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Tough, Tougher, Toughest: Week 26/30 to Ironman Chattanooga

This week was pretty crummy from a training standpoint. I’ve just felt super run down all week, and I’ve just not been able to get my legs to work hard enough to get my heart rate where in zone 2, let alone my speedwork in zone 4.  I remember lots of crummy days/weeks last year, but I feel very fortunate that it’s taken me this long to not be super stoked about training. In fact, I kept telling myself, how many workouts did I cry last year? (A bunch!) And how many this year? (None-YET!)  I cut a couple of my workouts 10-15 minutes short, and opted for an extra two hours sleep instead of my third swim on Friday. Not exactly how I wanted to finish up my second to last week before taper, but I think it was still a solid week overall. Additionally, I’ve gotten a bit worried this week that I’ve NOT been worried ENOUGH about the hills on the Choo run course. I’ve been trying to run hills about once a week, but then this week, I went full blown freak out mode, and I ran some crazy hills o…

Week 25/30 to IM Chattanooga Recap

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Swim: 1.5 mi.
Bike: 145 mi.
Run: 32.5
Total time: 16 hours So our pool was closed almost ALL week, starting Tuesday night. I’ll say that it was mandated by the health department and leave the rest to your imagination. Good news is-it’s back up and running this week. Unfortunately, our lake is still like bath water, and I’m just not brave enough to jump in and risk another crazy sinus infection. Not happy about missing two swims this week, but life happens.
Tuesday night we had a hot and steamy track workout. 1 mile warm up, 3 x 1600m I pace (just under 5k race pace) w/ 4 min recovery, 1 mile cool down. I nailed the first mile at just under an 8 min pace, but the heat just made it go downhill from there!

On Thursday’s bike and Friday’s run, I just couldn’t keep my heart rate down. Not sure if it was the heat/humidity again or recovery or what, but that was a bit frustrating.

Jason took his first days off in TWELVE days and for some crazy, insane reason, decided to join me on my 100+ mil…

Gulf Coast 70.3 Race Report

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At some point in the last five years, I have somehow mastered the mysterious art of getting a good night’s rest the night before a race. So, after a restful night’s sleep, Jason and I woke up at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. I mixed three bottles of Infinit for the bike (one per hour), and cooked my pre-race breakfast of oatmeal with coconut peanut butter. We looked out our hotel room window over the swim course and confirmed that the ocean was as angry as it had been the day before.
We left our hotel for transition at 4:30, and immediately within sight of the bike racks, we heard the announcer delivered the bad news: the 1.2 mile swim was canceled due to strong rip tides. The officials felt that safety personnel could not stay in place on course, and they were concerned that out of control kayaks and paddle boards could actually harm swimmers even more than the riptide.   Even though we knew it was the best call, neither of us could hide our disappointment. After feeling that I had conq…

At Least I Was Too Busy Worrying About Drowning to Think About Sharks, a Gulf Coast Pre Race Report

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Our alarm went off at 2:30 Friday morning. Jason and I secured the bikes to the car, and by 3:30, we were on our way to Panama City. If you’ve never traveled to the panhandle from central Georgia, you have no idea how monotonous of a drive it is. Thankfully, my sweet husband let me snooze most of the way. Our reason to leave so early was to arrive at the convention center just in time for check in to open at 9:00. Half way through our 5 hour drive and at the end of my little snooze, I suddenly remember that PC is in Central time.  Jason was less than thrilled to find out he could have had an extra hour of sleep. Ooops.
Safely in PC, we found ourselves (big surprise) an hour early. Jason and I went out for a quick little 20 minute jog along nice and flat Front Beach Drive. We took it easy, and it felt like a comfortable, but not quite cool, beach morning. However, by the time we made it back to the car, I was sticky and drenched with sweat. This should have been a sign!
Jason and I th…

Gulf Coast 70.3 Goals

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So Jason and I are very excited to finally race Gulf Coast half, although this is the first year run by Ironman. It’ll be my fourth half Ironman distance, but only my second run by Ironman, so I’m very excited for all the energy that comes with an Ironman race!
We started specifically training in late January, and just like that, race day is only two days away! Last year was all about completing the Ironman, and planning a wedding, of course. So I went into this year feeling strong, and hoping this would be the year for speed. I set some big goals for this race (my first of the season).

And just like that, life happened. I took a week off running for shins splints, another week with reduced training due to my health, and then a week for moving. I don’t regret anything! Jason and I had the opportunity to buy a home, and we jumped on it. Every day I come home and I love being in MY home. I love working in my yard, then joining Jason for a run around our neighborhood.

But what does that…

Tri for Adoption

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I must confess, when I first expressed interest in fundraising for Covenant Care in my training for Ironman Chattanooga, I didn’t know much about adoptions or the organization. I figured, how could I go wrong with fundraising for a non-profit whose focus is to place babies in loving homes!? But the more that I have discovered, the more I have fallen in love with, and feel honored to be a part of, the Covenant Care team! So I figured that if I didn’t know much about adoptions, chances are that most of you don’t either.
The other day at our Covenant Care Tri for Adoption team meet and greet, I learned a sobering statistic.
Did you know that 82 infants are aborted compared to only 1 infant adopted every day in Georgia?
While I think everyone knows that adoption is an alternative, choosing that alternative can be very intimidating to a birth mother, especially when many adoption agencies seem to focus primarily on the wellbeing of the infant and adoptive parents. I can’t think of anything w…

Faster and Smarter

Yesterday marked 30 weeks from my next big adventure…Ironman Chattanooga.  The training plan I’m using, Be Ironfit, is a 30 week plan, consisting of 10 weeks base phase, 10 weeks build, and 10 weeks peak. Last year I was scared to death of what the next 30 weeks would hold, leading up to the start of training for Ironman Louisville. This year, I’m READY.
I’ve found that I love training-I love the structure, discipline, routine. I love seeing how much I’ve progressed over the past year, and how my conditioning is building. This year will be so very different, for many reasons, but the one most on my mind, is that Jason will not be competing with me. I also have very different goals this year. It’s a little bitter sweet. But I know that this year, like last, will be full of adventures, laughs, tears, tan lines, and miles of beautiful countryside.
So quickly…the PLAN. Unlike last year where we started 30 weeks out, this year I started training about  a month early. I am using the 16 we…