Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ironman Training Weeks 5-6

We're 1/4 of the way through Ironman training! It really is flying by and I know that once we are in the summer months that it is going to go by even faster.


 Totals - Swim: 2.96 miles , Bike: 95.1 miles, Run: 21.04 miles

Monday - Off
Tuesday - 5 mile trail run
Wednesday - 25.4 mile bike, 2,300 yard swim
Thursday - 6 mile trail run
Friday - 24.19 mile bike
Saturday - 5 mile run, 5.04 mile trail race, 2,900 yard swim
Sunday - 45.51 mile bike

I actually felt good this week, I think my body finally realized that it was back in training mode!

 Smiling even while running through mud

We ran on trails for the majority of our runs this week, only 5 miles were on roads prior to a fun trail race. I did have one scare after our first trail run of the week. The next morning, I found a tick on me. Luckily, while it was a bite it wasn't bad and after monitoring it I don't think I need to worry.

I was able to get my first outdoor rides of the season in during this week. Unfortunately, they were really windy but it felt great to get outside. We did cut one of our rides short by about 6 miles but we were limited on time and were literally racing the sunset by the end!

Happy with that speed

Our first long ride outdoors went really well. I was able to hold 15.7 mph in the wind! I'm hoping I can get even faster by the end of the season.

We did cut one swimming workout from our schedule this week, which is alright since I scheduled three days but knew we would only swim twice every once in awhile. 


 Totals - Swim: 3.13 miles , Bike: 109.7 miles, Run: 20.08 miles

Monday - Off
Tuesday - 5 mile trail run, 2,000 yard swim
Wednesday - 3,500 yard swim
Thursday - 35.03 mile bike, 3 mile run (brick)
Friday - 23.67 mile bike
Saturday - 12.08 mile trail race
Sunday - 51 mile bike

This week of training required a complete overhaul. I had to rearrange our schedule to accommodate some of Rochester's final days of winter temperatures.  Luckily, with triathlon training we are used to rearranging our schedule so that we can get our workouts in safely.

Wednesday was a unique day of training for us since it was just a swim workout, however, we swam almost 2 miles!

 I feel weird when I don't wear these colors

This was also our first week with a brick workout, which required watermelon colors! The ride was super windy, but the run was fast (8:10 pace for the 3 miles).

 Post-ride selfie

We did cut one of our rides a little short (about a mile and a half) because of rain, wind and cold temperatures. We made up for that by doing an extra mile on Sunday while out for a 51 mile ride with a friend. It was a great day and a great ride!

As I was looking at the week, I realized that it probably wasn't the best idea to have almost 110 miles of biking the same week as an extremely challenging 20K trail race. Luckily, everything worked out!

Overall, other than dropping another swim workout, this week went really well!

We only have 18 more weeks left of training before we jump into the Ohio River. 


  1. I'm so glad you're feeling healthy and strong for the training ahead!

  2. Great two weeks! Ours is ramping up now too. Love the pink and green!

  3. My brain is still totally baffled by long swims, let's hope I can get past that this summer!! Yeahh for another solid week!!

  4. Whoa, girl! That's some impressive training! Congrats! :)

  5. Great week! I'd say watermelon bricks are the best kind.

  6. Woohoo for outdoor rides! Doesn't it feel great to finally get outdoors? It was super windy here on Sunday, too, but it's good practice for race day since you never know what the weather will be like. Nice work!

  7. Looks like everything is going awesome.