Ironman North Carolina Training: Week 10

Monday 8/8
3300yd tempo swim @ 1:51/100yd / 30 minutes core
AM: I actually got up this morning and did core! I always tell myself I'm going to, but I never do. It was only for 30 minutes but it felt like a good start to the week.

PM: I don't really remember this swim, I just know that it was a distance PR!

Tuesday 8/9
75 minute trainer ride + 5.36 mile run @ 9:20
AM: Another early morning with Jess and my iPad! After trying out a before-work brick last week and finding out that I kind of liked it, I tried another one today. I didn't even have anything going on after work, I just wanted to be able to come home and not have to work out for almost 2.5 hours (and I *really* wanted a Coronarita - the margarita with beer in it thing - at happy hour). 

Wednesday 8/10
4050yd stamina swim @ 1:47/100yd / 30 minutes legs
AM: Up early for leg day at the gym! 

PM: So that swim distance PR I set on Monday? Yeah, that lasted all of 2 days. This was a big one, and it was scary, but I really amazed myself with how well I did. Not only was it my longest swim ever (by 750 yards - that's almost half a mile) but it was also my fastest. Like even faster than much shorter swims I've done. I kept checking my watch during it and couldn't believe what I was seeing. I have NO idea how I pulled that off. This swim was 2.3 miles and the full iron swim is 2.4 - I definitely felt tired at the end but it was still really confidence-boosting to get that close to the full thing.

Thursday 8/11
6.6 mile run @ 9:06 / 22.5 mile bike @ 15.9mph
AM: Since I had already gotten in a brick this week, I decided to break up the ride and run today. I did the run in the morning, which I am really enjoying lately. 

PM: After work I got Ben to agree to ride out at East Potomac Park with me! I had heard that people cycled there, and after I saw so many out when I ran there last weekend, I decided we should go. It was a hot night but we had some breeze off the water, and the sun was starting to go down, and it was just perfect. It's about 2.5 miles from our house and you can do a 3-3.5 mile loop around the park, so we did 5 loops and went back home. This one didn't even feel like work, it just felt like fun. I took my road bike instead of my tri bike because I seriously love it (probably more than my tri bike tbh) but it's been seriously neglected lately. And I only have Ben as my training partner for a few more weeks before his first tri, so I am trying to convince him to do as many workouts with me as I can! 

(Ignore the bugs. #triathleteprobs)

Friday 8/12
Rest day
PM: Used my free evening to take a practice test for my professional exam coming up. Womp womp.

Saturday 8/13
50 mile trainer ride + 9.37 mile run @ 9:42
PM: Let's talk about today. I had every intention of going out to the trail to ride and run like I usually do on Saturdays. We're having record-breaking hot weather, but I figured if I started early enough I could be done before it got too bad. So I was up at 4, like usual, getting ready to leave at 5, like usual, when I checked the weather and realized that by the time I got on the run around 9am, the heat index was going to be over 100 degrees. Even if I started the bike at 5:45am. Why, Mother Nature, why?! So I made a last-minute call to do my training inside today - after I went back to sleep for 2 hours and then made waffles to fuel up. Riding 50 miles on the trainer wasn't horrible - I've done it a few times before and it's slightly less awful every time - but honestly, I was nervous about running an hour and a half on the treadmill. I think the longest I've ever run on the treadmill was 50 minutes, and that was just a fluke when for some reason I was having a really great, I-love-running kind of day. 

Trainer view
So I went downstairs to our gym and got on the treadmill, completely soaked from spending almost 3 hours on the trainer (I never change in between and didn't see any reason that should be any different today). I was actually worried I was going to be cold since the gym always has the A/C blasting. I started running...and after like 10 minutes I was like, 10 minutes is probably close enough to 90, right? I had to go to the bathroom really badly so I got off around 20 or 25 minutes in - luckily the bathroom is like 20 feet from the treadmill. Then I got back on and another hour seemed like...a really long time left to go. Oh and by the way I didn't have any music or anything to entertain me, since I try to practice not having that stuff. The Olympics were on the treadmill TV on mute so I kind of watched that, but I tried not to watch too much. It was only on because I don't know how to turn off the TVs (I'm a really great engineer, in case you were wondering). The minutes went by, slowly but surely, and eventually I made it through all 90! I played like a "game" with myself where I would increase the treadmill speed at different intervals (fun game, right), and I did it kind of like a pyramid so that by the second half I'd be slowing down instead of speeding up. So that helped, having checkpoints or whatever to look forward to. Although by the last 10 or 15 minutes I was actually speeding up instead of slowing down! I am not looking forward to running on the treadmill that long anytime soon, but considering the conditions today I'm really thankful to have that option. And I don't even have to leave my building!

Sunday 8/14
13.1 mile run @ 10:25
AM: Ugghhh this is one I want to forget ever happened. I ran 15 miles last week and really didn't think 13 miles this week were going to be an issue. Add in record-breaking heat though and yeah, they were. I should have gotten out about 45 minutes earlier than I did, but we went to a baseball game last night so it wasn't as early of a morning as I would have liked. Still, it wasn't super hot yet when I started running at 6:45am, but it was really muggy. My shirt got soaked almost instantly and I ended up taking it off 15 minutes in, which I'm pretty sure is a record. The first few miles were okay, but after that the sun was out and I just felt like it was zapping all my energy. The heat index was creeping into the 90s and I just felt terrible. I took a million breaks, sometimes I would stop just to cool down and question whether or not I was going to continue. My actual running pace wasn't anything to write home about, and my total time from when I started to when I finished was almost 10 minutes slower than my first and worst ever half marathon. I was really happy to eventually finish but it took a lot out of me - physically and emotionally - to get there.

This Week 
Swim - 4.18 miles 
 Bike - 94.6 miles (72.1 trainer, 22.5 outdoor) 
Run - 34.43 miles 
Total - 133.21

 IMNC Training To-Date 
Swim - 28.75 miles 
 Bike - 805.38 miles (443.7 trainer, 351.7 outdoor) 
Run - 209.13 miles 
Total - 1043.26


  1. I seriously love reading about your training. You amaze me!! Great job on all of it. Caleb has been swimming like every two days at our gym's lap pool and he's loving it! I don't have proper form, but I'd like to get better!

  2. oh i'm sorry about your crappy sunday run. you probably ran 13 miles faster than i ran 10 miles haha. but still. at least you got out there and did it, and that's what matters, right? and look at you swimming so far! that is so awesome! and look at you getting up and running in the morning! who are you? hahahaha jk. i hope you enjoyed that Coronarita. you deserve another!

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