Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ironman Wisconsin Training Week 8

I'm not exactly sure what week of training I'm on. But I think the plan I'm following has 23 weeks of training so that makes last week (Monday-Sunday) week 8.  I'm following the training plan out of Your Best Triathlon by Joe Friel which has several periods of training Prep, Base 1-3, Build 1-2, Peak and Race. Currently I am in the Base 2 phase.

The first four weeks of training were very very rough with way too much going on at work and very little workouts getting in.  Plus the weather has been crappy for so long this year.  I'm finally getting in some good training sessions, but it is not easy.



Monday, May 12 - 4.33 mi bike + 45 min trainer ride w/ Kelly
     Time: 6:23 pm, Duration: 17:42, Speed: 14.7 mph, Loc: Paul Douglas FP, Felt: Disappointed by the storm
     Time: 7:35 pm, Duration: 45:23, 7 x 1 min hard, 1 min easy, Loc: Kelly's, Felt: Good
Tuesday, May 13 - 2000yd swim + 1 hr restorative yoga
     Time: 6:41 pm, Duration: 38:25, (500 WU,  2x200 kick, 6x100 drill, 500 sustained), Loc: LA Fitness, Felt: slow
     Time; 8:15 pm, Duration: 1 hr, Class: CoreRestore, Loc: CorePower, Felt: not flexible
Wednesday, May 14 - 21.78 mi bike w/ Amy
     Time: 5:42 pm, Duration: 1:41:00, Speed: 12.9 mph, Loc: Paul Douglas FP, Felt: freezing cold
Thursday, May 15 - 1 hr yoga
     Time: 7:00 pm, Duration: 1 hr, Class: CorePower1, Loc: CorePower, Felt: like the sweatiest person in class
Friday, May 16 - 2350yd swim
     Time: 6:48 am, Duration: 45:23, (500 WU, 200 kick, 3x100 fast w/ 10s rest, 6x100 drills, 500 sustained, 250 WD), Loc: LA Fitness, Felt: getting the swimming fins back
Saturday, May 17 - 5.97 mi run (4 by myself + 2 with Owen-my brother's dog)
     Time: 8:52 am, Duration: 1:01:55, Pace: 10:21 min/mi, Loc: Cascade, Felt: running with a dog is hard
Sunday, May 18 - 50.68 mi bike
     Time: 10:00 am, Duration: 3:11:48, Speed: 15.9 mph, Loc: Cascade to Maquoketa Caves, Elevation Gain: 2037 ft, Felt: more confident on the new bike and holy hills!

Totals - 8 session, 84.15 mi, 10.35 hours

  • 2 swim, 4350 yd, 1.4 hours
  • 3 rides, 76.79 mi, 5.9 hours
  • 1 run, 5.97 mil, 1 hour
Comments
  • I bought a Groupon for a month of unlimited classes at CorePower Yoga and since it was about it expire, I've been trying to mix that in too.
  • I need to get more runs in.  No excuses.
  • The Wednesday bike ride was so cold. In the morning I just packed shorts, a jersey, and arm sleeves, but thank goodness I also had a long sleeve jacket and capris in my car because it was so cold! My feet were numb by the end. 
  • Running with my brother's dog Owen was quite comical. He doesn't understand the concept of running at my pace and instead kept trying to sprint ahead. 
  • After my run on Saturday, I went wedding dress shopping and managed to pull a muscle in my back.  I'm not sure if it was trying on the dresses or from running with the dog.  I felt pretty pathetic because it hurt to stand up after sitting down. 
  • I saw 4 deer on my bike ride on Sunday. They were just running along near the road, but they were much faster than me. 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The newest addition

I've welcomed a new member into the training family.


A 2012 Specialized Transition Expert. 

At the suggestion of my Ironman Wisconsin facebook peeps, I've named her Bessie.  Because she's black and white and it seems fitting as the nickname for IMWI is IMOO.  Hopefully she is faster than an old cow.  

My road bike is named Deandra because she is a diva.  Meaning that I've crashed her...more than once.  Take a corner a little bit too fast and she loses her sh** and falls over.  Some may argue that this seems to be a problem with the rider, but whatever. 

So I haven't crashed this new bike yet. Right after I bought her, I rode once outside and then it got freakishly cold again and snowed so I've been holed up inside.


Fact: trainer rides are less boring when done next to your triathlon buddy

I did get back outside for a ride in the hills of eastern Iowa.  And I promptly got my bike and my legs covered in dirt and worms.  


Riding the trainer is not a sufficient replacement for riding hills.  Those things kicked my butt.  I was huffing and puffing. 

I am still getting used to the new bikes.  As in, I need to invest in more quality pairs of biking shorts because the lady parts are not loving the aero position.  When I first started riding my road bike, it took some time for my sit bones to get used to sitting on the seat and build up some "calluses" so I think time will help this issue too.   

My roadie has treated me so well the past 2.5 years so I would never get rid of it, but I am happy that I was finally able to buy a triathlon bike.  I bought it at the Village Cyclesport annual tent sale so I was able to get this baby for a lot less than MSRP.  Which thank goodness, because these things are not even remotely close to cheap.  I've been saving for a while for a triathlon bike so hopefully she is a worthy investment!

Another thing I wanted to mention, Rachel is hosting a raffle to raise funds for The Longest Day for the Alzheimer's Association.  For the Longest Day event, Rachel's team will be running for 16 hours. She has some great prizes and you only need to donate $5 to get an entry.  You can find her raffle here

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ladies' Night Out with Swirlgear

A few weeks ago, Amy invited me to join her to a Ladies' Night Out at the Barrington Running Company.  Amy is an ambassador for Swirlgear and has a few really cute pieces from the company so I was excited to check it out.

Swirlgear makes women's exercise apparel that is flattering and comes in fun colors.  Plus they have a lot of tie-dyed stuff!

Barrington Running Company recently became a retailer for Swirlgear so this was a little bit of a kick-off party.  


They had a few other vendors there including a Arbonne rep and a juice rep.  Plus there was wine, cheese, fruit, and sweets.  I think I ate half the brie that was there.  It was so good.


Amy and I spent the time chatting about triathlon training and catching up.  We also chatted a lot with Marisa from Swirlgear.  She told us about the new line of clothing that will be out in May and we talked about running, getting up in the morning to work out, and a lot of other things.

We got the chance to try on a few Swirlgear pieces which I was excited about.  I don't buy a lot of clothes online because it makes me nervous that I don't know how they fit. So I was happy to be able to check out the Swirlgear items in person!

Check out Amy in her matching top and bottom.


Even though I tried to convince her to buy both of these pieces, she decided that it didn't look good together.

I also tried on the capris with my dress on.

 

I ended up ordering a pair of these capris for my birthday! They don't come in till May and I was worried that it would be too warm to wear these then, but with the weather we've been having, they will be perfect. 
 

One thing I noticed about the Swirlgear is that there items are high quality.  The fabric of the capris was thick and didn't feel like it was going to stretch and fall down after three uses.  I do think their prices are on the high side of what I normally spend for running gear, but the quality is worth it, if the piece last a long time.

Me, Amy, Marisa from Swirlgear and Leanne from Barrington Running Co. 
It was a great night! Thanks to Amy for inviting me!

I was not compensated for this post or attending the event or asked to write about Swirlgear.  I just\wanted to spread the word about a great company.  
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