Finally, this past week started to taper off the training. It felt SO good to give my legs a little rest (not too much rest, that's for sure!). It also felt good to taper off on eating lol! You can actually get tired of eating so much during Ironman training just to maintain your health and strength.
Tough week on Mon/Tue for school - had a Micro exam and the exams for A&P - whew! Got through them & counting down til Fri when I'll be done with summer classes! 3 more exams to go!
The week of training started off with a beautiful morning run at the Res on Tue. Justin and I went together - he swam while I ran. I did about 9.5mi, 80min. I was supposed to do 90min, but Coach told me this week to play it by ear and cut things here & there if needed. I felt good ending at 80min. I swear I was running faster than my Garmin said, but I was happy with my run. :)
Thu was another early morning - out the door by 6am for a 60mi Z2 ride. I got in just over 50mi - didn't quite have the drive to push through 60mi. I was happy with my ride - solid Z2 power. I could tell the energy in my legs was slowly returning - hopefully I'll be 100% charged by race day!
On Fri, I slept in a bit & hit the pool by 8am for a 2500m swim. 500m WU, 2000m Z3 continuous swim. I felt pretty good in the water - felt like my stroke was smooth, flip turns were awesome & no problems doing it continuously...but definitely a problem with my pace! I was much slower than I'd like to admit, but at least I felt good in the water. I was supposed to ride 33mi after but I just didn't feel like it!!!!! Lol.
On Sat, I had a long continuous swim - luckily, BAM (Boulder Aquatic Masters) was hosting an extra swim session at the Res @ 7am. I wanted to practice OWS without my wetsuit (just in case, but I'm still holding on to my glimmer of hope that it will be a wetsuit legal swim!!!). I did the 1st loop without my wetsuit and felt GREAT in the water! A VERY rare thing lol. Then I put on my wetsuit (note to self - do NOT try to put on a wetsuit when you are wet lol...took me at least 10min to put it on!) and went back in for about 1.5 loops. I was thrilled to see that my wetsuit loops were only about 2min longer than my non-wetsuit loops (about 1100m per loop) - YAY! I wasn't sure how it would go - I'm really happy with that. So I would expect a non-wetsuit swim to set me back about 7-8min or so. Sweet! I thought it might be much worse.
This week should be pretty light in terms of training - a couple more swims at the Res, a few more short bricks. Only 4 more training days left! I have been practicing my transitions in my head - visualization is SO important! And I have been continuing to mentally prepare for the race. Can't wait for all the excitement this week and to see our friends from TX who are racing!
On another note, I found out that I qualified for the Hyvee 5i50 Championships based on my race at the Boulder Peak! Kinda cool, but I doubt I'll be able to make the race :)
3 more exams left for my summer classes! And our awesome friends Markell & Adam arrive Thu night - can't wait to see them! So blessed that they will be here to support us for our Ironman! 6 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hardest workout this week: Wed's swim/run brick
Milestone this week: Taper!! :)