Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Training Tuesday: IMWI Week 7

Week 6 - Base 2 Week 2
Monday, May 9 - 17 mi trainer ride
     Muscular endurance ride, 3x10 min in Zone 3 w/ 1 min recoveries, Time: 7:05 pm, Duration: 1:06:35, Avg Speed: 15.3 mph, Loc: Home. Felt: butt still sore from Sunday's ride
Tuesday, May 10 - 5.25 mi Run
    Force run, 3 sets of  3 x 6 hill strides, Time: 7:03 pm, Duration: 53:07, Pace: 10:07 min/mi, Loc: Neighborhood, Felt: Started off tired, but finished strong
Wednesday, May 11 - 14 mi trainer ride + 2100 yd swim
     Force ride, 3 sets of 3 x 6 hard pedals, Time: 6:38 pm, Duration: 56:04, Avg Speed: 15.0 mph, Felt: Good
     Swim, (500WU, 4 x 200 harder effort, 300 drills, 400[25hard,75 easy, 50 hard, 50 easy, 75 hard, 25 easy, 100 hard], 100WD), Time: 8:50 pm, Duration: 44:13, Pace:1:49min/100yd, Felt: surprisingly good to be back in the pool
Thursday, May 12 - Rest
Friday, May 13 - Rest
Saturday, May 14 - Rest
Sunday, May 15 - 11 mi run + 30 mi ride
    Endurance run,Time:11:56 am, Duration: 1:55:07, Pace: 10:28min/mi, Loc: Millennium Trail, Felt: like a sunken turd, seriously, debated throwing in the towel at least 50 times
      Endurance ride, Time: 7:16 pm, Duration: 1:53:43, Avg Speed: 15.8, Loc: Home, Felt:trainer was boring but legs felt okay

Totals - 6 sessions, 78.45 miles, 7.4 hours

  • 1 swim, 2100 yds, 0.7 hours
  • 3 rides, 61 mi, 3.9 hours
  • 2 runs, 16.25 mi, 2.8 hours
Notes
  • I forgot how tough training for an Ironman can be!  It is hard to fit in all the workouts.
  • I definitely did not need to take 3 rest days in a row. Friday I was feeling run down but I still could have fit in a swim or run. Saturday I was having a "woe is me" day.  Getting out for a run or ride would probably have made me feel BETTER, but really all I wanted to do was cuddle with my dog
  • Training prior to this week has also been a struggle but I am hoping to be consistent in getting workouts in moving forward. Cutting a workout short or not getting every workout in is better than taking too many off days! These training recaps help keep me accountable.
  • I am still surprised by how many training hours I got in.  But I know I have oh so many more to come. 


Monday, May 16, 2016

Q1 Shopping


I'm doing something a little different today and sharing my clothing purchases from the first four months of the year. I'm calling it the first quarter shopping because that shortens to Q1 and there is no clever way to shorten "the first third of the year". 

A fashion blogger I am not, but I thought it would be fun to share what clothes I am spending my money on this year and to show you what kind of things I wear. I've been following a budget on and off now for about 5 years (since I moved to the Chicago suburbs!).  Last year, Matt and I started using Mint to track our spending and keep our budget. 

At the beginning of the year I set a budget for $80 a month for clothing.  That money needs to cover both clothing for Matt and myself.  Since Matt started a new job late last year that required a bit more business casual clothes than he has needed at previous jobs so more of the budget has gone towards his clothes than mine.  I'm trying to hold myself to a total of $600 for the year.  So let's see how I did!

Q1 Shopping


(L to R): 
Top:
Kohl's AB Studio Dolman Striped Tee: $6
Macy's 143 Girl Owanda Pumps: $33
Coeur Triathlon Shorts in Checkmate: $20 (available on Amazon)

Total: $140 - $50 Kohl's gift card from Christmas = $90

Annual allowance: $600 - $90 = $510 remaining for the year

I buy a lot of my clothes from Kohl's and since I have a Kohl's charge card and am part of the rewards program I am able to get really good deals there!  Two of the shirts replaced items in my closet that were worn out. The jeans were a replacement for my pair of skinny jeans because mine were starting to look like baggy baggy pants.

The pumps were purchased for a wedding for which I was a bridesmaid so they were a required purchase.  I am always in the market for new workout clothes and since the triathlon shorts and leggings were on sale and I splurged.

I did also purchase a bridesmaid dress for another wedding but I can't share yet ;) I am not counting that towards my budget since it's doubtful I will wear it again.

My birthday was in April and Matt did get me 2 new pairs of shoes from Bucketfeet.  I love both of them and I've been wearing them quite a lot!

Bucketfeet shoes


In the next quarter I am hoping to buy a new dress or two to wear to weddings and wedding-related activities I have coming up in the next several months! 



Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Things

1.  For Matt's birthday, I bought him (and me) season passes to Six Flags Great America.  We debated whether we should or shouldn't buy them for quite a while, but in the end we went for it.  I figured out we only need to visit 3 times the whole season to make the passes worth it.  Plus we only live about 15 minutes from the park! So we went for the first time yesterday for opening weekend and had a blast.  Three rides was all we were able to manage but I'm looking forward to checking out more roller coasters!

2. Last week, the Ladies Book Club had a special outing to Tuscan Wine Market in Arlington Heights. They hosted a book club with the author for "Pretty Baby" by Mary Kubica.  Our book club had previously read her first book "The Good Girl".  I really enjoyed both books and they were quick reads for me.  

3.   Prior to that, last weekend I was up in the Madison, Wisconsin, area to ride the IMWI bike course.  I drove up on Saturday morning to meet up with Kelly and Brent and friends for one loop.  After moving to the northwoods, the bike loop is only a 2 hour drive from our house.  Over the winter, my legs have totally forgotten what hills are so this loop was  a bit of  a challenge, but I survived. 

I wanted to be twinsies with Brent
4. The party didn't end there but continued with a pub crawl at various Mr. Brews Taphouse around the Madison area.  Which probably would have been better if I didn't start out dehyrdated and then the bus for the "crawl" portion not arriving for 2+ hours at our first stop.  You can probably guess my state by the end of the night.  Actually I was in bed at 9 pm and yet it felt like 2 am. 



Plus I demolished this burger
5. I usually take a treat to work for my birthday each year.  This year I was a little delayed as my birthday was 2 weeks ago.  But no one complained and everyone still ate the cupcakes.  I made them from this recipe.  The cupcakes turned out great and I received several compliments.  Though I think next time instead of the peanut butter cream cheese frosting I would do a chocolate frosting to make it more like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. 


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