Last updated on May 23rd, 2018 at 02:32 pm
I’m 12 weeks away from my first goal race of 2018, Iron Girl Canada and training is now getting serious. I took a hiatus from competing in 2017 for a good reason, I was pregnant. My little baby is already 3 months (they grow too fast), and I’m back to doing what I love…training.
If you are new to Run Mommy Run, you might want to catch up with Weeks 1, Week 2 and Week 3 first. If you follow me and you are caught up, you’ll know that last week, I had a to do list that I didn’t ge to. I’m happy to report that I set my mind to it this past week and TOOK ACTION.
Here Is My To Do List:
Get bike tuned and tires pumped Remove race number from bike (last time I used it was for Iron Girl 2016) Oops! Modify training plan to fit my schedule (I’m using Athleta’s plan) Dig out my Tri Kit (make sure it fits) and my cycling jersey See my Chiropractor for my tight left leg
Tires Pumped, Chain Oiled √
I decided to get my bike ready for the season myself and save a few dollars. This proved to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be. Mind you, whatever I do during the day, I have a 3 month old in tow.
When I was training for Iron Girl in 2016, I did a large part of my training over my lunch hour at work. I would disassemble my front wheel, load my bike in the back of my Matrix, and off I’d go to work. Humm, what I forgot was that I would also lower a section of the backseat so that I could actually fit the bike in.
Dropped off my 4-year-old at school, went right home and loaded my baby in the car and attempted to load the bike in the car to get the tires inflated. With baby No. 2 comes another car seat, and a problem. I can’t lower the back seats since the car seats are in the way. THE BIKE WON’T FIT!
Sure, I took out the other car seat, lowered the seat, struggled to remember how to take the front wheel off, and finally managed to fit the bike in safely in the car. By then, my 3 month-old was whaling in the back seat, I was stressed but I was still determined to get it done.
Removed the Race Number √
All the training leading up to Iron Girl 2016 got me a little burned out and afterwards and I took a much-needed break for the rest of the season. Then, in the summer of 2017, I was pregnant so my bike stayed stored in the garage the whole year. So now, 2 years after my first tri, I’m finally getting around to removing the No. 420 from my bike and helmet. What a terrible number!
Training Plan Modified √
So, I’m using the Athleta Iron Girl Training Guide as a template for my training plan. I had to modify it t in order to fit my reality. Here is this week’s plan.
Tri Kit & Cycling Jersey are Dusted Off √
I love my Pearl Izumi Tri Kit. Good thing, since it’s the only tri kit I own. The picture below is from 2016, but I’m happy to report that it still fits (snugly for now) but I can stuff myself in it, so it counts.
I decided to wear the tri kit bottom for my inaugural bike ride last week since they are the only padded shorts I own. I later discovered that my dog rummaged through my laundry basket and tore a rip in them. Although I was not impressed with my dog’s behavior, the damage is minimal. I’ll work some needle magic and they’ll be as good as new.
Pearl Izumi Tri Kit: Spring 2015 season
Foam Roll A Day Keeps The Chiro At Bay (for now)
I took to the foam roller last week and released the tension that was forming in my left quads. My leg is feeling better, and I think I can pass on a visit to my chiropractor for now. If things don’t feel right, I won’t hesitate as he really helped me with some hip pain I was experiencing in 2017.
Ok, that concludes Road to Iron Girl Chronicle Week 4. Come back next week as I countdown to 12 weeks to Iron Girl Grimsby 2018.