Monday, November 16, 2009

in the books

ITB...volume 1.
Coach Brian has me on run base and bike speed last week (and the same for the next 3). This phase of my Ironman training is based upon common themes. Don't get injured. Stretch. Foam roll. Yoga. Oh yeah, and swim, bike, run. Run being the most important.

Last week went something like this. 105 miles as a pre-Ironman kickoff on Sunday. Oops! (The picture is from my first century, with Jen) My "weeks" start with Mondays. Sunday I took the train to Orange Station in LA with my friends erin, erin, evan, banister and jake. Great times heading back to SD with some hard work laying it out there through San Clemente State Park and Camp Pendleton. Got back to the train station in Oceanside, and the boys had enough. Evan had to get some more miles in for Ironman Cozumel training. I volunteered to ride back to PB with him. Ah, we get to Solana Beach and I'm asking myself why...he's pushing me up Torrey Pines at mile 93. Took some Gu's, came back and managed to suck his wheel the rest of the way home. 105miles. 6 hours and 15 minutes of riding. A long ass day.

Monday was yoga for sure. Tuesday I ran through Balboa park, somehow ending up on the course for a high school cross country meet. The fans started cheering for Kyle and I, thinking we were the leaders, until we realized what was up, and got off the course. 20 seconds later the real leaders came blazing past. Oops! Wednesday was veteran's day, so my Navy friend Jake and I road up Rose Canyon to the 56 bike path, over the hill and through the woods back to the coast, up Torrey Pines again, and back to my house. 56 miles. Good times sporting the jersey. Got out in the cove as well for a very nice, clear, crisp, fun fish filled swim with Kyle. Thursday was a very fast run along the strand in Coronado. I had a lesson to get to, and I needed to get my 4 miles in. In hindsight, it was probably too fast. But I felt good and kept the HR under control. Friday was stretching day. Saturday was race day!

Woke up early and headed to Fiesta Island. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but Kyle and I got our transition area set up and headed for the water. I did a super quick spin on my bike to see if it was shifting properly, as well as a super quick jog to see if the legs were awake.
Playing with the Garmin Kyle, with his Sprintman tattoo from coach Brian. :)
Sunny morning, forgot the tinted goggles. Told Jake I was relying on his dark goggles to lead the way. Unfortunately he didn't swim so straight, and I actually found the buoy first. Turned around and headed back, and somehow kicked it in and beat him (by 2 seconds). First out. Sweet!
Kermit and War Machine in transition.
That ended 20 seconds into the bike. But it was fun while it lasted. The bike hurt. It felt windy (but wasn't), my seat felt low, my quads felt tired, my aerodrink was in backwards. I probably ran too hard on Thursday. Basically, I was just being a cranky little girl. Got into transition and for the first time in my life, I was excited to run. Had a decent run, and was happy with the result. Kyle finished shortly after...I'm going to have to start watching my back!

The week ended with Sunday. I SLEPT IN TILL 11 AM! Yeah, crazy. Not like I was sleeping that entire time. But it was soooo nice. Laying in my bed. Doing absolutely nothing. Woke up and made steel cut oats, which are delicious but take 30 min to make, so I never have time. Worked for 4 hours, and then made a yummy sausage alfredo pasta for din din.

So this week is more of the same. Today was a very early lesson at the Y followed by 4 horrible miles on the treadmill and a lot of stretching/foam rollering. Tomorrow is GWL with Noko and Ian, my favorite mid-week riders, and I have this weekend off!


Kyle said...

The sausage alfredo pasta was ultra good

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Sounds like you are having so much fun...even with running. Awesome!