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Training lately (alternate title: How NOT to train for an Ironman)

by Christa on March 24, 2014

in Daily Digest,IMTX,Triathlon

I’d post about my training week by week, but that shit was boring even me.

So here’s a brief update. Volume is what I would call ok – maybe a little above bare minimum. On the weekends I’m able to get in a long run, still sticking in the 10-12 mile range so I need to up that.

The rain had hindered a couple of rides, but I was able to get in 77 this weekend. My friend Joanna and I joined Outrival Racing for their community ride of the IMTX course. It went well, got a little warm, but I knew it was nothing compared to what race day would be like. Ugh.

Sunday I swam 1.2 miles, in a timed test for Coach Liz. No wetsuit, 46:28. Not great. My swim at Oceanside was 42 minutes, but I’m pretty sure that swim course was a tad short. Still, it was good practice and I’m ready to take on the swim at Galveston barring any swim cancellations due to oil spills.


This could be me very soon! Again! Pic needed.

2011 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

Well Amazon has been my BFF lately.  I needed more tubes after popping two on a training ride a few weeks ago…sprung for a few of these “smart” Slime tubes.  We’ll see how they work.

Also needed a new triathlon watch since mine died on the swim at Oceanside 70.3 a year ago.  Went with my standard Timex Ironman brand.  It’s cheap, it’s cute, it does splits, and that’s all I need!  I don’t wear a Garmin during tris.

If there’s one thing I need to get RIGHT this year, it is without a doubt nutrition. I ordered a custom blend of Infinit that’s been working really well for me. I sweat super heavily and lose a ton of electrolytes, so it’s imperative that I replace them so as to not get smacked upside the head with hyponatremia again this year.  Making sure to drink tons on my rides and eat plenty of snacks too!

From a physical standpoint, I will be capable of finishing an Ironman.

But this shit’s all mental, and I’m not quite sure where I stand there. My heart’s not totally in it like it used to be. At mile 53 on our ride I was just sitting on a curb at a water stop thinking about how I’d rather be at home. I told people I probably wasn’t doing Ironman.

I’m undecided. The other part of me is all, “If you can just get through 3 more super long rides, you’ll be set.” But ugh. It’s so much. I’m scheduled for a 94 mile ride this Sunday, but our friends Shea and Kyle are coming in town for Michelle’s wedding and I’d really rather just enjoy the wedding and sleep in on Sunday, hang out with baby Rachel, and see them off before they head back to Alaska…

From a training perspective, I really need to do that 94 miles, then Galveston 70.3 (which I’m definitely doing, with TNT!), then 112 miles, and one more 100+ mile ride before I can taper. It’s SO MUCH.

But it’s so soon. I’ve come this far, if I can push a little further then I’ll be golden…I just wish there were some joy in it. It’s no longer fun, it’s just work. A way to get the baby weight off, which I really don’t even care about anymore. Especially because all the working out and weight loss is starting to affect my milk supply and I’m not sure I’m ready to stop breastfeeding yet. I would like to make it to 6 months, and considering I’ve got about enough for an extra month stashed in the deep freezer (sounds like a ton but keep in mind she also gets formula – at most I am only producing about half of what she needs), I need to go one more month.

Anyway. Time will tell. Worse comes to worst, I’ll go out on race day and enjoy a long aqua bike (although you know if that happens I will attempt the run).

Any words of wisdom?

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