Ironman Canada ~ Whister: Race Report

After 34 weeks of hard training, it was GO time.

alarm

The date:  August 25, 2013.

The place:  Whistler, BC.

It was the 31st anniversary of Subaru Ironman Canada, and the inaugural location of spectacular Whistler.

With the alarm set, I woke up after just a few short hours.  I was as ready as I could be.  Thankfully, I had slept well the night prior (Friday night), so having a shortage of sleep the night before the race was no biggie, in fact, I expected this.  I made my way downstairs and quietly made some coffee, a toasted bagel with peanut butter and had two small bananas.  I got dressed, pulled my bottles from the refrigerator and freezer and left around 4:30 am.  My friend Kari and I decided to meet to take the shuttle over to Rainbow Park, but as it turned out, we missed each other completely at our pre-arranged location.

I didn’t lose focus though and I told myself I would see her when I see her.  I added a hand-held water bottle to my run bag for T2 (transition 2:  the bike to run) and dropped off my special needs bags for the Bike and Run.  All I had left was my morning bag of dry clothes and wetsuit/swim gear.  I got on the bus from the T2 staging area and the driver shuttled a full bus of athletes to Rainbow park.  It was still dark out and the bus was quiet.  Everyone seemed to be focused.

The gentleman next to me tried to make small talk, but the only thing I really heard was that he chose the Whistler course over Challenge Penticton because he doesn’t like descending.  I asked him if he practiced the bike course and he said no.  Hopefully, my face didn’t give away my horror that he had not practiced this bike course.  It was hella hard and he had no idea what he was in for.  I was scared for him!  But, I remained cool and told him he would do well and I wished him a great day.  Secretly, I was so thankful I had the opportunity to practice this bike course two times leading up to the race.  Both times were very challenging and had me questioning what the hell I was doing.  In fact, the second time, I even questioned riding my TRI bike.  I pleaded with my coach to use my road bike for easier climbing gears.  He assured me (and he was right) that I should use my TRI bike.

I arrived at Rainbow park went straight to my bike.  First things first … I needed to pump my tires.  We were told that mechanics would be on hand with bike pumps in the morning, so I didn’t bother to bring mine.  I took my bike and found a long line of other athletes waiting to fill their tires as well.  So, I waited.  About 20 minutes in all.  When it was my turn, the bike mechanic filled my tires to 100 psi per my request.  He even complimented me on my nails … telling me I had the best race nails he has seen.  Why … thank you! 🙂  And, with that, I quickly made my way back to where my bike was to be racked.

(I just so happened to have snapped my friends my race ready nails before leaving for Whistler!)

nails

I filled my aero bottle and placed 3 more bottles on my bike.  I then started filling my GuChomps in my bento box when Kari found me.  She was ready to go.  Holy hell, she’s fast!  I still needed to use the bathroom and the line was horrendous!  Erg.  Why is this always the case?  I also needed to add some socks to my T1 bag (transition 1 – swim to bike).  I did that first, then got in line for the porto-potty.  I waited for what seemed like a long time, but really only took about 15 minutes.  Time to don the wetsuit.

T1 was buzzing with athletes ready to go.

t1 Rainbow park

Kari waited patiently for me as I got into my wetsuit and we made our way over and dropped off our morning bags.

This is it.

I’m doing this.

2.4 miles to start.

140.6 in total.

Today is Ironman time!

Deep breath.  The sun was rising and the clouds cast a haze and a beautiful fog over the water.  It was gorgeous.

alta lake

alta lake swim start

Swimming.  Oh, how I used to dread swimming!  I’m still not great at it, but I practiced swimming much more this year than I did for my previous Ironman.  I knew I was a little faster, so the first goal I set for myself was to do the 2.4 mile swim in under 1:45:00.  That seemed doable, given the fact that two years ago, I did a 1:53:00 something.  My coach had high hopes for a 1:35:00, but I seriously just wanted to get under 1:45:00.  So, there it was …

GOAL #1.  Swim a sub 1:45:00.

The pros started 7 minutes ahead of the age groupers and then it was go time … 7 am.

The course was a two loop swim, counter-clockwise, starting from the water.  Kari and I made our way in and took a few strokes to warm up and make sure our goggles were on right.  I knew I would lose her soon enough in the mass of 2600+ people.

IM Canada swim start

The gun blew and we were off.  I found my stroke and remained calm, even though I was surrounded by hundreds of people.  I kept telling myself to follow the bubbles, get on someones feet and follow them.  Conserve energy and breathe.  Half way through the first loop, some guy was breast stoking and kicked me right in the goggles.  OUCH!  Thankfully, they didn’t come off, they were just shoved deeper in my skull.  Thank you mister, now move outta my way!

mass swim start

The first loop went by in what seemed like no time and I was excited to start my second loop.  I was also very thankful the race directors didn’t make us exit the lake to run ashore and then back in again.  I looked briefly at my watch and noticed it was roughly 47 minutes.  Not fast, but not as slow as last time.  Push!  I wanted to make under 1:45:00.  I focused on my breathing, stroke, reaching, pulling, gliding.  The final stretch, I increased my arm cadence and gave myself a push.  I came out of the water at 1:43:25.  YES!

Goal #1 — accomplished!

swim alta lake exit

I ran up to the wetsuit strippers and was quickly stripped from my BlueSeventy.  Some nice volunteer handed me my swim to bike bag and into the ladies changing tent I went.  I sat and peeled off my compression sleeves.  I contemplated wearing them all day, but I really wanted the full compression sock.  Another nice volunteer assisted me in putting them on and then I was off to find my bike while she put everything away for me (my wetsuit/goggles/cap).  There weren’t many bikes left in transition, which meant one thing … I am still so freaking SLOW at swimming.

My buddy Dave, captured this shot and posted it to Instagram:

T1 exit Rainbow Park

Oh well, I made my goal.  I was smiling and happy to start my bike leg.  112 miles of the toughest riding I have EVER done.  Seriously.

coming out of T1

start of IM bike

leaving rainbow park on bike

I set off easy enough because I knew I would need to have a lot left in my tank to climb the final 20 miles back to Whistler.  The bike course was absolutely stunning and I really loved the fact that Ironman shut down most of the roads, especially the out and back to Pemberton, and it was smooth sailing.  The riding conditions were near perfect.

biking IM Canada

Out and back to Callaghan whizzed by and before I knew it, I was heading back to Whistler.  I knew I would see my family along the course and they caught me riding by!  With a huge smile on my face!

bike

bike IM

I was just over a 1/3 of the way done and I knew I would zip out to Pemberton, which was mostly downhill with one steep climb called Suicide hill on the way.  There is no climbing this hill in anything but the granny ring.  I made it to Pemberton in no time and it was nice the community of Pemberton was out there to cheer us on.  Afterall, Ironman had completely shut down the entire road from Pemberton to Whistler for this race, so they were kinda stuck for several hours.  The special needs station was a lot sooner than I anticipated and I completely went by my bag and stopped about 50 feet away.  No one could find my bag!  I kept yelling “626?” … no one could find it.  After a few minutes, some volunteer realized she had been holding it the entire time.  OOPS.  No biggie.  It’s not like I was going to win this thing.  I quickly grabbed some pretzels and took a swig of a 5 hour energy drink.  (OOPS — something I’ve never done! …. oh well).  I exchanged two of my bike bottles, since I was drinking a mix of OSMO and nothing else.  And, off I went.  Out and back in Pemberton was flat and fast.

bike leg IM Canada

guy got chicked on bike

I passed several people and spoke to a few along the way, asking them about their day.  A few were chatty back, which I love!  Rounding the corner in Pemberton to make my way back to Whistler, I knew I was in for some tough hills.  This was the final push I had been scared of for months.  I knew I would do it, but I was going to be in a pain cave for a bit.  I was not focused on my time, I was only focused on nailing my nutrition.

Goal #2:  Nail my nutrition!  (Because … well, most of you know what happened in IM 70.3 Boise …)

For the bike, this meant drinking at least one bottle of OSMO per hour.  I consumed 2 GuChomps on the 1/2 hour and 4 GuChomps on the full hour.  Once I hit 3 hours, I started eating some pretzels and I ate 1/2 of a Protein bar.  I carried on until all my GuChomps were gone!

The climb back to Whistler went better than expected.  My quads were a little sore, but that was to be expected.  I made conversation with a gal from Michigan and we endured the long climb back together.  Heading into Whistler, there were several turns and tons of spectators cheering as I came into T2.

Photo Credit: John Pratt
Photo Credit: John Pratt

I dismounted and began to move forward, but lost my balance and dropped my bike.  Thankfully, I didn’t go down with it, but I hated dropping my bike nonetheless.

coming into t2

I handed my bike off to the volunteers and ran to grab my T2 bag.  I had legs!! They were moving.  I ran into the changing tent and exchanged my bike shoes for my Brooks Launch running shoes.  Brand new … since I love running in new shoes!  It was go time.  I grabbed my hand-held water bottle with OSMO and I was off.

Whoa – wait — quick stop at the porto-potty.  Ok — now I’m off.

exiting t2

(My friend @trisilk caught this picture and video of me coming out of T2 and posted it to Instagram!! Thanks buddy!)

Ok, nice and easy I told myself.  Break it into 30 minute segments.  I’ve done this a million times off the bike.  I’m the queen of bricks.  I love bricks.  My stomach was queasy and my quads were sore, but I wasn’t cramping!  That was the good thing.  Keep moving forward I told myself … no matter how slow, keep moving.

runIM

I made 3 more porto-potty stops in the first 13.1 miles, thinking I had to pee, when in actuality, I could barely eek out anything.  It was my body yelling, “PSYCH!  GOTCHA!”  Damn … ok, let’s just do this.

IM Run

I kept a steady pace and played leap-frog with several runners on the course.  I’d walk for 30 sec to a minute per aid station, and run the rest.  I was doing my plan!!  I was running more than walking and I couldn’t have been more happy!!  My quads were on fire … FIRE!  But, hey, I just figured they were telling me that I had kicked ass on the bike course and they should be on fire.  So — keep going girl!

run course IM
I loved seeing my Momma!

smile IM run

And – I did.

With an enormous smile on my face.

I loved seeing my family out there and my friends, John and Judy.

run IM Whistler

I saw Kari on an out and back and she was behind me just a bit.  What the heck?  She had been ahead of me.  I later found out that she had a pit stop in T2 that was a bit longer than mine.  We played leap-frog a bit and it was great to see a familiar face.  Towards the end, I saw my buddy Glenn, and he ran with me for a bit, but urged me to carry on without him.

Rounding the final corner to Ironman run course, I saw the time.  I could see it was 12 hours and 53 minutes.  WHAT?!!!!  I hadn’t been paying attention to my overall time, just trying to nail my nutrition and take each leg for what I could do.

IM Canada finish

Goal #3:  complete Ironman Canada in under 14 hours! (My first IM was in 14:06:00).  Read about my IM Canada 2011 experience HERE.

finish medal IM Canada

Accomplished, tackled, nailed, smashed my PR by ONE HOUR and 12 minutes!!!  

Excited beyond belief!  

I PR’d in the swim, the bike and the run!  

Heck yeah!

IM Canada medal

Thank you Ironman Canada for a great race!  

This happyTRIgirl is over the moon!

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Ironman Canada Whistler Tracking!

So many of you have asked how to track me come race day …. (which is less than 22 hours from now, BTW).  I can’t thank you all enough for your support, friendship, and inspiration over the last year!  Especially now, the shout-outs are so encouraging!!  I love all the Instagram posts and comments, Tweets, Facebook messages and text messages.  It truly means a lot to me!!  THANK YOU!!

First things first … my race number is 626!!  I love this number because it also happens to be my son’s birthday! (6/26)

race numbers

 

If you would like to track me … here are a couple of ways:

One way is through Ironman.com website.  There will be live tracking and coverage for athletes.

The other way, is through a cool app called, IronTrac.  Looks like this:

irontrac

I’m headed out in just a bit — time to drop my bike at T1, along with my bike bike bag.  The rest of the day — feet up and relaxing!

Come tomorrow, it’s on!

 

Journey to 140.6 – the last 14 weeks

In less than a week — my second Ironman will be reality!

Am I nervous?  Hell ya!

Anxious?  Yup.

Scattered? … what was the question?

Am I capable?  Darn tuttin!

I know I have worked my butt off the last 14 weeks — thanks to my awesome coach, Daryl!  So much so, in fact, it has been nearly impossible to keep up with blogging!  Fourteen weeks went by in a hurry and although I made several attempts and drafts for my weekly training reports … well, they just stayed in draft form.  #sorryimnotsorry

In a nut shell — here is what I’ve accomplished the last 14 weeks:

125 hours and 5 minutes of swimming, biking, and running

1512 total miles of swimming, biking, and running. 

101 workouts

I’ve gotta say, after adding those totals … I was pretty pleased.  I’ve trained harder and smarter this year and I’ve been able to ride the Whistler course two times.  I feel prepared in my training and know that I won’t make any physical gains this last week.

Mental preparedness is now my calling.

“Swim to ride, ride to run, run to win,” says my coach.  Cheers to that!

IM run photo

 

Journey to 140.6 – Week 19


Week 19 to Ironman Canada

week 19

This week was a bust.

And, I was a dud.

Anyone looking at my training for the week might think I had been sick or something.  Nope. Not the case at all.  I was actually at a work conference in Shelton and had taken all my gear to work out!  I even brought my bike and trainer.  The hotel had a pool.  I had no great excuse, other than I didn’t want to miss dinner, which seemed to be an hour after our last class.  So, training was pretty much non-existent.  A mere five hours was all I could conjure up.  Needless to say, I have been cranky with myself and disappointed to lose valuable time.

My coach, Daryl, is ever understanding and accommodating to my crazy work schedule.

Monday, May 6th – SWIM – 

Monday Swim

I started out the day with a raging headache and kink in my neck from sleeping wrong.  I thought a swim might work it out.  Nope.  Not at all.  I gave it a good 30 minutes before calling it.  Disappointed … I left after only completing 1000 yards.  Poo.

Tuesday, May 7th thru Friday, May 10th

Bust!  Bust!  Bust!  I squeaked in 20 minutes of the bike trainer on Wednesday morning, but seriously, this was not enough to even count towards my weekly mileage or time.  Suck.  Major suck.

Saturday, May 11th – RUN & SWIM

brooks pure drift

Since I missed my long run this week, I decided to go run for an hour prior to meeting the TRI group I coach.  This was fabulous as I missed running in the worst way and couldn’t wait to get out there.  I broke out my new Brooks Pure Drifts for the trails around Lake Padden and they were awesome.  I then ran with the TRI group and coached them on running the backside hills.  What a great group of athletes!

athletes I coach

Sunday, May 12th – LONG BIKE –

Mother’s Day!  I spent the day cleaning and catching up on chores.  I didn’t actually get on my bike until around 4:30 pm.  My plan called for 3.5 hours on the bike and a 30 min run.  I completed 2.5 hours on my trainer and called it good.  After all, it was Mother’s Day and the Survivor finale was on.  Plus, I was starving.

bike

So, here’s to a better next week and being back on track.

 ***

Overall Training Hours completed for Week Nineteen: 4 hours and 59 minutes (ACK!)

not enough miles of running

not enough miles of biking 

not enough miles of swimming

 

Journey to 140.6 – Weeks 16, 17, & 18

Well, well, well.  Where have I been?  Obviously not blogging much.  After my last twofer, (blog post for 14 and 15 training weeks), I thought I would have learned my lesson.  I almost had my week 16 post done and ready, but there it sat, in draft form, untouched and waiting for pictures.  Until tonight.  Now I’m trying to catch up on the last THREE weeks.  Geez.

Where has the time gone?  I just don’t know …. it’s … Poof — gone!  Good news is my training is in the books.  More good news is that I have two more races under my belt.  

More training to come, so … Onward!

Here is what my last three weeks looked like.  This will be a very condensed version as bed time is calling (well, weeks 17 and 18 are condensed).  I know you all understand (especially if you are a blogger and this is not your full-time job).


Week 16 to Ironman Canada

week 16 screen shot

Listed below are my workouts from my awesome coach, Daryl.

Monday, April 15th – SWIM – 

30:00 – 200 wu; 2 x 500s with second set faster than the first.  In between 500s – 4 x 50s easy.  2 x 100 cool down.

 (Took me 37 minutes to go 1600 yards tonight.  200 wu- 4:14 — 1st 500 – 10:49 — 4x50s: 1:07, 1:03, 1:05, 1:00 — 2nd 500 – 10:26 2×100 cool down

Tuesday, April 16th – RUN am/BIKE pm –

30:00 – 30min build easy to steady.

1:30:00 – 15min WU, then 3x3min hard on 3min recoveries, then steady riding.

(30 min AM run.  Legs were tired and heavy.  3.6 miles total for an average pace of 8:20.  Evening ride – Didn’t make 90 min. Sun started to go down and I was cramping in my calf. Ouch. Happy with 3 x 3 min efforts and overall pace as I rode 20 miles in 1:08:42.

Wednesday, April 17th – BIKE –

1:30:00 – 10min easy, then push strong steady effort using 9min on, 1min recovery pattern, 5min CD.

(To make up for missing training time last night, I went longer on my trainer this morning.  Completed 10 x 9 minute intervals.  Total time: 1:52:00.

Thursday, April 18th – REST –

30 min run was optional and I decided to rest. 😉

(Travel day to San Diego!  4 am wake-up call and out the door by about 5 am and headed to the airport.  Bellingham to Seattle to Portland to SD.  I arrived to find sunny weather.  Yahoooo!  Hellooooo SUN!)

Friday, April 19th – SWIM –

45:00 – 2×200 WU, 6×200 at CSS pace with 20sec recovery, 2×200 CD.

san diego university pool

(Got to swim in an amazing outdoor pool in San Diego!! Univ of SD!!! Best pool I’ve ever been in. wu: 4:25, 4:21 3:59 4:02 4:02 4:04 4:07 1:56 1:57 did not have time for cool down. Worked on lengthening stride last CSS – so broke it up into 100’s …. think it helped.)

Saturday, April 20th – LONG RUN

1:15:00 – 40min easy/steady, then 5, 4, 3min at HM to 10k effort on equal recoveries.

San Diego

San diego run

(Awesome outdoor run in San Diego. Happy to get this pace with the warm weather and no fuel or water on board. Felt awesome!! Had great intervals at about 7:30 pace or so.  8.8 miles total in 1:13:36 for an average pace of 8:22.)

Sunday, April 21st – BIKE/RUN –

1:00:00 – Spin bike if available. 20min easy, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1min building mod hard to hard across the set. Equal recoveries. CD.

15:00 – 15min easy run off the bike, if time allows.

run san diego

(If I’m being honest … I didn’t look too hard for a spin bike.  I laced up my shoes and hit the pavement, along the waterfront of San Diego again.  Decided to just take it easy and enjoy the scenery.  I finished 8 miles in an hour, way faster than I intended, but I wasn’t paying attention to pace, just how I felt.  Happy to be running an average 7:45 pace, which felt easier than yesterday’s run.  Woot!!  I finished this session off with 15 minutes of stairs.  The convention center in San Diego has some wicked fun stairs and I decided to work on my quad strength since I haven’t been on my bike in what feels like forever now — okay, Wednesday … but still.  112 stairs up, 100 down on the other side.  Up and over four times.  OUCH fest … it hurt so good.  Did just over a mile of stairs!) 

 ***

Week 17 to Ironman Canada

week 17

Monday:  Play day in San Diego!  I did some major walking!!  And, playing on the beach!

Tuesday:  Last day in San Diego.  Did an easy four miles along the water front.

Wednesday:  TRI group ride.  A little over 16 miles in one hour.

Thursday:  Rest day.

Friday:  30 min run and 30 min swim.

Saturday:  Easy run with TRI group.

Sunday:  Mt Rainier Duathlon!!  Long Course:  5.12 mile run, 28.88 mile bike, 3.79 mile run — Despite the awful weather, this was a great race!  I set out to race smart and complete my second run faster than my first run.  Mission accomplished.  Total time was 2:48:57.  Race report (I know I keep saying this ….) will be forthcoming.

Pictures for the week:

Last run in San Diego
Last run in San Diego
Ran some stairs in San Diego!
Ran some stairs in San Diego!
Biking with the TRI group
Biking with the TRI group
Mt Rainier Duathlon
Mt Rainier Duathlon

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Week 18 to Ironman Canada

week 18

Monday: 30 min swim

Tuesday: rest day

Wednesday: Tri group ride and run

Thursday: 60 min run.  Ran with Amy, who is in our TRI group.  She has a great pace and great attitude.  I just love chatting with her.  We ended up with 7.3 miles in an hour.

Friday: easy 60 min spin

Saturday: Haggen to Haggen 5K.  A PR for me!!  I was trying to break 22 minutes and ended up with 20:49.  Thrilled beyond belief!!  Thanks to my friend, Meghan, for pacing me the entire way.  I didn’t wear a watch and just went for it.

Sunday: Long Bike (3 hours) and Long Run to follow (1 hour).  Bike had 4 x 8 minute intervals within the first and third hours.  Overall, felt good with the bike.  It was a beautiful day!!  Then came the run.  Sufferfest!!  It was so hot outside and my legs were sluggish and heavy.  They barely listened to me telling them to get a move on.  I’m sure people were laughing as I was yelling at them to get going.  I endured and ended up going 7.1 miles in the hour.  Pretty happy with an 8:30 pace given I just raced the day before and rode over 55 miles right before.

Picture of the week:

Haggen to Haggen 5K
Haggen to Haggen 5K

 

Journey to 140.6 – Weeks 14 & 15


Weeks 14 & 15 to Ironman Canada

A’hem, excuse me as I seem to have gotten a bit behind in my weekly training posts!  So, today, you get a twofer!  I had two solid weeks of training and am pretty proud to get all most of my workouts in.  I had to do some crafty rearranging due to spring break, a couple of days in Seattle, and the daughter’s cheer comp in Vancouver, BC.

Listed below are my workouts from my awesome coach, Daryl.

week 14

Monday, April 1st – REST – 

In Seattle with my daughter for a couple of days!!  Took the time to enjoy the sights and just be with her. 

pikes place market

Tuesday, April 2nd – REST –

2nd day in Seattle — so much fun!

the wheel

Wednesday, April 3rd – SWIM (and a ride with the TRI group) –

45:00 – PACE CHANGE 200s:  200 easy WU. +++ 4×200 Steady on 10s rest 3×200 Mod-hard on 10s rest 2×200 Fast on 10s rest 200 Max +++ Cool Down.

(Oops. Totally missed the warm up 200.  And, I was so happy to have finished the “workout” in under 45 min, but OH NO! 200 short!  DANG!  Splits: 4:06-4:13-4:15-4:22 4:17-4:14-4:16 4:01-3:58 3:47.  Also met with the TRI group tonight for two loops around Lake Samish.  I went a little farther as I turned back to see that others were finishing too.  15.1 miles total.) 

Thursday, April 4th – RUN/BIKE/RUN –

20:00 – 10 min easy, 10 min steady.

1:00:00 – 5x10min continuous, as lap 1 easy, lap 2 and 3 steady, lap 4 and 5 sitting at the top of your mod hard zone, 10min easy.

10:00 -5min steady, 5min CD.

run bike run

(Great run/bike/run – although I had to cut the bike short by 15 minutes to get daughter to cheer practice.  You might also notice my friend, Flat Stanley.  He came for a visit this past week!!)

Friday, April 5th – LONG BIKE/RUN –

3:00:00 – 60min easy, 90min steady, 30min tempo.

30:00 – Run off the bike for 30 minutes Easy and relaxed.

brick ride run

(Sufferfest on the trainer for 3 solid hours. Worked on consuming 3 bottles of electrolytes and gu every hour.  Legs felt a little mushy after pushing tempo last 30 min on bike, but went easy and didn’t pay attention to pace, just went by feel.  Ran 3.7 miles for an average pace of 8:06.)

Saturday, April 6th – SWIM

1:00:00 – 4×300, 4×200, 4×100 – each on 10s rest – seek to get quicker within each group of 4 and across the entire workout. CD if time left. Pull the 4×100 with paddles/pb. Focus on high elbow, anchoring and holding the water. Pull past the anchored hand.

(300s:: 6:18-6:18-6:28-6:21 200s:: 4:12-4:18-4:17-4:10 100s w/ paddles &pb: 2:04-2:01-2:01-2:01 3×100 cool down w/ pb: 2:03-2:02-2:04)

Sunday, April 7th – LONG RUN –

1:30:00 – 30min easy, 30min steady, 20min mod hard, 10min easy.

vancouver sea wall

(Beautiful run along the Vancouver Sea Wall.  Ran just a tad over time for 11.5 miles.  Average pace of 8:16.) 

 ***

Overall Training Hours completed for week Fourteen:  9 hours  01 minutes

 18.98 miles of running

 82.6 miles of biking (estimate)

 2.67 miles of swimming

***

week 15

Monday, April 8th – SWIM – 

45:00 – 6×50 easy on 10s rest 4×75 25 Easy, 25 Mod-hard, 25 Steady on 10s rest +++ 4×400 on no more than 15s rest Goal is to Descend the set paddles/pb last 2×400. +++ Cool Down

 (This took me 50 min.  And! Those paddles are a killer!!  WHEW!

Tuesday, April 9th – RUN/BIKE/RUN –

20:00 – Build easy to steady, then directly into the bike ride.

1:00:00 – 10min easy, 3×12/3 minutes continuous as 12 minutes Steady then 3 minutes Mod-hard, 5min easy.

10:00 – Easy run off the bike.

run bike run

(Great session!  First 20 minutes – ran 2.4 miles for an average pace of 8:20.  Great trainer session.  Followed by 1.2 miles on 2nd run for an average pace of 8:20.

Wednesday, April 10th – TRI GROUP RIDE

Coach had planned 1:30:00 brick of ride/run/ride/run/ride/run – but I didn’t get to this.   3x[20min bike, 10min run] nonstop. First round easy, 2nd steady, 3rd top of steady.

trek speed concept

(Instead, I rode twice around Lake Samish with the TRI group and up Summerland hill.  Total mileage was 13.4 in 54 minutes.

Thursday, April 11th – SWIM

45:00 – CSS 12 x 100s: 4×100 WU, 12×100 at CSS pace with 10sec recovery, 4×100 CD.

(2000 yards in 45 min — woot!  Although, I will say that 10 sec rest felt like not enough. My splits: WU: 1:59, 2:41 (had to adjust goggles), 2:07, 2:13 12×100 at CSS: 1:59, 1:58, 1:58, 1:59, 1:59, 2:00, 2.00, 2:01, 2:00, 2:02, 2:00, 1:56 CD: used pull buoy. Did continuous and slow 2:04, 2:03, 2:04, 2:03)

Friday, April 12th – LONG RUN –

1:30:00 – 3×25 minutes on 5 min recovery – start by targeting Steady with Easy recoveries; progress to Mod-hard with Steady recoveries. Build into the first 25min segment easy to steady.

long run

 (11.9 miles in 1:33:51 for an average pace of 7:54.)

Saturday, April 13th – SWIM, then added RUN with TRI group

30:00 – 6×200 on 20s rest, paddles/pull buoy as 150 easy, 50 tempo.

(1400 yards total as I did a couple extra for cool down in the time I had left. Time left?  Whoa!!! New concept — I like it!!  As for the run, this morning I coached the TRI group.  We met at Arne Hanna and braved the mix of snow and rain.  We worked on some drills after a 10 min warm-up and then ran an out and back.  3.7 miles total.)

Sunday, April 14th – BIKE/RUN/BIKE/RUN/BIKE/RUN –

triple brick

(Since I missed this awesome workout earlier in the week, I wrote to my coach and asked if I could include it with today’s long bike/run.  50 min ride with 10 min run x 3.  He thought it was a great idea – so that’s what I did.  I ended up about 30 min short on the week, but overall, it was a great training session and I could really feel the burn in my legs.  I aimed to get faster with each run, even on tired legs and that’s what I did!  Very happy with that.  I also included a 10 min HARD interval in each 50 min ride session to simulate climbing.  Quads were on FIRE!!  First triple of the year!!) 

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Overall Training Hours completed for week Fifteen:  9 hours  35 minutes

22.95 miles of running

 76.4 miles of biking (estimate)

3.19 miles of swimming

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Journey to 140.6 – Week 13


Week 13 to Ironman Canada

week 13

Hooray for week 13 and workouts being back on track.  Even though this was technically my recovery week, I made quality time for all my planned workouts.  This week also marked week ONE of the TRI group I am helping to coach!  For the next 13 weeks, I will be working with athletes and other coaches in our community, gearing up for the Lake Padden Triathlon at the end of June.  We meet on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.  Learn more about the program here!

Listed below are my workouts from my awesome coach, Daryl.

Monday, March 25th – SWIM – 

30:00 – 8×150 first 2 easy WU, then 100 easy, 50 fast. All 20s rest. CD if time remains.

swim tyr

 (1300 yards total tonight.  Felt sluggish and sloppy.  Splits for my 150’s:: 3:02, 3:10, 2:57, 3:03, 3:05, 3:08, 3:10, 3:09.  Totally bummed I got slower and not faster as the sets progressed.

Tuesday, March 26th – RUN/BIKE/RUN –

15:00 – This run should end immediately prior to starting the Interval Bike. Start at an Easy effort and have the last 5 minutes be Steady effort. Do not go any faster, it is going to be a solid session of training!

1:00:00 – 15min WU, 6x[5min descending bottom of tempo zone to threshold, 1min recovery], CD.

15:00 – 10min tempo, 5min CD.

run bike run du

(First run – started at 8:30 pace and went faster from there.  Ended up with 1.86 miles in 15 minutes for an average pace of 8:04.  Bike – GREAT tempo set! I increased effort each 5 min block, pushing the big ring. Last 5 min was brutal, and most was out of my seat.  Second run – hit 2 miles in 15 minutes for an average pace of 7:30.  Excited to end faster than I started, especially after that brutal big ring set!

Wednesday, March 27th – SWIM –

30:00 – 12×100 on 15s rest. Perform as 4x[easy, steady, tempo]. CD if any remaining time.

jeanette swim

(Quick swim with Jeanette after TRI group tonight.  Used the pull buoy as I tend to cramp up if I ride or run before my swim. Finished 1300 yards tonight.  PS — I rode an additional 6.7 miles with the TRI group tonight.

Thursday, March 28th – BIKE/RUN –

1:00:00 – 15min WU, then 2x[10min steady, 5min easy].

15:00 -Run off the bike for 15 minutes Easy and relaxed.

bike run brick

(Solid ride outdoors with hills! A quick run to follow –  Didn’t use my watch to gauge pace, but used my iphone app.  Finished with 2.10 miles in 15 minutes for an average pace of 7:24.)

Friday, March 29th – LONG RUN –

1:00:00 – 30min easy to steady, 20min tempo, 10min CD.

run meghan

 (Awesome run with Meghan along Bellingham waterfront today!  I only had an hour today and she had even less, but she agreed to go my pace – which was so pedestrian for her.  I finished 7.4 miles for an 8:06 average pace.)

Saturday, March 30th – REST

tri group

(Today was a rest day on my schedule, but I had TRI group.  So, an easy slow run and some swimming was what I did on my rest day.  Only went a couple of miles, talked about running form, particularly the hands and shoulders and then at the pool, we worked on drills, coached by Erica.  I can always use practice at swimming!)

Sunday, March 31st – LONG BIKE/RUN –

1:30:00 – 2sets of [15min easy, 30min steady IM pace].

30:00 – Run Steady effort off the bike – insert 1 minute walking in each 9 minute block.

jeanette bike

run

(Out to Birch Bay and back with Jeanette. Left her at the end and went down Vista and back up again for some hill practice. Legs felt good. Run – kept cadence high and feet light. Felt good! Such a gorgeous day! 3.9 miles for an average pace of 7:42.) 

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Overall Training Hours completed for week Thirteen: 8 hours 26 minutes

19.26 miles of running

63.4 miles of biking (estimate)

1.99 miles of swimming

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