Friday, April 24, 2015

HIM Training Weeks 9-11

Training has been going alright lately, the running and swimming parts are going great likely because those are my two favorites. I enjoy most days getting the training done and they don't feel like a chore. Biking on the other hand has sucked to say the least, I have missed my long bikes and I have been afraid to bike outside for longer miles. I need to get over that fear since it's making me lose my bike fitness. I need to make that a priority again since it has slipped down to the bottom of the list and my speed has suffered.

Here is how the past week weeks have gone.
* I have missed several workouts lately due to working some long hours again and just being exhausted by the end of the day, not an excuse but I just had to listen to my body those nights.

Favorite Workouts: These have been all of my long swims lately, I seem to just have found my cruise control zone and I am really enjoying the long sets in the pool. It really calms my mind from the chaos going on in my life.

I need to get back to following my schedule and I think adjust out some of my quality workouts to just the last 4 weeks before taper to get work on the distance and bike fitness. I have been loosely following it to what I feel like doing and that has caused the issue. I will go based on how I feel as I don't want to injure myself. I have big plans for this summer!

My other big goal I need to focus on is nutrition, both during my training sessions and what I am eating on a day to day basis. I would like to drop a little weight going into race day so I am lighter to help my body out. I am starting to use a journal to log everything including what time I eat to see if that is making a difference in my workouts.

I can't believe it is getting closer and I am halfway through the training cycle already. Almost down to being 8 weeks out!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

HIM Training Week 7 & 8

Work finally slowed down later on in the week and I was able to feel somewhat normal again. I really just hope it sticks around. I am looking forward to having Thursday and Friday off this week and it's TRI 101 presentation week. It is going to be a fun filled week and not a lot of work. Just what the doctor ordered.

Monday: REST - worked 13 hours and just no way anything else was going to happen
Tuesday: Run - 3 mi, Swim 1600m
Wednesday - REST - another long day and just felt off
Thursday: Cycle - 21 mi
Friday: Cycle - 20 mi, Swim - 2200m (furthest yet)
Saturday: Run - 12 mi , Swim - 1800m (my fastest mile ever at 34:40!)
Sunday: Cycle - 45 mi

Check out those sculpted shoulders!

Favorite workout: This is a tie between Friday's workouts, I got my bike ride in on the trainer during lunch hour and jammed out to some music while I had my lunch cooking in the oven. This was just what I needed after an emotionally draining week.

After getting done with work a bit earlier than usual I went to the gym to get my long swim done instead of waiting until Saturday. I got a new suit this week and a new silicone swim cap meant for long hair, this went great after I fixed my leaky goggle. I tweaked something in my stroke with my arm entry into the water and I actually felt fast in the pool on a long swim. My 400m split times were dropping as I went along which usually does not happen. I am really starting to warm up to these long swims and I am really enjoying them. Longest set in the pool yet, getting close to the hour mark!




Week 8: Recovery Week 

Monday: REST
Tuesday: Run - 6 mi, Swim 1600m
Wednesday - Cycle - 15 mi during lunch
Thursday: Swim 1800m
Friday: Cycle - 25 mi, Run 2 mi, Swim - 1200m
Saturday: Run - 9.3 mi (a fast long run for me!)
Sunday: Cycle - 30 mi

Favorite workout of the week: My long run on Saturday was nice, I ran at a faster pace than I have been with Sarah and Matt. We all actually had good runs, seriously people this is ground breaking news. Sarah and I are always opposite so this has NEVER happened before. It was nice getting under 10:00 for a longer run!

I really was hoping my work would slow down and it did during my recovery week which helped out as we had TRI101 and TRI102 this week. TRI101 was on Wed. night and I totally winged my presentation for "What is a triathlon" but people said it was good, sooo hey! I had off during the day on Thursday and Friday so I was able to get my workouts done during the daytime. Thursday night I got to watch my littlest niece and my nephew after his surgery so my sister and family could go to their oldest child's concert. Saturday was the bridal shower for a good friend of mine and I can't wait for her wedding in a month at Lambeau Field on the roof!

And of course, there is March Madness going on right now and I of course am rooting for my Alma Mater, UW-Madison! And who picked a perfect bracket for the section they are in? This girl!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Point Bock 5 mile - Race Recap

The first weekend of March is always reserved in my calendar for the Point Bock 5 mile run. Who doesn't love a race that you only have to run 5 miles to earn 3 free beers from an awesome brewery and get to spend that time with friends. Pretty much a DUH there!

Normally this race is pretty cold and we are all feeling done with winter by this time. In a few of the past races it has managed to snow the night before and the footing conditions were not always the best. I came into the race with no expectations, I was not in shape for a PR and I wanted to just enjoy the day. It was a blissful 35 degree day with the sun shining, but there was a pretty strong headwind we would have to deal with on parts of the course. Yay for only having to wear single layers again!

Several of us decided to run together, Sarah and I busted out laughing at the beginning of the race when the local speedwalker went right by us. We have seen this guy at local races for the past few years and this guy in particular passed me just before mile 25 of the GB marathon last year. It took us a little bit to get our shit back together but we passed him not too much later and left him in our dust!

It took me awhile to find a groove in this race and when I finally did we were about 3 miles in, it lasted for about a mile until I felt like I was slowly crashing. I felt hungry at the start of the race, which starts at noon, and I didn't bring along anything to eat. I knew we were close so I pushed myself to try and keep a good pace. I surprised myself with my finishing time and pace. This was also the first race I have done where I did not carry water with me and I didn't grab any at the turnaround either. This will change though as the weather warms up.

Once we finished I gulped down some water and gatorade and then eat the teeniest banana, a bagel chunk and a blueberry muffin. Then it was into the tent for some brewski's and the post race high!

We eventually left to grab some lunch/dinner and then headed to the hotel to clean up. We had a fun night playing Hammershlagen and a bit of karaoke, when we finally crashed I think it only took me a few minutes to pass out!