Well my two biggest training weeks are done and dusted. And even a week of taper is already over too!
12 days until Ironman Lake Placid and I am filled with a variety of emotions and thoughts…
This change of thought happens to me by the hour. Sometimes I think “I’ve been doing this for months, it’s just a catered training day. It’s natural for me. I will be just fine.”
And then the next hour my stomach is in knots and I think “Oh my gosh. I will be so heart broken, embarrassed, disappointed and upset if I don’t finish. How will my life go on if I don’t finish? What if everything that could possibly go wrong, goes wrong?! Did I do enough training? Do I even belong there?”
And then the next thing I know I’m back to “YES I cannot wait. I can’t wait to experience it all. I cannot wait to be there in the moment. I am a good athlete. It will be awesome.”
SO…here’s what I’ve been up to the past three weeks:
Week 26 Recap (Peak Week #1)
Total Mileage: 217 Miles
Total Time: 21:47 Hours
My two peak weeks of training were actually really good. I was tired of course, but I wasn’t miserable. The long ride during peak week #1 was an 86 mile ride titled “The Peninsula Death Ride”. I’m not even sure how gravity worked on some of those hills. I rode with a small group of riders. One rider is also doing Ironman Lake Placid, so it was comforting to bounce ideas, fears and comments off of him. Another rider in the group had done Lake Placid in 2016, so it was even more awesome to ask the questions I had rolling around the back of my head. He told me I looked strong on the hills and I really appreciated hearing that. He also pointed out hills that were pretty comparable to Lake Placid and it was a big confidence boost knowing how it felt to climb those hills and still feel good.
Peak week #2 I did a 90-mile ride and a 6-mile run afterwards and I felt fantastic. My nutrition was spot on. I can’t believe how good I have gotten at eating on the bike compared to last year! I also tried eating a bologna sandwich (after reading about GI distress/cramps for endurance athletes and learning that fat intake during big races is important.) I found out that I enjoyed having something more salty than sweet, so I am going to go with one of those on race day. I also ran an 18-miler and a 20-miler and felt decent during those runs. All confidence building workouts.
And alas, 4th of July weekend I had 5 days off work to train and to move into our new house. It felt like a weird Ground Hog’s Day. I told my husband I would be done with my training by 1PM every day and I held true to my word, except I was left exhausted for the actual moving part of each day. (At one point my husband caught me lying down on the ground while painting a wall, it wasn’t very efficient FYI.)
Still the man remains a saint and goes down in history as the greatest husband ever. He was extremely understanding of my tiredness, soreness and stress level. He did the bulk of the moving and lifting and would still make sure I had enough to eat and drink. He didn’t mind when I would pass out at 8PM leaving him to clean stuff up. He comforted me at 5AM when I was almost on the verge of tears about to head out to train YET AGAIN even though I was utterly exhausted. He is the real MVP of my entire Ironman journey, because I honestly could not have made it this far without him.
Over the course of the 5 days of moving — I trained 234.5 miles. Ouch.
My home gym is also coming along very nicely. I’m so excited for this room. I still need to hang stuff up and paint, but I’ve decided I will tackle all of this after the Ironman.
For now I am enjoying my new running routes in a new city during the final days of Ironman training. We live a mile from Lake Erie now, so it’s nice to run up there to the beach. There’s so much going on, but it’s all good and exciting things. I just pray I can keep my sanity and composure. It’s all mental at this point.
“The cake is baked, now you gotta let it cool.” — Referring to the Ironman taper.