Out of 30 weeks so more than half way there. This week was a whopper since I had my half iron last weekend, plowed straight into this week with only Monday off, and coached 4 times. I ended up with 17 hours of training, including 48 run miles, 94 bike miles, and 6.4 miles in the pool.
The race pictures still aren’t up from last weekend, but a friend took this one of my wave start. I put an arrow so you could see me. Where’s Waldo?
There were 100 people in my swim wave, which I think is too many. And this from a person who did the mass start at IMFL twice. It’s a local half iron. I don’t want to be in the water with 100 other people at the exact same moment. I wish they would have twice as many waves. Are we really in that big of a hurry to get everyone started? Just my opinion.
Did you see that IM Louisville is now going to be in October for 2015?
Well, I think it’s pretty interesting because I’ve been considering doing IM Wisconsin next year which is in September. I think the Louisville course sounds more appealing to me, but Louisville in the summer can be crazy hot. October, though, that sounds pretty good.
As far as bike course elevations,
Here is Wisconsin:
Here is Louisville:
The Louisville run course is flatter and is very similar to the Kentucky Derby Marathon that I did in April. I liked the course a lot.
I’m pretty interested! The sign up is after the August race, so really only 3 or 4 weeks to decide if I want to do it. Hmmm… ExitRowIron, do you have any thoughts on this?
runningthegoodrace said: How did y'all decide to do IMFL? Wisconsin is closer!!
Wisconsin is closer! And really hilly! And Mike has done it already and isn’t hot about going back again. There are several factors involved, from timing of the races to other personal stuff. I would like to do it, though, and at some point I think it will work out to make it happen. Thanks for asking!
urbanfitopia said: Hey Beth! With all your coaching and personal training, what kind of things to you do to stay injury free?
Let me start off by saying I love this gal. She is always positive and encouraging. If you aren’t following her already, you should!
I used to lift weights when I just ran and through my first Ironman season. I will go back to it after IMFL, but I just don’t have time and I worry about accidentally injuring myself. I’ve seen it happen- people hurting themselves lifting too much while training. Strength is good. But there needs to be time for recovery, too.
My suggestion is to find a great massage therapist or sports chiro and make them a part of your team. I see my massage person every other week and my chiro at the first sign of pain. The massage therapist stretches me out, does fascia release, keeps all the parts moving. I couldn’t keep going without either of them and they know it. Build a team to support you!
tridiesel said: -Are you following the TdF? - Top 3 bucket list races for you - favorite race you have done
I’m not following the TdF only because I don’t understand it. I don’t get the unwritten rules. I’m willing to give it a try if someone can explain it to me.
Top 3 races:
NY Marathon because I was training for that race when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Didn’t get to run. Had to watch everyone else run while I recovered from surgery. I feel the need to finish what I started.
IM Wisconsin. Because it’s the most common IM for people around here to do. The hills would be a challenge after the flats of IMFL and I feel ready to do it.
Boulder 70.3 is on my list of possibilities for next year. Three times at IMFL is enough I think, so maybe an earlier season half to see if I can work on speed.
Great questions!! Thanks for asking- I’m 2:45 into 4 hours so was glad for the break. :)