First 10-hour Weekend

I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see a Monday.  Monday is / has been my rest day – often after a weekend of racing or long training.  This weekend was a pretty big one for me – I set distance PRs in the pool and on the bike and hit the highest number of hours of training over 2 days =)

And most importantly – my littlest guy took his first steps yesterday!  He’s been standing unsupported on his own for ~3 weeks and has been cruising around the house for about ~6 weeks, so we knew it was going to happen soon.  He’s pretty proud of himself!



Swim: 3,100 yards.  First workout since the triathlon on Saturday.  Felt surprisingly tired and fatigued.  Ugh.

Bike: 1 hr 40 min. Tough bike. 34 minutes of this ride (on the trainer b/c it was raining) was at threshold – on the trainer, I kept it on the big chain ring and just try to keep my RPMs high.  I entertained myself with the Princesses of Long Island.  I’ve heard so much about this show and wanted to see what all the {negative} fuss was about.  First and last time I will ever watch that show.  Have you seen it? {don’t waste your time if you haven’t!}


Double Stroller Run: 6.2 miles / 48:56 / 7:53 pace.  This was scheduled to be a 45 min run with 30 min at tempo.  My husband had plans to do a brick Wednesday AM and I just cusouldn’t get myself out of bed at 4am.  Since there wasn’t enough time for both of us to work out, I decided to push the stroller and make it a fast {for me} run.   It was a much tougher run than I anticipated.  {I am going to do a post this week on doing tempos with a stroller.}

double stroller3


Bike: 1 hr 45 min.  This was an easy-paced brick – I’m trying to focus on getting in the time/distance on the bike rather than the pace.  Just under 31 miles in 1:45:33 (17.5 mph)


Run: 6 miles / 45 min / 7:41. One of my goals for Thursday AM was to work on my transition time.  I had my shoes, fuel belt, and water bottle ready to go by our side entrance.  Transition time was under 2 minutes!  Legs felt great from start to finish.

Do know why the elevation {below} is SO off?  I do an out and back run so my elevation gain in the first mile should be elevation loss in the last mile – it totally does not match up (and there is NO way that I gain 300 ft in the first mile – it’s a bit of an incline but not anything major).  The rest of the miles seem to be pretty accurate.



Swim: 2,000 yds. This was scheduled to be 3,000 but I decided to cut it short.  I hadn’t done a long training ride outside yet b/c of the crappy weather – so I flip-flopped my Saturday and Sunday days (it was supposed to rain part of Saturday AM) so that I could get out on the bike sans rain.  Which meant that my Sunday swim was now on Saturday – I was worried about doing a full swim workout on Friday followed by a long swim on Saturday AM. Long story short – cut swim way short.


Since I cut the swim short, I had some time to run (drive) to Dunkin Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day!


Donuts make everyone happy!


Swim: 4,000 yards My plan called for 3,700 yards but I knew I wanted to try to hit the 4,000 mark.  This was a LONG (very long) 80 laps in the pool.  It was 500 yards further than I had ever swam before.

During both swims this week, I was getting REALLY discouraged with my pace.  I just started wearing my new Garmin 910 and I am able to see my pace after every lap.  My pace has been about 10-15 sec slower / 100 yards than I swam at the triathlon last weekend.  I know it’s silly b/c you swim faster with a wetsuit on, but seeing much higher numbers has been really hard for me.  So I changed the display so that I could only see the distance (plus this made it easier to see so I didn’t have to stop swimming to double check my distance).  I didn’t worry about my pace at all – my priority right now is to get through the swim.  I finished in just over 1:40 (super slow, I know :/)

There’s no way around the fact that 80 laps is monotonous, boring, and poke-you-in-the-eye cruel.  I broke the swim into 3 parts – 25, 25, 30.  I counted up to 25 twice, then counted down from 30.   It helped but it didn’t make the laps pass any quicker.


Run: 20 miles / 2:45 / 8:15 pace.  After finishing the swim, I rushed home, nursed my youngest, pumped (from the other side), and started my long run.  Since my pool doesn’t open until 6am, it was already after 8:30 by the time I started the run.

This run can be broken into 2 parts.  First 11 miles and the last 9 miles.  Also known as the good part and the bad part.  Or the “I love life” and the “I hate life”.

I {mistakenly} decided to not take any water with me.  I despise holding a water bottle and although camelbaks don’t bother me, I was too lazy to set it all up.  I kept a water bottle outside our house and my plan was to run back home and drink some water every few miles.  Unfortunately, I waited too long to return home.  I felt great for the first 9 miles so kept putting it off.  I wanted to be more than 50% done after my first water stop (mentally, it’s easier to start again when you know you are more than 1/2 done).  Well that was stupid.  It was already over 80 degrees.

First 11 miles: 8:20, 8:08, 8:14, 7:57, 8:02, 8:05, 7:58, 8:08, 7:59, 8:09, 8:05 (~8:05 pace).

I stopped for no more than 60 seconds to drink water and chew some energy blasts.   But two things happened. First, the full water bottle was now sitting in my stomach. Within 1/2 mile, my stomach was cramping and getting bloated.  Second, those 60 seconds of standing still killed my legs. I never recovered and my legs felt like they were now carrying an extra 50 pounds. I felt like I was barely hanging on to an 8:30 pace.

Last 9 miles: 8:25, 8:24, 8:24, 8:24, 8:32, 8:24, 8:26, 8:20, 8:36 (~8:25 pace). 


This is what 20 miles in my neighborhood looks like: lots of little 3-4 mile loops =)

Overall, it averaged out to 8:15 pace which I am thrilled with given the week of training I have had.  But, I hate finishing runs tired and beaten.  Lesson learned.  Bring water on long runs.


The rest of Saturday was spent hydrating, fueling, and spending time with the boys:




Bike: 4:30 / 80 miles / 17.1 mph  This was almost the ride that didn’t happen.  After an early wakeup (4am), pre-ride fuel, pumping, and packing nutrition/fuel, I was on the bike at 5am.  But, my legs felt tired from the first moment I sat on the bike.  They literally had no push in them.  I had to keep the gearing 2 cogs easier than I often ride with because I was pushing too hard to maintain a high RPM.  I kept telling myself that my legs would loosen up and feel better.  And I wish that were the case – but it never happened.

This was one of those workouts where it is hard from start to finish.  Where you look at your watch willing those miles to tick by.  Daydreaming of the moment when you are finished.

At mile 22, I got off the bike to fill up my water bottle (from the hose outside my mom’s house) and called my husband.  I told him I felt like crap and wanted to come home.  He didn’t push nor did he tell me to come home.  Instead, he suggested that I ride another 45 minutes and see how I feel (I was just past 1:15 at this point).  At worst, he said, I will ride almost 40 miles.  And if I feel good, I keep going.  He also told me that this was great training for the Ironman – that I should imagine myself on the bike with 20-30 miles to go.  That this is how my legs will feel after biking 80-90 miles.

I got back on and felt much better – still not great – but mentally, I felt stronger, more determined to keep pushing.

I came home after 53 miles (just over 3 hours).  I had to nurse and pump.  I knew I wanted to ride a bit more – low goal was 60, high goal was 75.  When I hit 65, I decided to go for 80.

long ride

Run: 4.5 miles / 35:10 / 7:48 pace  More practice with quick transition – immediately put on shoes, fuel belt, took drink of water and started running.  It was hot, humid, and I was so ready to be done with the weekend of training that I pushed myself harder than I thought I would be able to.

Splits: 7:51, 7:48, 8:04, 7:39, 3:48 (7:36 pace for last .5 mi)


LOVING my MooMotion tri kit – review coming SOON!

Weekly Totals

  • Swim: 9,100
  • Bike: 8 hr 7 min
  • Run:  4 hr 45 min (36.7 miles)

Did you race or run long this weekend?  

Have you seen the Princesses of Long Island?

Did you celebrate National Donut Day?

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    2. So impressive and inspiring Michele! It amazes me your dedication and hard work. Well done this week! Hope you enjoyed your Monday off and are having a confidence boosting week this week!

    3. You are absolutely amazing, you know? Such a great job getting in so much work this weekend and I’m so proud of you. 4,000 in the pool is a lot! And not super slow. I can’t believe Ryan is walking!! That should keep things exciting. Seriously, your boys are the cutest and I want to go on that slide too!!
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    4. I don’t ever say this, I swear, but reading this really made me tired. It reminded me of the hot runs and the times lately on the bike that I just NEEDED to be done. It’s such an incredibly impressive week of training, and it scares the life out of me to think of doing an Ironman after reading about a week like this. Good grief. AMAZING Job!
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    5. This put a smile on my face:

      “I came home after 53 miles (just over 3 hours). I had to nurse and pump. I knew I wanted to ride a bit more – low goal was 60, high goal was 75. When I hit 65, I decided to go for 80.”

      Love. Way to kill it! 😉

    6. You crushed some serious miles this past week/weekend! And a great average for your bike ride for that long, especially if riding solo. Love the way you categorized the run –hating life/loving life. Running can do that, huh?

      I, too, despise carrying water. I am spoiled b/c my running club sets up three water stops along the way of all our Sat. long run courses so I never have to think about it. Love this!

      Keep up the great work!
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    7. This makes me tired just reading all of this! Your training is going well though, it seems. Enjoy your rest day, you totally deserve it after that crazy weekend!!!
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