Archives for May 2012
On Sunday Cory and we had 60-100 mile ride on our schedule and coach suggested participating in Boco Loco. We decided to go for our first century and that having support sounded like a great idea. Because this was an event not a race you could start your ride any time between 6:30am and 11:00am. We wanted to get out as early as possible since we knew it would be a long day but didn’t start until around 8am. We grabbed a print out of the directions, hopped on our bikes and got on the road.
The ride started out really fun, it was rolling, there were lots of riders and it was well supported
At the beginning the 8, 32, 60 and 100 mile courses ride together. High school students were manning the aid station around mile 15, they were cheering like mad and really great support!
It was a beautiful, clear, cool morning, I heard last year was rainy and crappy, so I guess we lucked out.
My favorite part of the ride was a short out and back to Rabbit Mountain, we turned around at the trail head, I made a mental note that it would be a great place to go for a trail run!
As each distance peeled off the there were less and less riders to share the road with. By the time we separated from to 60 mile riders it was pretty lonely. Luckily I had Cory to keep me company.
I was feeling pretty good until about mile 60 even though my legs were a little fatigued from running 30k on Saturday I took some pictures while riding (that’s totally safe right?)
Miles 60-70 is where the wheels fell off (not literally). My legs really hurt and I was getting really tired. I started to get really worried, if I couldn’t make it 60 miles how would I ever make it 112 for Ironman!?! There was an aid station at mile 70 where jumped off my bike did a few quick stretches, inhaled some PB&J sandwiches but failed to top off my water bottles. After the pit stop my legs felt much better, but I was worried they would start hurting again during the last 30 miles. Surprisingly they didn’t, in fact they felt better and better! I finished feeling pretty good, I was happy to get off my bike after six and a half hours but felt that I could have ridden another 12 miles and I could have run if I needed to, but I was glad that I didn’t need to!
Overall, this was a great way to get some miles in and there was some great swag. We got a nice tech-t
a great water bottle
and some great samples and a ice pack, I always need more of those.
Less than 50 days to go…..GULP!
This week is another “Peak Week” but it is a little less than last week. I am still a little sore from this weekends workouts but spin felt pretty good this morning, hopefully tonight’s hills will go well too.
Monday: 30 minutes weights and 60 min yoga.
Tuesday: am 75 min spin class
pm- 8.5 miles of hill work and hip/core exercises
Wednesday: am- 3100 m swim practice
Also am (have late work meeting)- 8 mi progression run
Thursday: am- 32 mile bike ride outside(hopefully)
pm- 3000 m swim
Friday: 80 min pilates and hip/core exercises
Saturday: 80 mile bike ride with 3 mile transition run
Sunday: 16 mile progression run and 60 minute strength session
Totals for the week:
Swim: 3.8 miles
Bike: 130 miles
Run: 35 miles
Strength: 4 hrs
Totals: 21 hours and 168.8 miles
My goal is to not miss any workouts, sounds easy enough but with workouts happening so often it’s easy to miss one or two. For example last week we missed a swim workout because our dog kept us up most of the night and I just couldn’t get out of bed to swim after 4 hours of sleep and running 10 miles the night before. There really is no time for “make-ups” so if I miss a workout I just have to move on to the next one.
I just ordered Chrissie Wellington’s book and I can’t wait to get it!
I think reading this book will help keep me motivated in these last few weeks of training.
Read any inspirational books lately? One of my favorites is The Long Run by Matt Long.
I know this is a bit late seeing as we are fully into May now BUT better late than never, right? Go with me here.
April went by quickly, time seems to be accelerating towards June 24, I wonder if July and August will go by very slowly. April was a bad blogging month, I posted a total of 7 times, FAIL! I wish that I could look back and say that April was a great confidence building month but it wasn’t. I am trying to look on the bright side and hope this was my chance to get through some difficult situations and that everything will be much easier going into Ironman.
April started out with a trip to Portland for a family funeral and a PR at a half marathon. It was nice to see family and enjoy a race in my favorite city even if the circumstances weren’t great.
My mom turned 60, and asked for events instead of presents. My event doesn’t happen until June but my brother decided to take us up the Cog Train to Pikes peak. Cory and I needed to get in a long run so we got up early, ran 16 miles, took a quick ice bath and got ready to head down to Colorado Springs. We had a great time even though we couldn’t make it to the top because of high winds.
Work was extremely busy, but spring is always our busy time so I should have known.
Then Cory and I drove to Las Vegas. The week leading up to RAGE I was a ball of nerves, I was nervous enough about my first triathlon of the season, but add on top of that it was a half ironman, a really difficult course and forecasted to be in high 90s.
On the bright side, the swim went well and the bike was easier than I thought it would be. The run on the other hand was awful. I was not prepared for the heat, I jog/walked the half marathon and there were many times I wasn’t sure that I would finish the race. I did finish but it didn’t build my confidence that I could double the distance. It was surprising how I wasn’t very sore after this race, nothing compared to the half marathon from the beginning of the month . Goes to show that not being able to run hard and recovering correctly makes a big difference.
After getting home we had to say goodbye to the sweetest dog in the world this was not an easy time for my family but it was time.
• Completing a metric Ironman supported by my coach as one of our last big training weekends
What are your hopes for May?
This morning Cory and I got up bright and early to head down to Greenland Open Space for our first 25k.
We got to the race easily, with plenty of time to wait in line for the port-a-potties and watch the 50k start. One of the coolest things about this race was being out on trail with people racing an ultra. I also liked that this was a no frills race, we picked up our packets that comprised of a number, chip and a tech-t, don’t need much else.
I left my camera at home so I don’t have many pictures from the day(whoops) but I did catch few before the start on my phone.
The race started on time and was small, all things I like. We knew that there wouldn’t be a lot of support on the course so we both carried our own water. There was an aid station at mile 3.5 and 7.7 of each loop. The volunteers were super nice and took great care of us. This race is made up of a 7.5ish mile loop with a little added to the beginning and the end. So the 50k racers had 4 loops, we had 2 and there was an 8 mile race that ran the loop once. I realized that I liked running the loop twice but would have gone crazy having to run it four times (two loops good, four loops bad). It was fun to be out on the trail getting passed by the wicked fast 50kers and a few 8 milers bringing it in and cheering on the 50kers making it happen out there.
The race went fairly well, I had some pains in my legs and feet but that shouldn’t be surprising at the end of a high volume week. It was also hotter than I expected, but it was nothing compared to RAGE. I finished in just under 3 hours and added a few extra miles to round out our day. I enjoyed the race and would do the 25k again but I don’t think I would want to do the 50k.
After the race we went to packet pickup for Boco Loco, grabbed lunch, some ice for ice baths and my first mocha coconut frappuccino of the year, SOOOO good!
Now it’s time to recover as much as possible for tomorrows 102 mile ride. I did squeeze some Mexican food in today but no margs for me today, maybe tomorrow!
I LOVE Day in the life posts…seriously, you all should do one, they are so fun to read. I decided I wanted to do a day in the life post to capture what a day looks like for me during Peak Ironman training.
Are you getting sick of hearing about peak training yet (and I am only on day five)? If so, you should probably stop reading until mid-June when I will start complaining/going crazy about taper.
So this was my day yesterday, it was a fairly normal day for me so I think it was a pretty good representation.
3:55 am – Alarm goes off for the first time, groan, hit snooze and try not to contemplate “accidently” turning off alarm.
4:15 – Second and third alarms go off, crap, must get out of bed NOW!
4:20 – take dogs outside, feed dogs, get down a cup of coffee and half a luna bar for first breakfast (yes I am a hobbit), find workout clothes, incidentally they are still sitting in a laundry basket not folded or put away but at least they are clean!
Instead of going into Saturdays race completely unprepared (like I often do) I decided to do a little recon work to know what I am getting into.
So I looked up the weather:
Looks like PERFECT running weather, SCORE!
Then I looked up the course and elevation:
Nice wide trail, gentle elevation without being too flat, sounds good to me! Two loops also doesn’t seem bad, IMCDA has a two loop run so it will be a great trial run in that way. The 50k is 4 loops, I don’t think I would want to do that! There is a drop bag station at the turn around (aprox. Mile 8) so I will need to think if I want to leave anything there. Aid stations are at miles 3.5 and 7.5, I am more of an aid station every mile kind of girl so I will need to carry my own water and gels.
The race starts at 7:30 and we are picking up our packets race morning so that means an early start for us.
The only thing I need to figure out is how we are going to get our additional 5 miles in. I don’t feel right continuing to run on the course when we only paid for the 25k and I doesn’t feel like it counts if we get too long of a break before finishing. I may have to suck it up and run on the trail. Now I am really looking forward to this race, all except the 4:30 wake up call.
Cory and I have two races this weekend. It is our first time doubling up events on a weekend. I wouldn’t think this was a good idea but these Races are just fun ways to get our miles in. On Saturday we are running Greenland 25k trail race
They also offer a 8 mile and 50k. I have heard this is a great beginner ultra marathon since the trail isn’t too technical and there is a reasonable elevation change.
We have trained at Greenland before, last year when training for the Colorado Marathon we ran our longest training run of 22 miles there. It is a nice trail.
We do need to do some planning before heading down to this race as true to most trail races there is less support than you see in road races so we will have to carry our own water.
On Sunday we will be riding the Boco Loco century in Boulder. This also really isn’t a race, there is no official timing, you can start any time between 6:30am and 10:00am.
There are some other big races happening this weekend as well. It’s kinda sad that this year will be the last year of the full Ironman at St. George Utah. Ironman announced that next year they will drop to a 70.3.
“We’ve listened to our athletes and they’ve told us that while they love St. George — the people, the community and surroundings — St. George does not work for them as a full-distance Ironman,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman. “Our belief is that St. George will flourish as a 70.3 and we are pleased that we are continuing our relationship with St. George and with the state of Utah.”
Story can be found here.
One last race on my radar this weekend is the Colorado Marathon. This was my first marathon last year so it has a special place in my heart.
Also one of my employees is running it as her first so I am enjoying sharing in her excitement.
Anyone racing this weekend? Tell me about it!
I love a good challenge but I have been avoiding them since really focusing on ironman training. I just felt like I couldn’t focus on another thing. Run to the Finish has been hosting some really fun monthly challenges that I hope to participate in post ironman. But I have decided to participate in one challenge during the month that will be the biggest training block of the year. Seems silly I know but I have been slacking on updating my blog and I really want to capture what these weeks leading up to Ironman are like so I can look back and remember this time.
So I decided to sign up for the WordCount Blogathon challenge. It’s simple, the goal is to blog once a day for all of May, 31 days in a row. I love this, it’s simple and it encourages me to take more photos and post more and not push it off, day after day.
I am excited and already have a list of things that I would like to post about to keep me going when I don’t feel inspired but it’s a far cry from 31 posts. Are there any topics you would like to read about?
Do you enjoy these types of challenges?