The countdown is ON!
How is Ironman Wisconsin only 100 days away?! I couldn’t be more excited – for race day and to climb that hill!
Training has been humming along, a steady rhythm synchronizing with my swim stroke.
Focused, moving forward and, most importantly, having FUN. Because what’s the point if you’re not having fun?!
A few thoughts on how training’s been progressing…
Swimming. I feel pretty good about where my swim is at. Weekly yardage has been fairly consistent the past few months, hovering around 10-11k, give or take a couple thousand a week. I bounce back and forth between the hot tub-esque LA Fitness pool and my favorite pool at St. Kate’s, opting for the latter when I have a particularly tough set because it’s somehow easier to suffer in a pool that’s cold and deep (I always swim faster there, too). And, this past weekend, St. Paul’s 50-meter outdoor pool opened for the season (hooray!), so Nick and I got in a midday 3,500-meter swim there. Funny how different a 50-meter pool is when you’re used to swimming in a 25-yard pool! Other than the wicked sunburn, it was wonderful to swim in the sunshine; there will be many more swims there this summer. As for masters, there’s a team just down the road, but for some reason, I’m hesitant to join. Chalk it up to the early morning swims, the unknown of it or not being in control of when I swim, practicing fly… precisely the reason I should try it out: It’s out of my comfort zone.
Biking. There’s been a whole lotta bike love lately. I’ve never felt stronger on two wheels… thank you, months and months on the trainer (which I oddly started to enjoy)! Between specific trainer workouts – 5 x 4:00 @ 250 watts, for example – and longer, sustained watt weekend rides outside, weeks are varied and fun; I look forward to every second in the saddle and am always always happy to ride my bike. Up next: Another test of my bike fitness and just how comfortable I can get with the uncomfortable at Tuesday Night Time Trials next week.
Also trying to figure out: How I can get paid to bike. Anyone have any ideas? ;)
Running. My running build has been steady and slow following my calcaneal stress fracture, and it’s coming along nicely. There have been many easy two- and three-milers, no speed work (yet) and just this last weekend, I ran my long run – up to 8.5 miles! – at 8:15 pace. Running strong again feels good. It’s also been the perfect way to explore our new neighborhood. There are wide running/bike paths along nearly every road (complete with nice rollers and ample shade), and even though I miss morning jaunts down historic Summit Avenue, the roads in the ‘burbs are pretty good, too.
While I’ve been working hard to focus on MY training and what coach has planned in TrainingPeaks, I won’t lie… it’s hard not to compare when it seems everyone is biking century after century, banging out brick after brick, climbing up mountains and bombing back down, going to training camp instead of working, open water swimming and smashing PRs every single weekend. Because I want to be doing that – I want to be doing ALL OF THAT RIGHT NOW! I’m also having serious Ironman Canada FOMO… so much so that I’m debating going to volunteer and cheer on all my friends who are racing (I’d love to race, but I’m sure coach wouldn’t be too keen on that idea!).
But… BUT… comparison is the thief of joy, and it’s unfair to compare my training with anyone else’s because we’re all at different levels, working with different coaches, training for different races. This is MY journey to the IMWI start line; no one else’s. I have a big goal, and I’m focused on it. Bring on the hard work and summer training volume!
Happy swimbikerunning, friends!