January 15, 2012

Ironman Week 2


am: swim / 1,650 yds / 0:41
I had a small window of time before I had to be at work, so I decided to try something new: an afternoon swim! It was a beautiful day and it actually felt refreshing to get in the pool compared to the evening when I have to bribe myself to just get in. It was my longest workout so far with some drills and some faster sets but as a result it seemed to go super fast. I thought it would be hard to determine my pace for the progressive 100s, but I actually did pretty well: 2:05, 2:00, 1:50, 1:45. It was so nice to swim when the sun was still out and warm, so hopefully I can do it more often. It was a great way to start off my day!
  • warm-up:
    • 300
    • 100 kick
  • main:
    • 6x75 (50 choice drill + 25 swim)
    • 4x100 progression (15 sec rest)
  • cool-down:
    • 100 kick
    • 300
am: run / 4 mi / 0:36 / avg 8:59
Easy morning run before work. Ended up being my last before the marathon on Sunday.

When I got home from my swim I was excited to see that the shoes I'd ordered had arrived! I've been due for a while (I wear performance shoes so they only last me about 2 mos.) and I was realy hoping they'd get there before I left for Houston Thursday. I ordered 2 pairs of the same in a size 9 and got them all ready with my inserts before noticing as I was writing the date on the inside of the tongue that it said 8.5. I checked both pairs and sure enough, both were 8.5! Thankfully working at a running store has it's perks and I was able to snag a pair in my size to wear for Houston and I've sent back the shoes to exchange them for the right ones.

am: bike / 11.65 mi / 0:45 / avg 15.5 mph
Easy 45 minute ride, the first morning one in quite a while! I wore fingerless gloves and my fingertips were painfully cold : / My legs felt strangely heavy even though I wasn't riding fast. I do find that when I ride I have a hard time actually taking it easy and get way too hung up on my speed. I know I'm slow right now because I'm just getting back into Gotta work on this!

pm: swim / 900 yds / 0:25
This workout was suuuuper short. I spent more time driving to and from the pool and changing then I did swimming, but it was a good shake out swim. I averaged 50 sec for the 50s, and felt like I could have done with less rest between. Quick and to the point!
  • warm-up: 300
  • main: 6x50 fast on 1:45
  • cool-down: 300
Long day of travel to Houston, so I didn't have time to do the short run I'd planned in the morning.


Was gonna do a 20 minute "shake out" run, but my right calf had knotted up big time the day before and was still pretty tight. Plus, the Olympic trials were early in the morning and I didn't really want to get up super early two days in a row.

am: run / 26.45 mi / 4:01:58 / avg 9:08
Houston Marathon, the big no. 10! Race report soon : )

swim: 2,550 yards
bike: 11.65 miles
run: 30.45 miles
other: 0 hours*
total time: 6.5 hours

* My coach suggested skipping my conditioning classes this week to rest up and feel fresh for Houston.


  1. Are you kidding? You just ran a 4-hour marathon! That is AMAZING! You ran your first in 5:30, right? You amaze me and inspire me. Way to go! Can't wait to read the race report.

    1. Nice work!!! So you're doing CdA! It's so early in the year, you'll be ahead of me in training. Is it your first Ironman?

  2. Conrats on your Houston Marathon finish. Your smile in the photo tells the story!

  3. Hi Rachel - so I take it you're a Mac user? If so, what program do you use to blog? Blogger?

  4. Wow! A full marathon in week two of training? Can't wait to read the recap and congrats!

  5. is that right, 4:01? That is great! sounds like things are coming together. good work!