8 Weeks of 140.6 Training in Condensed Form!

9 mile run

Wow, its been a very long time since I’ve posted about training and racing but I’m going to ignore that little nugget of truth and act as if I’ve been posting all along!

Ironman Lake Placid training has been in full effect despite the lack of writing. I started with my coach at the beginning of March and we were pretty cautious with my ankle, calf and achilles considering I was still recovering and figuring out what was going on. Thankfully, I’ve been on the mend and able to run fully now.

A little recap since training has started:

Week 1:

-Swim: 2900 yards

-Bike: 1:25 (trainer

-Run: 3 miles

Week 2: 

I attended the Rev3 Team Summit in Virginia so this week’s training was way off.

-Swim: 0

-Bike: 18 miles (test)

-Run: 3.5 miles

Post summit I flew to Vegas for 6 days and got some more training in there

Week 3

-Swim: 2750 meters

-Bike: 11.11 miles in Red Rock. 1,000 ft of elevation gain in first 4 miles!

-Run: 0

Red Rock just outside of Las Vegas-kicked my butt!

Red Rock just outside of Las Vegas-kicked my butt!

Week 4 – Back to the grindstone!

-Swim: 3700 yards

-Bike: 2.5 hrs

-Run: 6.2 miles

Week 5 – April

-Swim: 2400 yards

-Bike: 32 miles + 1 hr trainer

-Run: 7.1 miles

Tri specific shoes from the best sponsor: Pearl Izumi!

Tri specific shoes from the best sponsor: Pearl Izumi!

Week 6

-Swim: 1900 yards

-Bike: 71 miles

-Run: 8.42 miles

Lovely tan lines from 40 mile ride

Lovely tan lines from 40 mile ride

Week 7

-Swim: 1850 yards

-Bike: 45 miles + 1 hr trainer

-Run: 18.2 miles

Now we just passed Week 8 of training and it was race week. I trained through the St. Anthony’s Race and was pretty sore heading into the race. Looking back, my swim numbers just aren’t there. A lot of it has been weather related (we don’t have indoor pools in Fl!) or spring break related. The pools have been super busy with the snowbirds’ grandchildren coming to visit so when I do swim its like an open water swim dodging kids and swimming in waves!

9 mile run

9 mile run

Last week was a very good week of training. The previous weekend I had a 9 mile run in the morning on Saturday and a 45 mile ride on Sunday which was also Easter. When I woke up on Sunday, I had zero motivation or energy to do that ride but I eventually got my act together and got on the bike. Once on the bike, I headed north into the wind and was still questioning what I was doing on A1A during a holiday battling a strong headwind rather than battling a strong mimosa.

Once I made the turn at Wabasso to head South to Ft. Pierce I felt a lot better and my legs started to come around. I finished the ride feeling great and very happy about the big mental workout I had that day.

Getting over that mental hurdle was huge for me and so glad I didn’t cave to my inner voice telling me to go back to bed, to push the ride to the afternoon, etc.

After that ride, I had a rest day Monday and headed into race week. The goal during my recovery was to get to St. Anthony’s as my first triathlon of the season and to be able to the Sprint race. I made it to race week feeling stronger than I expected to.

Last week’s summary-Week 8

-Swim: 5100 yards

-Bike: 1:20 trainer ride, hill repeats where I learned I need to focus on these! + 10.82 miles in St. Anthony’s Race

-Run: 8.82 miles + 3.1 miles in St. Anthonys

I will do a separate St. Anthony’s Race Report but I am pretty happy with my results especially considering I wasn’t really running much until 3 weeks ago.

Channeling Rev3 Teammate Jen Smalls prior to St. Anthonys

Channeling Rev3 Teammate Jen Smalls prior to St. Anthonys

Now its Week 9 of training and I’ve got 2 races in the next 6 weeks, both out of state. Rev3 Knoxville Olympic and Ironman Raleigh 70.3. Neither are on easy courses so they will be good indicators for me regarding Placid. As my training progresses, my mind is shifting from the fast, shorter course racing I’m used to to slower, managed racing where the objective is to finish the distance, enjoy the day (as much as you can!) and learn during the journey.

I’ve got a total of 21 weeks of training and I’ve already completed 9 weeks. Its going quickly and has been a test of mental and physical will but I’m learning as I go and am enjoying reaping the benefits.

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Who am I around?

David cover

Yesterday was a very tough day for my Rev3 Team family as we suddenly lost one of our team members to a freak accident. David and his wife Ashley just moved to San Antonio, TX and apparently David was on the roof and some how fell and Ashley came home to find him laying on the ground, struggling to breath. David was immediately life flighted to the hospital but was pronounced to not have any brain activity shortly thereafter.

Some time during the afternoon yesterday, once David’s family arrived, he was taken off of life support. To go from such an active lifestyle to immediate danger and ultimately death certainly shocks anyone but what is even sadder is the amount of life and love this man had for his family, friends and faith.

I unfortunately did not get to meet David as we have not had our team summit meeting (mid-March) but from all of the posts and emails going back and forth yesterday, you could tangibly feel the hurt, confusion and sadness emanating from everyone. David touched many peoples’ lives directly and in-directly, one of those being mine.

While yesterday was a tragic and painful day, it was a wonderful reminder that I am where I am supposed to be and I’m with who I’m supposed to be with. The Rev3 Team and staff members truly care about one another and are kind-hearted people.

Last night I went to yoga where we worked (what felt like endlessly) on our hamstrings, hips, glutes, and quads. It was an hour and a half session that I really needed as those are areas that really tighten up. At the end of the class, our teacher read to us a Jim Rohn quote:

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming?

Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?”

That quote really hit home as it is something since college I have often thought about but sometimes didn’t  have the courage to act on because “having friends” or “doing things with people” was more important than who those actual people were as human beings.

David’s memory will be honored on our Team Rev3 jerseys which were already in the stages of production but our kit maker, Pearl Izumi, kindly worked with our team to halt production and add his initials to the design and get the kits to us on the original timeline.

Remember to tell your friends and family how much you care for them and appreciate them as you never know what may just happen.

David Naelon

Team Rev3 in 2014!

Team Rev3 logo

About a month and a half ago I applied to Team Rev3 to be a member of their age group team. I’ve applied previously but never made it past the first round and rightfully so, I hadn’t done a Rev3 race yet!

Well on December 22 I was announced as one of the newbies on Team Rev3! I was sooo excited and honored to be named to the 2014 roster. There were over 600 applicants which was then whittled down to around 50. I can’t imagine having to making those cuts because I know how awesome the triathlon community is and what great things people have done both in and outside the sport of triathlon. Carole aka Momma Bear leads our team from the Rev3 HQ side of things and every year has tough decisions to make.

Rev3 Announcement

I’m joining about 15 other “newbies” so now Team Rev3 has about 50 members total. One newbie and I were already friends, Meaghan from Little Girl in the Big World who lives over in Tampa! Two other friends Steven from my TNT days was named to the team last year and Joel from TriMadness! are also on the team!

So what does it mean to be a member of Rev3? Well we’ll represent Rev3 by attending their races either as participants or as volunteers, sport the custom Pearl Izumi Rev3 kit at all triathlon races this upcoming year, familiarize ourselves with Rev3’s corporate sponsors and try out products and share their goodness with you all. Basically, we get to share our already establish love for Rev3 with anyone who will listen! See my blog post The Importance of Rev3 and Why I Want to be on Team Rev3.

My first duty as a team member is to attend a multi-day summit in Virginia where I’ll get to meet the rest of the team and Rev3 staff. Since our team has been announced, there has been a flurry of emails going around and I can tell that this is one fun group of people to be around. We come from all sorts of backgrounds, jobs, histories, places and more but we are united by two things: our love for triathlon and love for Rev3.

The first part of my 2014 season is shaping up nicely. I am officially registered for the following:

Rev3 Knoxville, TN-May 18, 2014 Olympic

Ironman Raleigh 70.3, NC-June 1, 2014 Half Iron

Ironman Lake Placid, NY-July 27, 2014 Full Ironman or the big kahuna!

I’m also considering St. Anthony’s Olympic in April over in Tampa. I’m hoping to get revenge at Rev3 Maine on the cold water in August. Just have to wait and see how things go training and recovery wise. The rest of the season is loosely planned but I’m not committing to anything just yet.

2014 is going to be a great year of racing, making new friends and tackling tough distances and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m staying conservative with my recovery so I can get to the 2014 season healthy and raring to go!

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