Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ironman Training: Week 19

by Meghann on September 29, 2013

Well, that was a surprisingly crazy week.

Not exactly crazy training-wise, just crazy life-wise in general. On top of training, last week I had book club, dinner out with the in-laws, and I had to work over the weekend. Luckily, work didn’t involve any flights, just an hour and a half drive that had the bonus of getting to see some friends and family members kick butt on race day. (I love my job. 🙂 )It’s a good thing it was a recovery week, otherwise I’m not sure I would have been able to fit much else in.

We also had an unusual amount of rain last week. It’s very rare when it rains all day in Florida. Usually we get an afternoon thunderstorm that lasts an hour or two and that’s it. It pretty much rained for three days straight here, so stranger.



I was planning a swim after work, but the rain moving in made that a no-go. Can’t say I complained too much about that. Surprisingly I felt pretty good after my century ride the day before. I’ll take that as a good sign.


AM: 80 min Bike Trainer

I had originally stopped at 70 with the plan to run some, but it was raining and I’m a wuss. So I hopped back on the trainer for an additional 10 minutes.

PM: 28250 yd Swim

  • Warm-up: 4 x 150 (75 free, 25 back, 50 kick)
  • 12 x 100 w/ pull kit @ 2:00
  • 100 hard w/ pull buoy
  • 8 x 25 hard starting in middle of pool
  • 100 hard
  • 50 easy
  • 300 hard
  • 25 hard, 25 easy
  • 50 hard, 25 easy
  • 75 hard, 25 easy
  • cool down: 50

The rain let up just long enough to get a decent swim in on Tuesday evening.


AM: 60 min Trainer

I was loading up my car, about to head to morning swim, when my coach cancelled practice. It was raining and lightening had been spotted in the area – darn! So I went right back inside and hopped on the trainer for an easy 60 minute ride.


AM: 2800 m Swim

  • 500
  • 5×100 full pull kit w/ :15 rest
  • 100 kick
  • 400
  • 4×100 full Pull kit
  • 100 kick
  • 300
  • 3×100 full pull kit
  • 100 kick
  • 100 cool down

This was a solo swim. I was determined to get at least one more swim practice in during the week and was thankful for the clear skies that decided to officially reappear. Unfortunately all the rain made for a cold pool – brrrr. Oh, and the post-pool showers weren’t much better. Sigh.


AM: 12 mile run

I wanted to get at least one decent run in this week and knew that working over the weekend would make that impossible, so I snuck a long run in before I left on Friday. I was hoping to do a little more, but was paranoid I was going to be late (instead ended up being super early). Luckily the run felt great and I know I could have finished it off if I had more time.


AM: Nada

It was a long work day and I wasn’t able to sneak anything in. However, I always like to think that lifting heavy boxes and being on my feet a lot of the day always makes for a good workout.


AM: Nada

Another work day, but again, I was on my feet all day and probably covered more than a few miles thanks to all the back and forth walking I was doing. (also, my legs hurt worst at the end of the day than they did after the 12 mile run!).

On the plus side, i did get to see my sister-in-law Ashley conquer her FIRST triathlon with her friend Amanda! I’m so proud of them!


Weekly Totals:

Workouts: 5

Miles: 51

Time: 6 hours 32 minutes

I know this week was easy, but next week is going to be tough. It will be my toughest week of my training plan. I’ve got another century with a brick attached, a long run, and I’m hoping to throw an open water swim in there (if I can find a partner to do it with me). After that it’s taper time for the bike (can you believe it?!). However, I shouldn’t get too excited. Tapering for an Ironman still means a 50 mile bike ride. :/

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