Four weeks down, eight to go until the Half Ironman!
Very, very pleased with last weekâ€™s workouts, but even more excited that today is Monday and that means REST. Physically speaking, it was a hard week!
Tuesday: 1:20 hour bike (outdoors) + 2.2 mile run
Wednesday: 2500 yard swim + strength
Thursday: 1 hour run
Friday: 2100 yard swim + strength
Saturday:1:50 hour bike (outdoors) + 30 minute run
Sunday: 1 hour run + 30 minute bike (indoors)
Totals: 4600 yards of swimming, 3:40 hours of biking, 15.5-ish miles of running.
See what I did there? Oh yeah! I finally figured out long weekend workouts. You see, normally, I work during Henryâ€™s naps. I do about 20 hours of work a week, and he naps about 2 â€“ 3 hours a day, so I go into hyperdrive trying to get things down when his sweet little head hits the crib mattress. But I decided that, on the weekends, I need to use his naps to do my long workouts. Otherwise, I end up sacrificing too much weekend family time (which is very important to me!).
So â€“ how do I feel? Proud, accomplished, STRONGER, sore. A great combo! I really do feel stronger. Everyday activities, like carrying groceries or doing yard work, seem like a piece of cake. Andâ€¦ My legs look ah-maz-ing, my arms are more toned, and I feel like a sexy beast. Not a bad side effect of training, huh?
I am also starting to â€“ very loosely â€“ think of Race Day goals. Every time I ponder the actual race, my instinct is to say, â€œI JUST WANT TO FINISH ALIVE.â€ Haha. But in all seriousness, there is an eight hour cut off for the entire race, which sounds like a looooong time, but when I start to break down each leg of the event in my headâ€¦. well, those eight hours go really fast! Iâ€™m pretty confident that I can finish within that time limit, but you never know â€“ sh*t can go down, as they say.
Here are some goals that Iâ€™m pondering in my head:
Finish within the cut-off period.
Finish without having an emotional meltdown â€“ â€œI caaaaanâ€™t dooooo this.â€
Swim really strong â€“ no panicky feelings.
Fueling properly the entire race.
Drinking enough H20.
Running the last 1/4 mile â€“ no walking breaks if the finish line is in sight.
In all seriousness, I could start crafting time goals for myself over the next eight weeks of training, but Iâ€™m not sure I want to do that. Iâ€™d rather focus on less quantifiable goals and work hard to feeling happy, confident, and strong the entire race. Finishing with a smile would be awesome! And also â€“ I donâ€™t want to feel disappointed for not hitting a certain time when crossing the finish line of my first (and for a long, long time â€“ probably my only) Half Ironman.
What race goals are your working towards, and what are your goals (time-based and otherwise)?