ironman canada // week five


Other than a 10 mile race on Saturday – race report this week! – week five of Ironman Canada training was fairly uneventful. I ran every day but Sunday and, to be honest, all but the race and an early morning five miler in the middle of a snowstorm were mentally challenging. I slogged through a couple later evening runs when all I really wanted to do was relax on the sofa and watch DVRed episodes of the Amazing Race. But, those workouts, the ones that push you outside your comfort zone, are the ones that make you a stronger person and athlete. So much of triathlon (or any athletic endeavor for that matter) is mental, and if you can keep your mind in it, you’re winning.

The view down Summit during my snowstormy 6a run…


In other training news, I finally made it back to the yoga studio. Yin yoga has never felt so good – and, it was a gentle reminder that my hips + hammies need more #yogalove than once every few weeks. I also scrapped Sunday’s 3,300-yard swim to spend all afternoon with two of my favorite ladies: my sis and niece Finley. Best idea ever. These two are the essence of my #bestlife.

In non-training news…

Who doesn’t stop mid-run at the co-op to pick up a half gallon of organic chocolate milk?


A girls night consisting of fresh guac at Rosa Mexicano and flamenco dancers at the Cowles Center is a pretty fun way to spend a Saturday.

Life is lovelier with this little peanut in it.


This week: Despite a somewhat meh week and some really tired legs, I’m feeling good overall – stronger and increased endurance. But, I did learn something this week: Triathlon and everything that comes with it are really awesome and really fun, and I’ve made amazing friends because of it, but it’s not everything. There are some pretty awesome things and people outside the sport, too… like my sister and Finley, a good glass of Malbec, sleep and having all the laundry done! :)

Weekly stats

Swim: 2,700 yards, 1:09
Bike: 29.55 miles, 1:59:07
Run: 29.6 miles, 4:23:19
Yoga: one class, 60:00

Next week: Another much needed running rest day today, but it’ll pick up again tomorrow. And, big news on the bike front!

Have a great week, friends!

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  • Reply April 03/11/2013 at 8:40 am

    Word sister. A wise person once told me that if ur doing 90% of what’s planned for an Ironman u are right on track. We call it the 90% rule :) can’t wait to see some bike porn!

    • Reply erin 03/14/2013 at 6:59 pm

      I like that rule :) Bike porn on Tuesday!

  • Reply ami 03/11/2013 at 10:25 am

    Sooooo happy you came over yesterday to spend the afternoon with us!! xoxo

    • Reply erin 03/14/2013 at 7:00 pm

      Meeeeeee, too, sista! Let’s make it a weekly event :) xoxo

  • Reply Emily Dingmann (@nutritionisteat) 03/11/2013 at 11:06 am

    I love that snowy shot! And your little niece, of course! :)
    I didn’t do my scheduled run this week, I really wanted a quiet morning at home (after a busy weekend) so I skipped it! At first I was feeling really bad, but just like you said, it’s not everything. (Even if my workouts are much shorter than yours!!)

    • Reply erin 03/14/2013 at 7:01 pm

      And, that’s totally ok, so don’t feel bad! I’m so looking forward to a quiet weekend after an insane week at work! Have a fab weekend, friend :)

  • Reply Carrisa 03/11/2013 at 7:38 pm

    So great to finally “meet” you Saturday! Way to bust out a solid race after a long week of running! Excited for your bike news!

    • Reply erin 03/14/2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you! We definitely need to chat next time instead of yelling hi from across the street :)

  • Reply Luv What You Do 03/11/2013 at 9:06 pm

    Your snowy run looks much more peaceful than mine this weekend : )

    • Reply erin 03/14/2013 at 7:02 pm

      It was lovely, but I’m ready for some sunny and warm running :)

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