Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ironman Training: Week 23

by Meghann on October 27, 2013


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That’s it. I’m less than a week away from race day. 23 weeks of training and I’m down to the final one. My stomach is in knots, my hands are shaky, and I can’t stop my voice from going really high whenever anyone asks about the race. Gulp. It’s here. No going back now.



Rest. Rest. Rest. Gotta get that rest in!


AM: 60 min Bike Trainer

This was an easy ride. Just needed to get my legs moving.

PM: 2050 yd Swim

  • 350 Warm-Up
  • 4 x 50 accelerating
  • 3 x 100 @ 1:35 (1:25, 1:28, 1:30)
  • 2 x 100 easy
  • 3 x 100 @ 1:35 ( 1:25, 1:29, 1:31)
  • 2 x100 easy
  • 3 x 100 @ 1:35 (1:28, 1:30, 1:34)
  • 2 x 100 easy

This was a great swim. I like the short and speedy ones.


AM: Nada

Decided I need another rest day.


AM: 6 mi Run

Last track! Since we’re tapering, coach wanted us to take it easy and “dial it in.” We did moderate mile repeats w/ 40 seconds of rest. I was instructed to hold 8:20 min/miles, which translated to 2:05/400. I felt GREAT. I’m not sure if it was the cooler weather or what, but I felt relaxed and was even able to keep my breathing under control. My only problem was trying to hold back since I naturally wanted to go faster on the track. It was a great run.

  • Easy jog to track
  • Mile 1: 8:15
  • Mile 2: 8:17
  • Mile 3: 8:16
  • Mile 4: 8:08
  • Easy mile jog home


AM: 3.4 mi Run

Maddie and I had about 30 minutes to run before I had to meet friends for coffee.


AM: 6.4 mi Run

My last long(ish) run before race day! I wish I had this weather the whole training cycle – it felt amazing out there!


AM: 30 mi Bike

Switched my run and bike days so i could go to the beach early with Derek on Saturday. Because I switched, I was able to take my time getting out on the bike and still enjoy a relaxing Sunday. The bike wasn’t bad. I had an awful headwind going out, but the killer tailwind on the way back more than made up for it.

I dropped my bike off on the way home for a final tune-up.

Weekly Totals:

Workouts: 6

Miles: 62

Time: 6 hours 13 minutes

Holy moly. Race day is almost here!

Any race week advice?!

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