Training Updates – Muncie 70.3

Well we had Marshall’s first birthday party on Saturday. Naturally when I saw a 60 bike ride on the schedule for Sunday, I wondered if that would actually happen. I mean I know it wasn’t my birthday or anything, but I had plenty of drinks to celebrate Marshall’s birthday. (I made a delicious concoction, that I recently had at another birthday party- Corona Light, Vodka, Raspberry Concentrate & Raspberries) It’s good people, I promise. Thank you Ashley Langley for this recipe!!

The Hootch.

What happened with that ride? Oh yes, Sunday turned into a rest day. The problem here is that that was in my mind the last “big” ride I planned on doing. I know I have time for more, but I really just didn’t want to venture into the 60 miles ride after this weekend. I’m just kind of over the long bike rides that take 4 hours or so.

It’s really reminding me of marathon training when you are soooo ready for your taper but you HAVE to get the last 20 miler in. The last marathon I trained for, I had wanted to do my last 20 on Friday, then I pushed it to Saturday and I ended up doing it on Sunday. I know Like the 20, I know I’ll make myself do this 60, it’s just… WHEN. It’s such a big chunk of time and I don’t want to give that chuck up.

This morning when I brought it up to Glenn and told him I wanted to make sure I got in one more, but what if I wait until next week during 4th of July time, because he has Wed-Fri off work and he could stay with Marshall one of those days while I ride (and I can hopefully find someone to ride with!)… or he can ride with me and we can get someone to watch Marsh) He politely told me it would be good if I could get in to get 2 more 60 milers in. whomp, whomp. Way to kill my buzz. I’m not going to do that. Nope, not happening. I just don’t want to. One more is fine with me.

And moving on….. some good news about my bike situation– I asked my friend Stacie if I could borrow her road bike. AND it’s a YES!! She has a bike that is pretty much brand new and at least 7 lbs lighter than my bike. When the Vern at T3 told me I could add 2-4 mph (I’m guessing with the little experience I have, it will be more like 2 mph) with a lighter bike, it was my goal to get my butt on a lighter bike. THANK YOU Stacie. Haaks are having dinner on the Hein’s soon.

Holy Moly I just looked at my calendar, dude this race is less than two weeks away. So, basically I need to work hard this week.

My to do list on the bike this week:

  • Learn how to change a tire. 
  • Get in four good rides, one being at least 50 miles. (Had a good 27 miler today on the trainer)
  • Even though some of those rides are happening at the gym- I need to get comfortable on Stacie’s bike.
  • Be confident.

My to do list in the water this week:

  • Three quality swims. 
  • Focus on form.
  • Be powerful.
  • Be confident 
My to do list on the run this week:
  • Work hard during my speedwork Wednesday. 2 X 2 Mile Repeats. (Did you hear that speed group??)
  • Run Fast. 
  • Be confident
Oh and by the way- I have ANOTHER Triathlon this weekend! Morse Creek Sprint! I kind of wish it was an Olympic distance to get the swim/bike experience in a further race, but timing wise, this race is what worked with our schedule. The swim & bike are a bit longer than Eagle Creek. (600 Meters and 14 Mi) The run is the same 3 mi. By the way- this race was Glenn’s very first triathlon and he freaked out on the open water swim. Not that I’m competitive or anything, but I’m like really proud that I didn’t freak out on my first open water swim.
I won’t be able to go for a “PR” since the distances are different than Eagle Creek, but here are my goals:
  • Transition faster.
  • Now that I’ve done an open water swim, my goal is bigger than just not freaking out and surviving. I think I wasted a decent amount of time siting at Eagle Creek, if I can get into more of a groove for longer periods of time without siting (while not going off course!), then I think I will be faster.
  • Increase my mph.. at Eagle Creek I rode 17.5 mph. I’d like to increase it to at least 18 mph. 
  • Beat my run time. (19:50… 6:37 mile pace)
Enough about me- Glenn has been building his base for Chicago for a while now and today marked the first day of his intense work. He’s excited and I want to throw up just thinking about how fast he’s going to have to run.

If you are into triathlons- if you could only give me one piece of advice for each discipline and transition – what is it? 
If you are into cocktails– what do you think of that hootch we had for Marshall’s party? Do you have any recipes that can battle?


  1. That sounds like a lot of fun. I can completely relate to missing long training periods. I can’t imagine sitting on a bike for 4 hours but then again I’m not a triathlete. I do hope you are able to get a long ride in beforehand though.

    Good luck at the tri this weekend!

    1. Hi Hollie! I just read your post about your open water swim- holy smokes I can’t believe you swam a mile open water with no time in the pool! I’ve been training 10 weeks to get my butt that far open water. I have a feeling you’d be a darn good triathlete. Thanks!

  2. Can’t wait to read about the faster transitions. Don’t forget, no socks, elastic laces 😉

  3. You are an inspiration! As I approach my due date…I am second guessing myself for signing up for several fall halves and a December full (and thinking, just thinking about a sprint triathlon if I can find a good one in October!). Am I going to want to leave the baby? How will breast feeding work? Will I feel like complete crap if the baby decides he wants to get up at 3am before a race? Am I being too hard on my body? All these questions. But…..not only did you do it, you kicked A$$ at your post-baby races. Thanks for sharing!

    And hey, sometimes you just need to skip a long workout….so don’t stress about that missed 60 miler. You can make it up.

    The best way to learn to change a tire….get a flat when no one is around to help….that has happened to me TWICE (once in the rain. ugh).

    1. Hi Crystal! Yeah, I waited to sign up for races in the fall until after I had him. I always had my sights set on it, but never having had a baby, wasn’t sure how it would pan out! When are you due? I had Marshall on June 26th and was able to do a half marathon 9 weeks post baby (that was a stretch… it hurt!) and then two fullls in November & December. The November race was pretty rough, but December went well. With breast feeding, you just have to either rush home right away to feed or pump in the car. After my December race, I pumped in the parking lot of a Crabby Dicks. It was really classy. haha! The middle of the night wake ups make it hard too, but you just have to not think about it and just GO. Once they are only getting up 1-2 times a night, the sleep lose isn’t near as bad. Although I do remember only getting about 3 hours of sleep before the half marathon.

      Still haven’t learned how to change the tire- I’ve got 4 days in the week left to make it happen!!

      Let me know if you ever have any questions about post baby working out! I found myself out walking every day multiple times before I was cleared to run and I think that activity helped a lot with recovery! Anyway- I could go on forever obviously. Best of luck with your delivery!!!

    2. Thanks for the info! I am sure I will definitely have a question or two once he comes. I am due in about 3 weeks (or a little sooner if my doc’s prediction comes true!). I wanted to wait till post-delivery to sign up….but both of the races I wanted to do (Memphis Dec 7th and Houston Jan 21st) required early sign up to ensure a spot. Sooooo…..I just threw it on out there!

      Yes! I am hoping I can start walking asap….and be cleared for light jogging within 2 weeks, V delivery expected. Of course, if something changes and I need a c-section, that would change the schedule a little. I am sure your c-section recovery was aided by staying active during pregnancy too though! No one can ever diminish the value of working out on your overall health, well-being, and ability to recover.

      Look forward to hearing how the rest of your tri training comes along.

  4. That drink sounds tasty. I love all of the ingredients and will need to try it. Nothing like a good drink at a kid’s first birthday party. When we have kids I’ll have to remember that! And good luck with your triathlon this weekend. It’s so hard to see those huge rides or runs on the calendar. I’m trying to work my base up to start 70.3 training and had my longest bike mileage ever last week. But by the time the long ride on Sunday came around my legs just didn’t have it. I guess we have to work with what we’re able to do at the time! Good luck getting your last long ride or two in! I’m looking forward to your 70.3 and your recap!

  5. Good luck with your tri this weekend! I found your blog through Twitter, keep up the entertaining writing, it’s a pleasure to read! In terms of advice for each leg of the tri, here’s what I’ve learned:
    Swim: do “alligator eyes” for sighting-every 5th-8th stroke just lift your eyes above the water level as you start to turn your head to breathe, your legs won’t sink as much and create drag.
    Bike: nail your nutrition and hydration. This is where you can take in most of your calories bc on the run you can’t digest as much. Saltstick tabs are your BFF if it’s hot.
    Run: You’re a rockstar runner so I don’t think you need advice for this leg. Just don’t get discouraged if your legs feel like lead and your pace feels off, everyone is dealing with those same feelings.
    Transition: I’m terrible with T1, always getting stuck in my wetsuit. But for T2, I slip on my run shoes and grab my number belt and visor and put those on as I run out of Transition.
    Have a great time with the raining weeks of your training!

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