Well, I am three weeks into training and feeling strong. I’m still motivated this early on, even in the dreary weather!
Because I am training for long distance running plus short triathlons, it’s a bit of a puzzle to fit it all in. I described the basic alternating week format in my last post, but this is how it actually shook out:
January 23 – January 29
- Swim: 40 min / 1,575 yards
- Bike: 1 h 29 min / Les Mills RPM + stationary
- Run: 1 h 34 min / 8.8 miles
- Strength: 2 h / Les Mills BodyPump + upper body
January 30 – February 5
- Swim: 39 min / 1,500 yards
- Bike: 1 h 7 min / Les Mills RPM + 5 miles
- Run: 1 h 32 min / 8.7 miles
- Strength: 1 h 45 min / Les Mills BodyPump + legs
- Other: 29 min / Les Mills GRIT Cardio
This week I was in Baltimore and State College, so I had to fit in my run and brick away from home. The run was around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at sunrise – gorgeous! For the brick, I borrowed a friend’s bike in State College and did a quick 5 miles, followed by a 1.5 mile run, followed by the best steak nachos in all the land. 😛
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This weekend I had to travel to Baltimore for work. — Traveling is usually easy for me, but this one was a nightmare. I locked my keys inside the car with my luggage, missed the bus to Baltimore, had to drive myself, and had scheduling snafus at the conference. — I was determined to turn this trip around. How? The perfect formula: Runxploring followed by a really good breakfast! 🏃🏼♀️🍳🥓🍞☕️ — The Inner Harbor and Federal Hill areas of Baltimore are really nice, and I waved to about a dozen runners while I was out there. I love seeing runners out early and in the cold… We could be completely different people, but at that moment, we are family. All is right in the world when there are people out there like me watching the sunrise and making their bodies do extraordinary things. — All in all, a good weekend. I even got a bonus trip to State College and saw some of my favorite people. Bring it on Monday! — #running #rungirlrun #runnergirl #runnershigh #runnerslife #runnersofig #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runnerspace #runchat #runoutside #winterrunning #embracethespace #strive #runescape #nevernotrunning #nevernottraining #sunriserun #roadtoironman #ironmantri #triathlontraining #tritraining #swimbikerun #runforfun #runforlife #runningtime #earlyriser #runfree #runnersworld #runlikeagirl
February 6 – February 12
- Swim: 48 min / 2,025 yards
- Bike: 2 h 23 min / Les Mills RPM + 20.4 miles
- Run: 1 h 49 min / 10.5 miles
- Strength: 2 h 3 min / Les Mills BodyPump + upper body
Saturday’s forecast called for 45 degrees, so we took the opportunity to take the bikes out. I can’t get enough of Cayuga Lake scenery.
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The thing about living by a lake is that even "flat" rides have over 1,000 ft of climbing. 😅 — ➡️ 20 miles, 2 big climbs, 2 super steep slopes, 4 frozen limbs, lots of smiling, a couple of selfies, and all the freedom in the world. — #roadcycling #roadbike #roadslikethese #cyclelikeagirl #cyclingpics #cyclechicks #cyclinglife #cycling #wymta #stravaproveit #buildthebase #roadtoironman #ironmantri #swimbikerun #triathlete #triathlontraining #triathlonlife #girlswhoride #girlswhotrain #girlswhotri #roadslikethese #getoutside #beatyesterday #winterriding #cyclist #rideyourbike #bikeride #longride #fromwhereiride #outsideisfree
The next couple of weeks should look fairly similar, except for a (slightly dreaded) Valentine’s Track Meet next Sunday, and two back-to-back days of Les Mills RPM Instructor training the week after that.
Someone asked me on Instagram what my favorite/gear equipment is, and I thought it would be nice to do a shout-out with these recaps and highlight the item that made all the difference in my training sessions these past couple of weeks.
I have to give a shout-out to my Nike running cap, which saved me from the rain during a very wet track workout. Keeping my face and eyes dry makes a huge difference in those sprints!