Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Week 17 Ironman Coeur d'Alene Training

Last week was a recovery week and it felt great to only have one workout a day and have a little extra time. Because it was a recovery week we didn't have brick workouts this weekend, instead we started out with a 63 mile ride on Saturday. 

One of my favorite new things this our Belgian waffle maker. We use Bob's Red Mill whole grain organic waffle mix with egg whites.
They are great fuel before big weekend training!

After fueling up Cory and I met some friends to take on the Harvest Moon bike course plus some. There were seven of us, five that are doing CDA and two that are taking on Canada. It was nice to share stories about training and form mini pelotons against the crazy wind. 63 miles is the farthest I have gone this season and was extra difficult given the wind, but it was still a good ride. 

On Sunday we got up early to head down to the Highline Canal Trail to run 12 miles. The trail was icier than we expected but was still a nice run.
The pictures never do the ice justice as we are focusing on not falling instead of taking pictures.
I have to admit that I am ready for spring weather but the fact that we have less than 4 months until Ironman and less than 2 before our first half!
I took a Peanut Butter GU with me to try, everyone says it's good and they are right, I loved it!
Getting 12 miles in before 9:30 am felt great and gave us a great excuse to get Starbucks coffee and breakfast sandwiches. We were in a time crunch because we wanted to hit up a triathlon expo in the afternoon. It was fun to hear some workshops on swim form (most helpful), transition set up (only helpful if you are very new to the sport), run form and recovery tips (very helpful, especially since they let us use recovery boots for 10 minutes). The day was supposed to end with a swim but I forgot a suit, whoops! just extra rest for me. 

Next week starts a new training block and back at it full speed.

Monday Rest day
Tuesday am: 6 mile hill repeats
pm: 3000 meter swim
Wednesday am: 75 min spin class
pm: Yoga
Thursday am: 2900m swim
pm: 60 min tempo run
Friday am: 75 min spin class
pm: strength training
Saturday 16 mile trail run
Sunday Swim 2250 yd/Bike 2 hr brick (not sure how this is going to work with wet hair and cold weather, would hate to have to do this on a spin bike!)
pm: strength training
As always I will do my best to fit it all in and enjoy the journey!
What does your week look like?


  1. Awesome training week! I bought the peanut butter gu but havent tried it yet. Burr looks chilly, it was almost 70 here today and was hot!

    1. 70 degrees sounds like heaven right now! But come middle of summer I will be wishing for these chilly runs!

  2. I can't believe we're getting so close to CDA! nice week!

  3. You are doing great! Keep up the awesome work and I am all for spring. Bring it on!

  4. Beth - those waffles look delicious! It looks like you are on a great track. If you had one piece of advice for your first Ironman, what would it be?

  5. Sounds like the perfect week Beth. And I'm with you on loving me some waffles! YUM! Can't beat that during training! The expo sounds great - glad you got some pointers. Good luck with this coming week!

  6. I can't believe it's less than 4 months til CdA! Sounds like you are moving right along!

    PS I just recently tried the Peanut Butter Gu and I love it although it's a bit thicker than other ones so might not be good for during a race.