The Highs and Lows of Week 23

IRONMAN LOUISVILLE 2017 TRAINING

WEEK 23 – August 21 > August 27

It seemed like this week was a little bit of a hilly ride, with ups and downs aplenty.  So I thought I would recap the happenings.

Monday 

HIGHS:  Rest day, baby!  Eclipse day!  LOWS:  I ran 3 miles on my off day.  Bummer.

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Me trying to figure out whether I wanted to permanently ruin my vision or not.  

Tuesday

HIGHS:  A swim and a 8.5 mile run.  LOWS:  None that I can remember.  Except maybe the swim.  Yeah, I hate swimming.

Wednesday

HIGHS:  My favorite workout of the week – the short bike/run brick.  LOWS:  The wife isn’t feeling well.

Thursday

HIGHS:  The weather this week has been GREAT!!!  LOWS:  Thursday workouts are the worst – a swim, a bike, a run.  Makes for a long afternoon.

Friday

HIGHS:  My mother-in-law Darla hit 70!  Happy Birthday!  And I got to greet my friend Rollie on the bike trail.  LOWS:  Missed the first home football game in which my daughter’s full competitive band performed.

Saturday

HIGHS:  Absolutely none.  Well, that’s not true.  I got to see the competitive marching band do their thing in exhibition after a 88 mile bike/run day.  The ride went well in spite of the fact I wanted to kill people on the bike trail and clueless drivers on the road.  LOWS:  Idiots on the bike trail.  Clueless drivers on the road.  And I got pretty sick about training on that long ride.  I got to the point where I just wanted it to be over.  Happens every year.

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My face after stopping to read my Gunner teammate John’s text about poker at his house that night.  There was no way I could swing it.  I still had another 2+ hours of riding and running ahead of me.  Plus a marching band event later.  

Sunday

HIGHS:  I beat the rain (which looked like trouble, but never did rain) and got in a strong 13.25 mile run and a 45 minute spin.  And I got a second chance to greet my friend Rollie on the bike trail!  LOWS:  Not being able to join my buddies in Chicago for the Chicago Triathlon.  Next year for sure.

So, in all it was a roller coaster ride of emotion throughout training this week.  I was ready to say I was done with it.  But by the end of Sunday’s long run and bike, I realized that I had performed pretty well.  A good recovery from last week.  I’m pretty lucky that I can do this activity.  I don’t take that for granted.

 

TOTALS:

2 Swims – 4200 yards this week / 79150 yards total

4 Bikes – 135 miles this week / 9819 miles total

7 Runs – 45 miles this week / 725 miles total

 

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Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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