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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