IMCdA Training Summary: February 17 – February 23

This week was a failure in time management. My training plan continues to build and I didn’t manage to make time for all of my workouts between the work that pays the bills and my final physical therapy sessions. I’m not going to beat myself up over two workouts but I’m also not going to make excuses. It’s time to move on and do better next week!

On Friday, I convinced a couple of friends to join me for an open water swim at Shadow Cliffs. Word on the street is Lake Coeur d’Alene can be pretty damn cold on race day so I wanted to start acclimating as soon as possible. The water temp at the beach was about 58 degrees F and a few degrees colder in the deeper areas. By the end of our short (~1,000 yards) swim, my hands and feet were completely numb (I didn’t wear booties or gloves). I’ll need to start testing strategies to heat up my extremities on race day. I’m thinking hand and toe warmers will be good. Any other suggestions?


Super sexy wetsuit pose

Swim: 3,000 yards
Bike: 1 hour on the trainer

90 minutes of strength training
Run: 2 miles

Swim: 3,000 yards
Bike: 1 hour on the trainer

90 minutes of strength training
Run: 2 miles

Swim: 1,000 yards in open water
Bike: 90 minutes on the trainer

Bike: 60 miles

Bike: 40 miles

14 hours total

It’s Plank Time

We all know how important core strength is but it’s so easy to let it slip through the cracks. Yesterday, I found renewed motivation from this great challenge on the Spartan Race blog to do a plank on the hour every hour of the day that you’re awake.

I worked from home today so I didn’t have to worry about my co-workers laughing at me for planking in my cubicle. My phone was a great tool for keeping me on track throughout the day. Every hour, my alarm would go off, then I set the timer for one minute for my plank, then I texted my training buddies to stay accountable. To keep things interesting, I switched up the type of plank every hour (forearm, hand, left side, right side, etc.)


A friendly reminder

My goal is to do this twice a week, gradually increasing the length of each plank. Hopefully, I won’t need my washing machine in a month because I’ll be able to wash my clothes on my awesome abs 🙂

Do you use challenges to stay motivated?