ready!!
Getting to meet up with a few of my Coeur Sports teammates was so much fun!! This team of uplifting, encouraging, supportive women is where it’s at!!
Swinging in the sunshine with my fave on Saturday…the calm before the storm (quite literally)!!
Grateful that my Dad came to cheer me on at Ironman Louisville!!
Kicking the feet up, reading a good book, and hoping Mother Nature isn’t going to be as evil as predicted!!
Pre-race braids thanks to my sis!! So grateful she was able to come to Louisville from Cali to cheer me on!!
I’m so grateful to the Coeur founders and my teammates for the shoutouts, cheers, and encouragement to keep going when things got tough!!
These two!! I’m so grateful for my fave and sis!! It was so great to spend some time with them before race day!!

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! How do you enjoy the calm before the storm?

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1 week ’til #IMLou – taper crazies, packing crazies, and spectating crazies

What a crazy, yet fun week!! It was full of taper crazies, packing crazies, and spectating crazies…all of this crazy brings me joy (yes, even the packing…it means a vaca is in sight)!!

Swim: 4925 yards

While swimming today, there was a seahorse on the bottom of the pool in my lane. Was this a sign?! I believe it was!! The seahorse is considered to be a symbol of strength and power. Just what I needed today!!
You know it’s taper time when your swim + run workout combined are shorter than just your swim workouts the last couple of weeks!!

Bike: 25.4 miles

In 2018 we’ve been training for two completely different races, so we haven’t had many opportunities to get to ride together. I’m grateful for the “bike date” today after work + am looking forward to more saddle time with my fave in 2019!!
Staying sharp for #IMLou even when traveling. #hayisinthebarn

Run: 6.7 miles

You know it’s taper time when your swim + run workout combined are shorter than just your swim workouts the last couple of weeks!!
Definitely not ready for windchill temps of 35*F like I experienced today!!
Cycling around the Twin Cities on my cross bike chasing down my fave!! No idea how many miles I logged (so they aren’t included in the above total), but it was fun and challenging to stay ahead of him!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily  

Weekly Totals: 5 hours & 3 minutes (not including spectating the Twin Cities Marathon)

Quote of the Week:

“People say I’m crazy. I say HAH…I’m just fun with a twist.” ~Unknown

Attitude of Gratitude:

When you are a tapering Ironman athlete + middle school teacher in the Midwest with drastically changing temperatures, you load up on Sound Probiotics to keep healthy!!
So grateful to have this crazy group of colleagues to work with!!
So grateful for some downtime in my Normatec boots while getting sucked in to this AMAZING read!!
So grateful to briefly chat with my Coeur Sports teammate Kendra (and meet little Ralphie <3) at mile 8.5 of the Twin Cities Marathon!!
So grateful to briefly chat with Elaina at mile 26 of the Twin Cities Marathon!!
SO FREAKING PROUD of my FAVE!! HE CRUSHED IT!! Setting a new PR in a time of 3:33:05 at the Twin Cities Marathon!! 🙂

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! 

2 weeks ’til #IMLou – Taper Time

It’s TAPER TIME!! I’m so glad to have made it to this point!! With the completion of last week’s workouts comes the taper for Ironman Louisville and I’m ready for it!! The hay is in the barn and I’m looking forward to lighting it on fire in 2 weeks!!

Swim: 10,300 yards

V is for victory!! I nailed my swim session with my second 1200 yard split being 4 sec/100 yards faster than my first 1200 yard split!!
Playing around in the pool after putting in some work!!
It’s Flippin’ Friday!! Doing somersaults in the water after swimming Friday morning!

Bike: 101 (trainer) miles

Alternating between Z2 and Z3 was a struggle, but I did it!!
5 hours on the trainer for the last time this year!! 🙂
After crushing my 90 minute run/1 hour bike intervals/1 hour run back to back to back Sunday, the hay is in the barn!! I’m #IMLou race ready!! It’s time to TAPER!!

Run: 32.5 miles

8 morning miles with Basil (2 of those with my fave too)!! #basillovesrunning
+ 9 afternoon miles = 17 strong miles Wednesday!!
After crushing my 90 minute run/1 hour bike intervals/1 hour run back to back to back Sunday, the hay is in the barn!! I’m #IMLou race ready!! It’s time to TAPER!! (Run #1)
After crushing my 90 minute run/1 hour bike intervals/1 hour run back to back to back Sunday, the hay is in the barn!! I’m #IMLou race ready!! It’s time to TAPER!! (Run #2)

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily  

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 47 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“Bring on the taper!! It’s TAPER TIME!!” ~ME 🙂

Attitude of Gratitude:

Grateful to have Dr. Chris keeping me on track at Team Chiropractic with only 3 weeks left until #IMLou!!
These two…love them and our nightly dog parties in our bed!!
Thank you to Kyle at Kyle’s Bikes for putting a new chain on Mojo and giving her your race day blessing!!
Grateful for the OneBrainWellness Self Defense clinic to learn how to defend myself against an attacker!!

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! Do you enjoy the taper?!

3 weeks ’til #IMLou – knocking out the workouts

With last week in the rear view mirror, I only have one more big week before the taper for #IMLou begins!!

Swim: 6500 yards

3K swim…what a great way to start the day!!
Capping off the week with more yards in the pool!

Bike: 74.4 miles

Easy recovery spin on the bike!
LONG, focused ride on the trainer…leg crusher!!
Recovery ride post long run!!

Run: 27.3 miles

Treadmill miles with speed work!
Starting Friday off right…with my fave by my side for some morning miles!!
Knocking out the workouts one at a time!
Running with such a #happydog makes me have a #happyheart!! #basillovesrunning
Following the run plan!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily  

Weekly Totals: 13 hours & 34 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“When it gets tough, put on your boxing gloves.” ~unknown

Attitude of Gratitude:

The sunrise was so stunning!!
Grateful to Nick at Vitality Massage for keeping me healthy!!
Love the Coeur Sports Kona kit design!!
Only one way to refuel post long workouts…SUSHI!!
Grateful to have my legs squeezed by my Normatec boots post long + tough workouts!
Race numbers are here for IMLou!! I’m so grateful my body and mind allow me to do this crazy + fun sport!!

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! 

4 weeks ’til #IMLou – Recovery

Last week was focused around recovery. Recovery from a big weekend last weekend, recovery from training, recovery from lack of sleep…recovery. Sure I still got in my workouts, but sleep was definitely a priority!

Swim: 12,600 yards

4400 yards with 3800 yards at IM race pace…doing the work!!
Dancing in the water after a swim that required lots of #courageovercomfort!!
Working on body position in the water today post 5 hour trainer ride. Good, active recovery.
Active recovery from my 18 mile run this morning. This swim was exactly what I needed to loosen up!!

Bike: 98.6 miles

3×12 minutes in Z4 work…I forgot what it felt like to go hard for so long…
Easy spin with a friend in the background using the SBT suspension trainer (or maybe he is just sleeping in child’s pose).
Congratulations to my fave!! He finished his last long run (22 miles) before the Twin Cities Marathon in 3 weeks!! Meanwhile, I was still riding on the trainer…5 hours in the books!!

Run: 18 miles

18 mile long run…feel really good about my execution on this run!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily  

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 3 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“I need some time to recover. I am not a machine.” ~Unknown

Attitude of Gratitude:

So grateful to have Nick with Vitality Massage keeping me healthy and ready for the next workout!
SO MANY homegrown tomatoes…Basil wants to eat them ALL!!
Grateful that Hardcoeur Coaching recognized that my #sub6orbust goal at Ironman Ohio 70.3 was achieved. They sent me some goodies as a “congratulations” gift!!
The sunrise on my 18 mile long run was magnificent!! Grateful!!
Epsom salt + lavender bubble bath post 18 mile run.

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! 

5 weeks ’til #IMLou – Crazy Busy

This is obviously REALLY late as I am very close to being 4 weeks out from IMLou instead of 5 weeks out. The reason for the delay…Life has been CRAZY busy!! Between work, training, personal life, volunteering, and trying to catch up on sleep, I feel like the rug got pulled out from under me, so the blog took a back seat for a bit.

Swim: 6800 yards

Doing the work now will reap rewards on race day!!
Putting in the work!! 6×100 all out efforts with some pretty consistent (+ fast for me) splits!!

Bike: 125 miles

Putting time in the saddle to start the week.
Easy recovery spin while our neighbor uses our SBT suspension trainer!
Riding 5 hours on the trainer staring at Lake Monona…I so wanted to be on the IMWI bike course, but my gut told me not to and I listened to it. Longest ride ever on the trainer!!

Run: 16.5 miles

Double Run Day Wednesday!! Morning treadmill miles!!
Double Run Day Wednesday!! Afternoon rolling hills around the middle school.
45 minute run off the bike…so fun to run into (literally) a social media friend and turn him into a real friend!!

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength almost daily  

Weekly Totals: 15 hours & 25 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“My life is very crazy and busy, but I love it that way!” ~Hilary Duff

Attitude of Gratitude:

Bubble + Epsom salt baths are perfect for recovery!!
Basil turned 6 years old on Monday…I love these two SO MUCH!!
Homemade red Thai curry…Mmmmmmm
Recovery + dog snuggles are the perfect combination!!
“Mom, I know you’re trying to read before bed, but I really want snuggles instead.” ~Basil
Love her so much!!
The setting sun was SO BEAUTIFUL on our way to Madison for the weekend!!
All of these amazing volunteers helped us keep T1 in check on IMWI race morning. I’m so grateful for their help!!
Playing pack mule for friends racing!! So glad we were able to get their gear, take it to their car, and help them out!! Congrats to both Steena and John on stellar IMWI races!!

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?! 

6 weeks ’til #IMLou – Meh

Last week was meh!! I ended up getting a bug on Tuesday that put me out of commission for a few days, but this was probably a good thing. My motivation has been SERIOUSLY lacking lately, so this was a welcomed break. With the start of the school year in full swing + peak training for IMLou staring me in the face, the timing of this break was pretty ideal.

Swim: 2800 yards

Nailed my swim set with some impressive (for me) 100 times!!

Bike: 55.4 miles

Sometimes you just need to spend time on two wheels where you feel safe…especially when the weather is in the tropical category.
Nailed my bike intervals based on IM effort

Run: 20 miles

Sweaty 2 mile run off the bike…SO GROSS outside!!
Double run day…9 zone 2 sweaty morning miles on the treadmill thanks to Mother Nature’s idea of what she finds funny!
Double run day…9 more sweaty afternoon miles on the treadmill with negative splits. #mothernatureisntfunny

Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength x 4 days this week  

Weekly Totals: 9 hours & 21 minutes

Quote of the Week:

“Meh
adjective…uninspiring; unexceptional
exclamation…expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm”

Attitude of Gratitude:

New look! Same AMAZING product! Grateful to have Sound Probiotics on my team!
Grateful that Dr. Chris Feil was able to get me in to see him. He thinks I’m not balanced…LOL!! (I think we already knew that!!)
So grateful to have nailed my swim with PR swim splits!!
Grateful to have a treadmill to run on when Mother Nature blesses us with continual thunderstorms + tropical weather conditions.

How was your week? What were you grateful for last week?!