That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. - Nietzsche

Monday, February 20, 2012

week in review, 2/13 - 2/19 (Ironman training week 2)

Still getting in all the IM training workouts (and then some, with the increased volume from marathon training.) Still finding it all a bit of a challenge, but quite doable. Work stress has been a little off the chain, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel there (somewhere!) I'm trying to watch myself and keep everything in balance, because lately the stress is starting to affect my sleep patterns. I've been doing things like waking up at 5 AM full of enough nervous energy to fuel hours of working out - or at least it feels that way. Since every time I've had that much anxiety going on, I tend to keep GOING and DOING until I exhaust myself and full-on crash, I'm trying to channel it into workouts but not push myself to my limit. So far it's working and hopefully I'll level out.

Anyway, from a training standpoint, things are good. I'm trying very, very hard to listen to my body and mind. Switched up my days a little this week - used my Sunday indoor tri (race report to come!) as my brick workout so I had to shuffle my long ride.

Monday: ran 6 (hilly!) miles in 58:25. PM: swam 2500 yd in 1:00:24. (My brain was too fried to do intervals, so I just did a straight, easy swim.)

Tuesday: 1:30 easy effort on the trainer.

Wednesday: am - 30 minutes of high cadence, low resistance spinning on the trainer. pm - group run, 6.86 miles in 1:02:25. We did a mile w/u and c/d with  6 x .8 mile repeats. My group was supposed to do them at a 9:00 pace but we were in the 8:50's for all of them. I totally surprised myself with that effort!

Thursday: 1 hour of pilates; 2500 yd swim, 25 x 100 on 2:30. I saw a pretty substantial improvement from the last time I did 100's - I did 3 at 1:57, which is the first time that I know of that I swam 100 in less than 2 minutes! My slowest ones were 2:10 and 2:11 (and they weren't the last ones) and the rest were in between. Most of them seemed to be 2:07, which was kind of weird but maybe a good testament to my pacing.

Friday: rest!!

Saturday: group run, 12.58 miles in 2:02:36 for an exact 9:45 pace. It was an interesting route - more or less 4 miles of flat, 4 miles uphill, 4 miles downhill. The last 3 miles were in the low 9's.

Sunday: Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri! 10 minutes in the pool (450 yd), 30 minutes on the spin bike (the seriously messed up computer claims I did 24.5 miles but I have my doubts!), and 20 minutes on the treadmill (2.15 miles).


Run: 27.59 miles, 4:23:26
Bike: 2:30
Swim: 5450 yd, 2:12:54
Pilates: 1 hour

Total time: 10:06:20


  1. you are killing it! Way to go - amazing run and swim times, too. you racing Tri for Joe again this year?

  2. Thanks!! Yep, definitely want to do TFJ! I'm even talking other people into it! :)