Monday, June 25, 2012

Am I there yet??

The good

This morning I had an awesome long run. I got up at 5:15 and had a whole grain waffle with almond butter and 1/2 banana. Then I laced up my shoes and headed out right as the sun was starting to come up. I love early morning runs when no one is out yet and it's quiet and a perfect 55 degrees. I ran down to the bay trail so my views for most of the run were of the bay, SF, Marin, and the Golden Gate bridge at sunrise. Perfectly serene! I'm not gonna lie, my feet were hurting by the last 4 miles, but all-in-all, it was a great 15 mile run to start off the week!

The bad

I am so sick of training!!!!!!!! I am sick of swimming and I hate my bike at this point. I had a terrible workout this past weekend - 70 miles of biking into the wind. It took everything I had to not lay down in the middle of the street and hope a passer-by would take pity on me and drive me to my car. I almost cried about 6 times in the last 90 minutes of riding from a terrible mixture of exhaustion, frustration, and disappointment. I didn't even run afterwards, I was so beat. And it was so windy that I only got to use my new aero bars twice for about 30 seconds. I don't think I've blogged about them yet, so here are a couple pics for those that aren't familiar with aero bars.
Barton is eye-ballin me from his window perch in the top corner.
Aero bars 
The aero bars were really comfy for the 30 seconds I was using them. But I'm not very stable on them yet so it would have been dangerous to test them out in the wind. Hopefully next time! The course has a lot of rolling hills and flat parts that I think the aero bars will be perfect for once I get the hang of them.

The Ugly

This training has made my feet ugly. No matter what socks I wear, my pinky toe always becomes a huge blister after a long run. And today I was lucky enough to get 2 additional blisters. yay. That, and the fact that I could feel rocks thru the sole of my right foot, convinced me to buy new running shoes. They are being shipped to me tomorrow so hopefully this won't be happening any more. 

I'm not feeling so great about the race at this point. It's just under 5 weeks away (omg!!!!!) and I feel very under-prepared. Training websites that I've been going off of suggest that at this point in my training I should be doing 15-20 hours/week! I'm at about 8-11 hrs/week. Here's where I am as far as mileage:

Farthest so far Race day
Swim 2400m 2.4 miles (3860m)
Bike 100 miles 112 miles
Run 15 miles 26.2 miles

Hopefully this week I will have some good workouts that give me confidence that I can finish this thing.  But mostly I just can't wait to be done training. Am I there yet?!?!?
Workouts for this week
Today: 15 mile run
Tue: CrossFit 
Wed: 1hr swim
Thur: Short brick workout (50min bike/ 25min run)
Fri: rest (I can't wait for Friday!!)
Sat: Longest brick so far! 80 mile bike/ 8 mile run (hopefully!)
Sun: 3000m swim


  1. it's been a long training season. you're doing great! A week or two more of hard training and then you'll get some rest. On race day you'll have all kinds of adrenaline that isn't around during training. Don't worry, you'll tear it up!

  2. You're going to kick ass on race day! You know as well as anyone that 90% of race day is mental. Dig in and focus on these these couple weeks of hard training, and then rest up during taper. Good luck!