Training update: 4 weeks to the hottest 70.3; 5 weeks to swimming with sharks!

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I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since my last race(s)! Coincidentally, that’s exactly how much time I’ve got left until my next race. Funny how your perception of time changes when you think of it that way:

I can’t believe in just one short month, I’ll be racing Ironman 70.3 Hawaii!
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It’s hilly, isn’t it? I feel underprepared… but I also feel like that’s a normal way to feel, you know? I always have doubts before a big race, but then it is what it is and it goes the way it goes. No point in stressing about it.

Still, I feel like I haven’t been riding my bike as much as I did four weeks out of, say, Challenge Rancho Cordova last year. I especially feel like haven’t been riding enough hills to prepare for this brutal course.

The run should be OK, I think. (Notice how I have feelings about the bike and thoughts about the run? What’s up with that?!?) It will be hot, hilly, humid and difficult. But I’ve been keeping up with the weekly long runs since RunLiv and RnRSF, and this coming weekend I’m running four legs in The Relay. I’ll live!

And the swim… it’ll be nice, warm, and something like this:

Speaking of nice and warm, you know what isn’t? The Escape from Alcatraz swim. Happening just three days after we come back from Hawaii. Talk about a shock to the system! But I’ll think (about sharks) and worry about jumping from a boat in 50-degree water later. Most importantly, I will not whine. I get to cross two incredible, world-class races off my bucket list and I plan to do my best to enjoy them!

April Training

Here’s what it looked like:
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Favorite run:
Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 9.28.13 PMThe 8 x 200 repeats I was instructed to do at 40-46 seconds; with 400 meters very easy jog to recover. I ran them all between 39 and 42 seconds and felt great! (Afterwards, not so much…)

Plenty of beautiful trail running this month, too, and we even saw a snake yesterday (not pictured).

Favorite ride:
ALL of the rides on my new tri bike! It is such speedy fun! And running off the bike feels so much better than running of my old road bike. Definitely worth the investment!

New favorite post-training snack:
PickyBarIceCreamMicrowave a Picky Bar for 30 seconds. Pile tons of your favorite ice cream on top! Eat.

My favorite flavor combo is Smooth Caffeinator and TJ’s vanilla Soy Cream, plus possibly some Chocolate Coconut ice cream. It’s serious business. Try it.

Mmmmmm, now I want a snack. Talk soon!

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