Well, a lot has happened since my last post in February. I resigned from Nike and have started a new career in Bend, my wife and I just bought our dream house, and I’m (almost) 4 weeks out from Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Wow! Moving to Bend has always been a dream of ours, especially since we got married here last summer. To find an amazing job in the Technology industry and be able to make that dream come true has been such an incredible journey to experience, and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to do it with April. After 6 weeks of being in Bend, a house we’d been eying fell out of pending so we POUNCED on it and our offer was accepted within 24 hours. We are thrilled to have a place to call home, and I can’t wait to update my driver’s license with our new Bend, OR address!
Bend has always been my training Mecca – sitting at right around 4,000 ft., dry weather, incredible roads and running trails, and the most amazing outdoor pool – needless to say, it’s been very easy to get used to training here.
This coming Sunday I’ll be 4 weeks out from Ironman Coeur d’Alene which takes place on June 28th. I’ve put in the work and have only a few big volume weeks left before I begin the taper. I’m going to do a 3 week run taper and a 10-14 day bike taper. Once the taper begins I’ll ramp up my swim frequency and volume to 5x/week and roughly 13-15k/week. I’ve always responded well to short bursts of swimming higher frequency. I’m feeling confident with the volume and quality that I’ve hit in training and getting clearer on what I think my goals are going to be for the race.
Happy training and I hope you enjoy a few photos from our journey to Bend (really just me biking and a picture of our new home!).