The images that come to mind when I think of Hell Week are those of US Navy SEAL Trainees suffering through rigorous training exercises to physically and mentally prepare them for warfare.
It is also the name I gave my speed block – 4 weeks of hard ass training before starting Full Ironman training.
While I most certainly didn’t undergo the physical and mental demands of what those great soldiers endure. For me – 39 year old Jenn – it was some of the most challenging and rewarding training I have undergone.
I like my zone 2 comfort zone – I can sit there for hours 14 hours and 47 mins to be exact!
The other zones – not so much… They Hurt!
They Hurt a lot.
Coach Mike took that hurt to a whole new level!
5 x 1000m sprints! – HURT
25m and 50m all out in the pool – HURT
10 mins zone 4 – 5 on the trainer HURT with a capital H
and thats just 3 workouts.
I had dozens of workouts like those over the past few weeks.
And they all HURT! They hurt so much vomit nearly made its presence a few times, and tears most certainly flowed.
But Along with all that hurt came
And Holy F*ck I can’t believe I ran 7:18 on that split!!!!
Only a few times did I finish a workout and say – that sucked!
Only once did I really feel that I didn’t “hit the targets”, but afterwards I learned that I did indeed hit the targets!!!
I learned so much about myself over the last few weeks.
I have ALWAYS considered myself to be slow and average at best.
Turns out with the right training I might actually have some untapped speed hidden deep inside me.
As for now I am over the Moon Happy to Be DONE with my Speed block.
I am more than ready for my Body reset (only one zone 2-3 workout a day!!!) and to start the long slow journey to completely my second Ironman!
Under Armour – new shorts and socks – $140.00
Tri-boutique – Fuel, neoprene swim cap, arm warmers etc – $161.00