Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Pre-race

Since I did not have internet access at our cabin in Coeur d'Alene I have a lot to catch up on. I will break it down so this post doesn't end up being seven pages long and take me a year to write. I will start with the trip out and pre-race.

Packing for this trip was incredible, it is amazing how much more stuff you need tor a full Ironman compared to a half.

Note the iPad that had my pack list as a google document, let me know if you want to see it and I would be happy to share it with you.

We stuffed everything in our tiny car and left Colorado at 4:30 am
The drive out took 17 hours, very long but it was beautiful!

Bailey enjoyed the ride.

Our cabin was right on the lake with great views, we even had our own private doc.
On Thursday we met up with Randi and decided to tackle a couple of the major hills of the course before heading to check in.

We found that the hills weren't too bad (we have great hills in CO to train on)
Riding along the highway and taking pictures is totally safe....right? We followed the ride up with a quick run, CDA is very beautiful, I could easily live here!

Check in was fun, we ran into a few people from our tri club, signed our life away and got some sweet swag.
they slapped our Ironman wrist bands on and things started to feel real.
To be continued.....up next race prep

Friday, June 29, 2012


What an awesome experience, I had the time of my life even thought there were some difficulties (aren't there always in an ironman). Full report when I have a moment but wanted to report that I finished and am happy with my time and race. If you are thinking at all about doing an Ironman, DO IT! It was hardest best thing I have ever done.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Peak Ironman Training

The last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy, peak training was intense but I still (mostly) enjoyed it. I wasn't able to focus on training as much as I would have liked to because of crazy work obligations and my grandmother spending 3 nights in the hospital (she is fine now, in fact better than when she went in). Our last week looked like this:

Monday: 60 min strength
Tuesday: am: 30 mile ride
pm: 10 mile interval run
Wednesday: am: 75 min open water swim
pm: 90 minute hill repeat run
Thursday: am: 30 mile bike ride with pick-ups along the way
pm: swim 3350 m
Friday: 45 min yoga
Saturday: 2 mile open water swim to a 20 mile run
Sunday: 75 mile ride with 25 minute transition run

We even found some time for a little fun:
 And a little family time
 What I know now after finishing the bulk of my ironman training is that I WILL DO THIS AGAIN, probably next year. Might be a little more difficult given that I am in grad school and work full time, but I like a challenge. More later on taper, but mostly I am enjoying the extra time to get my summer classes going!