Sunday – Racine Ironman 70.3 cut short. Stupid weather. Morning of waiting, being disappointed, mentally readjusting, standing around, going to my car to wait out the storms, started at 10:30am.
31-mile bike ride – I hammered it. (1:46)
Half marathon run – I suffered in the heat. (2:36) More about the race here…
Total: 4.5 hours = 270 minutes
Monday – Exhausted! Got up at 5:30am to lead a webinar from 6-8. Went back to bed at 8:30 and slept hard for about 2 hours. Flew to California.
Tuesday – Was meeting with my co-facilitator at 7am, so got up at 5:30 to bike from 5:45 to 6:30. Easy spin. Felt good to get some of the stiffness out. = 45 minutes
Wednesday – 2-hour bike ride in morning. Back to the fitness center. Cycling by 5am. Had a 5am call with a coaching client and a 6am call with my coach = multitasking! = 120 minutes
Thursday – Wrapped up this week’s work training about 2pm. Then one of my co-facilitators invited me out. I told him I’d go for a light bit to eat. At first I was impatient (as he drove to another area of town 20 minutes away) thinking about how long it would take and that I might not be able to start my over 3 hours of workout until 5pm. Then I thought, “What am I doing?” It’s a beautiful day in California. I have an opportunity to connect with a delightful person with whom I’ll be working in the future. So I relaxed and enjoyed and just knew the bulk of the rest of the night would be taken up with workouts.
Got back to the hotel earlier than I expected after an enjoyable visit and a yummy light torta sandwich, connected at home and then got to work.
2 hour 10 minute run: 1st hour 40 minute easy then last 30 minute RPE 4-5. Did well with this. Found the trail the hotel told me about and then went off on streets and found a park with a bathroom and drinking fountain. So I didn’t have to head back to the hotel for water. Used the park as a spot to run out and back to. Was hot and sunny out there. Did a nice job of going slow for 1st part and then was able to step it up consistently for last 30 minutes. Felt good. Average 10:32.
Then off to swim! I walked past the swimming pool and it looked crowded still, even the roped off section with 2 marked lanes. It was 7pm. I decided to work a little and try between 7:30 and 8pm.
I was to do 6 x 400 as the main workout. So I did some math and figured I could safely swim 400m in 11 minutes. I have no idea how long this pool was! So I set the timer (That I just found!) on my watch to 11 minutes and did this 6 times. Ugh! Felt like a long time. But, got ‘er done. = 200 minutes
Friday – Was going to go over to a fitness center I had found in the area with a 25-yard pool. Then I figured forget it. I’d save myself the travel time and just do the workout based on time again. So I did 4 laps swim, 4 laps kick, 4 laps pull (with a kickboard), 4 laps swim. Then I did 2 x 34 minutes (to equal 2 x 1,200). Got out between the two 34-minute sessions to go up to the room to get sunscreen. Darn outdoor pool! 90 minutes.
Then 1 hour easy run that wasn’t that easy! I was tired and it was hot out. Averaged a littler slower than yesterdays long run! = 150 minutes
Saturday – Oh. My. Goodness. I did not want to do a 5 hour bike ride! I did not want to drive out to Barrington (to get some hills). I did not want to figure out the directions for the loop. I did not want to bike on busy roads. I did not want to be on my bike for 5 hours! I wanted more sleep.
But..I promised I’d do things with the kids on Sunday. The forecast looked better on Saturday than Sunday. I wanted to do it outside on my bike, rather than in the cycling room downstairs. It was time to bite the bullet, drive out and get this done!
I figured out the route I wanted to take, printed it out. Pulled my equipment together, 2 water bottles, and headed out.
I was able to follow the route pretty easily. Luckily, I had already ridden part of it, when we were out at the in-laws, where the road changes names. Loop took me on a couple of busy streets, didn’t love that, yet got some hills in. I did 3 loops plus about 17 more minutes of riding to get 5 hours.
The left side of my head was hurting by end of the 1st lap. I adjusted my head band and decided loosing the headband would help. I took it off after the 2nd loop and it did help. It was in the 90s and very humid. Why in the world did I not bring ice? I have my car in a parking lot on the route, why wouldn’t I pack a cooler of goodies?
Wanted to stop after 3 hours (probably before that but was trying not to think about it). Slowed down, legs felt tired. I paid no attention to my mileage and just kept going to get in the 5 hours.
My left shoulder and left side of my neck bothered me the last 2 hours. I thought I’d done a decent job of watching my form. Yet, I could’ve been tensing more than I thought on the busy roads. And, I put more pressure on my left when I shift and reach for food and water. I’ll have to watch this. I’m also hoping for great results from my bike fit.
Afterwards went to Starbucks to get ice water and a sandwich and drank a venti water without stop! Took awhile to rehydrate.
Done. = 300 minutes
TOTAL = 1,085 minutes = 18 hours
- Swim – 160 minutes = 15%
- Bike – 585 minutes = 54%
- Run – 340 minutes = 31%