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Ironman Training: Week 18

by Meghann on September 23, 2013

Here we go again…

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Another week down. Not quite as intense as last week, but I’m happy to see that beautiful 100 up there. ๐Ÿ™‚



I was wiped after last weekend’s long ride and run and in desperate need of a rest day. It was great – I slept in and took some to time to just chill.


AM: 70 min Bike Trainer

Longer intervals on the trainer this week.

AM: 20 min Run

Another good run with Maddie.

PM: 2500 yd Swim

  • 300 warm up
  • 8 x 25 accelerations
  • 5 x 300 @ 6:00
  • 50 easy
  • 4 x 100 @ 2:00
  • 50 cool down

Great swim with some longer sets. I’m actually starting to refer these type of workouts in the pool.


AM: 2000 m Swim

  • 300 Warm Up
  • 2 x 50 accelerations
  • 200 kick
  • 4 x 100 w/ pull kit
  • 4 x 100 w/ paddles
  • 4 x 100 free
  • 200 cool down

Courtney referred to this as our “strip tease set” since we slowly discarded equipment as the sets went on. It was a pretty straight forward workout, which is always nice in the morning when I’m not fully awake yet.


AM: 5 mi Hill Repeats

The track was closed again this week, so we headed back to the same hill workout we did last week. Yet again, it burned and I was reminded how terribly out of speed shape I am. I felt okay the first few repeats, but the last stretch killed me.

PM: 2200 yd Swim

  • 500
  • 5×100 @ 2:00
  • 3 x 400

I got to practice early and did an extra 1000 yds before the rest of the gang got there. I was hoping to hit 3000 yds with the extra warm-up, but coach decided to give an easy day and assigned some easy 500s (400s for me) before calling it a day.


AM: 60 minute trainer

I kept it easy on the trainer, just getting some time in on the saddle.


AM: 10 mi Run

Shorter run this week in anticipation of the 100 mile ride planned the next day. I kept it easy and just enjoyed the run


AM: 100 mi Bike Ride

My first century! The ride didn’t go exactly as planned, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the laid back attitude of the organized ride and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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I have another century in two weeks. It’s crazy how riding 100 miles doesn’t seem as scary as it once did. It still sounds really long and a little boring, but it also sounds doable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Totals:

Workouts: 9

Miles: 154

Time: 15 hours 39 minutes

I have a recovery week this week, which comes in handy since I’ll be working this weekend. My goal is to get at least one long run in and a two hour bike ride. We’ll see what happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Great job on the training! Hope it goes well this week with traveling – works out so well that you have a bit of a step back week in your training!
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2 Jill C. September 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I am still so amazed by your century you wrote about yesterday! So great!
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3 Emily September 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

I always like to think I’ll do Ironman someday. Then I look at a training plan and am all, “nope!” Not for me right now. You are killing it, girl. Have a restful rest week and keep being a rockstar!
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4 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 24, 2013 at 5:47 am

Congrats on your training week — I’m amazed at how you fit it all in!
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5 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

Wowza! How do you find time for all of this plus work plus a life?! Super impressive.
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6 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy September 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

You are doing so awesome!!!

7 Ashley September 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

You know you’re an IronMan When . . . You have a 154 mile week of training and you say “It wasn’t as intense as last week.”

You’re a beast Meghann! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

8 Laura September 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm
9 Aimee - funfitgirl September 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

You’re amazing! Your training schedule is such a huge life and time commitment…I’m sure all your hard work and dedication will pay off!
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10 Annette @FitnessPerks September 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

WAY to rock those miles!!

11 brittany September 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

you rock!!!! what kind of bike trainer do you use? im looking to get one for the winter! ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Steph September 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Congrats on 100! ๐Ÿ˜€

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