Week 12 and 13 of 18 Ironman Boulder Training – Quieting the noise

Sorry to squish two weeks into one again. I went to Boulder to train on course so my shcedule was a little crazy. You can read all  about my trip here, and you can read about my Boulder Ironman ride review here and my run review here. It was an extremely helpful trip. I feel much more confident about the bike ride. Someone described it as an honest course because you get paid back for all the effort you put in. That is an excellent way to describe the course. The run course is going to be a bit more challenging that I expected due to a long slog uphill for 5 miles that you have to run twice. But I am glad I know this know! Here are the numbers for the last two weeks.

Week 12

Week 12

Week 12 was a little off due to the trip to Boulder.

Week 13

Week 13

As you can see I actually did some strength work! YAY ME!!!

There are less than 5 weeks until race day. I am really excited to wrap this race up and take a small break from the schedules. I am working to dial in a few things. I have picked up a few new pieces of kit for the race. I got a sleeveless wet suit from Roka a couple weeks ago since I think the temp of the swim will be warmed than I am used to. I used it when I did my 2 mile swim in Boulder and I was pretty warm by the end of it, so I have also picked up a Viper Swim Skin from Roka just in case. For my bike, I finally got a power meter from Stages. They were having a close out sale on their Dura-Ace cranks so I used this opportunity to get slightly shorter cranks (165 mm instead of 170 mm) like my bike fitter suggested. I also got two new pairs of running shoes form Saucony. I got the Breakthrus (lighter weight but decent support) and the new Ride 8s. I really like them both so far!

I had another unpleasant experience in a Facebook group again. In hindsight I am probably misinterpreting the comment but regardless I am finding the the Facebook group for Ironman Boulder to be providing more noise than I need right now. These groups can offer a great support system but I am at a point in my training and experience that I have my own opinions on how to tackle Ironman. I have people in my life who I trust to help me achieve my goals and sometimes these groups just aren’t value add. The incident that prompted me to leave the group was a post by a fellow member. I had thought it would be helpful to give a review of the ride course and run course for those people who can’t train on the course. After I had posed both reviews in the group another person posted a request for anyone who wasn’t a “bad ass” to give their review. It is very possible that it wasn’t a dig at me (maybe it was a compliment), but I didn’t interpret it that way. I felt like I was being slammed. That was it. I left the group. I am probably over-reacting but I had been toying with leaving the group before. Next Ironman I sign up for (looks like Wisconsin in 2016), I will not be joining the Facebook group.

I have a big week ahead of me as I get into the final build weeks of my training. I was very tired from to my trip to Boulder but I am excited to get this race done!


  1. I struggle with the FB groups as well, and as a result, don’t post in them. So exciting that you are looking at IMWI for 2016!! We go to Madison for IMWI every year whether racing or volunteering, so I will be there to help you out!! I too am looking forward to getting IMBoulder behind us so I can move on to little/no schedule 😉

  2. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate these write ups. I am part of the Facebook group also and I saw the comment. I really do think it was meant as a compliment towards you, at least not a rip on you. Either way, thanks for the blog. It is great reading and really helps me to understand what to expect. Also, I think you will love Madison in ’16. I have done it 3 times and will be going back again this year. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks Bryan! I am kind of sensitive about that kind of stuff and take those things personally. But that is what you get when you put your opinion out there! I am really glad you liked them! I am getting really excited for the race! I hope I see you on course! And glad you liked Wisconsin! We have several friends out there so I think it will be a blast!

  3. The most important thing I read here was IMWI 2016!!!! I’m so excited for that. I was thinking about you yesterday during my IM bike loop, and how I really need to train so I can try to keep up with you!
    Sorry about the stupid FB group thing too. I’m in a group and there’s a know-it-all babbling about how much he knows it all. Meh, good for him!

  4. What training site do you use? I see the images that show the workouts, etc so am curious. Don’t worry about the group. I don’t think anything was meant towards you. Good write ups. Thanks

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