Happy Tuesday! I am waaaay behind on my training updates (I realize no one writes or reads blogs much anymore, but I like posting them for me, as a semi-journal) and have re-written this post several times since what I kept posting was outdated as the week(s) rolled by! The past three weeks have been kind of weird training weeks, week 30 was an easy week because I was racing a 70.3 that Saturday, week 31 was a recovery week, and 32 was supposed to be business as usual but my hip/glute had other plans and I had to move around/skip a few workouts. It’s doing better this week…after getting a bike re-fit, seeing a sports med dr, going to my chiro and tomorrow starting PT…so fingers crossed it will be ok for IMLOU…it better be, because I have exhausted my list of all possible resources! 😉 Ok, on to the past three weeks of training!
Week 30: 7/23-7/29
Monday – Easy 1200y swim at lunch
Tuesday – Hip/glute has been feeling tight and cranky so I skipped the planned speedwork and did yoga at lunch
Wednesday – 1600y swim in the am, followed by an hour trainer ride after work
Thursday – Easy 4 mile run, hip/glute did ok, but felt a little iffy by the last mile or so. Fingers crossed it holds up on Saturday!
Friday – Rest day/Travel to Springfield, IL for race. Or so I thought. I brought my bike upstairs to get it ready to load in the car around 3p and decided to check my tires. I’m glad I did, there were small gashes in the both the front and back tires! I’m not sure if I had been riding around with the gashes for months, or if I got them from my last ride in Hannibal, MO (yes, my last ride outside had been in June). Regardless, I hauled ass to my bike shop and got new tires. Phew. Lesson learned, don’t check tires right before leaving for a race, check them EARLIER!
After meeting my family for dinner, I headed to Springfield, IL. I arrived a little before 9p, got settled in and then realized I possibly had some food poisoning from the burger I had for dinner, and proceeded to get sick and lose my entire dinner – and I’ll leave it at that. I was glad I packed some extra food since I pretty much lost all of my dinner with that incident, and after ‘refueling’ I felt better and my stomach seemed ok. After that drama, I finally fell asleep around 11p.
Saturday – Route 66 Half Iron Triathlon!
Sunday – An hour of not great yoga that afternoon. I won’t be going back to that class, I was not a fan of the teacher, he wasn’t easy to understand as far as poses and his music was just straight up horrible. I swear he was just playing some random rap top 40 list. Such an odd odd choice for yoga. I wasn’t feelin’ it.
Total Training Hours: 10:06
Week 31: 7/30-8/5
Monday – Easy 1375y swim in the am, followed by an hour of yoga after work
Tuesday – Easy 3 mile run at lunch
Wednesday – Easy 1 hour ride after work
Thursday – Tempo run after work, 1 mi warmup, 3 at marathon pace, 1 mile cooldown. Hip/glute was getting cranky by the last 2 miles. Lots of stretching and rolling that night
Friday – 2650y swim in the am
Saturday – Easy 2 hour ride on the trainer in the morning
Sunday – 1 hour easy run, followed by the missed strength session I was supposed to do on Thursday.
Total Training Hours: 8:00
Week 32: 8/6-8/12
Monday – Yoga at lunch and a 3000y swim after work
Tuesday – Speedwork at lunch, 8×200 and 8×400, followed by an hour easy on the trainer after work. Hip/glute was definitely cranky again by the end. Lots of stretching and rolling after.
Wednesday – BIG (for me) swim, 4100y in the morning, followed by a massage due to the cranky hip/glute. My coach told me to skip the planned trainer ride after work and take an epsom salt bath instead. The bath pillow JMR got me for my birthday has been getting a lot of use lately!
Thursday – Did my missed trainer ride from Wednesday in the am, and attempted an easy run after work, but made it a whopping 2 miles before I had to pull the plug and limp home. Cue panicking with the race so close.
Friday – 3725y swim in the am. I hope my arms are getting ripped from all of this pool time.
4 hour ride. At the suggestion of my coach, because of my hip/glute issues, I had a bike fit that morning. Boy am I glad I did because he made several adjustments that made a pretty big difference. I won’t get into all of the details but I was probably very overdue for a fit, and maybe/possibly getting fitted earlier could have prevented some of the pain/issues I was currently having. But I also have some muscle weaknesses, primarily glutes, that are causing issues that I need to address. After the fit I was planning on doing my ride, however by the time I was done it was already 90+ degrees, so I said screw it and went to yoga instead. I also knew I could ride on Sunday since the long run wasn’t happening.
12 mile run Got up early and got my ride done! 4ish hours/74 miles and it felt good! Later that afternoon I aqua-jogged for 20 minutes in my parents pool. Take that 12 mile run! I’ll show you and do something not even close to the same intensity and for a fraction of the time! I still felt like I accomplished a little something though in the run department, lol.
Total Training Hours: 13:49
The plan this week is to do some aqua jogging and then possibly run on Sunday and see how my hip/glute tolerates it. The sports med dr also prescribed steroids (prednisone) which should help with the inflammation and swelling, so maybe by Sunday it will be doing better – fingers crossed! Thank goodness I can still ride! I will be headed to Louisville Friday night to ride the course Saturday morning, which I am looking forward to since there have been some changes since I last rode it at IMLOU in 2014. On that note, I have quite the fun week planned so far: aquajogging, course recon and PT!!
Ok, that’s about it for now!