Monday, July 28, 2014

96 days to go...

At this point in my training, this is the first time I have actually thought

"I'm never going to be able to do this...I'll never finish..." 

and I believed it.

It was a hard week. A long training week and a very long and hard training weekend. We had a 3 hour ride on Saturday. We rode from Burleson to Grandview...and back. I always thought Grandview was a long DRIVE.... much less a bike ride. We did that first thing Saturday morning and still got shocked by the heat. Overall, it was a good ride. Did you know that Grandview is mostly UP hill? I never would have guessed that.... but it sure felt like it. We got in 40 miles round trip in just under 3 hours. (sorry coach, I didn't do the whole 3...) With my MPH average with that ride I would be in just under the cutoff at IRONMAN Florida. I'm good with long as I just make it.

Sunday was a 2 hour run. It was also the hottest day of the summer so far, at a scorching 102 degrees. Actually, when we started our run at 6:30... it was down to 101. The run started out great. I was having a solid run up until about an hour - fifteen. Then I started to feel sick to my stomach. From there, it only got worse. I had been feeding my body the whole run with water, nutritional GU and salt tablets... so I really thought I was ok. I felt terrible though and it didn't help that this had happened to me earlier in the week to. Seems like anything over 6 or 7 miles...I just hit a wall and can't go any further. My nutrition needs a major overhaul and I'm clueless as to where to start.

Don't even get me started on the swim. Although I feel like I'm doing much better in the pool, I really need to get myself out to open water more often so I don't have a complete panic attack in Florida. But that is far from my mind right now.

Along these same lines...I will tell you I'm an absolute mess. Before my training started, my activity level was low...VERY low. I have never IN MY LIFE worked out this much. 6 days a week... and most days 2 workouts a day.... NEVER NEVER NEVER has my body seen this type of activity. With that said...this type of new activity and a woman's hormones are cray cray! I can 100%  feel a huge ugly cry fest coming on.. (watch out Jason) and maybe once that happens I'll feel better. I mean I almost cried at an episode of Sophia The First....and the Subaru commercial with little girl in the drivers seat..... that one gets me every time. It's a proven fact, higher activity in woman can definitely mess with your hormone level. Just watch out when your around me for the next 3-4 months. If you say the wrong thing.. I may bust out crying and you'll be stuck consoling me for who knows how long.

My body is telling me it needs a rest. (which today is a rest day, yay!) But just one won't do it. Tomorrow I am back at it and will be until next Monday. If I take too long of a rest, all of this training will be useless and it'll be like starting over again.

This is hard ya'll.... really hard. 

I would say this ranks way up there with one of the most challenging things I have ever done. It's a true test to my ability, my mind and my life. 

So... that's it. Thats my pity party for the time being. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

16 Weeks to go..

WOW! 16 weeks until IRONMAN Florida is upon us. I actually find it very difficult to find words that accurately describe this journey. Thats why I do not post as often as I wish.  I have started 5 or 6 different post and can't finish them because I can't get the words out the can explain this crazy trip.
We are just over 3 months away from the big day. Jason and I are currently deciding which half ironman we will be doing as "practice" or training in September... That's 70.3 miles total. It is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. This is JUST training. I can't even wrap my mind around that right now.

Training itself is starting to get very busy and very hard. We are at the part where I totally get it that this is not just an endurance event... It is 1/3 endurance, 1/3 nutrition and 1/3 all in your head. Over this past week we had 2 - 30 mile bike rides and also a 40 mile bike ride. We also had over 4,000 meters of swimming, and close to 20 miles running. This is only half way in too.... It is difficult to have the balance of training vs family vs life... (wait, what life???)

When this whole thing started the furthest I had ever run was a half marathon.. the furthest I have ever rode my bike was maybe 10 miles tops... and that's pushing it.

During training, I have to constantly remind myself of why I am doing this.... and its because of this guy....

I can't quit... as much as I want to at times - and I won't. It doesn't matter if I have a headache, or if I just feel like crap. It doesn't matter if all of my friends are going somewhere and I want to go... this training triumphs all that, and if it doesn't, all of this will be lost.
Here's an idea of what a training week looks like... this is my schedule next week.

Mon: Rest Day! YAY!
Tues: 30 mile bike & 2750 m swim
Wed: 1 hour run
Thurs: 2200 m swim and 1:20 on the bike
Fri: Yoga and 2850 m swim
Sat: 3 hour bike + transition run right off the bike (very short run)
Sun: 2 hour run

It's hard.... I look at that schedule and I want to cry... because it is just hard. If it were just me and Jason, I might still cry, but maybe not as much. But having 2 kiddos and trying to fit training into life is so difficult to do. And the thing is, these swims, rides and runs are only getting longer and more intense. It is all a learning process from here on out. We have to learn nutrition (which nutrition needs its own post...)
and I, for sure have to train my brain to think that I CAN do this.

On a side note... Denver and Brita are totally watching us. They watch us and at times, don't like it that we have to go out on a 2 or 3 hour ride. But then there are times Denver will hear me say "I don't want to" or "that was a tough one..." in to which he will reply

"mom, you're doing awesome...and you're doing it for me."

THAT... makes it worth it.

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