Race Week!!

Well the countdown is just about over… Ironman Victoria 70.3 is only days away! This will be my fourth 70.3 and I am feeling really good about how I am going in to this race. I feel really confident in my training, working with Bryan Kreitz at Tridot has been a great choice for my training. I feel, by far, the healthiest that I ever have on race week, which is pretty exciting. And I feel the most prepared, which I assume would come with having a few under my belt.

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Pre-race jitters are still there though. Checking the weather compulsively, checking the water temperature at Elk Lake (which was no easy feat, as Canadian water temps are apparently not as closely followed as US water temps), and checking and re-checking my packing list… But I suppose that if I wasn’t nervous at all, that I wouldn’t be taking it seriously enough.

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This weekend was the last of the real workouts, and the beginning of taper week. And since I had more free time, I finished a great book, hung out with the kiddos, washed my car, washed and oiled my bike, played with my dog, and genuinely relaxed in the sunshine. I even started my packing, which I will go into a little more tomorrow!

 

It will be one of my best friend’s, Amber‘s, first 70.3, so be sure to go over to her page at All I Do Is Tri and show her some love and support!!!

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.

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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.

Tidbit Tuesday

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  1. Are there any household chores you secretly enjoy? Which ones — and why? I am a total weirdo about the chores at home, and prefer to do them. I do enjoy ironing Bills work clothes while watching Forensic Files. 
  2. Are there any laws or social rules that completely baffle you? I wish that people could more openly discuss their political/religious/social views without concern for upsetting other opposing beliefs. I think a lot of good could come from open discussion. 
  3. Are you afraid of flying in airplanes? Nope.
  4. Are you useful in a crisis? It depends, people very close to me, no not at all, I literally freeze or fall apart, there are many very funny stories regarding my complete inability in these situations. But with others, I am great in crisis. 
  5. Can you tell when someone is lying? Depends on the person, I feel like I have a decent Bullshit Radar.
  6. Do you believe that everyone deserves forgiveness? No. I think that sometimes people make some decisions that forever scar others, those things are unforgivable in my mind. And there are people that hurt people, and are aware of the hurt they cause and yet do it over and over, so no, I think you can’t fully forgive people like that. 
  7. Do you believe that people deserve to be happy? I think we make our own happiness. No one DESERVES or is ENTITLED to anything. 
  8. Do you have a morning ritual? You could set a clock by 99% of my day. Things run better for me when everything has its time and place. 
  9. Do you think we should live like we’re dying? No, but I think we should love those around us like we are.
  10. Do you think you’re currently operating at 100% capacity? No. But I am currently making changes in my life to change that.
  11. Have you ever been genuinely afraid for your physical safety? Sure, plenty of times. 
  12. Have you ever dreamed about starting a business? Yes, running therapy clinic (after getting my Masters).
  13. Have you ever met someone who was genuinely evil? I think so, I think anyone that would permanently damage young children is evil in the deepest most horrible ways.
  14. Have you ever pushed your body further than you dreamed possible? Absolutely, that is what Ironman is all about. 
  15. How do you engage with panhandlers on the street? I usually give them all of my dollars, which is why I don’t carry cash.
  16. How do you reign in self-critical voices? Oh, I don’t think I do. Ha. 
  17. How long can you go without checking your emails or texts? If I’m training, I can! Otherwise, not long. 
  18. If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep the ones you have? Everything I have been through in my life has brought me here, I wouldn’t change that. 
  19. If you could enroll in a PhD program, with your tuition paid in full by a mysterious benefactor, what would you study — and why? Social work. Open up a clinic for therapy. **dream job**
  20. If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell him or her? The mean girls won’t matter when you are older, don’t let their words hurt you. Your body is just fine, stop hating it, feed it and quit dieting. Boys are dumb, stay away from them until you are older. 
  21. If you had an extra $100 to spend on yourself every week, what would you do? Weekly massages, for sure. 
  22. If you were heading out on a road trip right this minute, what would you pack? My running shoes. 
  23. If you were to die three hours from now, what would you regret most? Not watching my girls grow up and windowing my husband. 
  24. What do you value most: free time, recognition, or money? Free time. 
  25. What is your spirit animal? Bee
  26. What was the best kiss of your entire life? The day I married Bill. 
  27. What was your proudest moment from the past twelve months? Finishing CDA 70.3.
  28. What was your very first job? Working at my parents print shop.
  29. What was your worst haircut / hairstyle of all time? My sweet mullet. 
  30. What’s going to be carved on your (hypothetical) tombstone? Here lies one Bad Ass Chick 

 

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