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8/1/10 2:13 P

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Apparenty weather was a huge factor. I ran Friday morning, 75 degrees, and it was soo much better. I have decided to change up my routine for the next few weeks. Instead of ST in mornings, I will focus on yaga and pilates to strengthen my core then continue to train (swim, bike, run)in the evenings, including spreed work both on the bike and run.

I went to a "Dress Rehearsal" Friday for the Aflac IronGirl race I am doing in 3 weeks. It was a great experience, over 800 woman showed up just for practice. We swam in the lake (2/3 of the actual race course) then ran the route. Biking was optional to do on your own. I feel so much more confident in my swimming now that I got to get in the lake. Like I said the run was good, still not up to speed but better! Didn't stay to bike, had family obligations to get home to. All in All a great day. I am excited for the race!



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7/30/10 8:17 A

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I would ease up on the ST especially getting close to your race and if you feel it's been impacting your running. But I agree with Irish...it could be the heat and humidity that's slowing you down. Focus on your speed work this week and next, and then taper the week of your race. 1 day a week of some speed work should transfer over on race day. And don't forget to practice those bike/run transitions.
GWBACH-nice results at HOLT and Chisago. I finished HOLT in 2:09.17, a PR for me and good enough for 3rd AG. I was wave 3 so probably didn't see you since I started ahead of you. And a 1/2 Ironman in under 6 hours is very impressive! Heard it got petty warm on the run. Nice job!

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7/29/10 9:21 P

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I do four things during race season, swim, bike, run and yoga. save the ST for you off season and stay focused on your tri training. and Like Irish stated, the hotter it gets out the slower you will run, it takes some time to get used to it and get some speed back.


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7/29/10 2:59 P

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Lots of triathletes take ST off during the racing season (or just focus on the core), and save it for base training in the off season. If you feel that it is impacting your running, then I would scale back or take it off, and see if it makes a difference. However, have you also thought of other things, like the weather? I've been running a lot slower lately, but a lot of it is because it is so humid that my HR is elevated and I can't get any speed up. Make sure you are hydrated, and recovering properly from your hard workouts. Good luck!

2010 Goals:
Get under 6 hours for a half Ironman triathlon
Get under 8 min/mi for a 5K - DONE 4/3

2010 Big Races:
Jan 15-17 Bermuda Half Challenge (8:15 Mile, 1:01:20 10K, and 2:11:32 half marathon)
June 6 Mooseman 70.3 triathlon (6:30:25)
Aug 22 Timberman 70.3 triathlon (6:10:14)


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7/29/10 2:24 P

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I feel like I am becoming a slower runner lately. I have never been a fast runner, mind you, however, I usually average under 9mm. Lately, it's tough just to get to a 9mm. I have been reviewing my training logs and notice that the days my legs are stiff and "tired" feeling usually follow ST. I often get up early and do ST before work then do my tri training in the afternoons. Maybe I am over doing it?
I try not to run on my ST days.

I am competing in an IronGirl race in 3 weeks. I am wondering if I just strictly concentrate on the swim, bike, run events and not worry about doing ST work now? Maybe that will help loosen up my legs for running. I also plan to increase my interval/speed training on both the bike and run.

I want to be careful not to overdue my training in the next few weeks but don't want to taper off at this point either.

Any thought?



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