When you’re training plan for the week comes with the disclaimer from your coach of “I’m not trying to kill you” you know it’s going to be a good week. I had to put on my big girl panties and strap on beach ball sized lady nuts to get though this training week! Did I also mention it was the last week of school for the boys? Between you and me, I think she really was trying to kill me…
WEEK OF JUNE 12, 2017
Turns out I actually tried to kill myself by attempting a speed workout in the heat. I have no clue how I thought I could handle it, only that I desperately did not want to be inside on the treadmill. About 15 minutes into the run I would have paid someone to drive me back to the gym and put me on the treadmill. I slogged though as best I could and did a final fast 2 miles on the treadmill. Worst.idea.ever.
Luckily, the rest of the week was not as eventful but I did do a sprint triathlon Thursday night at a local lake!
Tuesday – 5.71 miles of heat/speed | 7:49 pace then 2 miles @7:29 on the treadmill
Thursday – 3 mile run as part of sprint triathlon | 7:19 pace
Saturday – Hard intervals | 1 hour | 7:38 pace
Total = 16.71
Not to be outdone by my heat adventures in running, I got a flat tire on the bike the very next day! Seriously, someone is trying to kill me. Luckily, I stayed calm and although it probably took me about 10 minutes, I changed the tire and completed my ride.
As I was sidelined, a very nice woman stopped by to ask if I was ok. She also said she was coming back that way in 30 minutes and, if I was still there, she would give me a ride. So sweet and so reassuring to know I had a back up plan since my husband was in New Jersey and my dad and stepmom were in Buffalo!
Tuesday – Long ride | 36.7 miles
Thursday – 11.5 mile ride as part of sprint triathlon
Friday – 1 hour ride with 3×8 minutes at threshold | 18.2 miles
Total = 66.4 miles and one flat tire
The good news is I didn’t come close to drowning, the bad news is I had to change one open water swim to a pool swim because of the weather. I’m very happy I was able to get one open water swim in, especially in a race environment, but I need to be out on the water as much as possible over the next several weeks.
I also took Star out on the SUP and she jumped right off and went swimming! It was hilarious and I wish I had it on video. She loves the water, which is great, but I need to get her a life jacket.
Tuesday – 25s hard with pull, band and buoys | 1,400 yards
Thursday – 700 yard swim as part of sprint triathlon
Saturday – open water pyramid that was changed to pool pyramid | 2,300 yards
Total = 4,400 yards
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THINGS I LOVE
Dyson. Yes, the vacuum company. Here’s why:
I accidentially threw a frisbee into a glass of wine, shattering it all over my outdoor carpet. Don’t ask. So I hosed off the carpet and then brought out the vacuum to get any shards of glass I may have missed. Bad idea. My super power sucking Dyson sucked up about two inches of water out of the soaked rug and then died. I almost cried because I love that vacuum, it’s only one year old and it cost almost as much as my car.
I called Dyson to see what could be done. Apparently nothing but, since I just bought the vacuum and didn’t try to lie about how it broke (it never occurred to me?) they set me up with a brand new one and more attachments than I will probably ever use, for $200.
I love them so much. Great customer service, knowledgeable staff and they shipped it for arrival in two days since they clearly know how painful it is for a mom to be without her vacuum.
THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH
Racing a sprint triathlon as part of my regularly scheduled training program! This is all part of the “I’m not trying to kill you” plan and, although I did not die, I felt like I wanted to when I was running a very hilly 5K after the swim and bike on unrested legs and lungs and with a start time of 6:15pm. It’s always so much harder for me to race at night.
But it was actually kind of awesome and it got me into an open water swim racing situation, which is exactly what I needed.
I also needed two Burdicks to help me into my wetsuit.
A local group runs sprint triathlons every other week during the summer and, although I have known about the series for a long time, this is the first time I was able to participate. They are done as sort of practice races but the organizers are super professional and everything is timed using race chips.
Here’s how I did overall and I was happy with the effort:
This was also my fastest swim to date (1:48 pace), which was pretty much the reason for me being there. Mission accomplished.
By now, if you’re a runner and/or have eyeballs and the internet, you’re aware of the controversy involving Kelly Roberts, Marathon Investigation, Oiselle, Women’s Running and Runner’s World and the whole lotta crazy going on…
First, this happened: Kelly Roberts on the cover of Women’s Running was celebrated and all “yay Kelly your body image message is so amazing and we all love you so much for your wit and fun attitude!”
Then, Marathon Investigation discovered Kelly has been banditing races (i.e. jumping into races without paying an entry fee) and started to lose some of the warm fuzzies. And then we saw Oiselle calling her a professional athlete and they even fired a Volée member for bad mouthing Roberts and Oiselle for continuing to sponsor her knowing she’s a race cheater. And, although Roberts does get paid for running, some think bestowing the title of professional runner on her is not quite right.
And then Runner’s World posted this article about how it’s never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ok to run a race you didn’t pay for. But is it really?
And then Oiselle issued this fine piece of writing that reads more like a legal document, in a sort of defense of Roberts.
RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK
This comment was posted to one of the article about Roberts and I think it sums it up quite nicely:
Someday I may try to go back to signing up for a race, paying for it, training, racing and not telling a soul. It’s becoming more and more appealing.
How was your week?
Has your training been trying to kill you?
Want to weigh in on the Kelly Roberts saga?