Becoming The Best Athlete I Can Be

Welcome to my little corner of the internet, Sweaty Stacey P, my training log for triathlons and road races.  My plan is to use this to record workouts and race experiences so I can reflect and look at what went right and what didn’t go so well.  By doing this, I hope to become the best athlete I can be.  I’m currently training of my first olympic-distance triathlon, the Outer Banks Olympic tri in September.

A little history:  I started running in September 2010 and haven’t looked back.  I love it.  I’ve had a series of running injuries–IT band issues and shin splints–that made me take up other sports to keep in shape (swimming and biking) which sparked my interest in triathlon.  I completed my first triathlon in August 2014 and loved every stinkin’ minute of it.  I recently quit my life-consuming job and went back to part time so I can go back to school to change my career.  While I was at that job, I packed on several pounds (I stress eat like crap and wasn’t working out much) and lost a lot of fitness I had built up last summer.   I won’t really talk too much about my job or school here because, well it’s not training.  In fact, with the exception of a race report, this will likely be my longest post, as most posts will just be what my workout was for that particular day.

Now, onto today’s workouts!

This morning I rode 22 miles on the Colonial Parkway.  It’s got some rolling hills that reminded me that I need to work on hill climbing.  Oh, and btw, the “hills” in southeastern Virginia are merely speed bumps compared to everywhere else, well except Florida (we’re not exactly known for our hills down here!).  So yeah, I need to strengthen my quads and work on hill climbing.  Otherwise, I felt great.  I’m finally consistently hitting 15mph for rides over 20 miles and it felt really good to have a sweatfest on the bike today.

22.10 miles|1:25:58|15.3 mph

Later in the afternoon, I laced up my Hokas and hit the pavement for a hot 2 miles.  Surprisingly my legs felt amazing, however, I can tell I haven’t been running because I was just so out of breath, plus I could tell I was carrying the extra weight I gained over the past 8 months.   After running, I came back home and did some core exercises and exercises for my IT band strengthening.

2 miles|21:03|10:29/mile pace

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

Happy sweating!

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