Sunday Sweats [6/8-6/15]: B2B Training Week One

And so it begins. This week I started a new training plan, one that's different from all my previous training plans in two major ways: 1) my goal race is longer than any other I've previously done and 2) I paid for a training plan. More on that in this month's Training for Tuesday which - mark your calendar - is slated for June 30th!

As of this week I am in official, bought-and-paid-for half Ironman training. Woohoo! Although I haven't actually paid for the race itself yet soooo that's still on my to-do list. This has been a longgg time coming but I would be lying if I said I'm 100% ready to do it. But in true Tracy fashion, I'm jumping in with both feet anyway.

Swim: 2150 yards
Since the swim Breezy Point kicked my ass and my training plan has me swimming a couple times a week (duh), I decided to get back in the pool this week. I was hoping to join my city's rec center for an easy $12/month, but it turns out they don't offer spin class (another benefit I'd prefer my gym to have if I'm shelling out for a membership. So back to the YMCA (and their high prices) I went.
I nixed one of the swims on my training plan this week, but I did do one exactly as prescribed. I've never really done a swim workout or any type of drills but I found that I really enjoyed it! I ended up tying my longest swim distance and surpassing the longest total time I'd ever been in the pool previously.

Bike: 46.06 miles
I met up with my dad and tri friend who's like my second dad (plus we picked up some tags longs on the way) for a brick workout on Thursday night. It was the hottest day of the year at 90*, and I'm the genius who suggested we do the loop with two bridges (one of which is the tallest bridge in the region).
Saturdays are my new long ride days so my plan started me out with a 1 hour 40 minute ride. Again, the temperature was approaching 100* and I started to worry for my safety (and sanity) but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The nice thing about the bike is that I create my own little bit of breeze and that helped cool me off. As did the fact that I ditched my top after ten minutes and rode the rest of the way in my sports bra.

Run: 18.17 miles
My first run of my new training plan was on Wednesday. It was a hot one since Ben and I wanted to take Bane to the beach after dinner, so I ran right after work. I was supposed to do a field test where I push myself at different times to determine my training thresholds or whatever, but honestly I just ran steadily and tried not to die, which was tougher  than it sounds. 
Thursday was a brick run after my aforementioned bridge ride of death. Just an easy 30 minutes, I thought! No big deal! Except running at nearly 100* is never not a big deal. My pace was barely more than a shuffle but that was all I could manage in those conditions. 
Friday I got up super early to run before work! It was hard to roll out of bed but nice to catch that ocean sunrise. Pace still wasn't great but it was my fastest of the week!
My long run - my plan starts me off with an hour this first week - on Sunday was honestly kind of miserable. I got up early to try to beat the heat, but the trade off is that it's extremely humid (84%) that early. I was rocking an 8:40 pace for the first couple miles (back and forth over a bridge, no less!) but got slower and slower as the miles went on even though it felt harder and harder. I really hoped to be sub-9 for my training runs because I want to finish the B2B run in 2 hours/9:10 pace (or as close as possible). I don't know yet if that's a pipe dream but I just barely made it through my planned mileage for the hour today so the dream is still alive for now. At least I can almost guarantee that the weather in mid-October won't be as muggy and disgusting as it was today.

Yoga: 150 minutes
I did 7+ hours of yoga last weekend, and somehow all I could think about on Monday was getting home and getting on my mat. What. I did 30 minutes of self-guided practice that night - I honestly can't remember what I did but I do remember that it was very free-flowy. 
My new training plan doesn't require strength training, but it does have slots throughout the week where it's optional. Since I realized that I can't do a lot of the yoga poses I want to do because I don't have the strength (mainly core), and running requires a lot of core strength as well, I decided to start killing two birds with one stone by including some of my yoga as my strength training. On Tuesday night, for my optional strength session, I did another self-guided flow for an hour. Mostly full body (a lot of vinyasa with some new variations I learned at Wanderlust from Sage Rountree!), some ab work thrown in the middle (prepping for and playing around in crow and handstand), and ending with hips. I made a playlist the was pretty heavy on The Police, pretended I was still in class with Gina Caputo and DJ Drez, and had a lot of fun with it.
On Sunday I almost did some more full-body work, but when I saw this Yin Yoga for Athletes video with Sage (who, I learned, is an endurance athlete herself and an IM Couer d'Alene finisher!) I had to try it out. It was really similar to the yin class at Wanderlust and felt so good at the end of my training week.

Week 1 Reflections:
+ It feels so good to be on a training plan again. And not a hodgepodge training plan, not something I found on the internet or made up or modified, but a legit plan made by a coach. I don't know why but I was feeling really overwhelmed by the idea of coming up with a HIM training plan (like I said, more on that later in the month). But I can follow a schedule. I'm good at following a schedule. And I'm especially good at following one, and not changing it up or backing out, when I know that someone who is smarter and more experienced than I am wrote it. My training plan says, "Jump", I say, "How high?" and that's the way I like it. 
+ It also feels really good to have a big goal in front of me for the first time in a while. It's been about 2 years since I last made a jump from what I knew I could already do to something bigger. I haven't had to wonder, "But can I even make it through the distance I'm training for?" since I started training for my first marathon 2 summers ago, and that's a scary but exciting feeling. 
+ The weather this week was absolutely brutal and my times in no way reflect the actual amount of effort that I put into them, but I'm okay with that. I didn't even bat an eye when I saw that the realfeel during my brick workout was going to be 98* and I'm way prouder of myself for that than I maybe should be. I'm such a wimp in hot weather but I know that pushing through is only going to make me stronger on race day. I just have to suck it up in the meantime because half Ironmen don't wait for perfect temperatures!


  1. Congrats on kicking off your first week of HIM training!! You already impress and astound me, but I have a feeling the next few months are going to be even more awe-inspiring. I love that you found that yin yoga video!! Thanks for sharing; I'm going to have to add it into my rotation this week.

  2. Ohhhhh! I'm so interested to know what you think about paid training plans. I've seen them all over the place and *thought* about doing it for my last full marathon, but never ended up biting the bullet. Please let us know what you get with it and if you think it's worth it! Right after I pop out this second baby, I want to get back into my running game with some road races! I seriously can't wait.

  3. What a great week! I love having a training plan too. There's no doubt or confusion on if I'm doing the right or wrong thing. Just follow what they say to do and (hopefully) see results!

    Also, way to get it in the heat! My coaches say to expect to be up to 60% slower in high heat/humidity. So no worries about your pace!

  4. haha the yoga made you want more yoga! Love it! Love the new training plan. Im also going to check out the new yin video you found. Im not an "athlete" but maybe it will help me with my runs!

  5. Look at you and your new training plan!!! It sounds like the weather has been brutal everywhere lately. So gross! Stay cool :)

  6. So awesome! I'm with you in that I think I'd really benefit from an actual training plan made for ME. I have a hard time sticking to ones I just find, or one I try to set for myself. You're awesome girl!! :) Keep up the great work!

  7. Gah it begins!!! Can't wait to see how the HIM journey goes and I KNOW you will rock it come race day! I've never paid for a training plan either but I would feel more comfortable tackling something that big by listening to an expert too! I keep saying I want to get into yoga and then not doing much about it so I'm making it my goal this summer to!

  8. Good luck!! Ahhhh can't wait to follow along. Looking forward to reading more about your training plan. Nice job on the swim :)

  9. ah how exciting!! i am not very good with following training plans, mainly because i make them myself and give up. i think i'd be better if someone smarter than me created it. i quite like following other peoples orders, just not my own. haha.