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#MotivateMe Monday: Summer, Father’s Day and Taper Time

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, and welcome to SUMMER!!!

I have this big feeling of “OMG, I made it!!” going on today, do you too? I hate hate hate winter and summer is by far my favourite season so I feel like I just made it through some really tough times and now it’s time to celebrate! Besides summer, I’m also celebrating that I have officially made it to the taper period of my Ironman 70.3 training … Muskoka is 13 days away!! Confession: I may have overdone the celebrating on Saturday night which led to a pretty rough start to Father’s Day, oops!

This past week I focused my training on swimming and cycling. I made it to the pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, cycled on Tuesday and Thursday at spinning, and went for a longish ride on Saturday morning outside. (Saturday was a gorgeous morning for a ride). I ran in the heat of the day on Wednesday to help me acclimatize to the weather I’ll be running in at Muskoka, and ran on Thursday morning. Tuesday morning I was supposed to run but it was pouring rain so my running buddies and I did a Tabata workout from DailyBurn under Juliette’s carport together. It was a slow start to the workout, but it really kicked our butt. The next two days the three of us had major DOMS in our butts and legs. We’ll have to try and work in more of that after the Ironman.

Here’s what my training looked like:

Monday: 35 min swimming at lunch
Tuesday: Tabata workout + lunch spinning class
Wednesday: Morning swim + 6k lunch run
Thursday: Morning run + lunch spinning class
Friday: 35 min swimming
Saturday: 30k bike ride
Sunday: REST

Now that the race is so close I was getting nervous about it. Last week I published a list of the 10 things that scare me the most about Ironman 70.3. You guys were awesome and answered my plea for help with a TON of advice and support that has really helped me to feel more like I can do this. My friend Emma is lending me her wetsuit and will teach me how to change a flat. You also provided me with great wardrobe and nutrition advice that I’m acting upon. My friend Laura picked up a cute tri top for me at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant this weekend that I can’t wait to wear because it matches my green and white bike and helmet perfectly! Matching those colours I’m sure was not easy, but she found a great top for me. I’ve also invested in several Gatorade bottles that I can easily exchange at the bottle exchange. I have also picked up some Ironman perform to mix into my bottles. For salt tabs I have no idea what I’ll use, but I’m sure I’ll get that figured out somehow over the next two weeks.


Cute tri top that will totally match my green bike and helmet. Ironman 70.3 I’m ready for you!

Besides my training, this week was pretty busy for our family. Monday night Brooke had softball practice while I played catch at home with Sierra, Amber and Sierra’s friend Izzy. Tuesday night we had a sports-free night so I tidied the house, then Wednesday night I coached Sierra’s softball practice. Thursday night we had another sports-free night so hubby took Brooke outside to play catch with her. Unfortunately her glove missed one of his throws and the ball hit her in the mouth and fractured/chipped two of her adult teeth (a bottom and a top one). Friday I took the day off of work to care for Brooke and to take her to the dentist to have her two teeth repaired. Then Friday night was softball picture night (perfect timing for Brooke’s teeth), Saturday morning Amber had a soccer game and Sierra had softball practice, then Saturday afternoon we threw a birthday party for Sierra. Our pool filter needed to be replaced so we had to use plan B for the party – we ended up taking 10 little girls to a nearby splashpad, followed by cake and presents at our place. Saturday night we went to a BBQ at our neighbour’s place, then Sunday was Father’s Day. For Father’s Day I made hubby breakfast in bed, the girls decorated a t-shirt with fabric pens for him that said “Hands Down You’re the Best Dad in Town” with hand prints all over it. We also gave him a box full of Wunderbars (his favourite chocolate bar). That afternoon I took the girls swimming at the nearby outdoor public pool. It was free because it was National Day of Fitness, then we went for a hike. That night my parents came over for dessert after dinner to further celebrate Father’s Day.





Sigh, I am so tired (mentally and physically) from last week’s training and the stress of Brooke chipping her teeth, throwing Sierra’s birthday party and coordinating the Father’s Day events, that I am so looking forward to enjoying this taper time! This week my training plan is to cut down to mostly only 1 workout/day with the exception of Tuesday:

Monday: Lunch swim + Coach Sierra’s softball game
Tuesday: Morning run + Lunch time spin class
Wednesday: Lunch swim + coach Sierra’s softball practice
Thursday: Morning run
Friday: Lunch swim
Saturday: Morning bike ride + 5k run + my cousin’s wedding (there might be some dancing involved)
Sunday: rest day + New Kids on the Block concert

Next week will have even less on the training plan… YAY! All in all I’m happy with how this training cycle has gone and with all of your great advice and help I’m looking forward to the upcoming race. Your advice has certainly helped me to ease my fears race so thank you for all of your help!


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


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Have an active and healthy week!


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  • Lucie Palka
    June 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Looks like a busy week! I feel bad for your daughter’s chipped tooth! My 2 front teeth have re-accruing chips and its NOT fun! On a happier note, you must be totally excited about the Muskoka Ironman! I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes!

  • Cathy V
    June 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Good timing for your taper! Sounds like all the Ironman stuff is coming together too. Have a good week!

    • Janice
      June 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks Cathy, I hope you have a great week too – I haven’t seen a blog post lately, is everything ok?

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    June 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    So sweet of your friend to get you an awesome tri top.

    • Janice
      June 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      She certainly found an awesome one for me and I’ll be paying her back, but it definitely saved me a shopping trip (I hate shopping).

  • Jen @ pretty little grub
    June 22, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling more confident about the race. There is no worse feeling than feeling underprepared and scared, like I did in Seattle. But your training looks great and you will do amazing.

  • Jess@ Flying Feet
    June 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I still just don’t see how you fit it all in!! You just be feeling exhausted by now. The big event is so close though. I can’t wait to read all about it. All your hard work will be worth it and when it’s all said and done you’ll sigh with relief. And probably sign up for the next one! LOL I barely hit 30 miles last week. But it’s a new week and I’m going at it again. Thank you for hosting this link up! It really helps me. 🙂

  • rachel
    June 23, 2015 at 8:55 am

    You are super woman!! Happy birthday to your little girl! 🙂 She is getting so big! 10!!


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