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#MotivateMe Monday: I’m Back and Ready to Train!

If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m so so sorry for just disappearing on you while I took a much-needed break from blogging, social media, work, my family, and yes, even from my training.  Sometimes you just need to cash in, get the h-ll out of town and head to…

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Nevada, USA

This past week my room-mate from University (Tracy) and I headed to Vegas to celebrate our 40th birthdays together.  Tracy and I met 21 years ago when the school paired her up to share a double room with me.  We also worked together for about 5 yrs waiting tables at a sports bar, and she was one of my bridesmaids when hubby and I got married in Vegas 11 yrs ago. Neither one of us had been back to Vegas since the wedding, so we decided that it would be a great place to go to party and celebrate the fact that we’re both officially OLD now …. Yep, can you believe we’ll both be 40 by the end of the summer?  


At Gillies Country Bar at Treasure Island ready for a fun night of country line dancing.

We had a lot of fun, and I promise to recap more later this week, but because this is #MotivateMe Monday, it’s time to recap my training and to set forth my training schedule for this week.

Here’s how my training over the last two weeks went:

Week 1:
: 60 k group cycling ride – DONE
Tuesday: 9k run with the o’dark thirty club – 2 min hard with 2 min recovery jogs for 9k, followed by a brief core workout.3 sets of: Planks, side planks, hamstring bridges, pushups and supermans – DONE. During lunch I went to spinning for 45 min – DONE
Wednesday: 1k swim before work, then coaching softball after work. DONE
Thursday: 9k tempo run with the o’dark thirty crew, followed by a brief core workout. 3 sets of: Planks, side planks, hamstring bridges, pushups and supermans. During lunch I’ll go to spinning for 40 min. DONE
Friday: 1k swim before work. After work I’ll try to do a DailyBurn kettlebell workout. DONE
Saturday: Longish bike ride – hoping for 40k, then a short 5k run.
Sunday: Rest/Recover from my friend Laura’s stagette/volunteer at a softball tournament/pack for LAS VEGAS!

Week 2:
Worked all day, then headed straight to the airport and flew to Vegas. Walked around Vegas for 90 min once we arrived.
Tuesday: Walked for HOURS around Vegas, hung around the pool, then walked for HOURS around Fremont St.
Wednesday: Ran 7k, swam laps for 30 min, hung around the pool all day, went country line dancing until 3 am.
Thursday: Last day in Vegas. Hung around the pool, walked along the strip for HOURS until our red-eye flight home.
Friday: Slept (ALL DAY)
Saturday: 30k bike ride
Sunday: Rest/recover


This week my plan is to jump right back into tri training where I left off.  I have three weeks of HARD training left, then I can taper until the race – I can’t believe that in 5 short weeks I’ll be doing a 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon! Yikes!!!

Monday: 9k speedwork with the o’dark thirty club + kettlebell workout
Tuesday: 1.5k swim before work, spinning at lunch, coaching softball after work
Wednesday: 1k swim before work, then coaching softball after work.
Thursday: 9k tempo run with the o’dark thirty crew, followed by a brief core workout – 3 sets of: Planks, side planks, hamstring bridges, pushups and supermans. During lunch I’ll go to spinning for 40 min.
Friday: 1k swim before work. After work I’ll  do a DailyBurn kettlebell workout.
Saturday: Longish bike ride – hoping for 45k, then a short 5k run.
Sunday: Longish run ~ 15k

It honestly feels good to be back doing the things I love.  I missed my family, blogging, work, and yes, even training while I was gone, though I do have to admit that tearing up the strip at Fremont St. every night was amazeballs! 


A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com


  1. Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up.  All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
  2. Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
  3. In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com
  4. Read what the other linkers, are sharing.  Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other.  The more you support, the more support you will get back.

Have an active and healthy week!


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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    June 1, 2015 at 9:47 am

    can’t wait to hear about your trip! Walking Vegas is definitely a workout in itself. It’s so exhausting!

  • Jess@ Flying Feet
    June 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I just have to say that both of you ladies look awesome!! Proof that staying active keeps you young. 🙂 I’ve never been to Vegas. Sounds like a fun time. You still had a great week of working out and looks like you’re on target for a great final couple of weeks. So freaking awesome you’re going to be an iron woman!! Can’t wait to read recaps. Thanks for hosting the link up!!

  • Kaylee
    June 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Awesome Vacation! It is always great to get away, but I know what you mean, when you come back from vacation it is always nice to come home! Good luck with your training this week! I always find that about a month out I start questioning my training prep, but you have got this!!

  • Krysten
    June 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Vegas sounds like a blast!! and it looks like you have been training like crazy! go girl!


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