On the brink…

Here I am, on the brink.

The brink of the next level.

The step up. The next challenge.

I have a 1 week reprieve due to an upcoming trip with my girls from Purdue… then it will be time to put my head down and get to work. I started to get a {very} minor taste of the increased training volume this weekend with a 4:50 Brick session Saturday and a 2:10 Run on Sunday. The times are increasing. The distances are increasing. The intensity is increasing.

It only goes up from here. There are 90 days until IMLP. The journey may have started in mid-December and early-January but I fully recognize that the real test starts now. Until now I’ve largely been in my comfort zone and training distances/levels that I’ve completed the past two years with my 70.3 training. It’s funny the stuff that stressed me out and seemed so difficult two years ago is now base training for me (but still recognize that base is significant). Now what lies ahead is now going to be the true challenge. Mentally and physically. Especially mentally.

Recognizing the fact that I really need to mentally prepare for the next 90 days, I decided to reach out to my coach to understand where we are headed with training. Apparently the next 12 weeks will include 5 bike rides of 100+ miles and a few 20 mile runs. This is enough to scare me and also emphasize I need to start mentally preparing now. I also need to start really paying close attention to my daily schedule – for my work life, my personal life, my training life and for any down-time I can manage.

Also, it’s enough for me to realize that while I need to be able to prepare myself and stay mentally strong, I also need to be ready to ask for some support from my network of training buddies, T2 teammates, Betty sisters, my family and my friends. And having said that… I want to first apologize in advance to all of my support crew. I know there will be highs and lows in the next 12 weeks. I know there will be times when I think I am on top of tackling this challenge and there will be times that the challenge of the event will seem impossible (but still know it’s totally possible to swim 2.4 miles to warm up, bike 112 miles and then run 26.2 miles as a cool down…).

I promise that I will try to keep everything in balance, to keep having fun, and to not stress out (too much…). I also promise that any and all encouragement that is given will be appreciated.

And finally – I cannot be held responsible for the harm that may come to anyone that tells me I’m crazy. Trust me, I already know that. I don’t need to be reminded… 🙂 The situation won’t end well for anyone.

Don’t mess with the hungry and tired triathlete.

Seriously.

Weekly Workouts//

  • Monday – 70 minute recovery bike
  • Tuesday – 3300 yd swim
  • Wednesday –  Hour sports massage – working out all the damage I’ve done in the past month…
  • Thursday – 60 minute base run (6.25 miles)
  • Friday – 2500 yd swim – with speed work
  • Saturday – 4 hour 10 minute bike/40 minute run (65 miles/4.35 miles)
  • Sunday – 2 hr 10 min Run (14 miles)

Total Time: 10 hours, 45 minutes

  • Swim: 5800 yards/1 hour 30 minutes
  • Bike: 79.5 miles/5 hours 20 minutes
  • Run: 24.6 miles/3 hours 50 minutes

Photo Recap//

LOVED getting this last Monday. It was a tough day. Getting this at work = sunshine for my Monday.

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Yes… that’s snow. Was not impressed to wake up to this.

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Early mornings mean you get to experience things that most people miss.

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We are powerful beyond measure.

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Trip to Cornell = Automatic trip to the Dairy Bar.

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And of course CTB. Mandatory Patrick Ewing sandwich was ordered. And was delicious.

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Yea… cut this one close. 1 mile to E… IMG_1232

He cracks me up. Everytime.

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Pit stop on my 65 mile ride Saturday.IMG_1237

Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten to bike one of my favorite places. Top of the Battlefield.

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End of the long ride. Love my road. 
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Yes. As I am standing on the edge of the jump up in training. I’m embracing this.

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The. Biggest. Burger.

Seriously. I tried to pick it up. it was a disaster.

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 Give me dirt country roads (or trails) all day long. They make my soul happy. This was mile 9 of my 14 mile run Sunday. IMG_1244 Paint and Sip – a late Christmas present… Sister date!

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A masterpiece in the making! 🙂IMG_1247

Closed out the week with a writing a few cards and notes. Love sending out happiness!IMG_1250

Well, that’s all – can’t believe I actually posted a few times this week – enjoying the bit of down time before training ramps up here over the next 12 weeks… 90 days from IMPL – eek!!

Hope you all had an amazing week!

Cheers!



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One thought on “On the brink…

  1. Did you go to Purdue? (just wondering…my brother went there) 🙂
    90 days!! You are totally right that you need to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the next 12 weeks!! They will be hard. You will be hungry and tired….all.the.time. But it will totally be worth it when you are swimming, biking, and running in LP!! Very excited for you!!
    Also you should remember that training is the HARD part. The race is the best part and the reward for all the hard training you put in!!
    Good luck on the next BUILD! Keep positive!! It will go fast!!
    Great pictures too!

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