Week 9 of 18 Ironman Boulder Training – Life Interupts

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I am switching back to a Monday-Sunday training week now that the kids are winding down the school year and my swimming schedule has changed because of Wednesday Tower 26 open water swims. That means this week was only 6 days. Amazing how I can bend time huh?

The week started to go out of whack on Wednesday when I got slammed pretty hard in the ocean while trying to get past the break. The wave slammed me so hard it felt like my bad shoulder was hyper extended and hurt pretty bad. I called it a day and got to the showers before the rush. By Friday it felt better. Not perfect, but better and I was able to swim 2700 yards with no issue.

It was also discovered Tuesday night one of my kids, who struggles in school, has dug a pretty big whole for himself over the last two months. I do what I can to keep track of things but he has to learn to take care of himself at some point. I didn’t expect this part of parenting to be so difficult. It was a very emotionally draining and stressful week as a result.

So when all was said and done I missed all my strength training and one bike session. The other parts of my life just needed more of my attention and time. I can’t beat myself up for missing workouts. The best thing I can do is make sure the ones I get to, get my full attention. So by Saturday afternoon, after throwing a paintball party for my oldest, I went out and had a really nice easy and fun 1:15 run. It was hot but it felt good to run and sweat and shut my mind off from life for that time.

I am getting really excited for an upcoming trip to Boulder to train. I am anxious to ride the bike course and I can’t wait to see how it compares to what I am training on now. But mostly I really need some time with Stuart. Our life is very busy, which is much to our own doing. So some weeks life becomes very functional. Just getting through everything that needs to get done. We both need some time together to recharge our batteries. At least when it gets tough like this we always turn to each other. I couldn’t do this without him! Any of it!

Below is a monthly total for May. It looks like the numbers are moving in the right direction. June will be a another busy month and I hope to get some really great training in. I can’t believe it is only 9 weeks until race day!Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 8.31.52 PM


  1. Some weeks are more about survival….And yes- you ar are 100% correct, sometimes the very best think we do for our kids is let them fail. As hard as it it, I think we know too that the best lessons are learned through picking up the pieces. Hard to watch the babies go through it though! πŸ™‚ Hang in there and enjoy the time away!!

  2. I’m excited to hear of your training in Boulder and what you think of the course! It is crazy we are only 9 weeks away. Are you going to Colorado early to acclimate for the race?

  3. Agree with Jen, some weeks are about survival! You’re surviving, and still kicking a lot of butt! And just like you, I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my John πŸ™‚ Having a good rock helps!

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