Ironman Training: Weeks 4 & 5

10 07 2014

So, this whole Ironman training is keeping me quite busy. Especially now that I’m in the midst of week 6! It’s finally starting to hit me how much of a time commitment this thing is- and bigger mileage is yet to come! So, this post will be short(er) and I’ll give some highlights from the past two weeks of training.

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This week was heavy on the running, since I was out of town Thursday the 26th through Monday the 30th. But it was good- my legs needed it. The week started off with a track workout, which went surprisingly well for me. We did 1km repeats- 10 of them. I averaged 4:51/km which I was very happy with. Unfortunately, that was my best run all week. At the end of the week, I was home in NJ, and able to run on the boardwalk which was SO. NICE. It’s definitely my favorite place to run. Oh, and I got to rock my new SOAS kit, and I’m in LOVE. Pink + black  + houndstooth = ❤

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Week 4 Stats:

Running: 48km

Biking: 60km

Swimming: 5800m

Week of 6/30-7/6

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If week 4 was about increasing running volume, then week 5 was definitely about increasing cycling volume. I have saddle sores to prove it. Ouch. The week started out with a trainer ride, since the usual Florida thunderstorms cancelled our run practice. I only got in one swim and two runs for the week, but I definitely made up for last week’s lack of cycling, going a grand total of 302 km (that includes trainer time- actual outdoor riding was 250km).

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Have I mentioned I love this kit? Me thinks the jersey might be in my future!

I’ve also started incorporating PiYo into my morning routine, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how nicely it fits in. (This is definitely a perk of working from home!) The workouts range from 25-45 minutes, and though they are sweat inducing (some workouts more so than others), I feel like they’re not so intense that my energy is zapped. Rather, I feel more limber and energized, ready for the evening’s workout.

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Oh, and I must share that I finally saw a gator while out riding and was able to snag photographic evidence! When we stopped for a refuel break on the 4th of July, there was a small gator swimming in the retention pond next to the gas station!

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Not the best picture, but can you see his head?

I’m sure we’ll be seeing him plenty more because this gas station is pretty much the only one on our normal bike route…

Anyhow, that’s a wrap on weeks 4 & 5. Here’s my totals for week 5:

Running: 17km

Biking: 302 km

Swimming: 2300

Other: Piyo, 3 days, 4 workouts

 

 

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