Highs and Lows. Another week down & 2 weeks until Raleigh!!

Another week in the books! As I sit down to write this on Sunday night, I’m 14 days away from IM Raleigh 70.3 and 70 days out from IM Lake Placid! Craziness.

Part of me can’t wait for the end of July, but part of me realizes that I need to stop and soak up every moment of this experience – both the good and the bad.

So with that, I thought I would run through some of the high points and low points of the past week:

High: Starting out my Monday hanging out with a few friends and catching up over a beer.

High: Running hill repeats with no calf pain!! First set this year, and while the actual act of running hill repeats is not that fun, I was so happy to be doing them pain free!

High: I had the benefit of getting to work from home for a majority of the week – which meant sneaking in my 2 hour brick and other workouts was so much easier this week!

Low: I was working at home because my house that I bought last Fall needed some serious plumbing/insulation repairs. Turns out pipes freeze when some major insulation is missing from your house. (<– while my wallet didn’t like this, hopefully I’ll actually having running water in my kitchen next winter!)

High: Completing my 81 mile bike and 6 mile run Saturday.

Low: Screwing up my nutrition/hydration (underestimated) and feeling like death Saturday night.

High: Managing to complete my long run Sunday, despite still not feeling great Sunday.

Low: The range of emotions I experienced during said run – this IM training is definitely physically AND mentally challenging.

Low: Discovering my lawn mower battery had died during the week. (Dang this homeowner stuff!)

High: Representing Ragnar Relays at Fleet Feet Adirondack Wednesday night. Had lots of fun with our 101 session and met some great people! (P.S. if you have never heard of Ragnar Relay, you should definitely check it out!)

High: Having some time to actually RELAX and enjoy some down time – like I said, being home and not on the road for work makes a BIG difference.

High: 6 am swims on Wednesday and Friday. I seriously love my early mornings in the pool, especially at the Saratoga Y – everyone is so friendly there and I love the windows that look outside at the end of the pool – best way to start the day!

High: Going to dinner with my sister and Baby J on Friday night – we checked out a new local restaurant and bar!

High: My new Betty kit! Love the Jacquard kit… it’s bright orange on the left side (more visible to cars) and ruby red on the right – killer color combo! – Want one?!, You can get your own here: https://bettydesigns.refersion.com/c/1f9b0

High: Chicken BBQ with my parents after my long run on Sunday. I was a bit of a mess, and the family time and good food was what I needed!

Turns out I had way more highs than lows this week – which is always good! (Even if a few of the low points felt a bit overwhelming!!)

Got to stay postiive, especially since I’m staring down a heavy training week with an epic weekend ahead – on the docket this weekend is 100 mile bike with a short run after on Saturday, then another hour of biking Sunday, my nephews baptism, and finally a 2 hour, 15 minute run. Then it’s a quick taper to IM 70.3 Raleigh the following weekend! A bit daunting to think of it all at once, but luckily I only have to tackle it one step at a time!!

But first, it’s time to officially recap this past week:

Weekly Workouts//

  • Monday – Rest Day & caught up with some friends in the ‘cuse!
  • Tuesday – 60 minute Run with 6x2min hill repeats
  • Wednesday- 3200 yard swim
  • Thursday – 1 hour 45 minute bike with speed work, 10 minute run
  • Friday – 3200 yard swim, 6×500 descending plus a cool down
  • Saturday – 5 hour 15 minute bike, 60 minute run
  • Sunday – 2 hour run

Total Time: 13 hours

  • Swim: 6400 yards/ 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Bike: 111 miles/7 hours
  • Run: 25 miles/4 hours 10 minutes

Photo Recap//

Well, this is a new one. Can’t believe how little rain we’ve been getting!

  More positivity… Good thoughts… And butterflies.

The culprit battery… ugh.

New Betty! ❤Well, this should last for about 1.5 days.

Bronco. Seriously, he can flop anywhere!   Because I’m too lazy to shop for myself… tried out Golden Tote. Definitely picked up some different and new styles to try!

Bronco v. garbage – he tried to pass it off like he didn’t know what happened.

…unfortuantely for Bronco, the plastic hanging from his tooth gave him away.

And a closing thought as we all start the week out:

This is definitely the truth. I’ve had various people that have challenged me, inspired me and helped change my life.  (i.e. Hello Ironman, would have never thought this possible 5 years ago. A special thanks Meghan for pushing me and making me believe this was in the relm of possiblities.)

I’ve had a number of people in my life that have challenged me, inspired me, and have changed my life in various ways over the years. My classmates from college, my Purdue cohort in grad school, my various mentors, my friends that I’ve met over the years, my family, and the community that I grew up in and have been blessed to return to.

Ok, enough sentimentalism, I could probably go on this topic for a while, since as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize that the quality of the people that you share your life with is one of the most important things in life. Without people to share the highs and lows, the wins and losses, the achievements and failures, life just is not as sweet.

So with that, thank you for sharing in my highs and lows from this last week. I hope that you  had more high points than low in your own life last week – and if not, it’s ok. We all have our highs and lows from week to week and month to month, but I do wish you the best of days and that you’ll always be able to pick out a silverlining no matter how tough the outlook appears.

Cheers!

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