October 11, 2011

Indoor Fun!

This past weekend, we had a cold front move into Colorado, so I knew I would have to do my long brick inside.  I wasn't really looking forward to it, but I knew I just needed to get it done!

My alarm went off at 4AM and I DID NOT want to get up.  It was so warm and cozy in my covers, but I managed to drag myself out of bed, get dressed, and head to my basement.

Here is where I would spend the next 6 hours!

Yes, that is a concrete wall!  Our basement isn't finished yet, so it's a little creepy.  BUT, it makes for a great workout area!

This is my "Motivational Wall"  This is right next to my treadmill and I love it!

Here I am at the beginning.  A little sleepy eyed, but I'm ready to go!!

I started my bike workout by doing the IMAZ spinerval.  Coach Troy is awesome!  My husband and I have quite a collection of spinervals and I have to say I really like them.
The IMAZ spinerval was roughly 2hrs. long, and basically did 1 loop of the 3 loop IMAZ bike course.  Doing the spinerval actually made the first 2hrs. go by pretty quickly.  Coach Troy had a lot of great tips throughout the workout that I plan on incorporating at IMAZ.  One of the big things was that because the course is relatively flat, you'll be able to go pretty fast.  He said a lot of people will go super fast, because of their egos, and end up burning out their legs.  Instead, he suggested really concentrating on cadence during the first part of the 1st loop to make sure that you don't go too fast or try to push a bigger gear, which will kill you legs pretty quickly.  Overall, I liked the spinerval and thought it would be a good resource for anyone doing IMAZ.

I was originally planning on doing the spinerval twice, but decided to put in a movie instead.  I ended up watching 2 movies, which really helped the time go by.  BUT, I have to say, after 4hrs, I was dragging.  I was ready to be OFF of my bike and I was tired of being in the basement.  Because I was home, I could have easily quit, but I pushed through those thoughts and continued on!

FINALLY, I was done!  WOOHOO! 

73 miles isn't too bad for a 5hr. trainer ride!  Besides, it's all about time in the saddle..right??!

SOOOO glad to be done with the bike!  I don't know if you can tell, but my hair and shirt are completely soaked!!

After a quick change of shoes, I was onto the treadmill for my 1hr. run!

I started off at an easy pace for the first 15minutes and my legs felt great!  Gradually, I increased my pace and just kept on going.  Before I knew it, I was almost done with my run!  I couldn't believe the time went by so quickly!  Then, I looked down, and this is what I saw:


5 hours on the trainer....DONE!

1 hour on the treadmill...DONE!


I went upstairs, and this is what I saw:

Are you kidding me?  BRRRRR!!
I am soo glad I decided to do my workout inside!

I was pretty gross and I'm pretty sure I smelled awful, so I took a shower, and pulled on my favorite Zoot recovery tights.  I also put on my favorite warm and cozy slippers. :)

For the rest of the day, we hooked up our laptop to our TV and watched the live streaming of KONA!  What an awesome race! AND, I cannot believe Chrissie ended up winning!  She is just simply amazing!


CautiouslyAudacious said...

Wow good job that's a lot of trainer time! I would have gotten bored way before you. Are you doing IMAZ this year? I'm going to be there with my dad volunteering as photographers and will be trying to register for next year. Good Luck! btw I love those slippers! Where did you get them?

trifitmom said...

damn those slippers look cozy

track coach and adorable wife said...

I cannot believe you did that! You are just amazing!

Deb said...

Seriously impressive! I find 2 hours to be a long time on the trainer, so when I get to the really long rides, I'm going to think of you. Nice job!

Oh, and your spelling was fine, but yeah, you probably smelled horrible. ;)

Jon said...

OMG! What is that white stuff outside? Nooooooooooooo!!!!


Great job Aimee! These are the workouts that turn you into an Ironman.

Kacie Darden said...

LOVE this post! I like that you just did the work you needed to do to get ready for your race! Well done!

Kacie Darden said...

LOVE this post! I like that you just did the work you needed to do to get ready for your race! Well done!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

5 hours on the trainer!!! Wow, just wow!!!

What is your favorite spinervals?

Julie said...

Awesome Aimee that's what we are going to call you. Great job!

I had none of that icky white stuff up north...thank goodness!

Christi said...

4 hours on the trainer. I am impressed!

Jason said...

SuperWoman right there.

Man that is a mental strength session if I've ever seen one. Way to go Aimee.....IMAZ look out!

Austin said...

well done. 6hrs in a basement is def some mental toughness training...

Amanda@runninghood said...

you are amazing girl! And I love your inspiration wall there. You need a Runninghood sticker to go with it. :) Did I send you one? I can't remember.

Colleen said...

Holy smokes Aimee... if you can do a 5 hour trainer ride and a 1 hour treamill run, IMAZ will be a walk in the park! You are awesome!!!

Alisa said...

Wow, that is impressive! I think the longest trainer ride I've done is 3 or 4 hours.

I am soooo impressed and so glad you didn't do that workout outside, snow, brrrrrrrrrr!

I couldn't get the cadence sensor thing to work for me on the bike so I never know how far I've gone.

DonnaG said...

you are incredible. I only hope to build up to your level of training one day. keep rockin it girl!

Velma said...

You are a rock star!!!

Megan said...

5 HOURS?! I hate 1 hour on the trainer... I'm trying to love it. I love your idea of the inspiration wall. Question, how do you get mileage off your Garmin when on the trainer?

Andrea said...

Amazing! Indoor trainer / treadmill...seems many people lament - though they are wonderful tools when the rain is pouring down!

Jill Costantino said...

WOW! I get to look forward to THAT! Awesome job! Thanks for the reasurrance about my idea for the complete day off! Now - how do I convince my hubs that we should purchase a tready?????

Kelly said...

Impressive work!! Two things: first of all nice job on the indoor workout..can't believe there is snow already! Secondly: i'm even more impressed that you got up that early to do an indoor workout!! I would have totally slept in! Nice job!