IRONMAN COEUR D’ALENE: WEEK 5

The IMCDA training flight has officially taken off and we are now safe to remove our seat belts. Week five was packed with training and personal life balance, but I finally saw a few glimpses of getting back to where I was. From my first group ride back, my first double brick back, Valentine’s Day, birthday runs and more – high five to week five!

Here’s how it went down:

Monday, 2/11: Swim & Yoga

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I’ll never get sick of looking at the Club Sport Pleasanton adult, saline pool.

An 800 meter marker in the pool and once again, my swim pace isn’t where it used to be. Maybe it’s my scrawny arms and lack of any shoulder muscles — most likely. I guess we’ll just have to keep working on that. Oh, and 30 minutes of flexibility yoga on The Yoga Studio app.

Tuesday, 2/12: Ride/Transition Run & Strength

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I’m back at doing actual workouts on the trainer (not just riding to ride), followed by a 25 minutes transition run.  Later that night: 30 minutes sweating with Nike Training Club.

Wednesday, 2/13: Tempo Run

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Have to give a quick shout-out to my Oakley TwentySix.2 glasses c/o Oakley. Cute glasses that fit my wide face and actually don’t bounce by running. BONUS: I don’t look like an alien. 

You guys. A TEMPO RUN. And not just any tempo run, but a TEMPO RUN IN A TANK TOP! Whaaaaat? My ankle was curious, my heart was rejoicing and my arms were thankful to be fabric-free! It felt great to push myself and my speed, even if it did mean I was gasping for air. Oh how I’ve missed you, tempo runs.

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Thursday, 2/14: Ride & Valentine’s Day

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Sure there was an indoor trainer ride in the a.m., but Chicken Face told me to not come home until a certain time as he was prepping a simply amazing Valentine’s Day dinner at home for us.

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I’ll leave our Valentine’s Day between Chicken Face and I, but he did surprise me with the medal rack and my hurst burst with glee!

Friday, 2/15: Rest

Sleeping in and relaxing during the evening. A perfect way to chillax from a busy week.

Saturday, 2/16: Double Brick #1

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It was far too easy to slip back into my normal Saturday morning, pre-bike routine: wake-up too early, tea, breakfast, messed around on the computer for a little bit and final bike prep. It was my first group ride/double brick back and all went seamlessly.

20 mile ride, 10 minute run, 20 mile ride, 10 minute run. I was tired afterwards, but everything held up leaving a solid smile smeared across my face.

Sunday, 2/17: Long Run

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Sunday was Kristin’s birthday celebration where all of us crazies (i.e. her runner friends) met at her place to sip, celebrate and run around San Francisco.

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Me, Aron, Kristen, Alyssa, Sima, Kristin, Jess, Angela, Layla, Jojo.

While the rest of the girls ran 10 miles, I was determined to stick to my plan and not do anything stupid as I am building my strength/increasing mileage. I ran the first 3.5 miles with Jojo and Jess (two of my faves) and then ran the rest home by myself as the other girls went on. I waited for them to all arrive back and then what we do best: EAT.

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I brought ridiculously easy peanut butter and jelly muffins to the party — you can get the oh-no-she-didn’t recipe here.

I closed out week 5 with:

 8 hours and  55 minutes of training: 
4,300 yards swimming 
 68.41 miles cycling 
 17.5 miles running
30 minutes yoga
30 minutes strength

 Happy Running!

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16 Responses to IRONMAN COEUR D’ALENE: WEEK 5

  1. So happy to hear your ankle is a thing of the past! And as a former competitive swimmer and current triathlete I am insanely jealous of that pool!

  2. Congrats!! You really did get back at it this week! Awesome job. Congrats on the double brick and on the tempo. I hate tempos.

  3. Jen says:

    Great week!
    p.s. I’m guessing that you didn’t mean to write that you “s%^t around the computer” on Sat morning? (or did you?) ;)

  4. K @ Ototheno says:

    hey page! thanks for the linkback to the muffins, your batch look absolutely delicious!! :)

  5. Katie says:

    Awesome job Page! Super pumped and excited to watch your progress!

  6. Chryssi says:

    I recently discovered your blog and am loving it. Your training ups and downs are really inspiring.
    PS Those muffins look amazing and certainly something my life has been missing!

  7. Anna says:

    Great job, Page! You are returning fast, with your first double brick again!

  8. Kelly says:

    I totally used to write my workouts on my hand, but then people thought I was a weirdo.

  9. Welcome back to training! And I love your medal hanger since I’ve been thinking about getting one for about a year now…oops. Glad to hear your body is holding up and excited to see your speed and long endurance workouts come back!

  10. Angela says:

    Good to see you Sunday, & glad to hear you’re getting back into it with no trouble! :)

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