IRONMAN COEUR D’ALENE: WEEK 4

In addition to a whole-lotta firsts, week four was about what my good friend Tim Gunn preaches, “Make it work!” With a somewhat packed schedule and a small party we were throwing over the weekend, I focused on moving around appointments and training to maximize time. I’ll talk a bit about how this all went down, but first, the most adorable photo of a Lola saying, “Mooooooooom, stop embarrassing me!”

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Monday, 2/4: Long Run

This week got a bit of a double “long run” as they used to be on Mondays, but will now be on Fridays. A solid treadmill run. Oh and here’s a tip: always set your treadmill at at least 1 percent incline to try and simulate running on the open road.

Tuesday, 2/5: Indoor Ride & Swim

A morning ride that was pretty typical. Just nice and sweaty while watching the news. Nothing too notable.

The rest of the day at work left me not the happiest camper. I huffed and puffed all the way to the pool and as soon as I got in, it was as if all my woes were halted for that short period of time. I just felt myself swimming in this gorgeous saline pool, listening to the music underwater (thank you, Club Sport!) and just settling into myself. It wasn’t the fastest, but it was my first swim without using the pull buoys for part of the main set. I also learned that my ankle isn’t quite ready for flip turns yet, but it was still extremely peaceful.

Wednesday, 2/6: Indoor Ride & Transition Run

Ready for another first? First indoor ride followed by a transition run. What-whaaaaaaaaat!

Thursday, 2/7: Indoor Ride

Whoa, how did I end up riding so much this week? Oh wait, maybe it’s me perpetually putting off swimming because I have to plan around when I’m swimming and whether or not I can go somewhere with wet hair after my swim. Ha! No, I don’t actually do that. Well, maybe. A little. Ok, I do. Forget it.

Friday, 2/8: Long Run

Six miles. No brace. No pain. All outside. I think I’ve squealed about this enough now that people just want me to get on with it. To recap: it was awesome. Like free Starbucks awesome. No, no, like lunch with a certain RoseRunner awesome:

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We met for some Pho and it was pho-nominal (that just happened). Just don’t tell anyone that neither of us know how to use chopsticks. Damn it.

Saturday, 2/9: Long Ride 

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Another confidence building training session that made me want to slay some dragons. Ok, I don’t know why I keep using that phrase. Chicken Face said it one day in relation to being UBER-motivated so now I just want to slay dragons every time I get pumped up. And I hate fantasy. Anyways, you can see more about the long ride here.

We also started having themed monthly get-togethers with my cousins and their significant others to ensure that we actually see each other. The first theme: LOVE. Somehow, this LOVE dinner turned into impromptu limbo, a dance-off and Vine-ing ridiculousness. Maybe it was the cocktails…

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Why and how my freezer bear came out of the freezer and joined the party. I have no idea.

Sunday, 2/10: Swimming…Err…Pilates

Looks like I put off a swim until Sunday, and huh, it ended up not happening. I wonder how this happened? I looooove swimming sooooo much. Almost as much as back-to-back meetings. Ok, it’s not that bad. But for whatever reason, I ended up not being able to get my swim in so I opted for a quick pilates session.

I closed out week 4 with:

 7 hours and  26 minutes of training: 
1,600 yards swimming 
 73.39 miles cycling 
 13.16 miles running
30 minutes pilates

Quick — tell me something amazeballs that happened to you this weekend!

Happy Running!

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7 Responses to IRONMAN COEUR D’ALENE: WEEK 4

  1. Beth says:

    I’m excited for you that you can run long outside again! Hooray!

  2. Roserunner says:

    For the life of me I still can’t do flip turns while swimming. Normal ankles and all.

    Pho-nomenal week all around, with all the firsts and the dragon slayings. Page the triathlete is back!!

  3. Good Training weekend!!!

    WE had a Portlandia party saturday.

  4. Nicole says:

    You didn’t have to write note the hair for me to notice. AWESOME! So glad you had a great week – slay those dragons!!!

  5. Kathy says:

    What’s a freezer bear??! Is that like a ice pack but…more snuggly?

  6. MILF Runner says:

    I waited all weekend for an amazeballs thing to happen and it didn’t :( Maybe I need to go MAKE an amazeballs thing happen?

    So glad you’re back on the IM training regimen :)

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