The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy with work, training, family time, puppy time, volunteering, being sick, resting etc. Not last weekend, but the weekend before, I did NOT have the best training weekend.
That Saturday, I was supposed to run for 3 hours. Did not happen. Two miles into the run, I started crying. I thought my body was just tired. My husband asked if I was starting my period. Bad move considering I wasn’t. Instead, I went to have coffee with a friend.
I hoped the next day, when I had to ride for 6 hours, was going to be better. The scenary was beautiful, and the company was very entertaining.
These ladies were great to cycle with. They were so patient too. Granted it was a very very very hilly course, it took us 6 hours to go 65 miles. NOT good at all. On the flats, my goal was to stick to my IM race pace. It did not happen. Every time I would get up to 11 or 12 miles an hour, my heart rate would sky rocket. It was embarrassing. I went home definitely worried that something was wrong. Sure enough, Monday morning I woke up with a fever, chills, body ache, and lots of mucus. Ah, it all makes sense now.
Monday, I got to cuddle with the puppies, and work from home in between sleeping. I had to actually go into work the rest of the week, and when I wasn’t working, I was sleeping and drinking Airborne out of a wine glass.
Fast forward to this past Saturday, I felt like a new woman! Off to masters swim:
Three hour trainer ride. Hey, it was 39 degrees out, and I’m sick of being cold. Don’t judge! It actually wasn’t that bad. I just put on some Jersey Shore, Real World, and the Food Network, and i was good! I also had a friend stop by and ride with me for an hour. That definitely helped with being on the trainer for a while.
And a 45 min run afterwards. That was all just Saturday.
Then, I volunteered for a 5K race called the Monster Dash with my running team on Sunday. It benefits local high school. cross country programs. LOVED it! The only bad thing about it was that once I got done freezing my butt off outside that morning for 4 1/2 hours, I still had to run for a couple of hours, then bike for an hour and a half. I got it done though despite the rain and cold outside!
I’m on the front end of my taper for Ironman Arizona, and I’m so loving it! I guess a lot of athletes hate this time (and I might too towards the end), but I’m loving it up right now. Even though I was working out for 5 1/2 hours on Saturday, I felt like I had so much more time to do other things! Crazy, huh? I’m so looking forward to the off season and only working out for 5-7 hours a week. My house is so dirty most of the time because of IM training and working and doing everything else. haha.
Anyway, that is what’s going on! I have a book review for you guys on Thursday, and reviews for tofu, gloves, and a running movie (VERY inspiring) coming up in the next few weeks!
Do you like tapering? Do you follow your tapering plan to a “T,” or do you freak out that you are loosing fitness and train more than you are supposed to? I’ve been guilty of that before with a few races. Boy, was I stupid!! haha