Subscription Services – August 2015

Nothing like waiting until the last day of the month to reveal our StrideBox and Headsweats goodies.

The StrideBox included an Amrita apricot and strawberry energy bar, Crank Sports electrolyte energy gel, Honey Stinger grapefruit energy chews (happy to receive this, we were running low), First Endurance cucumber water, Pure Clean beet juice powder (not too sure about this one), Sportea energy tea, Dr. Hoy’s pain relief gel, and an All Good sunscreen stick.  As always, our StrideBox also contained an inspirational sticker.

Stridebox contents Stridebox contents

This month’s Headsweats box contained a Loudmouth Supervisor Steppin Out.  After some debate, the visor is mine.  Nick gets first right to refusal next month.

Headsets Loudmouth Supervisor Headsweats Steppin Out Supervisor

Weekly Activity Report 08/23/2015

We certainly are stepping it up.  Our Fitbit stats and distances are higher than they’ve been in awhile.  We’ve solicited the help of a friend to try to keep us on track with our training.  So far, we’ve hit every workout on the schedule.

Weekly Activity Report ending 08/23/2015:

Emily –
103,146 steps (daily average 14,735)
Run 12.2 mile
Bike 28 miles
Swim 2850 yds
Strength 52 minutes

Nick –
113,468 steps (daily average 16,210)
Run 12.7 miles
Bike 29.5 miles
Swim 3575 yds
Strength 52 minutes

July 2015 Totals

Our month was active on the bike and run, our other disciplines suffered.  Back on the wagon, though.  I’m anticipating August to be a strong month.

Our gym has been under renovation since April, and our visits have declined, with June at an all time low.  Health club dues in July were $18.99 per visit.

Emily Jan Feb Mar April May June July
Swim (miles) 1.4 2.8 6.8 2.8 2.2 0.6 1.4
Bike (miles) 102.0 102.4 143.4 47.4 112.1 42.4 60.8
Run (miles) 34.0 21.7 25.4 43.9 12.6 9.8 23.5
Strength (min) 99 109 183 57 22 0 0
Nick Jan Feb Mar April May June July
Swim (miles) 1.6 3.3 5.8 0.7 1.3 0.4 1.4
Bike (miles) 89.0 116.4 125.0 38.5 82.2 40.9 79.3
Run (miles) 42.1 36.8 48.0 41.9 18.0 23.7 49.1
Strength (min) 76 88 123 79 30 0 0

Weekly Activity Report 08/16/2015

Neither Nick nor I received our Fitbit stats for the week ending 08/09/2015, which suits me just fine.  We will report on the race, just know it didn’t go according to plan.  Right now, we’re headed to the gym to work on improving our swim.

Below step counts and distances for last week; mostly we just sulked and brainstormed on a redemption plan.

Weekly Activity Report ending 08/16/2015:

Emily –
76,380 steps (daily average 10,911)
Run 0 mile
Bike 0 miles
Swim 0 yds
Strength 0 minutes

Nick –
96,594 steps (daily average 13,799)
Run 2.0 miles
Bike 0 miles
Swim 0 yds
Strength 0 minutes

Weekly Activity Report 08/02/2015

Tapering for the big race.  Swim, bike, run and Fitbit step counts are below.

Weekly Activity Report ending 08/02/2015:

Emily –
82,852 steps (daily average 11,836)
Run 3.1 mile
Bike 10.7 miles
Swim 322 yds
Strength 0 minutes

Nick –
102,673 steps (daily average 14,668)
Run 4.4 miles
Bike 8.8 miles
Swim 0 yds
Strength 0 minutes

One Week To Go

We are now in the final stretch to Steelhead 70.3.  Over the past couple of months we have had our ups and downs with training.  Workouts skipped and not made up, workouts cut short due to fatigue or illness, workouts just plain adjusted for laziness were all experienced.

Ironman 70.3 Steelhead

Swims were a challenge and are still my biggest concern for race day.  In addition to being open water, I have read recently that the waves can be difficult to deal with.  I am hoping for a calm morning.  Water temperatures have remained in the low 70s for the past couple of weeks, at 7am this morning it was just below 70.  Either way, well within the limit for wetsuits and that will make me slightly faster.

Cycling has been enjoyable.  Learning to eat while still moving was fun.  Maintaining a cadence over a long ride has proven slightly easier than I expected and I feel like I am very prepared for this part of the race.  Hills around our area are very similar to the course with the exception of a single very large climb at the beginning of the cycle course.

Running has probably been my most neglected part of training, which was probably stupid since it will be at that point that I am already very tired from swim/bike that I would rather have done it.

One week away and we are both very excited for the race and the trip.