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2014-02-10 12:01 PM
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For those of you working off of Don Fink's 'Be Iron Fit' plan, everything kicks off today. Tomorrow is a pool workout and a 30 minute run. The wakeup temp is forecasted at -11F. I sure hope I don't freeze off anything I'm going to need later.



This winter has been brutal on the training schedule! The good news is that we are in for a warm-up. Amazing how we consider mid-30's to be warm! But I'll take it! I haven't done a training run outside since Thanksgiving. The treadmill and I have become a little too close this winter.



2014-02-12 8:40 AM
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My first month has gone well. You?


Everything is going great. I had a bit of a head cold that forced me to take a day off on Monday, but aside from that I have been getting in all my scheduled workouts.
2014-02-12 9:12 AM
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Rock n' rolling myself. I'm slowing getting speed back in my legs after basically taking 18 months off of running. Trying not to run to 'old me' speeds but running at current fitness.

Its going to be above freezing next week and I can't wait to take the bike out or go for some runs.
2014-02-18 9:27 PM
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Car thermometer said 44 degrees today! That almost felt, dare I say it, warm?

Counting the days until I can start riding the bike course. Soon enough. Soon enough.
2014-03-06 10:45 AM
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Does anyone have a good hotel recommendation? Looked at IMWI Block of hotels? What is decent quality, short distance to event, location of other amenities, price? How is parking at event?

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2014-03-06 10:54 AM
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Does anyone have a good hotel recommendation? Looked at IMWI Block of hotels? What is decent quality, short distance to event, location of other amenities, price? How is parking at event?

Thanks,
Kurt



We are staying at the Best Western on the Park. But I have heard that anything near the event location is now requiring a 5 night stay. Just heard that someone who is staying near the event paid $1500 for the 5 nights.

Folks on the FB page are recommending the Hampton Inn on the West side. Someone also mentioned possibly staying in Middleton (only 10 minutes or so from the event).

Someone also booked a house for $300 for the week on airbnb.com

Cyndi



2014-03-06 11:28 AM
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Another option is to bring your camper or pitch a tent for $62 a night at Lake Farm Park.   https://www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks/lake_farm.aspx    I just checked and there are still sites available.  It's  about 4 miles from Monona Terrace along the bike path.  It's a clean county park with a nice bathhouse.   It'll have a fun atmosphere come race weekend with either IM participants, volunteers or Badger fans there for the football game.  

 



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2014-03-06 1:44 PM
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Middleton is a good option if you want to save on a hotel room and don't mind a little bit of driving. You can save $100+ per night over the downtown hotels. My wife and I stayed in this area in 2010. The driving and parking was a bit of a chore, but it was worth it for the money saved. Parking can be found for a reasonable fee within a mile of Monona Terrace, but you have to get there early on Sunday. You can also catch a shuttle from the Alliant Energy Center throughout race day. Some Middleton hotels also offered shuttle service to Alliant on Sunday

In 2012 I stayed at the Madison Concourse, which is just across the capital grounds from Monona Terrace. It was excellent to park the car for the whole weekend and have everything I needed within walking distance. Plus, since my wife couldn't make it to the race that year, I just hobbled back to the hotel room after the race, took a shower and returned back to the party at the finish line.

For this year, I managed to reserve a 3-night stay at the Concourse for $229/night while waiting in line at registration last September. In the IM block, both the Hilton and Best Western required 4-night stays. Both of their websites indicate that they're sold out that weekend. But, you never know what might open up later.

So, if you want to be close to the action for the whole weekend or don't have a spouse or buddy to drive you back to the hotel, I highly recommend spending extra for a room downtown.

If you don't mind the drive, and have a race day Sherpa, save your cash and spend it on some celebratory fish and chips at Brocach.
2014-03-14 4:51 PM
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Farlig, I just reserved a room at the Concourse for ~$290/night for a double queen. I surprised they still had anything. Thanks for the tip!

2014-03-15 8:30 PM
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My wife and I, along with some incredible friends will be at Lake Farm....our usual location. Quiet and away from the action...wouldn't have it any other way!
2014-03-25 11:16 AM
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I made my reservations at Lake Farm yesterday. Camping will be our way to keep the already high costs from going over the top.

Secondly, I'll be having knee surgery in one week. I believe I'll be having yet another piece of meniscus removed from my left knee and I'll be sidelined for 4 weeks from running following the surgery. Swim and bike training are on track and actually probably above what I thought they might be at this point in my training, so those aspects of my preparation look very good right now. I'll take the surgery in stride (as much as possible) and keep on rolling.



2014-03-25 12:23 PM
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Good luck with your surgery! Glad to hear that you can still swim and bike. Let us know how it goes!

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2014-03-26 11:28 AM
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Thanks!  Only a few days before I get to see what our couch looks like for longer than I would like too.  I'm ready to get it done and over with!

More good news related to my IM training;  My coach told me this morning that, based on last night's long swims (2000, 1000 and 1000 w/paddles) that he thinks I may be able to get my swim on race day done in an hour or just over.  That would be almost 10 minutes faster than I would have imagined.  Obviously there is a lot of time before race day and race day itself will show for what I really can do rather than what someone thinks I can do.  Moral: Don't count your chickens........

 

2014-04-01 3:32 PM
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Originally posted by DirkP

Thanks!  Only a few days before I get to see what our couch looks like for longer than I would like too.  I'm ready to get it done and over with!

More good news related to my IM training;  My coach told me this morning that, based on last night's long swims (2000, 1000 and 1000 w/paddles) that he thinks I may be able to get my swim on race day done in an hour or just over.  That would be almost 10 minutes faster than I would have imagined.  Obviously there is a lot of time before race day and race day itself will show for what I really can do rather than what someone thinks I can do.  Moral: Don't count your chickens........

 




If I found a magic lamp and a genie I couldn't get my swim done in an hour. Congrats. Personally, my swim goals are (a) make the cutoff, (b) under 2:00, and (c) under 1:45. If I see 90 minutes I'll be happy as an otter with a clam on my tummy (though decidedly slower).
2014-04-13 12:02 PM
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Hooray for, dare I say it, SPRING! The snow is 99% melted. I thought winter would never end. Went for a slow 9.75 mile hilly run in perfect conditions. Temp was around 44 degrees F, cloudy and slight wind. Perfect for shorts, a warm top and headband to keep my forehead and ears warm There is much to be done between now and September but I'll take this small victory.

Swimming is going great.

Biking is all KK at this point. Probably won't get outside until next month.
2014-04-14 7:51 AM
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Originally posted by sthoresen

Hooray for, dare I say it, SPRING! The snow is 99% melted. I thought winter would never end. Went for a slow 9.75 mile hilly run in perfect conditions. Temp was around 44 degrees F, cloudy and slight wind. Perfect for shorts, a warm top and headband to keep my forehead and ears warm There is much to be done between now and September but I'll take this small victory.

Swimming is going great.

Biking is all KK at this point. Probably won't get outside until next month.



  • ...as it's snowing out the window currently....argh!

  • But yes, I agree. Yesterday was a great day for a run, and surprisingly spriteful one I might add! Looks like a wet week ahead......but, as my plan officially kicks off on 4/22, I will be taking this week to collect myself one last time. Why am I so darn anxious to start my plan?


    2014-04-14 12:43 PM
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    I got outdoors for my first ride of the season yesterday and it was a doozy.  It was slightly breezy with sustained winds of 22-24 and gusts to 31MPH according to the national weather service.  I was still able to manage a ride with a 20.3 average speed over 50+ miles.  Now, before any assumes I should be riding in the Tour this year, I was riding with some of the best cycists in the area including a national champion time trialist for his AG.  the winds were out of the SSW and we were headed due south and then west for the first 25 miles and we were holding 18-20 MPH speeds throughout this first half.  The turn back north brought speeds of the upper 20's and low 30's.  Man I love that feeling!!!

    Anyway, we had a quite a group of riders so we could all take turns pulling.  Although this was slightly above the threshold (85% FTP) I was supposed to be riding since my 2 week old knee surgery, it was fun and my knee seemed to experience no ill effects from riding at this intensity.  It was a heck of ride and an equally hard one at that.

     

    2014-04-17 6:26 AM
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    Wow, that sounds like a great ride, Dirk! Outdoor riding in my area probably won't happen anytime soon since it's pretty cold (at least for this gal).

    It's back to winter. Snow, rain, clouds, dreary wetness have descended again. Hopefully this is winter's last gasp until November.

    Plan to run six on the mill this morning and try and get to yoga tonight.
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    @sthoresen - Have you been able to leave your house or your driveway yet? Look on the bright side, at least you have three more months of quality cross-country skiing.

    Has anyone else been able to ride the loop yet this year? I rode my first two weeks ago and my second on Saturday. Roads are in good shape overall. Whalen has some pretty cracked and broken pavement, but not really much different than last year. Hwy. 78 in downtown Mt. Horeb has longitudinal cracks like last year. They're as wide as a bike tire, so be careful not to cross back and forth across them. Stagecoach is also cracked and annoying, but the but no gaps. Other than that, there is a little sand on the outsides of a few lanes, both nothing really on the corners. They did resurface lanes in both directions on Garfoot just after the steep downhill and forest, so that's good. Not any other road work since fall. Most of the course is in good shape, except for parts on Whalen.

    Hope everyone's training is going well and the warming temperatures are warming your spirits...and the snow on your driveways if you're in Minnesota or North Dakota.

    -Peter
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