What a whirlwind of a weekend. I can’t believe how much we crammed into 4 days.
We started off on Thursday by boarding the train and heading into Chicago. We being myself, Jennie and my brother-in-law Brad. As a Christmas present, we gave him a delayed trip to Chicago. He had never been and shopping for a 15 year old is near impossible so the trip seemed perfect. His Spring Break fell last week so he cashed in on the trip.
The trip is probably best told in pictures (you may have already seen these on FB).
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After the trip to Chicago, we brought Brad back home to his parents’ house which coincided with Easter. It turned out to be an amazing trip and a great weekend overall. However, with all the running around, I am exhausted and feel like I need a break already. haha.
Ironman waits for no one though. Last week was my recovery week which actually worked out well with all the travel. I didn’t do any “official” training on two of the days, however, I did a crap ton of walking on Thursday. I estimated that we walked around 12 miles on Thursday as we wound our way through Chicago. We walked everywhere that day and didn’t use the L or buses at all. It was a nice way to see the city, but even with my Hokas on, my feet were killing me by the end of the day.
I did get in a glorious run Friday morning along Lakeshore Drive while in Chicago. As I started my run, I noticed a guy wearing an IMWI finishers hat. I struck up a conversation with him and ended up running and chatting with him for nearly my entire run. I ended up with 6 miles which was all I had time for but it was one of those days where I felt like I could run forever.
This week is my return to a structured training plan. I have been following the No Plan Training Plan for the past couple of weeks and while I enjoy it, I want to get some of the structure back. I had to hit the trainer today to get my ride in because the 35mph wind gusts proved to be too dangerous as I was nearly blown into oncoming traffic. Hopefully the weather cooperates for the rest of the week so I can nail my workouts.
On the racing front, I have my next race on Sunday. It is Fisk Knob, a 17.3 mile time trial. This will be my first ever time trial race. I am hoping to hit a 22-23 mph average, but that all depends on the weather and how well I can handle the course – the final 1/3 of the course is pretty much all up hill. It will be interesting and fun to just hammer it for 45 minutes straight.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!