Rides mid-week are getting longer

Today’s ride was awesome; discovering great rides west of Concord. I’ll take this route this weekend and go even further.

Love the roads and riding around Concord. This 90 minute ride is the longest so far mid-week. I need to do a few 2 hour rides in the coming  weeks. Hoping the weather holds out.

It was a cool ride this morning – 57 degrees at the start.

#ironmanflorida

Week 16 Ironman Training – done

Not too bad for getting back into Ironman Training mode.

Week 15 – This Week I will be trying for 13.9 hours. I’m going to do my best to meet this goal.

I’m so excited to be training again and getting used to being tired (really tired) again. I get more done when I’m super busy.

More later this week. #ABT

Biking in New Hampshire Humidity

Wow! Humid.

I rode this morning since it was better to ride in humidity than run.

Ironman training has started and two workouts most days.

Feeling good so far. I need some major stretching and a massage needs to be scheduled.

91 Days until Ironman Florida.

Ironman Florida

I’m signed up! In my 9th year training and racing Ironman I was able to sign up for a race four months before race day. Amazing.

Back in the day, you had to sit online one year before race day and hope you got it; or volunteer the year before.

Ironman Florida was one of the races that sold out minutes before registration years ago; but I got in four months before.

As I start to plan my training this morning – Oops – I counted wrong. On Monday, it will be 13 weeks before race day. I better get training.

This is my first year training east of the Mississippi River. I’m excited to train in the big city of Concord where I can walk to the pool, run and bike out my door. I thought Tucson was a training mecca. I think I’m pretty lucky to live where I do and be able to train for #7 Ironman.

Off to run in 98% humidity. At least the sun isn’t out.

Happy Summer Solstice

Today I woke up to 60 degrees temps and finally, lower humidity. I probably should’ve run since it was so cool but my body said, Go For A Ride. So I obliged.
Boy it’s hilly west of Concord, but I put in about 17 miles riding towards Hopkinton. Beautiful.

Hope you get out there today and enjoy the longest day of the year:

A renewal.

West Windsor 5 & Dime on Mount Ascutney, Vermont

What a great trail run in Vermont this morning. The West Windsor 5 & Dime trail run got me into Vermont for the first time since 2005.

The drive into Windsor was spectacular; the quintessential Vermont town with narrow roads and green, green trees.

I’ve never been to Mount Ascutney and while it is no longer an operating ski resort the trails are spectacular for running, hiking and mountain biking.

The 10K started up the mountain right away and then in about a mile it started to mellow out as we switch-backed up the mountain. It was an overcast day but humid so I was dripping sweat throughout.

The trail crossed streams and we ran over big boulders. I’m proud to say that during the steep uphill I power walked, a skill practiced during the trail marathon in Park City last year.

And just to reinforce how tough trail runners are, race organizers made the finish a steep uphill. Ha.

Great day in Vermont. I can’t wait to go back.

Here’s the link to the series and the race. This Western NH trail running series is top notch. I can’t wait until the next one; The All Out Trail Run in Claremont. I’ve never been to Claremont and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.

Next week’s race is the South Berwick, ME Strawberry Festival 5 miler. I’m running with my sister and my niece, Gracie.

Track Workout Part 2

Yesterday was my first track workout in a long time but I couldn’t remember exactly when it was. Thanks to Facebook Memories, I learned this morning it was two years ago!

Today is a recovery day so I swam 1,200 yards at the Concord YMCA. There were some fast swimmers in the lanes next to me.

Happy Friday.

Thursday Track Workout

I haven’t done a track workout in many years. This morning while I was deciding on a route, I remembered the Concord High School Track was about a mile away.

I only had to run 4 today so I thought it would be fun. Fun and Hard, of course. Here’s what it looked like.

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move159318659

Tomorrow is a rest day; or for me – I’m heading to the pool.

Happy Training Day. #abt

Monday is for rest

Training hours last week: 34.2 miles. Wow. I can’t even remember the last time I ran that many miles in a week.

This week I am aiming for 42.

But today. I rest.