2016 IMLP Training – WEEK 24

WEEK 24 – June 6, 2016 – June 12, 2016

A day by day account –

Monday:  Rest day.  But I did 2 miles of running to satisfy the running streak.  It now stands at about 1.5 years of running at least a mile every day!

Tuesday:  I finally got into a pool!  I ended up going to the YMCA off of Briggs Street in Joliet and used their pool.  It cost me $15 for a day pass!  I spent the 3000 yards swimming calculating how much each 100 yard segment cost me (50 cents/100 yards, if you must know).  Overall, I felt pretty good for missing two weeks worth of swim training, but I did notice a little fading in the end.  A seven mile run finished off Tuesday.  I was aiming for the planned 1:15 run, but I saw a friend in the forest preserve and she is running her first marathon in the fall.  I chose to walk a couple of miles and talk running with her.

Wednesday:  Bike/Run brick day.  Nothing out of the ordinary in this workout.  The bike did increase by 15 minutes.  Nice of Don Fink to throw that into the plan.

Thursday:  1.5 hour bike ride on the trainer and followed with 1 mile on the treadmill.  We had a little rain on Thursday.

Friday:  A hot day for an afternoon run.  Managed 10.5 miles in 1:33.  Felt pretty good.

Saturday:  A mid 90’s day is not ideal conditions for a 5 hour long ride, but I got it done and averaged about 17.1 miles per hour.  I think that will be a pretty good tempo for Lake Placid.  The ride was supposed to be followed with a run, but I opted to do it indoors on the t’mill.  Had I run in the heat I would have ended up walking a lot of it because I knew that it was going to be tough.  So I chose to run tempo indoors on the dreadmill.  Plus I knew that I was doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, so I thought it best to play it safe.

Sunday:  The plan called for an hour long bike spin and a 2 hour 15 minute run, but I did a sprint triathlon instead in Batavia, Illinois.  Sunday was the opposite of Saturday weather wise.  A little breezy but temps in the upper 60’s.  Matter of fact, the water temp was warmer than the air temp for a change!  I ended up with a 6 minute PR over my time from 2014.  I guess I smashed the bike, and the run was pretty quick as well.  I only counted one guy passing me on the bike, and no one passed me on the run.  I was gunning for it.  I placed 22nd overall, and 3rd in my age group.  Since this race is a USAT Nationals Age Group Qualifier, I should be qualified for the Nats in August.  Probably won’t go to it, seeing that it is in Omaha, Nebraska and I have a daughter entering her freshman year at Valparaiso University, a daughter heading into freshman year at Lincoln-Way Central, and a son who is turning 21 as he heads back to his senior year at Loras College.  All of that happens in the last couple of weeks in August!

Pool News:  Finally got word that they should be out to replace my pool liner this week, tentatively on Thursday which is forecasted for rain.  When it finally gets in, I think that I will probably do 30 minutes of swimming daily on the non-swim days, and do the planned swims as well.  I have some catching up to do!

WEEK 24 TOTALS:

Swims: 2 total, 3400 yards, 1:10

Bikes: 4 total, 8:15 hours, 138.5 miles

Runs: 7 total, 5 hours, 35 miles

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Week 24 done.  6 weeks to go!

 

 

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Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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