Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Half-Ironman Training - Week 8

Weekly Training
  • Swim: 4200 meters (3500 meters planned)
  • Bike: 64.88 miles (80 miles planned)
  • Run: 15.65 miles / 2:09 hours (2:35 hours planned)
  • Weights: 0 
  • Volleyball:  0-3.  At least we are consistent
  • Overall: 83.24 miles in 7:07 hours
This was recovery week #2 and before you think that I fell off my training plan, it was because I participated in the Jackson County Triathlon on Sunday.  I wasn't able to get in the full 70 minute run and 35 mile bike ride over the weekend.  If I had met the training plan, it means that I really missed the turn around on the run and got lost on the bike course.  Thankfully neither of those happened, but close.  More on that in the race report I plan to type up soon.

On Wednesday Joe VI, Lauren, Shane, and I met up at Longview Lake to ride the bike course.  I am very glad I did because it give me confidence on that 1/2 mile long hill that I effectively had to ride four times.  I also stayed back and did a brick run.  This run gave me even MORE confidence as I felt great!  The heart rate was in check and I was clocking 7:30 minute miles.  I decided to bring it back to an 8:00 minute pace just to make sure I did't overdo it.  

Last week turned out to be fairly busy, so I wasn't able to give the blog as much attention as I had hoped.  I generally try to get in a couple posts a week, considering that I have a tendency to write novels.  No guarantees on this week either, but I will get the race report out.

  • The North Face Endurance Challenge is this weekend.  I am doing a marathon relay race with Joe VI, Kristen, and Mike.
  • In addition, I am running the Head for The Cure 5K this year with Shane, Heather (Shane's wife and a friend of mine since kindergarten), and family.  Heather's brother is in remission from brain cancer and so we are participating to help support brain cancer research.  Mark is one tough man and I am happy to be out there to support him!
  • Because of the TWO races, I will probably struggle to meet my training goals this weekend but I am planning a 50 mile bike ride Sunday afternoon.  I'll probably get 80 minutes of running in, I just won't do it at one time.
  • Still have some blog posts brewing that I've been wanting to work on.  (Yes, this is almost the exact same comment from last week.. I should probably always leave it in my upcoming section)
Race Photos
To wet your appetite, I've included a couple photos from Sunday.  The fog was beautiful for pictures but a bit of pain to race in.

Pretty... the fog, not me (in yellow)
Trying a new aero position.  I think it needs some work. 
For the record, the guy in blue was doing the short course.

Joe VI skipping his way to the finish.

Shane keeping the competition behind him!

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