Even with a few days off around the Utah Valley Half Marathon and a mostly restful 4th of July weekend trip to Atlanta, I've been steadily adding more miles and reaching new milestones each week, and July marked my first-ever 600 mile month. With all of the training, I've come to have an all new perspective on workouts... 2000 yards in the pool or 50 miles on the bike no longer seem "long" and the idea of a 4 hour brick is not particularly daunting. It's kind of crazy to think about that, but it really is amazing how your body and mind can adapt given proper training.
Swim: 11.7 miles
Bike: 382.3 miles (average speed 17.6 mph)
Run: 100.9 miles (average pace 8:01)
ElliptiGo: 10 miles
Total time: 46:05:44
Total miles: 504.82
Total calories: 26,914
Swim: 15.8 miles
Bike: 451.3 miles (average speed 18.5 mph)
Run: 118.6 miles (average pace 8:13)
ElliptiGo: 18 miles
Total time: 57:19:06
Total miles: 603.68
Total calories: 32,929
I was curious to see how this compared to last year, when I was gearing up for Powerman Zofingen. Despite dropping my number of days per week on the bike from 4 to 3 in most weeks, I ended up with about 50 more miles each month, and an average speed over 3 miles per hour faster than what I was averaging in 2014. It may not sound like much, but it makes a huge difference - compared to the same two month period last year, I spent over 4 hours less time riding my bike, but covered over 100 more miles.
Other highlights from the million-degree days of summer...
|Peachtree Road Race|
Ran the race as a tempo run in rainy conditions.
Not the day I'd envisioned because of the weather,
but fun nonetheless.
43:56 - 29/3418 Female 35-39
|Lil Uno One Mile Open Water Swim - Jordan Lake|
My first swim-only event (followed by a run in the crazy mid-day heat)
35:14 - 4/20 Female 35-39
|The addition of a long Wednesday brick meant some very early mornings,|
but views like this make it all the more worthwhile
|Made it out to few open water swim practices in Jordan Lake|
T-minus 12 weeks and counting!!