Sunday, June 30, 2013

Training Without Mike

This week has been hard, first Mike flipped over his bike, then we lost our bird MJ among other things that have happened this week.  I also had to continue training for Musselman 70.3 without Mike, something that rarely happens.

When Mike and I started running in April 2011, it was something that we did together. We did every Couch-to-5K, Bridge-to-10K and the majority of our first half marathon training program runs together.

Before heading out for a run back then

Since then we have run and swam without each other a few times, but not very often. We had also never ridden without each other, until this week.

After Mike saw the doctor on Wednesday, I went for a swim and then ran 6 miles immediately after. It was HOT. I had to think to myself, "what would Mike do?" Well the answer is that he would keep running, so that's what I did.

I stopped to take a photo of these on the drive home after the run

On Thursday, we dropped Mike's bike off to get checked out (don't know if there is any damage or not yet, hopefully not) and I headed out on my first solo ride ever.  I was nervous. I did over 20 miles, but I did it really slowly and had to get off the bike to cross the roads a few times. I probably was being overly cautious, but I think almost anyone would in my situation. I did just see my husband crash his bike after all.

After the ride, in my new YMX sleeveless jersey

I finished the ride, and Mike said he was so proud of me. I was proud of myself, even though I felt slow.

After our bird died, I just needed to get out and run and run hard.  I finished up my first day back at work and hit the road for a tempo/fartlek run. I pushed the pace and was so close to hitting sub-8 minute pace during the second and fourth miles of my run. It felt good to not focus on anything other than the burning feeling in my chest.

I was not really looking forward to the weekend, but luckily our friend Jess asked if we wanted to join her for her 16 miler on Saturday (she asked on Wednesday morning before anyone knew about Mike's accident).  I did the final 13 miles of her run with her in the pouring rain and it was a lot of fun. I love running with Jess because we are similar pace and we can hold a good conversation.

Today, I went out for my first bike ride date.  Our friend Amber set me up with her co-worker Solveig and we hit the Musselman bike course.  We ended up adding a few miles because of where we started and ended the ride, so I got another 60 miler under my belt before race day.

 Some of the scenes along the way

Making one of the last turns

Mike rode along the course and took photos here and there. He also said he was familiarizing himself with the course in anticipation of doing Musselman.

You ride right by this in the park

 One of the first locations where we saw Mike

This week was hard for me, but I know it was harder for Mike. He is a true athlete and not being able to train, and eat the foods he normally likes to eat, has been hard for him.  I know that he is going to go out and CRUSH the Musselman course, which is the plan for now unless we decide it is unsafe for him to do so, and I am going to be so proud of him.  He deserves this opportunity to achieve his dream and show off all of the hard work that he has put in in order to do so. He is capable, determined and strong. He is my true hero and I could not ask for a better training partner in triathlons and life.


  1. Great workout schedule this week in spite of all the obstacles thrown at you!! Great job... stay focused it is almost here!!

  2. I love that you train together and I cannot imagine how this must be, for either of you. Stay strong friends!! I'm always rooting for you.

  3. Nice job Jamie. I can't believe you had the balls to do that o on your own. I'd probably chicken out or use it as an excuse to not workout .....your know my usual ;)

  4. Sorry to hear about Mike and the change in course. You'll be awesome! This is as much mental training as physical.

  5. That's great that you were able to continue training through. Glad you were able to find someone else to do that long bike ride with and scope out the course. Can't believe that race is coming up so soon!

  6. so proud of you for continuing without Mike, and I am certain he is still right there cheering for you!

  7. I feel you on riding alone. Even though it can (and sometimes has to) be done alone, it's much more fun biking with others. The pictures of the Musselman course are awesome. You're making me miss CNY as usual! ;)

  8. My first year of tri, I trained exclusively alone. The next year, I trained more often than not with friends. This year has been a bit of a mix, but I definitely agree that being with other people is better (and safer in general). Look around and see if there is a tri club (or similar) in your area. There are group rides and runs (and sometimes OW swims too). You both might enjoy being a part of a group like that if possible.

    1. We are part of a triathlon group, we actually skipped their workout on Tuesday when Mike flipped over his bike, but the only workouts that fit are a run/bike/run on Tuesdays. The weekend stuff isn't long enough right now for what we are training for, which is unfortunate because that's when they do open water swims.

  9. I think it's incredible that the two of you have been able to do so much training together. There are times where I wish my husband was interested in running, too! :) Way to keep on trucking!

  10. Poor Mike! It must feel so strange to train without him. But awesome job on the 60 miler!!

  11. You guys are so lucky to have each other, and I know he will be back to it in no time!! xoxo