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Ironman Florida Training - Week Whatever

By Brisdon @shutuprun

Is it bad I have no idea what week I am in with my training? I do know how many weeks I have left, however. I just don’t like to think about it. 12 weeks. Hot damn.

I had a solid 7 days of training last week.

Monday: Swim with Sharpie 30 minutes (work on technique). Run 30 minutes.
Tuesday: Bike 2 hours. Run 40 minutes.
Wednesday: Swim 1 hour
Thursday: Bike 2 hours, 20 minutes. Run 40 minutes.
Friday: Swim 1 hour.
Saturday: Half marathon (1:54). Swim 30 minutes.
Sunday: Bike 5 ½ hours.

True, there was no rest day in there, but this week I have TWO OF THEM. Stop my beating heart.


Bike – 155 miles
Run – 25 miles
Swim – 4.5 miles (~7,900 yards)

Totals: 184.5 miles. 16 hours, 34 minutes.

That, in a nutshell, is why I am tired. I do think I’m adjusting to these long training weeks. I have to pinch myself that I am really doing all of this to become an Ironman in November. It gives me the chills, the butterflies and makes me want to throw up all at the same time.

It is also why my hair is straggly and bleached out. It is either being doused in chlorine or thrown up into a makeshift bun nearly 100% of the time. I might need to shave my head and start over once I’m done with all of this. I think Brittany Spears did that.


Coach did give me some awesome shampoo for swimmers and I think it’s helping. Plus, it smells good.


She also gave me a jar of Salt Stick (electrolyte tabs), Tri Slide (makes getting the wetsuit on/off easier – think of  full body lube) and Foggle – the ultimate goggle de-fogger.

I am a huge smell person (my family would second that – Mom, can you please not fart again in the car and lock the windows?). What I mean is, I love perfumey smells in lotions, detergents, soaps, candles and shampoos. Maybe it is to ultimately cover up all of the odiferous things I expel.

I have had this smell addiction since I was in middle school. I used to be obsessed with Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific Shampoo and Loves Baby Soft. I don’t know if they sell either of those anymore. Oh, and I also loved Body on Tap shampoo.

Ironman Florida Training - Week Whatever

(Btw, If you want to try some of the swimming shampoo, it is Tri Swim Shampoo and Conditioner).

What product did you love from your tween/teen years? I was also pretty into marshmallow fluff, grape Bubble Yum, and Wacky Packages.

Ironman Florida Training - Week Whatever


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