Road to 70.3: Week 7

It’s hard to believe that as I’m writing this I will be starting the second month of my 5 month training program. Time certainly is flying and the great news is that I’m still having fun.

Last week was another big build with one three hour brick – eventually this will grow to be around 7 hours. Finishing workouts like this require prep – not only the physical prep of the body to get to a place where it’s doable – but also prep of life – having the time to get it done – having the supplies/fuel you need to be successful. Time is often no problem – I’m able to get it done – I’m still a little unorganized when it comes to fuel and supplies, so that will continue to be my goal.

Here’s how it went down:

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MONDAY: As with every Monday, today was a double run day. Sprints with our workplace crew at TMX, followed by Sprints with Tribe. This was my first real sprint session back after my ankle and I really enjoyed picking up the pace. The CNE was packed with people on their way to a concert, but we dodged the crowds and got the work in. Certainly not as fast as pre injury, but I’m looking forward to working on that in the coming weeks.

TUESDAY: I did my first of two big bricks this week on Tuesday, alone. I got in a 1.5km swim followed by a 50min bike. I got my 10km run in after teaching YFit on a special Tribe run with City Running Tours Toronto. This run was a charity event supporting the fires of Fort McMurray. The tour was their music history tour – it was a lot of fun, but my legs were spent and felt like bricks.

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WEDNESDAY: I switched up the 45min ride for our Tribe 5km run. With all the other Tribe events happening this week only a couple gals showed up, so we kept it nice and light. Stretching and rolling filled up the rest of my night.

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THURSDAY: After a blogger event in the morning I took part in the Bike For Tykes charity spin class. I rode for 60 minutes with all funds raised going to SickKids. This was my third time participating in this fun event for a great cause.

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My day ended with another sweating for social good event with the Black Lungs Ekiden Relay. This is a very fun crew event where local run clubs an crews enter teams of six to run the distance of a marathon. Tribe had 3 teams, and I was very happen to run a 6.1km leg of the race. As a result I kept the remained of my training light (aka I didn’t swim). If was a lot of fun, filled with Tribe Love, and many laughs.

FRIDAY: Knowing I wouldn’t be available to work out on Sunday I moved around my weekend brick and got it done today. After training a morning client I started with a 1.5km swim at 10:30am, hopped on my bike for two hours, and during a very hot point in the day went out for a short 4km run. The heat was brutal and my lack of fueling prior to the workout and during the swim and ride really showed. I simply wasn’t prepared with great breakfast food and then taking quality food with me during my workouts. Again, I just need to get my butt in gear and have great food to fuel on and train with all the time.

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SATURDAY: Although we have started our Tribe SeaWheeze training, many of our crew are continuing to come out for 10km. Anticipating this I went out prior to our crew workout to get some extra km in. This plan worked out very well and allowed my to hold pace with the 10km ladies while getting my full workout in.

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Saturday afternoon I met up with Courtney, Mel, Kat, and Ale for a brief and dang cold open water swim. We went to Cherry Beach, which wasn’t as packed as I had anticipated and took to the water. The cold really got the best of me. I did about 400m but my hands, feet, and face just couldn’t handle it. I was still happy with the work, but know i’ll need to get out there even more as I prep for my half iron man.

SUNDAY: Today was my rest day and was all about family. I had hoped to do a strength workout, but I slept in until 9am (so nice) before attention a family event for the remainder of the day.

My goal for this week is to take either Thursday and Friday and ensure my kitchen is stacked with great food to fuel my workouts. I need to make sure I have quality breakfast foods that will sustain me and get used to riding and running with hydration for my long efforts.

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Week Three  Week Two  Week One

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