Ironman Louisville Training: Week 5

I skipped two workouts this week and am trying to learn how to not dwell on that. I don't think it's realistic to expect to hit every workout - I used to be that person, and I would love to still be that person, but considering that my non-training life looks very different than it used to, I think it's reasonable to expect that training will also look very different. I don't want to use that as an excuse, and, there are definitely ways that non-training life as it is now actually helps my training life, but the point is that things are just different, for better or worse. I've always been one to focus more on what I didn't do than what I did do, and I don't want it to be that way anymore.

It's hard not to not play the comparison game with my training from last year, but with everything logged so neatly and digitally, it's so easy to give into the temptation. Before I know it, I'm asking myself how I was able to do that run so much faster or how I swam that morning even though I was sick but was too tired to swim this week. I need to stop doing that! I have to remember that there are a million variables that go into training and that it would be impossible to try to pinpoint one reason to explain why X IMNC training workout was better or worse than Y IM Louisville training workout. Of course, it's not random, and I will say that this week my biggest problem was simply not getting to bed early enough,  but that wasn't the only thing. I also have to remember that where I started this year is not where I started last year, and that I completed three significant distance races in the few months prior to starting my training. While that was really beneficial for my fitness, the flipside is that I didn't start this training cycle as fresh as I could have. With all of that said, I still feel a little ahead of the curve in my training - not much, as I'm getting to the point where my training will be nearly identical to what I did last year, but a little!

Monday 6/26
Rest Day

Tuesday 6/27
18.9 mile ride @ 16.2mph + 4.5 mile run @ 9:01
PM: The weather this afternoon was about as perfect as it gets for June - 80 degrees but 30% humidity which meant I could actually breathe! - so I was actually glad I pushed this off until later in the day. There was just a slight, nice breeze on both sides of Hains Point so it was really quite lovely. I wasn't really feeling running afterward, even with the nice weather, but I did it. 

Wednesday 6/28
Strength training / 2400yd swim @ 1:49/100yd
AM: I really wanted to get back in the gym this week, so I got it in this morning. It was obvious I hadn't been in a couple weeks - I had to move down in some weights and could barely manage more than two push-ups at a time - but it felt good to get it in.

PM: Swimming after work was...decent? My legs have been so sore this week that I felt like I was dragging sandbags behind me, but other than that, I felt fine. I got to swim in a middle, non-whirlpool lane, so there was that!

Thursday 6/29
5.5 mile run @ 9:03
PM: Did my second run commute home and it didn't go as well as the first one. I want to blame it on the weather but I'm not sure that's all it was. Yeah, it was almost 90 degrees out, but even the humidity was fairly low I felt like I couldn't breathe. I think I may have been restricted by my backpack - it wasn't heavy but it was pretty full volume-wise and definitely didn't feel as comfortable as last time. I'm also not 100% sure about my distance and pace because my watch spazzed out a little when I was downtown.

Friday 6/30
Unplanned Rest Day
I haven't been going to bed even close to early enough this week, and it's been catching up with me. I wrestled with whether or not to skip this or just power through, but if I chose the latter I wasn't sure I'd have enough left in the tank for the weekend. I had a swim to do this morning and would normally have made it up after work (and I actually really felt like swimming after work today), but my parents drove up this afternoon and we had plans tonight!

Saturday 7/1
13.1 mile run @ 10:07
My parents came into town last night so today I took my dad on a running tour of DC! I did 3 miles on my own before picking him up at our apartment and going out for 10 miles together. And, praise, this was finally a sucessful long run! I knew when I woke up and saw that it was already disgusting out at 5:30am that I needed to seriously adjust my expectations, and I did. It was still hot and humid because, duh, summer in DC, but there was a pretty nice cloud cover for the majority of the run which really helped it not feel so stifling. So, so thankful that this actually ended up going well. 

Sunday 7/2
27.4 mile Zwift trainer ride @ 15.6mph + 3.2 mile run @ 9:21
Oh Ironman training, only you can make a 2+ hour workout feel like nothing! I had 45 miles on my schedule today but my trainer started making a weird noise after 20 miles or so. I wasn't sure if I should worry about it or not, but Ben noticed it too and thought it was getting louder. When he came over and asked me how much longer I had and made a weird face when I told him about an hour, I decided to play it safe and just get off at 27 miles in. I was only supposed to do 30 miles last weekend and ended up doing over 40, so I guess between these two weeks it kind of almost evened out?

I had 3 miles to run afterward and, what do you know, Georgetown is exactly 3 miles away, so to the paddleboards I went! Ben biked over while I was running and met me there. I had been thinking about making up the swim I missed on Friday, but it was technically an extra swim I added to my schedule anyway, and paddleboarding sounded way better!

Weekly Mileage
Swim: 2400 yds (1.4 miles)
Bike: 46 miles
Run: 26.3 miles

2017 Miles
Swim: 38.3 miles
Bike: 934 miles + ~352 miles spin
Run: 646.6 miles

Coming up next week:
I'm on vacation this week! I've had this trip to Belize booked for several months so I built this light training week into my training plan. Our resort does have a gym, which I'm thinking about hitting up once or twice, but I definitely plan to take it easy for the majority of the time I'm there! It's not a long trip, but we haven't been on a relaxing type of vacation since our honeymoon 7 years ago, so I'm really looking forward to doing a lot of nothing and taking a break from training. I'm hoping it helps me come back feeling refreshed and ready to keep putting in some serious work over the next 3 months. As much as I'm looking forward to this trip, I'm also looking forward to my training starting to rapidly pick up when I get back.


  1. I swear you write these in a way that just keeps you reading. Good on you for taking the rest days when you realized your body needed it. Have the best vacation - ou deserve it!

  2. Wow have fun in Belize! So jealous!

    I have been skipping a few workouts lately too. Last week my alarm didn't go off and this week the 4 day vacation has just completely messed up my schedule. It's only week 5 for me and I'm sure it will be fine, but I understand that it's hard not to worry and beat yourself up over it.

  3. I saw one of your vacay pics and I'm SO jealous! Hope you are having a blast, lady!