Our IronGal in training, Katie, checks in after a bit of an absence from the blog, and as you'll read, a little absence from training as well. C'est la vie, no? And no worries blogosphere fans, although Katie's training journal for the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene will be over in three weeks, she'll be a regular contributor as the Triple Crankset's resident Physical Therapist.
Hey there, long time no journaling! Mainly because I missed the last two weekends of long biking due to travel! OOooopss!! The good news is, it was well worth it!
For starters, I think my coach is on crack. I basically listen to her suggestions and then do my own thing. She is great, but crazy. For example, today, she wanted me to swim an hour....rest 90 minutes for breakfast....bike 6 hours...rest 90 minutes.....run 2 hours.
ARE YOU FLIPPIN SERIOUS DUDE!
Now, for those of you "serious and seasoned" Ironmen and Ironwomen...great for you. I hope you enjoyed yourself out there.
As for me, I felt great about my 6.5 hour bike ride (107 miles). Especially considering I had 2....yes 2... flat tires I had to fix! Also, I was going up this million grade hill (or really steep hill) and I shifted to a low gear and ooops, off goes the chain. I NEARLY FELL OVER! I had to get off and walk up the hill. I had to laugh at myself.
I had to laugh to myself again at about mile 54 when I passed a large farm crop of cows that mooooooo'd at me as I passed. And again at mile 72 when I began to sing renditions of Wison Phillips "Release Me" and "Hold On" from my teenage years. Okay, so I'm a dork....but you'd be surprised what you would do by yourself for 6 hours!
The weather has been so incredibly crappy lately, I was lucky to even get out on the bike. I had tried last weekend and nearly got frostbite on my fingers! Again, for those of you psycho...I mean seasoned triathletes...you probably have every piece of garb to protect you from such conditions. But me, in my high school soccer shirt and spandex SHORTS...I'm less than prepared.
Anyways, today felt great except I have a bit of a headache now. I think it is more due to my neck musculature as opposed to my lack of hydration. I really need to work on my chin tucks while on the bike!
Tomorrow is a long run and then Brandon is taking me to the driving range and then the tennis courts to create our own rendition of a triathlon.
Congrats to Scott and Brandon for graduating from law school...and GOOD LUCK on the bar.
Beth, if you want to send this on to Elaine and Rich, please do as I don't know their email.
In closing, I will try to keep in touch more. This next week will be tough again but not as bad as last week. Then I start to taper...YEAH! I have attached a copy of last weeks schedule...just in case anyone is interested!
Quote of the day: "Don't confuse activity with achievement"
For those of you who don't really know what goes into training for an Ironman, here's a glimpse of Katie's week from her coach, Carla.
Monday - swim if you had time.
Tuesday - 2 hour bike. Nice steady pace nothing hard keep RPMS around 85, easy gear.
Wednesday - 45 min run, basic pace
Swim - I want you to swim a 500 warm up, then 5 x 100 at a slightly faster pace with 30" rest between. Then swim a 2000 straight alternating 50 easy, 50 a little faster.
Thursday - 60 min bike once warmed up do 6 x 2 min hardest gear intervals with 3 min easy spinning between. Off bike run for 2 hours and 30 min, KEY you are hydrating and eating something during long run.
Friday - Swim - more for recovery from the week and you going into a long weekend.
7 x 500 easy.
Saturday - 90 min EASY bike.
Sunday - This is the long one!!!!!! All day brick, last big thing before Ironman. This is the best day to try and simulate what you will be wearing, eating, etc.......Be prepared.
And here I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself for getting back to riding after a brief injury hiatus, which when looking at that outlined schedule is kind of like being proud of having scratched your arse in the morning. Yeah, I'm sure you're thanking your Oude Granny for that visual!! How about the one to the left; Katie and I at Novak's celebrating the engagement and graduation. All of us at the TC couldn't be happier!