Sunday, July 20, 2014

Best Recovery Tip: Hot Dogs and Beer

I will tell you what makes me very happy. I just finished my last BIG workout for Ironman Boulder, which means I have officially entered the taper phase of training.

There are so many areas of my life I have been neglecting with all of this crazy training (including but not limited to daily hygiene – shaving in particular, my offspring and cleaning toilets – not sure how long that skid mark has been there) so I’ll be glad to restore some sense of normalcy.

Today’s workout kicked my ass. Really. We started with a the 2 mile Bare Bones swim at the Boulder Reservoir. The swim actually went pretty well for me. I took my time and relaxed into my stroke and let my mind wander until I realized I was off course then I had to regroup.

At the swim start:

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I did not mean to give the finger bomb. Really, I didn’t.

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I think I was nervous about the swim and my body knew that and just acted out without my consent.

The swim took me 1:04, then it was off on the bike for 70 very hot miles with no freaking shade. 95 degrees is not my favorite temperature for training.

Four hours later, I hopped off the bike (well, I did not hop, it was more like I slithered and slid) and went out for a 4 mile run.

Again no shade. The last mile I had goose bumps and could feel my body trying to cool down, but things were too overheated at this point. I finished and sat in my car with the A/C blaring and ice in my pants, drinking chocolate milk. I waited for my friend Marie who was a bit beside me on the run. She didn't show up. I got kind of worried imagining her dying from heat exhaustion. As I went to look for her, I see her still running, a beer in one hand, a hot dog in the other. She said she found a party by the lake and asked for food and beer. Now you know why I love her.

Total miles for the day: 76

Total time: 5 hours, 44 minutes

Would you like some salt for your margarita? Come on over!

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After seeing Marie with her beer and hotdog, I came home and made a hotdog and had a beer. I like to copy my friends. I didn’t even change first and got my body schmega all over the couch. My family will be glad when this is all over with.

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Thoughts as I enter taper: This has been a strong training cycle for me. No injuries. Not too much fatigue. No missed workouts. Minimal crying and tantrums. Bring on August 3!!

Off on vacation! Have a great week!

SUAR

23 comments:

  1. You rock!!!!! Training for my first full which scared the crap out of me, then I read your bold blog!!!! You rock!!!

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  2. It's all downhill from here! (In a good way) Good luck!

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  3. Hilarious, I love Marie!!! Enjoy the taper and vacation (and beer and hot dogs!!!)...

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  4. I had a crappy long run this morning (Chicago marathon training) and was so mad at myself. Came home and ALMOST had a hot dog (my family ate them) and a beer. But I knew how bad I'd feel if I ate one (I think we've shared our GI issues before) so I behaved myself. So tempting, tho.

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  5. The image of your friend running while eating a hot dog and beer just made my day. I love it! Have a great vacation and I'm excited to follow your race on the 3rd. Woot!

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  6. I was so excited to run a 15 miler yesterday since i missed my last long run due to being on vacation (and HILLS being the only surrounding option was a no-go for this flat, lowcountry running gal). However, five and a half miles into my run i felt an odd strain in my right quad. I stopped immediately and walked the mile and a half home. I know i did the right thing and after resting today, i will be be back tomorrow with a cautious light and slow run. All this to say... Its a privilege to be able to go the distance and i envy your salt streaks! And, crossing fingers that i will have streaks of my own this weekend...

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  7. Wow!! You are amazing...and hilarious! I love the finger bomb :)

    WhatTheHeckWhyNot?

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  8. Enjoy the well earned taper!

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  9. Nothing says taper like beer. Enjoy having all of this time on your hands for the next 2 weeks.

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  10. I love reading your blog haha

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  11. You rock, Beth.. And you are ready for August 3rd. I've been struggling in this CO heat too and not doing near what you are. Love your blog!

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  12. "just acted out without my consent", funniest thing I've read today!!! I am so inspired by your ironman training. I recently got a road bike to commute to work and I'm feeling the tri itch, but I'm super intimidated. HAHA, that is awesome with the beer and hot dog! I wish I had the nerve to do that. Rock on Beth .. you've got this race! Enjoy the taper.

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  13. Enjoy your vacation and your taper! You sure earned it. :)

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  14. Marie is definitely my kind of runner! Haha.

    Good luck with taper madness :)

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  15. Marie was a bit "behind" you, I think you mean. Did you see Gigi with her popcicle? I went straight to Jamba Juice for a choclate pb smoothie.

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  16. Wow, that's super exciting you're on to the taper phase! Enjoy it :)

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  17. All the hard training is over, so enjoy the taper and shine on race day :)

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  18. Another hilarious blog post that made me laugh. I love you. You will rock IM Boulder and I wish we were racing together!

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    1. Me too. Are you doing Louisville ?? I will make it to Miami one of these days and you can show me the town and pamper me

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  19. Love the salt crystals. Did your hubby lick them off? ;)
    Kick butt in that race!

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  20. That sounds like the best training partner ever! My kind of gal. :)

    Your training is insane and inspiring all at once.

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  21. Way to get the hay in the barn! You are ready!

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