Happy Easter, friends!
I hope you get to spend the day with friends, family and loved ones.
My trip home to Syracuse was short and sw-EAT: yesterday morning, I met up with MB and one of her running buddies (another Ironwoman nonetheless) for an easy 45-minute run before I grabbed breakfast with two of my cousins. Then, my aunt and I went to Syracuse Bicycle and Fleet Feet to do some MuckFest mud run shopping. At Syracuse Bicycle, I stocked up on cycling socks, water bottles, and even bought a pair of toe covers and a black Patagonia vest. (Hey, it was on sale.) The shop was recently renovated, and it’s very impressive. Yesterday afternoon, my family watched the Syracuse-Marquette game, and the Orange won—Final Four, here we come!
We enjoyed a sinfully delicious Easter breakfast this morning before we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for Easter “dinner”—and then I hopped on a train and am currently en route back to New York City.
So now that it’s officially Sunday, you know what that means: It’s race week!
This time next week, I will hopefully have completed my first triathlon of the season—and will be celebrating accordingly with my teammates! Race week, race week!
As you know, I didn’t blog about my workouts at home, but my final push before the taper went well: on Friday, I had a solid swim that included a 15-minute time trial. My wetsuit was quite the topic of conversation, and the old ladies at the local pool loved me! (And some of them knew me when I was little. Oh, small towns.) That afternoon, I completed the best tempo run I’ve had thus far. Not only did I hold paces below my designated splits (don’t yell at me, coach!), but I also felt strong mentally. This was the first tempo run I completed solo this training cycle, and it was a huge confidence builder—I proved to myself that I can push harder and hold a faster pace than I thought possible. Disclaimer: The tempo run occurred in the cold (roughly 34 degrees Fahrenheit), which is basically the exact opposite of what Miami’s weather conditions will be like. Here’s to hoping powering through snow and hail (no joke!) will help me be mentally tough come race day.
And as previously mentioned, I met up with MB and her running buddy on Saturday. They had 10 miles on the docket, so I tagged along for 45-minutes or slightly more than five miles. Thanks for a run fun, ladies—and for not dropping me!
Overall, I couldn’t have ended this week on a better note workout-wise, so I will do my best to embrace the taper so I’m locked, loaded, and ready to do work.
Time for Write It Down, Do It Up!
(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works: Every Sunday evening, I post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same. This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable. Sounds like a win-win, right?)
Monday – a.m. run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE)
Tuesday – a.m. bike (outside with team)
Wednesday – a.m. indoor cycling with FTE; a.m. run off the bike
Thursday – a.m. swim with FTE
Friday – easy a.m. swim/run or off
Saturday – easy open-water swim and bike with FTE
Sunday – Nautica South Beach Triathlon (0.5-mi. open-water swim, 19-mi. bike, 4-mi. run)
How was your Easter?