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Week 9 Training Update – Time to Start Tapering!

I can’t believe I’ll be running my second half marathon in less than 2 weeks! And Raleigh 70.3 is only 3 months away! The days and weeks just seem to be passing so quickly; it seems like only yesterday that I started this training cycle. My training went pretty well this past week, and I’m looking forward to continuing this trend the next couple of weeks.


I got the week started off with an early morning trainer ride, an easy hour before going to teach. During my lunch break, I went to the Y for a swim. Unfortunately, I found out that a freezing cold pool + a pair of leaky goggles = a craptastic swim. I cut the swim short at just 450 yards…


I had the day off Tuesday because of snow. That let me get my trainer ride – 5 x 5 minute long hill repeats – done at a more civilized hour.


The roads were clear on Wednesday morning, so I went to Spartanburg to teach. Because a big storm was scheduled to come in later that afternoon, I really wanted to get in a good swim. I did 2000 yards. No leaky goggles this time!


That big snow storm we were supposed to get kind of fizzled, so the roads were clear by the afternoon. I did, however, go for a walk in the morning to take in some snowy sights.


Since schools were closed, I took the opportunity to get in my long run. I chose to do laps at ICAR so I’d have some hills to tackle over the course of my 12 mile run. It wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had, but I did learn a lot.

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Supplies for my long run.



Rest day!


Saturday evening was the first official Team Vive meeting in preparation for A Ride to Remember. It was so great to meet many of the people I’ll be riding 252 miles across the state with! Because I needed to prepare something to take to the potluck dinner, I didn’t have a lot of time for a workout, but I did get a short run done.


Sunday’s workout was a great mental and physical challenge: 2 hours and 45 minutes on the trainer! I was worried about getting bored – even though I had tons of 24 episodes to watch – so I created a workout I called the “Anti-Boredom Long Ride.” After a 10-minute warm up, I moved on to the main set: 5 minutes of focus on cadence, 15 minutes in Zone 2, 5 minutes in Zone 3, and 5 minutes easy spin. I did the main set 4 times and finished the workout with another 20 minutes in Zone 2 and a cool down.

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All set up for almost 3 hours on the trainer!


Weekly Totals:

Swim: 2450 yards

Bike: 80.9 miles (wow!)

Run: 14 miles

Total training time: 8:21

How’s your training going? Any big races coming up?

2 comments… add one
  • What an awesome week you had!! Amazing all those miles on the bike! We had similar weather this week. It was a mess in NC! Challenging to get outdoor miles in.

    • I can’t wait for spring! If yesterday afternoon was a taste of what’s to come, spring is going to be awesome!

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