Training Week 12 is gone and we are now less than 4 weeks until Ironman Florida! The bib numbers were published recently and I'm happy to report I will be running with bib 647 on Nov. 3rd! It's really getting close now!
This past week was supposed to be my final build week but unfortunately a few things got in the way. First, I felt really crummy starting on Tuesday. I called it the "Ironman Flu" as I just came off of a 180+km ride, 20+km run and a hard swim workout all in less than 48 hours. My body ached and just felt icky mentally and physically.
I struggled through a weight workout on Tuesday and a spin class on Wednesday. Wednesday was Carole's 45th birthday - and she is my dearest friend and is my biggest supporter - I couldn't have done this Ironman without her - so I wanted to give her a great birthday so a few ladies and I went to Niagara Falls for the night - so that set me back a bit too. Friday I hit the gym again but just felt rotten. And then of course Barry and I flew out to Chicago on Saturday for "Barry" to run the Chicago marathon.
So really, this week was more of a recovery week than a build week. Well a recovery week that ended with me running a Marathon that I wasn't supposed to run!
You can check out the details on that in my Chicago Marathon non-race report!
So I'm putting this past week behind me. I am really happy I ran the full Marathon distance as now I have swam 4k, biked 180+k and ran 42.2k. Now all I have to do is put it together! I truly believe the Ironman is 90% mental and having run the full marathon distance will give me a mental advantage. My body feels the same as I did after my 30km run a few weeks ago and actually I feel better than I did last Tuesday!
So this week I'm focusing on swimming and will have my last long bike ride either on Friday or Saturday weather permitting. Then I will officially enter my taper plans and before we know it I'll be leaving for Florida! I guess it's time I start making my packing lists!