Only 5 weeks to go! And another 20hr week under my belt. I’m officially exhausted, and super pumped for a recovery week this week. Time to absorb all the hard work, and give it a go at Age Group Nationals this weekend.
This week was crazy, since I was flying home to Milwaukee for almost two weeks.
- Two VERY solid tempo runs this week
- Training in Madison Sat and Sun on the Ironman Wisconsin course
- Being home where it’s GREEN!
So, overall the week was pretty standard, master’s swim, some bikes, some runs…the weekend is where the awesomeness happened! On Thursday, I headed to the airport and flew from San Diego to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where I was born and raised
Friday – I went for a tempo run around the neighborhood for a little nostalgia. I ran to Dr’s Park, where we would have picnics, and go down to the beach and skip rocks, and shoot off bottle rockets, etc. It was beautiful.
Friday night it was chill time, and get ready to prep for the big weekend of training in Madison, on the Ironman Wisconsin course. Madison is about an hour and 15min from home. I had planned on waking up early and meeting my friends Jared and Jackie at Lake Monona at 8am.
Saturday – woke up at 5:30am, packed up the car, and headed to Madison. Jared, Jackie, and myself swam for about 40min in Lake Monona. It is a beautiful lake. And VERY warm compared to the Pacific Ocean. I just cruised, did a few race pace efforts, but mostly just tried to get comfortable with the scenery, and the water, so that it will be familiar on race day. We then threw on our cycling kits and hit the course. Jackie and Jared ended up splitting off from me, as they are MUCH faster than me, and I really wanted to focus on learning the course. I took “notes” on, when I should push it, when I should get up out of the saddle, where a good recovery section is, etc. It was really helpful to ride the course again, prior to race day, as I really feel like I now have a good plan set to execute come the big day. So, I rode all 112 miles, with a few gas station pit stops to restock fluids. 6hrs and 30min of straight ride time. I hopped off the bike, threw on some run clothes, and headed out for a quick 30min t-run. I was feeling really good. It was pretty windy today, which was a little frustrating, but I tried not to let it get to me on the bike or the run. It was then time to check-in to the hotel, shower, fuel back up, and then rest because I had a big 18 mile run to tackle the next day. I did have an oreo “concrete mixer” from Culver’s post pasta dinner. Not gonna lie. And it was DELICIOUS.
Also it’s official – the Ironman Wisconsin bike course has 6500ft of climbing (according to my Garmin 410XT)
Sunday – I slept as late as I could. P.S New Discovery – I usually don’t sleep well after big training days, because I’m achy, so I decided to try sleeping with my compression socks on to see if it would help, and it did…TREMENDOUSLY. I slept the best I’d ever slept post big workout. It really helped me feel well rested, and ready to run 18 miles. I had a bonk breaker, and then drove over to Monona Terrace. Parked, and took off toward the capitol building. I did two loops of the major two loop section of the course. I ran down along state street, then along the trail that follows Lake Mendota, and then turned around ran back along the trail, up state street (which is a nice incline), up around the capitol (another good incline), and then turned around and did it again. I ran a bit further along the trail than we do on race day, so that each loop (really out and back) would be 9 miles. I carried a bottle of Skratch with me, and drank from it every 1-2 miles. I had one of the best run days I’ve had in a long time, and I’m hoping to save some of the awesomeness for race day! After my run, I hopped in the car, and drove straight back to Milwaukee. I was HUNGRY, but I knew I wanted one thing, and one thing only post 18 mile run – KOPPS. If you are ever in Milwaukee, you have to go to Kopps. It is a local classic/favorite, and is amazing. I ordered a burger, fries, and a vanilla shake. YUM!
It was a SOLID weekend of training. MONEY IN THE BANK. And today, I am very grateful for a TOTAL rest day. And that’s exactly what I have done. REST. Got a massage. And rested some more.
Excited for a recovery week this week! Age Group Nationals on Saturday here in Milwaukee!