Last week was a HARD week…I reached to complete fatigue! Lots of training, lots of emotions, lots of food, lots of exhaustion, lots of naps, lots of laundry, lots of balance…lots of imperfection, lots of lessons learned! Thanks to Coach Kelly for helping me get #trackcatstrong and pulling me out of the “quicksand” right before I sink.
Swim: 13,345 yards
Bike: 133 miles
Run: 36.4 miles
Strength Training: 10 minutes of core strength daily
Weekly Totals: 20 hours & 22 minutes
Quote of the Week:
“There is no perfect time. No perfect opportunity. No perfect situation. No perfect moment. You either make it happen, or you don’t.” ~Melissa Stockwell
With some storms last week, I had to juggle a few things around to get my training in…especially for swimming since it is an outdoor pool that closes with thunder and lightening in the area. If it is important to you, you’ll find a way to make it happen and last week I made it happen!
Swim: 7703 yards
I had to swim short course later in the day a couple of times last week because of morning storms, but was blessed to get to swim long course on Friday morning! Friday morning’s swim was a true testament to how much stronger + faster I am getting in the water! Thank you to Coach Kelly for helping me make these HUGE improvements in the water this year! #trackcatstrong
Bike: 136 miles
First century ride of 2017 is in the books and I set a new PR for 100 miles! Thank you Coach Kelly for helping me to become #trackcatstrong on the bike this year also! 🙂
Run: 25.3 miles
My longest run of 2017 is also in the books…16 miles! It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty, but I did it and am stronger for it!
Strength Training: 45 minute + 10 minutes of core daily
Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 59 minutes
Quote of the Week:
“If it is important to you, you will find a way.” ~Ryan Blair
Last week had a theme of “just one more” and was the last week of school with students for the year! Hello summer!
Swim: 6100 yards
Wednesday’s swim = BOOM! I nailed it!
Thursday’s endurance swim was full of quiet + happy!
Bike: 130 miles
Last week started with a RIDICULOUSLY windy, long, solo bike ride (after doing something very similar the day before, it was tough physically, but even more tough mentally. With sustained winds over 20 mph and gusts close to 30 mph, this was a HUGE confidence builder! Just one more…mile!
Since I only had to work until noon on Friday, I rode my 2nd longer bike ride of the week Friday afternoon. It was a great day to be outside on two wheels!
Run: 29.3 miles
Last week also started with a tough run off the bike. The wind was brutal!
Wednesday started with another long run before work! I’m really lovin’ the long run mid week!
Saturday was a short EASY run! Hot + humid = Midwest summer is here!
Sunday I had a double run day…this was a first for me! Until now, I’ve never done a longer run that was split into a morning run and an afternoon run. I ran in the morning with my main squeeze, and then ran in the heat of the day. Hello summer! Our morning run = hot + humid! My afternoon run was very hot, but the humidity had dropped and thankfully didn’t feel nearly as oppressive as the morning run especially since I had intervals during this run…just one more!
Last week was the last FULL week of school! We still have a few crazy days of school left, but this school year has no more full weeks left in it! Wahoo!
Swim: 10,700 yards
I got a LOT of #swimlove in last week!
Bike: 79.6 miles
With a longer, outdoor bike ride last Sunday, I also got #bikelove in last week! Hello two wheels, the open roads, fresh air, LOTS of wind, time with my fave, and sunshine! I’m excited to say that I dominated another long WINDY ride again today…two 70 mile bike rides in 2 days with ridiculous winds will definitely make you stronger!
Run: 19.8 miles
I LOVE that my long run has been moved to the middle of the week instead of the weekend! I feel more fresh and less fatigued by having the long ride + long run on back to back days on the weekend. I had a few other runs, including off the bike on Sunday!
Strength Training: 45 minutes + 10 minutes of core daily
I’ve been asked to do a post on some 10 minute core ideas that I do each day. I promise it is coming and in the works! Be looking for this post in the next couple of weeks when I’m out of school!
Weekly Totals: 13 hours & 42 minutes
Last week we got back into a more “normal” routine at home, and Basil’s typical behaviors, such as walking across the coffee table, have returned!
Because my long run has been moved to the middle of the week, I get to find creative ways to wear my compression tights to work for proper recovery!
It was a massage week also! Thanks to Nick at Vitality Massage for keeping me healthy and ready to tackle another tough workout!
Mother Nature forced us to switch some days around on the weekend, so Saturday was full of prepping for 2 long back to back outdoor rides on Sunday and today as well as taking a rest day. I took full advantage of this and after going to breakfast with my fave, I incorporated a 2+ hour nap into my schedule! When it says “rest” on the schedule, I take it to heart and do exactly what it says! 😉
Quote of the Week:
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche (and my mama!)
Last week was full of fun, but there was also some pain involved!
Swim: 11,200 yards
I had 4 swims last week, making this week my largest swim week in 2017! I’m still working on my flip turns, but have a LONG way to go for consistent results…sometimes I push off the wall, sometimes I miss, and I’m almost always off center and rotated when I flip! I’m not going to give up though…just keep swimming + practicing!
Bike: 104 miles
I gained a LOT of self confidence last week on the bike! On Tuesday morning, I had some intervals that pushed me WAY out of my comfort zone…since I am pushing higher watts at my FTP, I have to work SO MUCH HARDER! It will definitely be worth it on race day! Saturday’s long solo ride, was my first ever long solo ride. I was nervous about going out by myself on the open roads, but I chose safe roads, and had a great ride despite my stomach acting up! I synced my phone up with the Iron Hippie’s phone before I left, so he was tracking my every move…safety first!
Run: 23.1 miles
Last week the temperatures started to feel more like late spring, early summer here in central Iowa. This made for some heat acclimation this week! Little by little, I will acclimate to the hot, humid summers that engulf us here in the Midwest!
I had good variety in my strength training this last week. Tuesday’s strength session left me with some DOMS that stuck around longer than normal, but Nick with Vitality Massage got me back on track just in time for the weekend’s longer workouts!
Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 17 minutes
I decided to throw my comfort to the wind this weekend and run in just a sports bra and shorts. This is a HUGE step for me as I am very self conscious, but am working to become more self confident!
Nick worked all the kinks out of my legs Friday night and then I headed to the pool to see if some active recovery would help me bounce back from my massage quicker.
We have two of our favorite fur friends staying with us this week, which means 4 big dogs with LOTS of lovin’!!
I love my evening snuggles with Basil! She is so calming and relaxing!
Last week was an easy week in preparation for my 1/2 marathon on Saturday.
Swim: 4950 yards
I had 2 swims last week where I spent some time working on my flip turns. They are far more complicated than I think they should be! My goal is to get them mostly under control this month so I can use them more frequently when we get outside in the 50 meter pool!
Bike: 27.1 miles
I had some good bike rides last week, but nothing with a lot of intensity as I was preparing for the Drake 1/2 Marathon on Saturday. I even had a scheduled run off the bike this week! First brick of the season! 🙂
Run: 15.9 miles
I had a short run off the bike on Thursday to shake out the legs before Saturday’s race. My race didn’t go quite as planned, but I’m still very happy with my official finish time of 1:51:43 on a VERY hilly course! Lesson learned: I think my pre-race massage on Wednesday was too close to my race. My legs felt like lead…even during my shake out run for about 10 minutes on my way to the race start. Unfortunately that lead feeling didn’t go away once the race started. I started off at a pace that I wanted to maintain for the entire race, but at about mile 6, the wheels fell off. I kept talking out loud to my legs hoping they would start to feel light as feathers, but they just wouldn’t listen to all the self talk in the world! I kept pushing as hard as I could throughout the entire race and finished about 3 minutes faster than last year…positive! The rain also held off until after we were done…another positive! While it wasn’t the race I was hoping for, there are still positives and lessons learned for the future. I have already scheduled my pre-race massage for my 70.3 a full week out from the race…lesson learned! 😉
I had a couple of good strength training sessions this week. I really want to get back to yoga, but my left knee is still deeply bruised from my fall a couple of weeks ago. It isn’t ready for me to kneel on it yet!
Weekly Totals: 7 hours & 4 minutes
We had some special deliveries this week from Sound Probiotics and Barnana…SO awesome to have these amazing sponsors supporting us this year!
I had a pre-race massage this week and Nick really worked out some tension from my tight muscles! While it was a little too close to my race, it was a lesson learned and I’ve scheduled my next pre-race massage to hopefully avoid the same outcome!
I ended the week with puppy snuggles with my favorite girl! She makes the best pillow!
Quote of the Week:
“Never regret anything that has happened in your life, it cannot be changed, undone, or forgotten. So take it as a lesson learned and move on.” ~Author Unknown