Road to 70.3: Week 9

This week was absolutely divine. Most of it was spent at our family cottage which meant the car was packed to the roof with training gear, cottage gear, and my new stand up paddle board – and yes, training gear included my wet suit and my bike – it was packed!

We we’re at the cottage from Wednesday to Saturday and after a bike issue early on (both Mark’s motorcycle and my bicycle) I kept trying to remind myself we were on cottage time – which I was trying to convince myself meant no timeline at all – and for most of the week it worked.

Here was last weeks plan:

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So I had this really great idea that I would be able to get all my swims done while up in the open water of Lake Huron. What didn’t occur to me was the temperature of the water, length of my swims, or even the water conditions. So as you can see -swims were out – but they also weren’t the only thing to get missed. So here we go…

MONDAY: Today’s two crew runs we’re a shorter workout which only included a combined time of 8km. It was very hot out and both groups were feeling the heat. I was also inspired by my sisters crew run the week before and we added some ABC’s to both groups as well as combined a variety of intervals with strength training for our Tribe run.

TUESDAY: Tuesday is typically my big brick day, but as we were headed for the cottage I had to work during the day. I had thought I had a media preview event this evening (turns out it was in July) so even after my evening became clear, I choose instead to pack for our weekend away.

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WEDNESDAY: After training my morning client, Mark and I made our way to the cottage. We had a few stops on the way for business and lunch, and after 6 hours arrived. My brother-in-laws girlfriend who recently got into Triathlon was at the cottage and while I thought we might get in a workout together she had to take off, so I hoped on my bike and did a little out and back along the main cottage road into town.

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THURSDAY: After yesterdays ride I couldn’t believe how quiet the roads were. I saw maybe 6 cars the entire hour. This inspired me to move my long ride up from the weekend and get it done now. I rode out to a city we pass through called Hollyrood. There is a popular ice cream place there (no I didn’t stop) and I wanted to see if I could get there in the 65 minutes I had planned – I could. The ride turned out to be much more hilly then I thought. The local farm lands provided much entertainment, as did being chased frequently by red wing black bids. This ride was bricked with a short run, and although my legs felt tired I challenged myself to hold what was my Ekiden race pace. It was a hot one!

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FRIDAY: Today was rainy and ick, and the only marathon that happened was on Netflix – this was only my second time ever watching Netflix and boy did time fly – 6 hours of watching disappeared. I enjoyed the break, but could see how people could get into a chilled out lifestyle on the regular. So I decided to take today as a rest and did lots of stretching instead. 

SATURDAY: Today’s long run was all about checking out our scenic cottage views. 17km of an out and back which included dirt roads, regular roads, a boardwalk, and a wooded trail. It was awesome. My legs felt heavy and the entire run was slower then I would’ve liked – but something the workout is just about getting it done with. Later in the afternoon I got out on my stand-up paddle board – in my wet suit because it was so cold – I had decided I would swim when I got home, but that didn’t happen either. Tomorrow is the start of our outdoor YogaJam and I just wanted to everything to be perfect.

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SUNDAY: Today was the day many people have been waiting for for months – the return of our Tribe Fitness YogaJam, this year with sponsorship from New Balance. I taught the 60 minute class in the morning, and after brunch hit the hay. Up’d mileage, almost 10 hours of driving, plus our first YogaJam had me spent. The break was nice, especially while away with Mark and while I might not have gotten in all my physical training – my mental health definitely needed it.

Next Sunday is the Toronto Triathlon Festival, so I look forward to a week of extra stretching and rest. Check out their page for fun community events happening on Saturday at the expo.

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