Monday, May 19, 2014

Ironman Training Weeks 9-10

The next time I do a training post we will be halfway done with Ironman training! It is going really fast, and it will go even faster the next few weeks since I won't be working after Thursday until almost the end of June. Maybe I will finally have time to do all of that other stuff I have neglected these past 10 weeks.

Week 9 

Totals - Swim: 5.43 miles, Bike: 113.51 miles, Run: 17.01 miles

Monday - Off
Tuesday - 6 mile run, 3,150 yard swim
Wednesday - 25.88 mile bike
Thursday - 5.01 mile trail run
Friday - 12.16 mile bike, 4,400 yard swim
Saturday - 15.02 mile bike, 6 mile run (brick), 2,000 yard swim
Sunday - 60.45 mile bike

This week was full of mostly ups and some downs. The first few days of workouts went really well. We ran really fast (8:20 pace for the first 6 mile run) and also ran some trails with our friend, Rob. We got in all of our swim workouts, which hadn't been happening for a few weeks.

Then Friday rolled around, and with it some thunder and lightning. We should have switched our workout for that day, but we decided to try to attempt our bike/run/swim brick anyway. The ride started out decent enough, but about 8 miles into it I could see the dark clouds getting closer and closer. At 10 miles, Mike and I turned around to try to "beat the storm" (that we were already in). As soon as the wind, rain and lightning started, I knew that I needed to stop. We flagged down a stranger and she drove me back to our car.

We did get a little bit of revenge on the weather and swam 4,400 yards straight at the pool that same night. I swam it in 1:07 and Mike swam it in 1:04. That was a huge confidence booster since 4,400 yards converts to 2.5 miles (.1 mile more than we'll have to swim during our Ironman).

The rest of the weekend went well, we made up the rest of our bike miles (and did a little extra) for our brick and then ran 6 miles immediately after. That is the most we have ever done for a brick, not including during a race, so I was really happy with how it went. It was hot, though! We didn't have a scheduled long run for this week for some reason (must have been a run cutback week when I made our plan).

 About 50 miles into our ride

Our weekend ride was probably the best workout of the week. We rode from Mendon Ponds park, down and around Honeoye Lake (we had already ridden around this lake before) and back through Honeoye Falls. The ride was 60.45 miles long with 1,522 feet of elevation gain and I was able to average 15.5mph. Not a bad way to end the week!

 Our bikes at Honeoye Falls

Week 10

Totals - Swim: 1.7 miles, Bike: 84.23 miles, Run: 26.12 miles

Monday - Off
Tuesday - 6.12 mile trail run
Wednesday - 6 mile run
Thursday - 14.2 mile bike, 3,000 yard swim
Friday - Off (unplanned)
Saturday - 14 mile run
Sunday - 70.03 mile bike

This week went pretty well, we did cut out a few workouts but some of that was intentional (or we knew likely to happen). We went to a few group runs this week, one trail and one road, and added on about 2 miles both times.

We only swam once this week, at least it was a long workout, because when we went to the pool on Saturday it was closed (even though it was supposed to be open). I hate seeing swim workouts go, but at least that is the "easiest" part for us. We also cut about 40 miles of biking this week because we had our bikes tuned-up (worth it). We went to the gym once and used the stationary bikes, but it isn't the same. Our unplanned off day on Friday happened because my bike was ready to be picked up, but when we got there Mike's wasn't ready so we just decided to take our dog, Bernie, for a walk instead of going to the gym again.

Who can resist this face?

Our weekend workouts went really, really well. We ran with our friends Blake and Rob (we really need to get better at taking photos) along the canal path for 14 miles. We kept the pace really consistent and average around 9:11 pace.

We ended the weekend with a new bike PDR (personal distance record) of 70 miles! We headed out to Batavia, New York to start our ride (we ate lunch with our friends out there after). About 5 miles in, Mike was stopped and asked if I had seen the paper with the route on it fly out of his pocket. I hadn't. We were left with two choices: try to do our original route using his phone or improvise. We decided that it would have been too much of a hassle to constantly stop and check the route on his phone (can't easily do that while riding) so we just turned onto US 20 and did an out and back. The wind was a bit challenging on the way out (it was cold and slowing the pace) but on the way back the ride was much better.

Took this while I was enjoying my post-ride iced coffee

Our original route had more elevation gain, but we still did about 1,500 feet of elevation gain and a lot more climbing. I felt like we were always going up or down a hill. I was happy that I was able to average around 15.4mph for the entire ride, this gives me hope that I can average around that during our Ironman.

All in all, even with the lost workouts this was a great week. I'm looking forward to what the next week brings!


  1. Great work Jamie and Mike. It has been fun watching your training online. Keep up the great work

  2. Ahhh! Congrats on the PDR and the up:down ratio! You are totally kicking butt and you are almost HALFWAY there! I am so excited for you :)

  3. 70 miles is SO. FREAKING. AWESOME. I am so proud of you, girl!!!! I am seriously like amazing reading through this!

  4. WHOOO!!! Nice job on everything lady, and especially that bike PDR! PS: You literally swim twice as fast as me. When I grow up, I want to be you. ;)

  5. You guys are rocking it! Can't believe it's almost time for you to be off again. Gosh time flies.

  6. Oh, my gosh... I cannot believe you are almost half way done.

  7. Killin' it week to week! :)

    1. I can't wait to see you in a few weeks!! <3