This week doesn’t stand out in any way as a particularly outstanding week or a particularly excuse driven week. What it does do for me is continue the trend of the average. I hate being average, and over the course of the last few weeks I have been; there have been a few stellar workouts amongst the less than stellar, but in general I haven’t been blowing things out of the water.
And for some reason I’m still okay with it all. And I have been thinking about it and finally put my finger on it: I’ve been using this past month as my off-season. I didn’t really have a true off season. There hasn’t been a week in over a year that I’ve taken more than a couple of rest days, and after my 70.3 and marathon I still didn’t take any notable rest time. I needed some time to fluff around (that’s not a thing, but if you need a definition, just check out the last 4 weekly workout recaps). I can’t physically or mentally head into Ironman training without some down time.
But, the down time has to be over. The snoozing through my 5:00 AM alarms has to stop, and the excuses on missing swims or skipping a bike ride needs to be a thing of the past. In order to get to May 1 (Ironman Training Week 1) ready to go, I need to build a really solid base that my coach has defined as steady weeks of 100 miles on the bike, 30 miles of running, and 5,000 yards in the pool. That should be what I’m holding consistently.
And while I was a little closer last week, I wasn’t this week. My totals are 26.1 miles running, 35 miles bike (both on the trainer), and 0 yards swimming. The running is still pretty solid, but the other two are just not.
Here are my workouts:
Tuesday: 6 mile tempo run. The tempo went really well. I had to do it on the treadmill because I got home after dark, but I did 1 mile warmup, 2 miles @ 8:27, 2 miles @ 8:13, and one mile cool down.
Wednesday: I snoozed through a morning bike ride today…I ran 5 miles easy when I got home from school.
Thursday: Moderate trainer ride for 1 hour. There was sweat and some hill work, and I worked on keeping a higher cadence, but I didn’t wear a HRM so I don’t think there was a ton of hard work.
Friday: Rest Day. I got up early to pack for Tori’s Bachelorette Party, and I didn’t have time to run or ride.
Saturday: I ran the Best Damn Race Half Marathon as part of Tori’s Bachelorette Weekend and had a blast! I ran with Tori, and it was hot and humid, but we still had fun. It was 2:03:27 with an average just under 9:30/mile. Does dancing count as a double workout in the evening? Because I did plenty of that!
Sunday: 1 hour moderate to hard trainer ride (pouring sweat and wore a HRM to keep myself honest) then a 3 mile easy shakeout run at 9:48/mile.
Do you take an off season? How long does yours last?
What’s the most creative Bachelorette weekend you’ve been a part of?