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IMTX 2014 Training, Week 5

by Christa on February 2, 2014

in IMTX,Running,TNT,Triathlon

This week was a little heavier (as far as distance is concerned) as we approach the Hot Chocolate 15K. As I mentioned, I have some goals but nothing lofty. I am expecting to come in at my B goal when all is said and done. I have to cut myself some slack; I had a baby (and surgery) 10 weeks ago! If I can manage that 10:00 pace in that amount of time, the next few seasons are going to prove very promising. PR city soon, I hope!

Monday: I set out to do 11 but knew as soon as I arrived at the park that I only had time for 10. Went really easy, 4:1 intervals, averaged 10:45 overall.

Tuesday: Hardcore Spin with Aimee. An hour long class, but I opted to skip the ab workout at the end. The instructor probably was thinking, “Lady, you need to do abs!” I started to launch into WHY I wasn’t going to do it, but then thought I didn’t need to explain myself. Either way, we deserved the delicious crepes we had afterward!

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 4 miles easy, 10:30 pace.

Friday: 3 miles tempo, 9:37 pace. I realize that 9 miles is terribly different from 3 miles, but if I can grab onto anything close to this pace at the 15K without burning out, well that would just put a huge smile on my face!

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Saturday: 10.25 miles easy with my friend Kim at the Team in Training practice. She just ran her first marathon, at Houston, two weeks ago! What a rockstar!  We kept it at 5:1 intervals and I felt great today, so we did it right.

Here we are at mile 6.5.

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With my coach, Liz!

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Sunday: Had plans of riding 40 miles on the IMTX course, but Mother Nature shut that down with the rain. Joanna and I did a two hour trainer ride instead – check out our sweet setup. I’m proud of us, the trainer sucks!

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Aero bottle selfie – YIKES.

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First comeback race is less than a week away! I can’t wait!

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness or health expert. This training plan was designed for me only and is not meant to be followed by others!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea February 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Way to go on the running and biking this week! Curious – when are you starting up swimming again?


Christa February 4, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Hah! That is definitely the question of the moment. Honestly, it probably won’t be til March. That is when the tri swim club I swim with starts back up and is convenient with the baby (at 5:45am). My TNT team swims on Tuesday evenings but evenings are for my family. They also swim on Sundays, which I am going to try to start making when I can get an early long run in! I’ve found that swim fitness is easy to get back (but also very easy to lose!). TL;DR answer: Soon, I hope.


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