Monday, March 9, 2015

Training and Life Recap: Week of March 2

Last week I wrote about motivation and I am happy to report that I'm feeling it this week.  Sunny, warm days and a solid TT from last week are really helping and making me excited for spring!  Plus chats with amazing friends over the weekend and an inspiring evening with some of Ottawa's top triathletes, ultrarunners, and the kickass Sindy Hooper have my heart full and happy to have found such a wonderful community to call home.

Monday:  Morning brick.  The brick has become a staple in my training plan to start my week.  Last week it was a 1:20 bike and a 30 minute run. The bike portion was a bunch of tough Z5 intervals, and the run was awesome on a lovely, "warm" March morning.

Tuesday: Swim practice, bright and early. I did 4200m with a main set of 16x (100 easy on 1:40 and 75 at 1500m race pace on 1:05).

Ottawa has amazing paths for running. Check out the skaters on the Canal too, in March!

Wednesday: Got in a run during work on an absolutely gorgeous day.  I loved every second of this run along the Canal and down by Parliament.  The sun was shining and my spirits were high.  In the evening, I tried out aero for the first time!  Jenn lent me her old aero bars and I figured I should try them out at last.  My workout was a long, grinding one with long, hard intervals at 70 RPM.  Then I went to meet my HPS crew for the strength portion of the workout.  We have a new circuit this week and my core was on fire all day Thursday because of it! Good stuff!

Thursday:  Some unfortunate events led to my car being blocked in, so I ran to teach barre class at 6 am and ran home.  It's 2 miles total, but boy was it a super cold two miles.  As beautiful as Wednesday was, Thursday was certainly back to feeling like winter! Brrr!  Then I ended up crashing and leaving work early.  My stomach was not happy with me and I felt like I had a fever all day, so I went home and took a 2.5 hour nap. What is it with getting sick on Thursdays?  Probably has something to do with my rest and nutrition earlier in the week.  Working hard to not get sick this week again.  Since I was sick, I decided to start reading Chrissie Wellington's book for a little bit of motivation!

Friday: Slept in, but still got a swim in later in the day.  I went straight from work to the pool for a quick 2000m swim before heading off to watch the boy do the CrossFit Open 15.2 workout. Delicious pizza dinner to fuel up for Saturday's TT.

Saturday: Time Trial!! Coach has me doing a time trial at track about once per month. This time around it was a 3k and I had been shaking in my running shoes all week in anticipation of it.  Luckily Jenn and Colin volunteered to do it with me!  We did our warm-up, drills, hurdles, and strides and then it was time for 7.5 laps of the track.  Jenn and I are usually pretty close, so it was great to be able to run with her.  We all took it out pretty fast (3:41) on the first kilometer and then Jenn and I "settled" (aka dropped back) into the pace I had planned on running (3:59 and 3:54 for the next 2k).  Final time was 11:34 and I was quite happy with it for my first time doing a 3k. One of the things that I need to learn is how to go to that red line and push through the pain, and I felt that I successfully pushed myself on Saturday.

Saturday evening was a great one.  We had a group of triathlon friends over for appetizers, and then we all went to the Marathoners Gone Viral fundraiser pro-panel in support of Dr. John Bell’s oncolytic virus research at The Ottawa Hospital.  It was so inspiring!  I'll write a bit more about this event and MGV later this week, since I definitely want to share more about the evening and the amazing Sindy Hooper. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Marathoners Gone Viral, see Sindy's blog or donate here!

Post TT treat from Suzy Q, plus an Americano from fave bike shop Cyclelogik on Saturday morning!
Sunday: Rest day.  I was bummed to miss the Yoga for Runners workshop, but apparently I had volunteered to pick up some classes at the barre studio. I enjoyed a nice leisurely brunch though and coffee with friends post barre (for me) and yoga (for them).


  1. Great week with some solid variety!! What did you think of your first experience on aero bars? Keep us posted on your thoughts on Chrissie's book. I thoroughly enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago.

  2. Sounds like some good work outs this week!! Great TT also!!! Chrissie's book is amazing!! it will definitely give you some motivation!!
    I think that your motivation will come with the nicer weather!! I am not sure if I told you this before but I read On Top Of Your Game (by Carrie Cheadle) last year when I needed some motivation. It is awesome!! I totally recommend it!!

  3. Have you read A Life Without Limits before? I just started reading it for the first time – definitely motivating and inspirational. Sorry you were not feeling well, but it sounds like the nap and reading made up for it. Speedy time trial! I had to do the calculation and math because unless it’s a 5K or 10K, my brain does not work quickly in transforming kilo to miles. Haha.

    I wish there was a Suzy Q in my neighborhood. YUM!

    1. I hadn't read it yet. It had been sitting on my bookshelf since last year (oops!), so I felt like it was finally time to dig into it. I still use miles and mile pace when I run. Can't quite make the switch, though I am learning. My coach actually likes that I use mile pace since it's easy to calculate lap paces at track. Haha and Suzy Q is dangerous. Luckily, it is cash only, and I never seem to have cash on me.

  4. Hello From Colorado, dig the snow photos!! Stay Strong Kid