ironman coeur d'alene, life, run

a few running lessons.

This past Sunday night, a double rainbow capped off the day’s double run and three weeks of run overload. Fitting, right?!

Never have I ran this much – 156 miles in those three weeks – not even while training for my first (and only) open marathon. And, while it’s been challenging physically, it’s been even more so mentally. Through the runs along the same suburban route nearly daily (because it’s safe and well lit). Through runs at the same pace (slow is the new fast). Through speed work in a torrential downpour in the dark (you’re ok on repeat got me through). Through long runs on river road with friends (Sunday mornings don’t get much better).

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All that running has taught me a few things…

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ironman coeur d’alene training update.

Here we are… exactly two months out from Ironman Coeur d’Alene. 

How did that happen?!

I’ve been so in the zone lately that I barely noticed it’s suddenly almost May. The theme of the last month: operation autopilot. Between the new job fog and adjusting to a new (somewhat hellish) commute, it’s been go-go-go and training whenever I can. Which means that there’s been little free time and far too many nights of finishing a run at 9:30p, followed by a quick stop at Chipotle for a salad with barbacoa, white rice and guac (and chips, obviously). Far from ideal, I know.

But, that said, training is going well. It’s been consistent (all the green boxes!) and incredibly intense and focused… focused on each interval, each session, how my body feels, getting more sleep (more here and here), squeezing in functional strength + stretching sessions, and most importantly, enjoying it, no matter what time I hop off the trainer or get home from running.

At a work event last week, I had the privilege of hearing John Jacobs, co-founder of Life is good, speak. Inspiring start-up story aside, there was one key takeaway from his talk: living by a “get to” optimistic attitude (versus a “have to” attitude). That one little word is powerful. Think about it. If you frame your training (or anything in life for that matter) as something you get to do, you’re more likely to enjoy it. When you have to do something… well, how is having to do anything fun?!

I get to swimbikerun my heart out, and that, my friends, is pretty awesome. #heartFULLofgratitude

With that, here’s a quick training update…

Swim

Nothing too exciting in the pool… just lots of paddle work and intervals. My new favorite suit: Lo Swim’s training bikini. It stays put, even while pushing off the wall. And, it’s neon, and we all know that I love anything neon. I’ve seen also some sneak peeks of the new Coeur Sports training two-piece, and it looks fab, so you can bet I’ll be all over that once they’re launched. And, goggles… if you haven’t checked out ROKA’s new goggles, get on it. Although they’re a bit bug-ish, I’m a BIG fan of the X1s (light vermillion is great in the pool). No leaks and no crazy goggles lines! 

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currently // april 2015

Drinking

Homemade booch. At long, long last, Nick and I finally brewed our own kombucha. Not sure why we waited so long… it was so easy. Thank you, Coeur Sports teammate Erin, for the scoby! It made six bottles – flavored with fresh raspberries – which were gone in a few days with both of us drinking it. Next batch definitely needs to be doubled! 

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Asking

If I keep doing what I’m doing, what will my life look like in five or 10 years? It’s not where I want to be, so I’m making changes. My new gig started last week (I forgot how mentally draining a new job is), and even though I always said I’d never go back to corporate America, here I am, a positive step at a great company. 

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Reading

A House in the Sky. You guys, read this book. Wanderlust aside – holy wanderlust (even to Somalia if it weren’t so dangerous) – Amanda Lindhout’s memoir is incredible. The epitome of heart, courage, determination, perseverance and never giving up. She is one inspiring woman. 

WITSUP’s excellent hormone nerd series. If you’re a woman and you participate in triathlon (or, any sport for that matter), this is a must-read. So much good information! 

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testing ruby’s lube.

When I started cycling in 2006, I was pretty clueless. It took me a few rides to realize shorts with a chamois were a must, and even after a several thousand miles, I rarely remembered to bring fuel on long rides (thank goodness for pre-ride espresso and teammates who always looked out for me!). 

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Nine years in the saddle later, though, there’s one thing I’ve never picked up: chamois cream. No real reason other than it never really dawned on me to buy it, and I didn’t think it was necessary since I’ve never suffered from saddle sores or crazy chafing (even though tri shorts are my go-to!). 

Fast forward to last fall post-IMWI. While I’m quite comfortable on the bike thanks to my Cobb saddle and Coeur Sports shorts, several friends tweeted about different chamois cream brands, which peaked my curiosity. 

Enter Ruby’s Lube. The small, Idaho-based company put a call out on twitter right around then for anyone interested in trying their anti-chafe balm, so I thought… why not? Because you can never be too comfortable on the bike for 5+ hours, right?! 

I’ve been biking with it ever since. 

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where’s your head at?

Last Sunday, I drafted an email to coach: Can we switch up this week’s bike workouts? I’m really bored / tired of these.

Because I can only take 30-minute intervals at all the watts for so long, and this workout (and another similar one) has been in TrainingPeaks for-what-seems-like-ever. But, I got distracted and forgot to hit send, and early Monday morning… there they were, the same bike workouts, except with another five minutes tacked on (eventually they’ll be up to 45 minutes).

There’s nothing easy about these intervals… they push me far out of my comfort zone, physically for sure, but even more so mentally – which may be the hardest part. In the spirit of Girl Talk lyrics: Where’s your head at?

What gets me through: Focusing on each session and how it relates to my long-term goals. Staying in the present moment keeps my head in the game and makes time tick by a little bit faster. Breaking intervals into five-minute blocks helps, too… because I (and you) can do anything for five minutes. And, most importantly: Remembering why I’m training in the first place. (Watch out, CdA!)

Believe you can, and anything’s possible.

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