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Ironman Training: Let’s Get this Party Started!


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The past 2 months just flew by for me! I have to admit, that I did not accomplish nearly as much as I had hoped either. I took some much needed down time from running and cycling due to a tear in my hamstring that I sustained in June at IM Mont Tremblant 70.3. I continued to train on it all Summer as my big goal was IM Timberman 70.3, which I participated in at the end of August. After completing that race, I knew it was time for a break as I was literally having a “pain in the butt” constantly! No joke, it even hurt when I kicked my legs swimming.  Anyway, I had dozens of “to do lists” that I was going to plow through during this break, as I thought I would not know what to do with myself. Well, it turns out I stayed very busy despite my running & cycling boycott and really only managed to get through one of those “to do lists”…*sigh*.  This confirmed my theory: “The busier I am, the more organized and productive I actually am!” So, I guess it is time to get back in the (bike) saddle and get this Ironman Training party started!

Ironman Lake Placid Training Week #1:

-Monday: I had a 4 mile run on the plan, which I ended up doing after work on the treadmill. It went ok, but I really felt the “time off” from running. The good new is: My hamstring felt ok!

-Tuesday: 90 minute ride, 10 minute run. I did the ride on my trainer and chose to do the first section of the virtual  Ironman Lake Placid course. I am a bit intimidated by the course, but I hit the first 26 miles fairly solidly. I plan on working very hard over the next 9 months on my cycling skills, especially hill climbing to be prepared! I hopped off my trainer and right onto my treadmill for an uneventful 10 minute run!  I also started the Runtastic Fall Fitness Challenge, so I ended with some push-ups!


-Wednesday: I have been swimming with a group on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which has been incredibly helpful! On Wednesdays, we focus on drills and form, so I covered 700 yards with the group, then finished up with 800 yards on my own. After my swim, I met with a trainer for 30 minutes for strength training. Then, in the afternoon,  I squeezed in my 30 minute recovery run followed by the Runtastic Challenge, which was the 4 minute Abs workout.

-Thursday: A low key 1 hour recovery ride on my trainer, followed by the HIIT 7 minute workout for the Challenge! Unfortunately,  I missed my group swim, which would have been a mile…I had a glimmer of hope that I would make it up over the weekend, which ultimately did not happen.


-Friday: Rest Day, which was not rest, as I spent the day in Boston with my son and his class mates on their Field Trip. It was a blast! We marched the Freedom Trail, then they reenacted the debate between the Patriots and the Loyalists! This is such a fun way to learn history and I was so thrilled to see how much the kids loved the experience! I did manage to fit in Day #4 of the Challenge when I got home too, which was a fun workout all centered around a Pumpkin!


-Satruday: 6 mile Run, which I ended up doing on the treadmill again. It was pretty tough, as it was the longest run I had done since the half Ironman in August. I managed to struggle through, but my hamstring discomfort reared it’s ugly head again!  Afterward, I did the last day of the Runtastic Challenge, which was my favorite workout yet! It was the 6 Minute Total Body Workout. I had not ever used the Runtastic You Tube Channel before, but I fell in love with it! The workouts are all short and easy to do after a run or bike.

-Sunday: I finished off the week with some Interval training for an hour on my bike. I also did planks and push-ups for my Team Smashfest Queen Challenge, which is going on all month.

In Other News: I made a leap from blogging on Squarespace to Word Press… It was not an easy move as I had initially used Blogger, so this is my second migration. It is a work in progress and it will take me a bit of time to learn this site and get all of the transferred posts in order! I was fortunate enough to find someone to help do this for me in a thorough and efficient away. I am giving a shout out to Katy Widrick at Make Media Over. She has been great to work with in this complex transition and I look forward to the evolution of my blog over the coming months and years.

I am also very excited to have been chosen as a member of  Team Smashfest Queen for 2017! I am a huge fan of their triathlon and running gear, as well as the wonderful women behind the company. If you happen to be reading this post on 11/21 or 11/22, you can use my discount code for 20% off any of their available merchandise. Go to Smashfest Queen  and enter code: CAMPOSFRIEND when you place your order.


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter!!

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Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

Monday 28th of November 2016

I'm really excited to follow your training. I'm not a swimmer, so an IM is not in my wheelhouse. But I'm happy to live vicariously through you!

Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

Monday 28th of November 2016

I also get more done when I'm busy. I guess sometimes we just need that downtime to regroup? That's my story & I'm sticking to it! ;)

HoHo Runs

Sunday 27th of November 2016

I work better under pressure too. When there is less to do -- I do much less. LOL. It looks like you were able to dive right back in to Ironman training (pun intended). I hope your hamstring will not give you any problems. I used my trainer last year but really don't enjoy it. Maybe the virtual cycling would help? I'm not familiar with Smashfest Queen and I'll definitely check that out. Thanks for linking, Angela.

Amber N

Sunday 27th of November 2016

Well I give huge kudos to you. The swimming part would get me!


Saturday 26th of November 2016

Oh wow, you're amazing!! I wish I had your dedication! Also I'm totally a person that gets more organized the busier I get as well lol.