Since IM training has taken over my life the last couple of months, my blog has been reduced to weekly summary posts only, and it’s just not cutting it. I feel like I have so much to say as the week progresses and then I am forced to condense it into a few lazy sentences in the last waking hours of my weekend. So I don’t know how often I’ll do this but today I feel the urge to just post about whatever, not even talking specifics about training. This is just random thoughts and probably some mild complaining, but no workout stats and no photos. Yay change of pace.
So here are a few items of interest in the format of Colorful Headings!
After Lake Stevens, Zach and I sat down and spent a long time talking about what my responsibilities and expectations for the final phase of my IM training (just less than 3 months to go, btw). We had a great conversation and came up with a bunch of good stuff. I don’t have the final list in front of me but it can be summarized with the following Key Points: 1. Do your training (no slacking, no skipping, suck it up princess) 2. Healthy Diet (no junk food, limit alcohol, lots of good fuel in the furnace) 3. Positive Attitude (don’t let negative thoughts sabotage my training). Beyond the Keys we came up with a few specifics for each thing: Swim, Bike, Run, Nutrition. Lots of work to be done on nutrition! More on that later. Not like today-later, but maybe-never-later.
Yesterday I totally pooped out toward the end of Masters, which was as always the second workout of my day. The problem was I was starving before I even got to the pool. After a big yummy dinner I felt better but woke up about 3:30 am with my stomach rumbling and couldn’t fall back asleep until I fed it something. I apparently need to eat more! Here is what I ate for the whole day and this is very typical for a week day (except the middle of the night feeding).
5:45 am: Trader Joes Fiber cereal with strawberries and skim milk, coffee
8:00 am: bagel with cream cheese from the deli downstairs (usually have oatmeal at my desk but I sub in a bagel a couple times a week)
11:00 am: fat free yogurt with Whole Foods Hemp Plus Granola
12:30 pm: Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, pretzels
4:00 pm: slice of whole wheat bread, toasted with a little peanut butter and jelly on top
((5:00 pm: Run 7 miles in about 1 hour))
((7:00 pm: Swim 2250 yards in 1 hour))
8:30 pm: Veggies and Ranch, Greek Salad Wraps (2 of them: lettuce, black olives, feta, kidney beans, Trader Joes Tuscan dressing, on Flat out Wrap)
3:30 am: chocolate milk
I drink a lot of water and usually a cup of tea during the day too.
The obvious gap is an afternoon snack (after lunch, before I get off work at 3:30) and also a between-workout snack. Any feedback on this? Snack suggestions?
As glad as I am to have a good job, I do realize how nice it would be to have a little leave-o’-absense during this peak training. Not that I can’t get my training done in my free time, that is actually working out perfectly. But I could get soooooooo much more sleep. When I was unemployed I slept 10 hours a night and took a 30-60 minute nap almost every day. Sure I was bored as hell and verging on depression, but oh the rest I got! Now as a working woman, I go to bed at about 9:45-10:00 every night and I get up at 5:30 to leave for work at 6:30. To get more sleep, I’m thinking I’ll try going to bed by 9:15-9:30 and maybe I could modify my morning routine to sleep in like 15 more minutes. Is this worth it? How much sleep to you people need, and how much do you get?
- I need new bike shorts. I wore a hole in the ass of my favorite SheBeest shorts. All that I have now are two pair of tri shorts and a pair of nice Capri-length biking tights. I guess I’ll go to REI (see rant in next bullet pt).
- I ordered a new tri top online from Sports Basement, the best running/cycling/tri/outdoors/everything store in the world. They have a few locations in the bay area and I miss it dearly. There’s NOTHING good in Portland. I hate ordering clothes online but I had no choice. It should arrive today! Plenty of time to wear-test it and start putting together my race day outfit. I know I have 3 months but it’s a priority to me!
- I need new running shoes soon too. This is starting to add up.
- Zach is buying a fancy new digital SLR camera after months of research. Now that his goal race is over for the year, his focus is on helping me train and taking a crapton of awesome photos. He specifically wanted to have it for the Ironman but will try it out at the Aluminum Man Oly tri in a couple weeks and most definitely at Emily’s wedding! J Prepare to be even more bombarded with photos than ever! Hopefully he’ll let me play with it too as I fancy myself the artsy one in the family.
Two Ironman races are taking place this coming weekend: Canada and Louisville. I’m sick with anticipation. Possibly more so than the athletes themselves. Amy and Judi specifically (IMKY) GOOD LUCK! Please kick ass and then come back and tell me how easy it was and how I have nothing to worry about. Ha!
Hood to Coast
Zach is doing the Hood to Coast relay this coming weekend with his coworkers on a company-sponsered team. Awesome. I was going to be an alternate but withdrew my name after realizing I should ride 300 miles over the weekend instead. But next year we’re talking about putting together a team with the local gang of runner friends. It would be so fun! Local runner friends (and out-of-town volunteers?), are you in??
That was fun. Thanks for reading!!!!!