Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ironman Training: Week 14

by Meghann on August 25, 2013

Another record breaking week (for me)!

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Woo hoo!

Admittedly I had a bit of a freak out about my Ironman training on Thursday night. It was my first (and probably not my last) of the training cycle. Traveling and weather had finally gotten the best of me and Derek found me in the bedroom with my training book and calendar out, hysterically trying to figure out how I’m going to make it through the next 10 weeks.

The mini-freak out with the calendar helped. I’m traveling for the next two weekends and getting long rides/runs in will be tough. However, seeing that I still have 8 weeks to train after I’m done with traveling helped ease my mind because after that I’m DONE with traveling. Woo hoo! I can 100% commit myself to training for the remaining weekends and I feel good about that.

It also helped to check-in with other folks I know who are training and seeing where they are. Turns out I’m not the only one entering the “freak-out” phase; we all are. I had a great chat with my sister on Saturday (who just started a new job and is making it work) and she reminded me of the great training that we’ve both done and how we have something in our back pockets that hundreds of extra hours of training won’t replicate – strong wills and determination. Simply put, she knows we won’t give up – that’s not who we are. We have mental toughness that will get us through anything – including a full Ironman.

I came to that same conclusion on my long ride on Friday. I had a lot of time to think by myself and came to the simple truth that I CAN do this. I WILL cross that finish line. I won’t be the fastest, but I will be there.


AM: 45 min FlyWheel


I decided to mix it up a little bit with a spin class while I was in Seattle. My first in a while and it definitely kicked my butt. I HIGHLY recommend FlyWheel if you’re ever staying in Downtown Seattle. The best part is your first class is free!



I took the red eye home Monday night and felt like crap all day Tuesday. My goal was to fit in some time on the trainer after work, but ended up going to the grocery store instead.


AM: 2200m Swim

  • 400 warm up
  • 15×100 @ 2:05 w/ full pull kit
  • 300 cool down

Coach has us put on our full pull kits (pull buoy, paddles, leg band) and told us to keep doing 100s until he told us to stop. 45 minutes later, that ended up being our whole workout. Not the most exciting workout ever, but I need to build my should strength and that’s the best way to do it.

PM: 30 min Bike Trainer

I just wanted some time on the bike to shake my legs out.


AM: 6 mi Track

Cross country season is officially underway, which means we were kicked off the track before we even had time to start. Boo. Coach had a Plan B, which was a side street that measured 400 meters from stop light to stop sign. So we did 400 repeats on the side of the road while waving to all the friendly faces heading to work.

  • 1.5 mile warm up
  • 12×400 w/ 30 secs rest
  • 1.5 mile cool down

PM: 60min Bike Trainer

Swim practice was rained out. I spun my sorrows out on the bike.


AM: 70 mi Bike Ride


My 5 hour bike ride was cut a tad short when the trail ended sooner than expected. Still, I was proud of the 70 miles I did get in (and the new PDR!!). I felt GREAT on the bike ride. I kept my pace at a steady 15 mph (my goal race pace for IMFL) and felt stronger on the way back than I did on the way out. It was a lonely ride, but that’s something i better get used to!

PM: 3 mile Run

My post-ride run was an easy 3 miler. It was HOT and nasty. Blah. There’s nothing worse than running at noon in the middle of summer in Florida.


AM: 12 mile Run

Derek and I spent the weekend at my parents’ house. As soon as we pulled in the driveway, I realized I had forgotten my running shoes at home. Whoops. Luckily my sister-in-law let me borrow her running shoes, which were perfect for the 12 mile run I had planned. I owe her BIG TIME.

I ran a new route from my parents’ house, which took me to the big bridge in town for some needed hill work. Burn baby, burn.


AM: Open Water Swim


My brother and I joined our friend Eric for an open water swim at the beach. The water was ROUGH, but it was good practice for Ironman Florida, which could potentially be just as rough.

Weekly Totals:

Workouts: 9

Miles: 131

Time: 11 hours 46 minutes

After an AWESOME week of training, I’m traveling over the next two weeks. As always, my plans are to fit in as much as I can while I’m away and not beat myself over what I can’t do. According to my training plan, I’m still on par with where I need to be during this phase of the plan. I feel strong during my workouts (which is the important part) and I have faith in myself and my body. The next couple of months will be tough, but I’m ready for them.

Game. On.

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