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Ironman Training Week #7

by Meghann on July 7, 2013

Happy Sunday!!

I can’t believe the weekend is almost over! It’s amazing how fast a 5-day weekend flies by. It was a nice break from the regular routine and I enjoyed every minute of it! My training schedule enjoyed the extra free time as well. Despite a crazy amount of rain, I was still able to get some great workouts in this week.


AM: 60 Bike Trainer

This week’s workout had a good amount of speed intervals.

PM: 15 min Run


AM: 4.25 mile Run

I was on my way to swim practice on Tuesday when I had to turn around due to lightning. Instead of risking getting locked out of the pool, I put my running shoes on and did a loop around the neighborhood instead.

PM: 3200 yd Swim

Luckily the rained stayed away in the evening and we were able to get a killer swim in after work. The pool was fairly empty so we had some room to spread out and practice our butterfly stroke a bit.

  • Warm up: 650
  • IM: 100
  • Fly/Back/Free: 75
  • Fly: 50
  • Hard: 100
  • Easy:100
  • IM: 100
  • Fly/Back/Free: 75
  • Fly: 50
  • Hard: 100
  • Easy:100
  • 15×100 full kit: 1500
  • Cool down: 200


AM: CrossFit

My box found a new home! They moved to a bigger, roomier space about 2 more miles down the road.


It’s still slightly under-construction, but classes were able to start this week. There’s so much more SPACE! It was nice to spread out for Wednesday’s WOD.

PM: 600 yd Swim

It was bright and sunny when I left my house around 2:00. Unfortunately it looked like this when I arrived at the pool.


Man, those clouds move fast.

There wasn’t a ton of rain, but the pool was closed due to lightning and thunder. I ended up waiting just over an hour for the pool to reopen. It still looked pretty nasty at that point, but I had already waited for so long that I decided to dive in anyway (with the expectation I would be kicked out almost as soon as I jumped in).

I got just about 600 yds in before the lifeguards did end up kicking me out. Darn. Somewhere in there my friend Heather had showed up and got just about 4 laps in. We were both very sad to be missing out on our swim.



AM: Track Run

1ish mile warm-up to the track

6x800s w/ :50 rest

1ish mile cool down home

PM: A different kind of pool time


Fourth of July was a good excuse to spend some time at the pool without a swim cap on for once. ๐Ÿ˜‰



AM: 3 hr Bike Ride

I lucked out with beautiful sunny skies for my long bike ride this week. I went just about 46 miles in the 3 hours I had on the calendar. It was a little windy, but overall a pretty decent ride.


You need a lot of Gatorade/water for a long bike ride!

AM: 2 mile Run

I hopped ride off of the bike and into my running shoes. It’s crazy how long 2 miles feels when you’ve just rode your bike bike for 3 hours, can’t imagine what 26.2 miles will feel after a 7 hour bike ride.



AM: 9 mile Run

I mixed it up and headed to a running trail I haven’t been to in a while. The trail was BUSY, but it was nice not to be alone out there.

I also had a chance to test my new handheld Camelbak Arc Quick Grip water bottle.


I had to refill it three times during the 9 mile run (it was HOT out there!), but overall I loved how easy it was to carry. It didn’t weigh my arm down and it fit perfectly in the palm of my hand.

PM: Emily’s Wedding Shower and Bachelorette Party

Derek and I headed to Orlando on Saturday for our friends’ wedding shower and bachelorette/bachelor parties.


Emily was the one who introduced Derek and I way back in 2005! She was one of my bridesmaids in January and now I get to be one of her’s in October.

After a long week of training it was fun to cut loose at the pink-themed bachelorette party.


We had a blast!



Yep, totally slept-in until 8:30. It. Was. Awesome.

Weekly Totals:

Miles: 85

Time: 9 hours 42 minutes

Workouts: 10

1 Renee July 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

You’re such an inspiration!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job on all your training!!
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2 MissPinkKate July 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Looks like you’re wearing the most pink at the party! You look cute. I did an open-water 1k swim today and thought of you and all others training for an IM.

3 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Wow you are killing it!! One day I hope to do an ironman but not sure I could ever get the swimming part down! You are awesome for sticking to your workouts! Keep it up!
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4 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen July 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm

you are killing this training plan!
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5 Samantha Angela July 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I’m amazed by the amount of effort that you’re able to put into training for the ironman. I mean, obviously, it requires a great deal of training, but it’s so impressive that you can juggle training, blogging, working, and just plain living! You are SO AWESOME.
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6 Anne July 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I agree totally with Samantha ~ you are a rock star Meghann !! Such an inspiration !!

7 ash bear July 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

GREAT job!! I hope I can find your will power when my training gets tough in a few weeks!
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8 eb @ Running on E July 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Great job training! Sorry to hear the rain is still trouble for your swims. It has to end sometime, right?
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9 Jan @ Sprouts n Squats July 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

Wow I can’t believe how much thunder and lightning you’ve had lately!

You still got a great amount of workouts in though ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats July 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

I think the most impressive part of this whole post is that you waited at the pool for 1 hour. I woudl have been wayyyyy too impatient!
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11 beka @ rebecca roams July 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

AWESOME week ๐Ÿ™‚ Way to fit it all in! The new CF gym looks HUGE!
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12 PeachyLau July 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

7 weeks on and I am still very impressed by your dedication
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13 Charlie @therunnerbeans July 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

I love reading your training recaps! So impressive that you manage to fit it all in with a full time job and social life! makes me tempted to sign up for a half ironman!
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