Workout Wednesday – 200 Days to Go

Workout WednesdayI will not freak out because there are only 200 days left. I will not freak out because there are only 200 days left. I will not freak out because there are only 200 days left. I will not freak out because there are only 200 days left. I will not freak out because there are only 200 days left. I will not freak out because there are only 200 days left. I will not freak…

Here are this week’s workouts:


Bike Intervals

This workout was just really, really hard. Managing heart rate was a bit of a struggle, I was pushing pretty hard against the wind so I would push and it would spike too high and then I would try to get it down and it would drop too low so it averaged out so that I hit the goal, but I’m not sure that I managed it that well.


How tired was I when I left for this workout?

Hand on doorknob:  wait, I don’t have my Garmin

Put on Garmin

Hand on doorknob: wait, did I get my goggles and cap off the drying rack?

Retrieve googles and cap

Hand on doorknob:  wait, I didn’t get my shower stuff

Go to mix the Vitamin C rinse (fun fact, a little bit of ascorbic acid powder dissolved in water and used as a rinse post-swim will stop the chemical reaction that causes chlorine to fuck with your skin.) Almost mixed it with Gatorade endurance instead of the vitamin c.

Yeah, this is starting off well.

This was a very different swim workout from my usual, a series of pretty short sprints with short rests in between.  I worked really hard, and definitely pushed my cardio. I love this kind of workout so for the first time in a while (not counting the strength workouts of course) I felt totally great at the end!


Oh sweet, sweet day off.


Long walk/run

This did not go well.  I was sick for most of the day, so I started this without much food in the tank (2 pieces of dry toast) and pretty dehydrated. I struggled through the first half.  I was doing a loop and one mile past the halfway point the loop had me back at my car. I hit stop on my watch and decided to listen to my body and be done with this session.  Then I re-thought and decided that I wanted to finish this.  I made it another half mile when I got a little woozy, and I either tripped on a hole in the sidewalk, or my foot slipped off the side of the sidewalk. My foot inverted and I went down really hard, landed on my phone and water bottle (both were on my fuel belt) and it knocked the wind out of me and shattered the screen of the phone. I stopped the watch and sat there for a good long while, trying to assess the damage. I was going to call an uber but I started moving the ankle around and it felt fine. When I stood up the ankle was ok, but my foot was a little sore.  I decided that this session was officially over but that I could make it back to my car.  I started – slowly – back to the car. By the time I got there my foot was killing me. By the time I got home it was even worse. So I put my foot in an ice bath (using a trick my coach taught me of putting it in cold water and gradually adding ice cubes so that I could stand the cold longer.) It got a little better but it was still really hurting when I went to bed. The following morning it was still throbbing so I went to urgent care to get an x-ray to rule out a break. There is no fracture – yay! I didn’t think about it until after, but I thought it was really interesting (and perhaps a good sign) that at no point did I hope that my foot was broken so I could stop training, I just wanted it not to affect my training.  I RICEd it and took Sunday off.


Injury day off


Bike Intervals – heart rate target

Oh snap!  Faster than my long ride average speed even with a bunch of warm up and rests between intervals. I don’t want to jinx it but I might be getting faster.  I didn’t manage my heart rate as well as I would have liked to, especially on the shortest intervals, it was hard to get my heart rate up high enough fast enough, even pedaling fast in the lower gears. In the other intervals I would push too hard and it would spike too high and when I tried to lower it, it would dip too low. I did ok, and at least it was faster!

Leg Strength

Happy, happy strength workout.


Mid-distance walk/run

More cadence work, it went ok – not the fastest I’ve ever gone but also not the slowest.  Foot hurt, but was totally manageable.

 Leg Strength

I have three of these workouts this week, which makes me very happy!

My First Sponsor!

Here is some super cool news:  Jay and the awesome people at More of Me to Love (a company that sells stuff – from practical to inspirational – for people who are fat and people of all sizes who are involved in Size Acceptance, Body Positivity, and Health at Every Size,) have always been super supportive of my work, and the work of others in Size Acceptance and Health at Every Size. Now they are sponsoring my IRONMAN! They’ve created a group of products, and when people purchase them a portion fo the profits will help fund my IRONMAN journey – you can check it out here (it’s worth it just to see the awesome fat triathlete logo they created!) Thanks MOMTL!

Like this blog?  Here’s more cool stuff!

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About danceswithfat

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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3 Responses to Workout Wednesday – 200 Days to Go

  1. cbecker53 says:

    You will not freak out. You can do this. “I think I can, I think I can.”
    Love it that you realized you didn’t wish your foot was broken. 🙂 You already ARE an Iron Woman!


  2. Dennytrimoney says:

    200 days is a lot of time. You will be fine…200 days plus roughly 16 hours until you hear Mike Riley say those magic words!


  3. lsstrout says:

    That is so COOL that you have a sponsor!


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