IRONMAN LOUISVILLE 2017 TRAINING
WEEK 9 – May 15 > May 21
This week flew by and I barely remember much of it. Here are some of the highlights:
We had temperatures very much consistent with summer, upper 80’s, sunshine, etc. Then the bottom fell out. On Wednesday I ran in shorts and a t-shirt. Friday I ran in pants, jacket, gloves, and a beanie. The temperatures are supposed to rebound, so I’m not panicking.
My pool was driving me crazy! Every year when I open it, it is something new to deal with. Last year it was a torn liner. This year the auto-chlorinator wouldn’t work. And that means my pool was going without chlorine – a situation that would not be ideal. In my usual fashion, I started throwing parts at it. First it was this dumb little microphone that is attached to the pump and is supposed to signal the computer that controls the chlorinator that the pump is on. It has been the issue in the past, so I ordered a new one. Nope. Wasn’t the problem. Next up for me was deciding to keep throwing more money at other parts, or say goodbye to a system that is nearly 13 years old. I decided to buy the water flow sensor just to see if it was the problem. BINGO! That was it! Thankfully, I dodged having to spring for a new $2000+ auto-chorinator.
I have been continually dealing with my high hamstring tendonitis, and to add to that I think I am starting to have plantar fasciitis as well. Yay me! I think I can handle the two issues, but I can’t neglect stretching. I should also probably part ways with my dumb running streak. I’m into year three, but if running everyday is going to affect whether or not I can tackle Ironman Louisville, well I just may have to give it up. My 53 year old muscles need to recover, and I’m not allowing them to do so.
Saturday I had the joy of watching my son Ben graduate college. The day of the graduation was miserable, and I was only able to get in about 3 miles of running, instead of the 1.25 hours that the plan had called for.
Since I couldn’t ride on Saturday, I did the 2:45 ride after the long car ride back from Dubuque, Iowa on Sunday. I thought I would pay for that idea with soreness, but it wasn’t too bad. Maybe it was the nasty cold and wind that took my mind off of it! It turned out to be a decent ride, averaging 17.1 mph over 46.5 miles. My heart rate monitor would disagree with me, seeing that it was alarming me to being out of my prescribed zone, but I felt good.
So the week went well, all things considered. I got in two swims, did my rides and runs (with an abbreviated weekend long run), and got to see my son graduate college! I can’t complain.
2 Swim – 2600 yards this week / 17900 yards total
3 Bikes – 76.5 miles this week / 593 miles total
7 Runs – 25 miles this week / 241 miles total