Sunday Wrap-Up

Well apparently I have been a tad busy lately! Between switching jobs (again…), the girls’ softball schedule, training, and just family time, it has been a crazy few weeks!

My training has been on point though! With a second Race Rehearsal and a long one this weekend. I felt really good, really strong and healthy. I have never gone in to a 70.3 feeling this good about race day. I credit this a lot to working with a coach, the amazing Bryan Kreitz with Tridot. Working with Bryan has made my training a lot more focused and specific.

So with 14 days to go until Victoria! I’m totally, 100% focused on Victoria!!

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But in the back of my mind, I am plotting on Chattanooga in just 18 weeks!!! I am excited to see what the full Ironman training plan looks like with Bryan and Tridot, excited to see how my body reacts and continues to adapt to the training, and I am so incredibly excited to FINALLY cross that finish line at Ironman Chattanooga.

Ironman-Chattanooga

 

Tidbit Tuesday

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  1. What’s in your fridge, right this moment? Eggs, sausage, boxed wine, and protein shakes, and a bunch of stuff for everyone else. 
  2. What’s in your pocket right now? Nothing, my work slacks have pockets that are not actual pockets… not sure what their point is…
  3. What’s one dream that you’ve tucked away for the moment? Hmmm… nothing, I’m chasing my dreams right now. 
  4. What’s one mistake you keep repeating (and repeating)? Letting people hurt me, knowing that they are too selfish to change (no, not my hubby, we are doing just great!)
  5. What’s one thing you’re deeply proud of — but would never put on your résumé? I’m raising two amazing daughters, and they will be my greatest accomplishment in this life. 
  6. What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again? Cows tounge 
  7. What’s the best birthday cake you ever ate? I don’t like cake.
  8. Favorite piece of jewelry? Bill bought me a custom necklace, with two pearls in a pea pod, two peas in a pod, and I love it. 
  9. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? Compliments on my girls. The people they are becoming.
  10. What’s the last book that you couldn’t put down? The Arrangement was super good or Spilled Milk
  11. Favorite song? This changes day to day, but today I am loving River by Bishop Briggs
  12. What’s the title of your future memoir? She Never Gave Up
  13. What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given? To stay in a relationship that was broken, to overlook something that hurt.
  14. What’s your definition of an ideal houseguest? Bill’s mom. Lol. She should give out lessons. 
  15. Favorite color? Pink
  16. What’s your guiltiest of guilty pleasures? Wine and nachos, at the same time. 
  17. What’s your most urgent priority for the rest of the year? Finishing Ironman Chattanooga 
  18. What’s your personal anthem or theme song? Beast by Rob Bailey 
  19. Where & when do you get your best ideas? While running.
  20. Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist, or a live-in chef? Chef that would keep my eating in line but also delicious
  21. What are you most grateful for, right now, in this moment? My family and FRamily (they know who they are)

 

Sunday Wrap-Up

Well with Victoria 70.3 only being 4 weeks away, yesterday was a Race Rehearsal, which included the bike, transition, and run. It went well and I am happy with where things are at. My body felt good during the ride and my legs felt good running off the bike.

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My nutrition seemed to be right where I needed it to be. I used NuunHoney Stinger Waffles, Honey Stinger Gels and Infinit. All worked well with my stomach and left me feeling great the entire time. I rode in my Zensah compression arm and leg sleeves, which also seemed to help with recovery.

Today was an easy 5 mile shake-out run with this lady.

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Assessment Week

Assessment week is a tough week. You hope to see all of your hard work paying off. And most times you do, but sometimes you don’t.

My run assessment was up first… Running fast has never been my gig. I can run long, for hours and hours, but speed, that’s not a thing that I’ve ever had going for me. Working with an awesome coach, Bryan Kreitz, he has been focused on my form, my cadence and honestly things that I had never even thought about prior to hiring him. My run times, on assessments, had been steadily improving and I was happy for that. This week though, after a weird medical issue over the weekend, left me feeling a little concerned that things may not be at peak. But after work, I headed out anyways. As I got started, about a quarter mile in, a man that I vaguely know from work and have seen a few times on the levee, pulls up next to me on his bike. I have my earbuds in, I am ALL OUT RUNNING, but yet, he proceeds to attempt to talk to me. I stayed focused, offering only a few words, primarily about my husband, in hopes that may give him the hint, but not to be, he hung with me for about a mile, finally deciding that I was not a good runner-conversationalist. And thankfully, I felt good about maintaining my pace and focus. But after wrapping things up, I found that I lost a full minute off of my last assessment time. Could it have been the conversation? Could it have been recovery from the weekend? Hard to say, but the numbers weren’t there and I was/am frustrated.

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This morning was the swim assessment, I was looking forward to this, as I had a swim instruction FaceTime with my coach earlier in the week and was hoping the changes that I was working on were having some significance. I felt really good in the water and felt that I was moving slightly faster, but it’s hard to gauge as you are actually swimming. But, afterwards, when I entered them in to TriDot (the platform that my coach uses), I had made big improvements! Dropping 28 seconds off my 400yd TT and 6 seconds off my 200yd TT! Woot!!!

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This weekend is a race rehersal, which entails the 56 mile ride, as if doing the 70.3. I am pretty jazzed about it actually, as I love the distance on my bike. Need to focus on nutrition and hydration. Only 30 days from Victoria 70.3 and 142 days from Ironman Chattanooga.