I’ve been neglecting my blog posts the past couple weeks, but in my defense my life is pretty intense. My house has sold and closes at the end of July, which means that the hubby and I need to get things packed up and moved out in the next couple weeks. Where? Good question! We haven’t found a new place to live so we will stay with family until we can find a home – hopefully sooner rather than later.
I also started my new job with Midwest Dairy on June 30th. So far, things are great, but I have a lot to learn. Fortunately I’m able to work from a home office most of the time, which is great for training purposes as I don’t have to spend time commuting. Also, I am able to eat better during the day as I can just walk right to my kitchen and eat a balanced meal. There are days that I have to travel to St. Paul for work, and I plan my training accordingly for a lighter workout.
In the midst of all the chaos, I was able to help out my good dairy mom friend, Janet Bremer in her celebration of June Dairy Month. Janet writes a blog where she shares all sorts of awesome information about her family owned and operated dairy farm. For her June Dairy Month A-Z blogs posts, I wrote a guest blog post – R is For Refueling. Check out the link and read all about how I use dairy products, especially chocolate milk as my choice of food to refuel my body after a hard workout. Just last night I went on a 45-mile bike ride with a friend and we made a pit stop at mile 24 for some fuel – I had strawberry milk. Not only did it taste delicious, but I felt fantastic the rest of our ride.
Training thus far has been going alright. I talked with my coach last night and mentioned that 90% of training struggles is loneliness and boredom. These longer rides and runs are rough. To be gone on my own for 3+ hours is so boring! When I’m able to ride or run with someone else, I actually truly enjoy the training. By myself, it’s torture. Hopefully I can just push through the next two months and have a great Ironman race.
This month I’ve got both the Duluth Triathlon and the Chisago Lakes Triathlon, back-to-back weekends and both are half ironman distances. This will be a great test to see where I’m at physically. I should be able to recover well after the Duluth Triathlon and be ready to go for Chisago since that will be the easier course.
Here is the training plan for this week:
Monday: 3 hr bike
Tuesday: 45 min open water swim + strength maintenance
Wednesday: AM track workout + PM hill repeat/endurance bike ride
Thursday: 45 min bike
Friday: 3,400 yd swim + 120 min run
Saturday: 2 hr 30 min bike + 3,400 yd swim
Sunday: 2 hr bike + Catfish Days 10K
T-60 days until Ironman Wisconsin!