IMCdA Training Summary: February 10 – February 16

I’m a little late in posting my recap from last week, but deal with it 🙂

Signing up for Masters Swimming a few months ago is proving to be a great decision. For years, I heard that the best way to improve in the water but I didn’t have the motivation to follow through and my swim splits suffered for it. Now, I am consistently going to Masters workouts 2-3 times per week and my yardage is gradually building. I swam 9,000 yards in the pool this week and felt like I could’ve gone farther. For me, this is monumental progress. Perhaps, I won’t drown in Lake Coeur d’Alene after all!

Saturday, my coach had us ride hill repeats. It was painful, but I need to become a stronger climber.

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Monday
Swim: 3,000 yards

Tuesday
Run: 3 slow miles on the treadmill
Bike: 20 minutes on the trainer

Wednesday
Swim: 3,000 yards
Bike: 60 minutes on the trainer

Thursday
90 minutes of strength training

Friday
Swim: 3,000 yards

Saturday
Bike: 30 miles with hill repeats

Sunday
Bike: 2 hours on the trainer

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IMCdA Training Summary: Week 12

If you’re one of the few people that follow my training every week, you’re probably starting to get a little bored since each post basically looks like the ones before it. Fear not, my faithful readers because I have some changes in the works starting next week. After a year long hiatus, I recruited my former (and now current) coach to help me prepare for my first Ironman. I received my plan for next week and it’s definitely going to shake things up for me.

Here’s a helpful nugget of information: if you want to get better at something, you should spend some time and effort to practice it. After disregarding this advice for a couple years, I finally started swimming with some consistency and am reaping the benefits. I’m swimming further and faster than ever before. This week, I completed a two-mile swim for the first time ever! I stayed relaxed throughout the swim and was stunned to see that I maintained a 2:00/100 yard average pace over 2 miles. This may sound painfully slow to most of you, but it’s a huge improvement for me as I struggled to swim just 100 yards in 2:20 just a few months ago. Work works!

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This is not a torture chamber anymore

Saturday was spent on the trainer because I didn’t want deal with ice patches on the roads and because living in California for 8 years has made me a cold-weather wimp. Trainer rides can be boring but at least you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to stash a bowl full of potatoes in your kit.

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Bike n brunch

Do you work with a coach when you’re training for a race?
Do you get excited when you reach a new training milestone?
What do you do to keep trainer rides fun?


Monday
90 minutes of strength training

Tuesday
Run: 3 miles at the track

Wednesday
Swim: 2,300 yards
Hourly plank challenge: 10×1-minute planks

Thursday
Bike: 1 hour on the trainer

Friday
Swim: 3,300 yards

Saturday
Bike: 1:45 on the trainer

Sunday
Run: 6.5 miles easy

IMCdA Training Summary: Week 11

Training and discipline took a back seat to gluttony this week. My mom visited me from New York for Thanksgiving so I felt guilty about the thought of leaving her for hours at a time to go for a long ride. I had grand plans of riding my trainer while we watched a movie, running at the track while she walked, and having her hang out in the hot tub while I was at Masters, but I ate way too much food to move from the couch.  I’ll have to start cracking the whip on myself to make sure I don’t make a habit of this laziness.

One of many food babies conceived this week

One of many food babies conceived this week


Monday
2 hours of strength training

Tuesday
2 miles at the track
I just wasn’t feeling it so 12×400 became 5×400. The strange part is that despite feeling shitty and tired, I ran some of my fastest splits in months (1:52, 1:47, 1:43, 1:37, 1:37)
I also got to witness this!

Wednesday
Swim: 2,300 yards

Thursday
Stuffed my face and sat on my ass

Friday
More of the same.  For shame!

Saturday
5 mile hike

Sunday
Run: 10 miles and 800 ft elevation gain with this amazing view

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