Training Day-Olympic Tri Here I Come!

It has been a weekend of training and I am exhausted!  On Friday, I got back on the lifting wagon with the TRAINER and yesterday I biked 27 miles.  My rides up in Door County inspired me to explore and create some new routes around my house.  This morning, I was scheduled for a BRICK.  I pumped up my tires and set out my running shoes and hit the road.

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I don’t usually rock the bandana (although there was a summer in high school where I thought they were quite fashionable), but I was hoping it would keep the sweat out of my eyes and contacts during my bike rides and runs.  I am trialing it before my next triathlon in two weeks.  I headed out north along some quiet roads.  I even found some other bike groups riding along Bartlett Road and Penny Lane.  Bikers are such a friendly and welcoming people which always makes for a fun ride.  I rode 90 minutes (a little over 20 miles) and then changed shoes and went for a 45 minute run (close to 5.5 miles).  My goal is to finish the 10K during the tri in ~55 minutes.  I was surprised to see that I was running around 8:30 minute miles today.  It was my longest BRICK training to date and when I finished, I was beat.  I probably could have gone out earlier to avoid some of the heat, but I think it was good to be out running in the hot and humid weather that I will most likely encounter on race day.

I recently read in a bicycle magazine that a slushie is better at cooling the body than iced water.  The magazine suggested it pre-workout, but I thought I’d give it a try after my run. I was hoping to avoid the dehydration that upsets my stomach after long hot runs.

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I combined 1 cup G2 and 1 cup of water with some ice in the blender.  The consistently was a little off so I added some fresh blueberries and raspberries.  It was a very refreshing post-workout drink, but unfortunately it didn’t soothe my stomach.

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During my last few bike rides, my gears and chain have been slipping, so I decided to take my bike into the shop for a check up.  I also picked up some Cliff blocks and a bento box.  Afterwards, the BOY and I went to Whole Foods for lunch and groceries.  We had a quiet afternoon at home while I caught up on bills and laundry.  I made myself a mid-afternoon smoothie using the Tera’s Whey protein mix that I bought at the TREK Tri.

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This powder has 22g of protein and only 5 g of carbohydrates.  It is a good recovery drink after a long workout. I made the bourbon vanilla flavor with unsweetened almond milk and added some frozen blueberries and mango along with some ice for a thicker drink.  If you are interested in trying this ‘somewhat’ local powder, you can find it at Whole Foods.  I am excited to try the chocolate next!

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I am officially all signed up for the Bang’s Lake Olympic Triathlon in two weeks.  After today’s workout, I am exhausted and pretty sore. After completing my 2 hour 15 minute BRICK, I am not sure if I gained confidence or scared myself even more.  It’s going to be a hilly route and most likely a warm and humid day.  Wish me luck!

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