In Training: I upped total amount of volume this week, and felt completely fine while doing so. I also got on my bike three times outside for three 40+ mile rides (in addition to 3 trainer sessions), and am still working out small adjustments to my fit. This season, I'll be riding a Felt IA thanks to Colorado Multisport. It is quite an awesome looking bike and a faster frame than the P3 that I have been riding for the past three seasons. I can't wait to race on it in Texas. The month that I will have on it will be a good amount of time to get my fit comfortable and ready to race an Ironman on it.
I haven't been doing any long runs over the past few months. I woke up Sunday with one that I was planning to do, but Boulder was filled with smoke from a fire. I did a 16.5 mile run on a treadmill. Good hard first 10k, with some faster tempo stuff after it. It was probably the best run I've ever had on a treadmill.
In Life: It was a beautiful week in Boulder. Our great weather and temps have continued and I was able to enjoy some time outside. Aiden continued to swim, then had his first soccer game of spring on Saturday.
We went down to Pearl St. on Saturday afternoon to enjoy an awesome (pre) spring day.
Weekly Totals: Week #11 - By the Numbers - Week of March 13
Swim: 21,200 yds - 12.05 miles
Bike: 203 miles - 3:46 Trainer work, Rest outside
Run: 39.9 miles
Total TSS: 1313.8
Hours: 18:03 (moving/working time only)
Days Off: 0
In Training: My swim had a good progress test on Thursday morning with a 2,000 meter time trial. I had done a 2k for time 5 weeks prior and came out with a 28:03. The 28:03 was done with some drafting in the lane and teamwork. On Thursday, I swam the same distance without drafting in 26:38. That's a pretty huge improvement in just a few weeks.
I have not had a consistent period of time where I have trained heavily as a swimmer since probably 2003, so the fact that I have been swimming consistently for the past six weeks has been paying off. I am able to swim VERY easily for a 1:25/100m, and could make a set of 10 x 100's on the 1:25 send off with ease. This would have been difficult a few weeks ago.
Total hours were WAY down this week in preparation for a few bigger volume weeks leading into Ironman Texas.
In Life: It was my first full week of coaching with the Riptide Swim Team. I was brought on as a coach a few weeks back, and I am having a great time with the kids. I am also having Aiden swim on the team and have him swimming three days per week after school. We had our swim-a-thon on Saturday and had many of the swimmers total their lengths at 200. That's 5,000 meters.
Aiden (who is 6) did 2,800 meters in total and blew me away. Words can NOT describe how proud I am of him. I honestly just wanted to hug that kid for hours after he finished.
Being a parent is tough sometimes, but it is becoming more rewarding by the minute. I have said this before, but before we had Aiden, my dad told me one thing. He told me that "I will never have known that I could love something/someone that much." He was right, and it's pretty amazing.
Weekly Totals: Week #10 - By the Numbers - Week of March 6
Swim: 20,125 yds - 12.28 miles
Bike: 152 miles - 6:27 Trainer work
Run: 14.3 miles
Total TSS: 931.7
Hours: 12:25 (moving/working time only)
Days Off: 0
In Training: New bike week. This meant lots of micro-adjustments and stops while on the trainer. It took five full days to start to put out the same power as I could on the P3. It' s amazing how much tiny adjustments in a fit can take to adapt to.
Swim continues to build as this is my 5th straight week @ or over 20,000yds. My plan will be to decrease hours for the next week before a final four week build up to Ironman Texas in late April.
In Life: Pretty quiet and low key week. We moved Aiden to a different room in the house in hopes that it would form some new sleep habits and leave his room open for the new baby. There is a big bed in there and Beth was awesome to get some fun sheets for him. The Boulder weather has been great, and all seems pretty good in the world at this moment.
Weekly Totals: Week #9 - By the Numbers - Week of Feb. 27
Swim: 20,375 yds - 12.41 miles
Bike: 216 miles - 9:31 Trainer work
Run: 30.4 miles
Total TSS: 1267.2
Hours: 17:24 (moving/working time only)
Days Off: 0
In Training: I finished up with symptoms of a cold on Tuesday. Training took a little bit of a hit from that, but I pushed through it. I had two two plus hour trainer sessions this week, and a good successful hard run on Tuesday. I am ready to get out and give fitness/speed any test that I can get. I don't care if it's a 5k or 70.3, I just want to race.
In Life: We got back from Estes Park on Monday afternoon, then had our 20 week baby appointment on Tuesday. The 20 week appt is a thorough check of the baby via ultrasound and everything looked good. After four straight losses and a lot of sadness, this pregnancy is looking good.
On Saturday, we went on up towards Ft. Collins to go have some fun with my Sisters family. I played laser tag for the first time in probably 25 years, and bowled.
Weekly Totals: Week #8 - By the Numbers - Week of Feb. 20
Swim: 21,850 yds - 12.41 miles
Bike: 186.4 miles - 8:03 Trainer work
Run: 33.6 miles
Total TSS: 1311.1
Hours: 17:14 (moving/working time only)
Days Off: 0