IM 70.3 Maine

Quick Check In!

I can’t believe it’s already REV3 Williamsburg race weekend! Tomorrow I’m racing the Olympic distance, which happens to be my first tri of the year!

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I had a blast spectating today and will share all the REV3 fun next week, but first….

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a training update, because well school, work and training take priority to the blog, but since I’m hanging out in my cabin trying to stay cool before tomorrow’s race (and actually have a good internet connection!) I thought I would get a small one written.

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cycling in gettysburg 

Things I’ve learned over the past several weeks of training:

  1.  Eating enough is important. So is sleep. For a few weeks I just wasn’t recovering well. I started keeping a food log for few days to get a ballpark range of how many calories I was eating and found I was eating far too little for my activity level. My wonderful husband made me a ton of freezer meals while he was home, so all I have to do is thaw and dump into the crockpot. Super easy, and I’ll do a post on meal prep/eating soon. Same with sleep. I was going to bed later (husband 3 hours behind my time and I like to talk to him!) and still waking up around 5am. Nope, that’s not going to work. So we worked out a phone schedule.
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healthy freezer-crockpot meals

2. I LOVE being on the bike. It’s easily becoming my favorite sport. Maybe it’s because I work in a bike shop and I’m around bikes all the time, or maybe it’s because my bike actually fits(!) now, but I need no motivation to get out the door or on my trainer when it comes to the bike.

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my still-needs-a-name trek speed concept

3. Swimming needs to be done in the morning, or else I won’t do it. That’s all I have to say about that.

4. I probably should have hired a coach for tackling a 70.3, but it wasn’t in the budget for 2017–and that’s okay, I’m getting by and I’m fully confident I’ll finish my first half ironman within the allotted time. It’s just that I like data feedback/explanation of said feedback (it’s a huge motivator). And sometimes, just sometimes I could use a kick in the ass when I’m having a ‘whoa is me’ moment.

5.Continuing my #hitreset365 streak is a great way to make sure I recover, even if it is just five minutes of legs up the wall…it makes a huge difference for me!

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outdoor studio is where it’s at

6. I’m getting closer, but I’m still learning how to be in the moment. I am where I am, and I just need to own that. Sometimes it’s easy to lose focus and start planning my next race, especially now that my husband is in California and I have a whole new slew of races to choose from. I just need to remind myself that the prize this year is the Maine 70.3 finish line, and I need to keep my eyes on it.

7. Next year, regardless of what distance I decide to tackle….sign up for an earlier triathlon instead of waiting until July to get my first of the season in. I’m definitely having some pre-race jitters-a bit more than usual-because I’m not 100% certain where my race fitness is and wanted to find out before now. But it is what it is and I still have seven weeks till Maine. A ton can happen between now and then!

That’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll manage my time a bit better and be back with some semi-regular 70.3 training updates! It’s time to get my race gear together, do my yoga, eat some dinner and get to bed early, because 4am comes super early!

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see you tomorrow, finish line!

 

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Maine 70.3 Training: Week 1

Since I’m fully recovered from shingles I decided to start fresh with half Ironman training. I’m doing short weekly recaps of training because I like to keep a training journal (other than Training Peaks) and short recaps feel like something I can manage with school/training/everything else.

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Here’s a quick recap of week one of Maine 70.3 training:

Swim: 4500 yards (1 hr, 46 minutes). Missed one swim due to forgetting my goggles (aka lack of organization). Now my swim bag contains two pairs of goggles. I debated on making the swim up today, but then I wouldn’t have a rest day for this week so I just let the box in Training Peaks remain red.

Bike: 59.5 miles (4 hours). I love cycling, seriously can’t get enough of it.

Run: 16.8 miles (2 hrs, 55 minutes). Running was challenging but that was to be expected since not really I didn’t really run much in the past month. The way I see it, there can only be improvement from here.

Total time: 8 hrs, 41 minutes

Notable events:

My husband is headed west! A couple of months ago he accepted a position in California and he’s on his way there, currently in New Mexico as I type this morning. I’m staying behind in Virginia to finish my degree because I only have a few semesters left and paying out-of-state tuition for community college is insane, and the transferability of the classes I’ve already taken is questionable. The nice thing is that we’re pretty much going to see each other every couple of months and time will definitely fly by…..still, quite the adjustment!

The day before Tyler left for California, we went to Antietam National Battlefield and discovered some amazing cycling that will totally be worth the hour drive this summer.

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tarmac for days

I found a love of Clif Chocolate Chip bars. They are seriously the perfect pre-workout snack, especially if I’m cycling or swimming after work.

Feeling:

Tired. Excited. Hungry….constantly hungry.

There you have it, week one of half Ironman training is in the books! Onward!

Linking up with Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC for her weekly training recap.

What are you currently training for? How’s it going?

My Big Exciting 2017 Goal

 

I’ve posted my 2017 word of the year and I’ve posted about being on the Coeur Sports team and how getting more women into endurance sports is one of my goals for 2017.

One thing I haven’t posted about is my big scary exciting goal for 2017, my goal race:

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Why Maine?  Maine was put on my radar way back in May last year after I rode some of the bike course. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the roads were in pretty good condition.

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Then, after racing REV3 Williamsburg last July, I knew I wanted do to another REV3 event and Maine was going to be it….and that I would eventually do the even, unsure if 2017 was the right year to go for my first 70.3.

In October I decided I was going for it in 2017. I waited patiently for the registration announcement from REV3 and this happened:

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I dislike the Ironman brand or never want to do an Ironman branded event…in fact I have a short list of races I want to do over the next few years, most being this brand. BUT, REV3 gave me the best first Olympic race experience I could’ve imagined and I was really looking forward to having my first half experience when them as well. After more research and listening to some REV3 folks talking about partnering with Ironman, I found out that REV3 will still own and produce the race. At that moment I decided I was in.

On November 15th, as soon as registration opened I did it! I registered for my first 70.3 and basked in the post-registration excitement for days afterward.

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Training officially starts April 10th.  I’m currently training for the RnR DC half and hitting the pool 4-5 times a week. I haven’t been getting on the bike so much lately, but that will start here in a week or so. Strength training and yoga are also part of my routine.

I’m linking up the gals at Tuesdays on the Run and the Friday Five 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness and Running On Happy.

What is your big exciting goal of 2017?