Switching It Up & Getting It Done



WEEK 22 – Monday 7/29/2019 – Sunday 8/04/2019

We pulled the old switcharoo with the plan when Dave advised that Alex would be in town this weekend, so the training plan for this week was swapped with the one for next week.

The weather was pretty great this week, often just barely getting into the low 80’s, but it gradually climbed through the week and was pretty warm on Saturday and Sunday.  I was glad for the cooler temps as I was volunteering for a second week at the high school band camp.  Our band no longer goes to an actual camp, but rather opts to stay at the school and learn the competitive show for the fall season without the distractions of being away from home.  Camp was a success, and I was still able to get in my workouts.


My daughter Rebecca going through the paces at band camp.  I took tons of photos of the kids.


On Saturday I drove out to Dixon to meet with Dave and Alex and we started our ride around 8:30 am.  I like riding out there with them as it provides a different type of riding and scenery.  Dave says the same thing when he joins me on my routes.

Trying to take a picture of us riding requires skill that I lack.

The plan was to ride out for 2.5 hours and back.  At the three hour mark, we stopped at the town of Lanark and filled up our water bottles for the remaining two-hour ride back.


Alex and I goofed around while we waited for Dave to fill his bottles numerous times.


Dave joined us for one final selfie before heading out.


I was glad for that little break and we hit the road to head back.  Not much longer after that Alex started getting a little nauseated, and truthfully, I was getting dehydrated on this warm upper 80 degree day.  We kept at it but by the time we got back, we were beat.

Alex did about 10 minutes of the 45-minute brick run, but I summoned some extra will and joined Dave for 4.5 miles of post-ride running.  I was glad we got it done, but I was bonked.  It took a while to rehydrate but after a shower and some refueling at the local Subway, I was feeling better again.

I spent the drive home and the evening thinking about skipping the two hour Sunday run, but I woke up and decided to hit the trail.  I felt pretty good, got in 12.5 miles at an easy Z2 pace, and patted myself on my back for not bailing on the run.  Sometimes you want to quit on a workout, and this one would have been excusable in my mind, but when you pull on the shoes and get out there it really builds your character.  I didn’t quit on myself, and when the hard part of the training and the race comes, I will remember that.


I spent my afternoon with my son Ben enjoying the Cubs beating the Brewers.  A great way to end the week.




Swims: 1 total, 2100 total yards

Rides: 5 total, 162 total miles

Runs: 5 total, 40 total miles


On to the actual Week 22 next week!



Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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