Breakthrough Week (With Some Lessons)

Happy Hump Day friends. I’m sure by now you can probably guess what my week 9 of Ironman training looked like if you have been keeping up with my blog regularly. I won’t continue to bore with all the specifics, but for those of you who are interested here is the breakdown:

Monday: 2100 Meter Swim
Tuesday: 13.5 Miles Bike (50 minutes)
Wednesday: Body Pump +  5.5 Mile Run + Bike Fitting

I’ll talk more about the bike fitting in a later post but if you are getting into more serious riding I would HIGHLY recommend going to Princeton Sports in Columbia to get fitted. Mike Stone (aka “Stoney”) did a fantastic job and I’m super happy with how it turned out.

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Thursday: 2000 Meter Swim
Friday: Yoga Sculpt with Lauren

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Saturday: 6.15 Miles + Massage

I hung out with my BFF Steph today. We made food, drank Starbucks and hung out. Steph made fire-roasted potatoes (her creation with Frank’s Hot Sauce) and I made the Egg, Mushroom, Brussels Quiche.  Steph gave me a massage too which was amazing as always and my body was so grateful. This girl is so driven and is always inspiring me every day. Love her to pieces.

We still send each other daily selfies…mostly workout related. It helps keep us motivated plus it’s FUN. You should try it.

Sunday: Brick (24.6 Mile Bike + 2.65 Mile Run) + Yoga with Heather

Alright….so here’s the breakthrough. Today was my first ride outside since getting my bike fit. As you know, I haven’t been loving the bike lately. I’ve been trying my best to get out on the road more as I prep for the Columbia Triathlon (only 11 days away). I’m hoping more outdoor rides lead to improvements and will help me gain more confidence.  I’m not sure why I lack confidence on the bike. Part of it is that I feel like I’m not good at it, but the other part is that I just don’t know a TON about the mechanics. When you think about it, a lot of things can go wrong on the bike. Things like popping a tire (which I don’t know how to change), dropping your chain, hitting a pot hole or debris, not going into a lower gear when approaching a hill,  forgetting to unclip and the list goes on. I’m getting there…slowly, but each ride gets better and better.

After my ride at Princeton Sports and riding the Columbia Tri course for the first time,  I feel much better about where I am with training and prep for my first olympic distance race.  So….a big breakthrough.

Here are my takeaways from the weekend:

Trust: Trust in your abilities and trust the process of training. It has worked for me in the past so I just need to keep reminding myself that things will come together. Trust your training, trust your strength, trust your body, trust the process.

Confidence: Not everything is going to be easy (or come easy), in fact, a lot of times it’s going to be hard. This will come with practice, practice and more practice. This year is a complete learning experience as I shift my focus from marathons to conquering 70.3. Each race or triathlon is going to be challenging and hard, but each time I learn something new. Each race or workout is progress and an opportunity to prove to myself that I CAN DO HARD THINGS.

Patience: You have to be patient throughout the process. It takes time to overcome and gain confidence. You’re going to want to quit (like me today most days on the trainer) but you have to remember the end goal. Trust the training, trust the process and be patient. Whether you’re training for an Ironman or a 5K it all takes time. Follow your training and then see it all come together on race day.

Believe in Yourself: This was the biggest takeaway from the weekend in that you have to get rid of the doubt. So many times I doubt myself even though deep down I know I can do it. I know I am capable, strong and just need to TRUST my training. I stood at the start line of the Chicago Marathon last year with some doubts as to whether or not I had it in me to run a sub 3:35 marathon which would get me to Boston. I trusted my training, myself, and my abilities and ran a 3:28. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself. I feared failure (and still do at times), but have also accepted that it’s okay to fail. You learn from failure and at the start of any race you also have to learn to accept whatever the outcome may be. We all have good and bad workouts. Sometimes it’s just not your day, but you have to keep believing. Don’t settle for anything less than what you are capable of. Only compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Be your own competition.

This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable. This year i will be FIERCE.

I ended my day with my friend Heather for Sunday Night Vibez at The Movement Lab which is a free yoga series that just launched. Yes…FREE!!!

Bike + Run + Yoga + Coffee + Matcha Cookie = the perfect Sunday Funday

And that is a wrap.

Week 9…DONE
Swim: 4100 meters
Bike: 38.2 miles
Run: 14.3 miles
Strength: 3 hours (TRX + Body Pump + Barre)
Yoga: 2 hours

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xx
E


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