The week of training started out on Tue with an impossible "hypoxic" swim workout. Main set was 10x300 breathing every 3 for 100, every 5 for 100, every 7 for 50 and every 9 for the last 50. I couldn't even do that swim in TX much less here in Boulder! I did my best on the breathing, but I think I only made the 9 breaths a total of 12x the entire swim. Ouch! Lungs were on fire. 4000m total. Later, I had a fun "peak to peak" hill repeat run. I am one of those weird people who love hill runs! Crazy hard, but I really enjoyed this run. Went to Chautauqua to get it done - so beautiful!
Unfortunately, things went downhill after my hill run! I think I was dehydrated from the long swim in the morning, plus a tough run --> I ended up getting severely dehydrated :( I'm not sure where I went wrong, but things caught up to me after the run and I was sick for 12hrs, plus the after effects of the nausea, cramps, bloating, etc went on for about 24hrs. Ugh! So frustrating. Not fun. I couldn't even train on Wed.
The good thing about Wed was that my brother John was stopping through town on his move back to Arizona from Oregon. It was SO good to see him! His dog Eva was with him, so when he arrived Wed afternoon, we went out for a short, easy hike (couldn't do much since Eva had a sprained ankle & my stomach was still out of sorts). Then we headed over to Pearl St. for dinner and a nice walk - we quickly found out that there is a section of Pearl St. where no dogs are allowed! I had no idea - seems like an odd rule! We had a great time together, and then he was back on the road on Thu!
Fri - Justin was back from Raleigh! I missed him SO much this week - makes me wonder how we ever dated long distance for 3 years! Lol. He had a great trip and after I picked him up from the airport, I was off for my swim/run brick. Goal - to NOT get dehydrated!!! 3500m swim, then an 8mi Z2 run. Nothing good to say about the swim except that I didn't quit. Felt ok on the run, but my Garmin HRM was acting up, and the pace was very inconsistent - one second it would say 9:00, then a few seconds later, it would read 8:00 for the pace, and I swear I was running the same! Who knows.
On Sat, Justin and I both had a swim/run brick - I had a shorter swim and longer run, so we decided to go to the 50m pool together, then I'd start my run and meet back up with him to finish the last 13mi with him. I had a 1700m interval swim (MS 10x100 Z4), then a 16mi Z2/1 run. The Scott Carpenter Pool sits right on the IM run course, so we did our whole run on the course. My swim was ok, not great. I was anxious about the run - I was intimidated to run 2x as far as the day before. I couldn't wait to get through those first few miles by myself - I was really looking forward to running with Justin! It was an incredibly tough run, but I managed ~16.5mi. Justin did AWESOME. I was just thrilled to have made it through the long brick, despite running low on confidence and motivation.
Sun...here we go. 115mi ride! My legs were trashed when I woke up, from 25mi of running the last 2 days! I was very nervous about being physically able to complete the ride. Plus, we are suffering BIG TIME from allergies here :( It rains pollen every day! We are so tired of blowing our noses these last 5 weeks! Ugh. Justin and I headed out early from Coot Lake and hooked onto the Ironman course. We planned to ride the full course.
Starting out, my legs felt awful. We climbed about 1100ft in the first 18mi, but my legs finally felt decent by mile 20. Miles 20-70 were ok, but my body was really starting to hurt by mile 70. It's tough mentally when you don't even pass halfway until mile 58! Plus, it was the first 95+ degree day here! We were both baking in the sun - it was pretty miserable. Our first (& only) pit stop was at mile 71 - filled up (8 water bottles b/w the two of us!) and then back on the road. Miles 70-90 of the course are almost entirely uphill - and today, there happened to be a nice, strong wind to make us work even harder! We were both suffering and just trying to survive the miles.
Around 100mi, Justin decided to head back (he "only" had 100mi to ride), while I turned off onto 79th to finish the course. Right when I turned, I was met with a 15% climb! 1/2mi of steep climbing, then 1/2mi at only 5-7% (200ft of climbing in 1mi!!!!!). That really hurts after that many hours in the saddle! My Garmin kept going off/on auto-pause lol. I was praying that I wouldn't start rolling backwards. Quickly ran out of gears. More climbing those last 15mi, but somehow I managed to complete the full IM course, and then some! 116.25mi total. Almost 7hrs. Around 4500ft of climbing. That was by far the hardest ride I've ever done. Between the heat, wind, climbing, trashed legs - I actually can't believe I completed the mileage! Longest ride ever!!!!! I am so grateful to have Justin out there to train with - he is so strong, and those tough rides are that much better when you are out there with your best friend! Plus, it looks better when both of us are hobbling around the grocery store & Pearl St. ;)
Coming up, another couple tough weeks of training, then Justin & I are both racing the Boulder Peak Olympic on July 13! I'm excited to race, but my expectations are not high because I know I will be racing on tired legs, which is fine. I just hope to have fun out there, and plan to treat it like a training day!
Hardest workout this week: Sun's ride on the IM course
Milestone this week: 116.25mi ride on Sun - longest ever!