Five things I need more of while training for a Half Ironman:
1) Time â€“ Training is so time-consuming, and itâ€™s always a battle to balance my obligations. I canâ€™t imagine doing a longer event. My friend Meghann is doing an Ironman, and Iâ€™m always texting her for advice on squeezing it in. Because if she can work full-time and train for double the distance, I can totally do this (right?).
2) Sleep â€“ I always want more sleep. Did you know that endurance athletes should get more like 8 to 9.5 hours of sleep? Alsoâ€¦ â€œCardiovascular performance can be compromised by up to 20 percent with sleep deprivation, which also reduces reaction time, the ability to process information and emotional stability.â€ (Source) While my 7.5 hours a night certainly isnâ€™t sleep deprivation, itâ€™s starting to feel that way. I want more sleep! This goes back to wanting more time.
3) Food â€“ Always hungry. Always eating. YUM!
4) Water â€“ Always thirsty. Should be drinking more. Working on that.
5) Massages â€“ Coach Marni has on my plan that I need to get a massage. Donâ€™t have to tell me that twice!
One thing I am NOT short on this week? Inspiration!
Sunday was Ramblinâ€™ Rose Winston-Salem, the fourth of our six events. It was a blast. I think it was our best one in 2013 so far! The women were so great, and even though the bike course was hard, everyone pulled through and finished strong. I was there at 5:45 AM and didnâ€™t leave until noon â€“ but I left with energy. The enthusiasm of the crowd was infectious. I just LOVE seeing the wide range of women who complete the event â€“ young and old, experienced and tri newbies, new moms and grandmasâ€¦. It really proves anyone can do a triathlon if they want to. (Side note: we still have two events this year in Charlotte and Chapel Hillâ€¦ join us! Itâ€™s an awesome first triathlon with a 250 yard pool swim, 8 mile bike, and 2 mile run.)
So, that being said, hereâ€™s how my week wentâ€¦
Tuesday: 1 hour spin class
Thursday: 1 hour run
Friday: 2100 yard swim + 30 minute run
Sunday: 1:30 hour
Total: 2100 yards of swimming, 1 hour of biking (indoors), and 18 miles of running
Any other week of my life, I wouldâ€™ve been like, â€œWAHOO! What a great week!â€ However, for Half Ironman training in week 6 of 12, that was pretty lackluster. It was a stepback week, which meant I was supposed to go easier, but I took too many days off and my volume was low. I was highly a cold all week and needed to take a nap on Saturday instead of training â€“ I was far too pooped to exercise. I do not regret that nap at all!
Iâ€™m going into Week 7 now a little more inspired, a lot healthier, and very motivated to kick my own butt. I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m more than halfway done with the plan. Miami â€“ here I come!
What do you need more of during training? Tell me in the comments section, and Iâ€™ll pick one winner for a little prize â€“ a Ramblinâ€™ Rose swim cap and water bottle. This way, even if you live in Washington state, you can have a little of the Ramblinâ€™ Rose inspiration when you workout. And this is my favorite water bottle ever! Itâ€™s perfect for holding while running.
Iâ€™ll pick a winner on Thursday!