Confessions of an Ironman In Training

15 10 2014

1. I want to eat #allthefood. Post ride/run/swim hunger is real. I’m a little worried about converting back to eating normal amounts of food after Ironman is over…

fried ice cream


2. I keep a bag of frozen corn in your freezer at all times. It comes in handy after long rides. However, you should probably label it “Ironman’s ice pack” or “I put this bag on my sweaty crotch” so it will not get used for food.

3. I have a special pair of very soft cotton underwear that I save for post-long rides. TMI, I know.

4. Sticking my hands down my shorts before a ride is a very normal occurrence. Again, TMI. But really, thank goodness for Chamois Butter!


5. I have the sexiest tan lines on the planet.


(this photo does not do them justice)

6. The bed becomes very appealing at 9pm. And at 1pm. And at 5pm. Heck, if I could just eat, sleep, and train, that would be great.

7. I take more baths than I did when I was an infant. However, Epsom salt or ice is my additive of choice  rather than No more Tears.

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8. I am afraid to go get a pedicure because I’m super embarrassed by how rugged/blister-y and gross my feet are.

9. I have spent far more money than I care to admit on hydration and nutrition products. That stuff can get pricey!!


10. I have spent many Friday and Saturday nights reading re-reading and reading again an embarrassing number of race reports from Ironman Cozumel. What else do I have to do on a weekend night before a long workout?

A few of my favorites: Katie’s , Lauren’s, Sonja’s, John’s (on his wife Maria’s blog)

I may be biased because I either know these people in person or follow them on social media. Note that all but John’s report are multi-post. You must read all the parts!

11. I go back and forth between loving the journey and being so over it. Is it November 30th yet?



12. Ironman training is hard. Really hard. On your body, on your emotions, on your wallet, on your relationships. I am thankful to have an amazingly supportive boyfriend and friends who are crazy enough to do this thing with me.


September Summary

2 10 2014

It seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye. Wasn’t it just Labor Day? I’m not quite sure how today is the first of October, and that 2014 is 3/4 of the way over.

The beginning of October means that I have 2 full months until Ironman Cozumel. I actually have less than that to really train because of taper. I’m going to be perfectly honest- I am getting scared. I’ve started to doubt myself, and thoughts like,  These workouts are hard, will I really be able to make it the whole way? Something always seems to be hurting- will I even make it to the starting line? Am even I doing enough training?

I know that part of being an Ironman is overcoming not only the mental challenges, but the physical ones as well. I’ve got two months to work on my mental and physical game. Time to buckle down!

Here’s how September shaped up:

Run: 147km

That includes a long run each week ranging from 15km-22km, with the exception of one week due to an annoying Achilles issue. The Achilles is better, but now my knee hurts. Ugh. I can’t win. Running sure does take a toll on my body. I can only imagine how I’ll feel next month…


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Bike: 853 km

Surprisingly, this number is smaller than last month’s. I think it’s because we had a bunch of rain and we often spent one of the two weekend days inside on the trainer. I also had a race weekend, which meant only one shorter ride that weekend.

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Swim: 24km

Not bad, not bad. I’ve been doing a lot of pull sets to rest my legs and build my upper body. The other day I did 36 x 100 pull! Talk about boring, but that’s also good mental prep!


Other: Other fitness workouts like Piyo have basically become non-existent. I think I did 2-3 the entire month. I just don’t have the time or energy to do anything other than swim, bike and run.

Races: AC Tri!

This is definitely one of my favorite races. I had a good showing and I hope to go back next year!


Current Reads: All the IM Cozumel race reports I can find. Yes, I’m pathetic.

I’m also reading Meatonomics upon recommendation by Maria. I have at least 3 trips between now and Cozumel, so I’m hoping I’ll have time to finish it. It’s really interesting!

Current Obsession: This will probably read Ironman from here on out.

Current song: Hm. I still turn up the radio when “Break Free” comes on

Current need: A massage! I think tight calves are what is causing all my leg issues. Good thing I set one up for Friday!

Current indulgence: Scandal. It’s back, and I am oh so happy about that! Makes for some good times on the trainer!

Current excitement: I am getting super excited about the vacation part of my Cozumel trip. Is it time to relax on a hammock on the beach yet?