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HIM Training: Week 3

by Meghann on June 28, 2011

I know this is a day late, but I wanted to include a quick recap of my third week of Half Ironman training. πŸ™‚

A quick refresher…

A look at what this week was supposed to be…

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And what actually came to be…

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Break it down:








  • Rest

A couple of notes:

  • Again, flexibility is key here! My brother and sister were already planning on swimming at Lucky’s Lake on Saturday, so I switched my Friday and Saturday around. Instead of swimming on Friday, I moved it to Saturday and vice versa. Not a big deal at all.
  • Two workouts are missing from the calendar.The swim was skipped on Wednesday because I honestly forgot about it. The run was missed on Saturday because it was just too darn hot after the swim at Lucky’s Lake.
  • NROLFW was dropped to two times a week instead of three.

By the Numbers

  • Swim: 3050 yds (approximate)
  • Bike: 22 miles + Spin (really need to start remembering how many miles that is)
  • Run: 11.5 miles
  • Strength: 2 Days
  • Misc: 20 mins

So where does this leave me?


Also, looking back at all the time associated with each workout I start to realize how time consuming half ironman training is. Most days require a 2 hour workout. Minimum. That probably explains why I feel so sleep deprived – because I try to squeeze everything in before work. Worth it. πŸ™‚


I was feeling creative today in the kitchen.


It’s a Chickpea, Mozzarella, BBQ Sauce, and Spinach Quesadilla.


It was a messy, gooey, grilled piece of randomness. The two ends didn’t exactly stick together, but it was still worth the mess.


Apple slices for a side of sweet crunch.


Is it just me or does every meal require something sweet? πŸ˜‰

1 poptartyogini June 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

EVERY meal requires something sweet!! i am the poptart yogini after all.

2 Alex June 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

You do all the training before work??
Wow… Ironman (-lady) indeed πŸ™‚
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3 Meghann June 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

Yes, for some reason it sounds more intimidating if I tried to do it all after work. πŸ™‚
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4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Not just you, I’m trying to decide if this peach I’m eating right now is going to be sweet enough or if I’m going to need some chocolate. My bet’s on the chocolate.
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5 Meghann June 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

I hope you went with the chocolate too. πŸ˜‰
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6 Cat @Breakfast to Bed June 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Every meal DOES need something sweet. And I need to stop freaking out over riding a bike and just effing get on one.
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7 Meghann June 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

True that. Get on the bike and GO! πŸ™‚
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8 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Pretty sure every single meal MUST have at least a sort-of sweet component! Nice work on the training, it is TOTALLY time consuming, but you are going to rock it.
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9 Mary June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Agreed. Every meal requires something a little sweet.

I remember when HF was doing his half Iron training, he worked out during the most intense part for 4 hours or more a day.

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10 Sarah June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Hahaha I have very weird taste and only pair sweet with sweet or salty with salty. PB+J can have an apple as a side but a slice of pizza or a quesadilla would NEED carrots or a side salad. It then follows that I need a significant break between dinner and dessert… you know… to cleanse the palate.
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11 Jess June 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Every meal always, ALWAYS, needs something sweet. I always pair fruit with lunch and fruit or chocolate come after dinner πŸ™‚
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12 Christine June 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Yeah, an after-meal dessert is definitely my bad habit.
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13 poptartyogini June 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

that’s not a bad habit!! it is a delicious one.

14 Christine June 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

If you’re familiar with the concept of moderation. Me? Not so much πŸ˜‰
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15 Laura June 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one that struggles with this whole moderation issue. I will not even say how many of the birthday cupcakes I have eaten in the office today…
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16 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy June 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Oh yes, every meal requires something sweet. Savory first, sweet second. Or savory + sweet combined. πŸ™‚
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17 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Every meal definitely requires something sweet πŸ™‚

I am in awe of anyone that does triathlons. I rode my bike to a trail yesterday and went for a 3 mile run and my legs were just not feeling it! I can only imagine how intense your workouts are. My legs hurt just thinking about it!

18 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I ALWAYS have something sweet! Namely, raisins in and on EVERYTHING

19 Amy @ June 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I love your random food concoctions!
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20 Jennie June 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I have such a sweet tooth and always want something sweet after a meal!

21 Amy June 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Reading about you training for this has inspired me to sign up as a volunteer at our 70.3 in Calgary this summer. If i can’t be an Half Ironman (yet) at least i can help people during their race day!!

22 Meghann June 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

Be Careful! Volunteering at the Disney Marathon was how I inspired myself to sign up for my first marathon. It’s hard to watch all the people go by and not be inspired to do it yourself!
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23 Amy June 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hahaha…i KNOW! I’ve volunteered for body marking and finish line so i will get to see the very beginning and the very end…so exciting!

24 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes June 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Holy Training!!! That’s intense! I just started “officially” training for my first marathon and it is nothing in comparison to this craziness. Good luck and thanks for keeping me motivated πŸ™‚
Happy Tuesday!

25 Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I can relate ! MY HIM training last year left little time for anything else!!
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26 Amy June 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Loving reading about your training Meghann!

I love your attitude relating to the flexibility. Makes life a little easier dosn’t it?

I’m currently training for a half, and am taking the “flexibility” approach also. I’m happy as long as I do the distance, regardless of what day I do it on!

Keep it up! πŸ™‚
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27 Emma June 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hi! I wanted to know if you would be able to write a post about your friendship with Catlin from HTP. You guys used to be close friends and all of a sudden you don’t really hang out. This was before Caitlin moved to NC.

28 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm

ohh I am loving the big chunks of cheese + the BBQ sauce mm mmm mm!

Keep up the awesome work with your training, so inspirational! πŸ™‚
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29 Hillary June 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

It is NOT just you. Sweets = necessity.

30 Lauren June 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

It’s not just you, EVERY meal must end on a sweet note. I think it’s an unwritten rule or something. πŸ˜‰
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31 Ali @ Ali Runs June 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I definitely have to finish every meal with a little something sweet! πŸ™‚ Definitely a necessity!!
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32 Cait @ Urban Fencepost June 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I had a lunch very similar to that last week. Quesadilla and apple slices, yummy. I have to finish my meals with something sweet. Even if it’s just a couple chocolate chips, it’s like I’m not satisfied otherwise!
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33 Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) June 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Every meal does require something sweet obviously! I usually like mine in the form of cookies rather than apples, but maybe I need to take a clue from you πŸ™‚
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