Ironman Coeur D’ Alene: Week 19 & 20

Well would you look at that, today marks day one of a gradual three week TAPER! We have reached taper…uninjured (knock on wood). The past two weeks haven’t been as long in duration as originally planned (life got in the way), but I still got in some solid training.

Unlike last year’s IMAZ training, IMCDA training has consisted of two 20 mile runs, two 2.4 mile swims, three 100+ mile rides, multiple double bricks and the big triple brick. All of which are far more than I got in before because of my knee injury – phew! With that, here’s a look at the past two weeks…and I’m going to abbreviate it as much as possible.

Oh, and more importantly, BIB NUMBERS ARE OUT!


Week 19

Mon. 5/20: Rest

Tues., 5/21: Swim & Competitive Eating

I am continuing to work on my incredible eating skills, including this taco salad that will only set you back $12. Life is good.


Wed., 5/22: Run

Thurs., 5/23: Ride & Run

Fri., 5/24: A Special Visitor

Guess who came to visit… only the most adorable nephew in the world’s best t-shirt ever!


Sat. 5/25: TRIPLE BRICK!!!

Once in the training cycle we complete the infamous triple brick. This daunting day starts in the early a.m. and by the time you’re done, the rest of the world is getting ready for dinner.

While the triple brick (bike-run-bike-run-bike-run) makes for a long day, I actually think it’s quite manageable as you mentally break it up into chunks. Rather than “I have almost 100 miles of cycling and over 15 miles of running to do in one day,” you break it into the chunks and celebrate each chunk’s completion. In fact, the worst part of the day is the fact that you have to load your bike into your car three times for the run.

I thankfully rode with my friend Tom, where we commiserated about the heat and rejoiced in its completion. I felt strong, probably didn’t eat enough, but was happy to have that epic training day under my belt.

Sun., 5/26: Long Open Water Swim

2.4 open water miles with practically no anxiety. I’m happy to say that I think I’ve beat this whole open water anxiety thing!

I’m about to throw my Garmin against the wall as it keeps malfunctioning, so some of this data is an estimate, but I believe I closed out week 19 with:

12 hours and 13 minutes of training:
8,300 yards swimming
109.22 miles cycling 
24.16 miles running

Week 20

Mon., 5/27: Rest

More R&R time with the world’s cutest nephew who demands to hold my finger (well, I may place it there myself)…


Tues., 5/28: Run

This week I struggled to find the balance between training and life, and on this particular day,  life won and I missed a swim.

Wed., 5/29: Ride & Run

Thurs., 5/30: Ride

Fri., 5/31: Yoga & Open Water Swim

Sat., 6/1: Long Ride


Holy mother of all that’s summer. 111 miles in 95 freaking degrees, plus a special guest appearance by the wind. Sure it was heat training, wind training, mind training, yada yada yada. But by the end, I was ready to never see the sun again.

Sun., 6/2: Run

Confession time: I overslept my 2.4 mile open water swim. GAH! But alas, I made it up by getting in 13 miles where my legs proceeded to feel heavy from Saturday’s ride. My body is tired and ready to do this thing.

I closed out week 20 with:

12 hours training:
2,200 yards swimming
135.73 miles cycling 
21.41 miles running
15 minutes yoga

So there you have it. Not a lot of volume, but some solid workouts. Taper here we come!

Happy Running!

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14 Responses to Ironman Coeur D’ Alene: Week 19 & 20

  1. Cathryn says:

    Darn you! That baby finger photo is almost enough to make me want to get pregnant again!!!!

  2. Nice work! Glad you are getting over your open water anxiety!

  3. Kim says:

    Awesome work Page! You are going to rock IM CDA! I’ve never done a triple brick like that before, I need to get on that. You nephew is so cute :) Isn’t being an Auntie the best?!

  4. Just reading about your training is making me tired. You are amazing!

  5. Katherine says:

    Taperrrrrrrrrrrr! You are so ready for IMCDA and I’m so thrilled for you. Don’t you just love the part of training when every meal feels like it could be categorized under competitive eating? haha.

  6. Linzay says:

    Where is that salad from?! I need to go there!

  7. So excited for you!! Bib numbers make it real!! Enjoy Taper. Let us know how much more serious than marathon taper it is as far as going bat shit crazy. Also, will you do a post about your nutrition and hydration on the bike? I want to know how much you’re eating.

  8. You are so CLOSE!!!! You just have to get through the next couple of weeks and you are set!! Enjoy taper!!!

  9. Naomi says:

    Please, please tell me where that taco is from?!? I MUST GO THERE!

  10. I would go face first into that salad, it looks incredible!!! Ahh the perks of being an athlete, we can eat whatever we want, well, most of the time 😉


  11. congrats on the taper and an awesome week page! you rock!

  12. erin says:

    Hellooooooo, taper! Hooray! You are gonna rock IMCdA, girl! I’m intrigued by the triple brick… definitely asking my coach to work one into my training this summer (is it weird I think it sounds fun?).

    Your nephew is the cutest! Isn’t auntiehood the best?!

  13. Seriously, you have killed your training, Page! That’s so great you didn’t have any knee issues this time around and even better that open water swimming is going so well!
    I cannot wait to see how fabulous you do in Coeur d’Alene!

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