Tuesday, November 18, 2014

week in review: november 10–16

Dopey Challenge Training: Week 20

Monday, November 10rest day (Universal Studios & Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party)

Tuesday, November 11: rest day

Wednesday, November 12: rest day

Thursday, November 13rest day

Friday, November 14travel day 

Saturday, November 15rest day

Sunday, November 16Ironman Arizona - spectator/cheer squad

Weekly mileage: 0 running, though I racked up about 50+ miles walking
Total mileage for Dopey Challenge Training: 314.58 miles

At first glance, it appears that I had a lazy week, though it's not the case. I was finishing up vacation in Disney World until Friday, when I flew to Phoenix/Tempe for Ironman Arizona, in which my father-in-law was competing. I didn't get any running in (though I had planned on it), because every single day we were on the go the entire. day. long. We were on our feet walking through the parks and waiting in lines for rides most days, and so I still worked my legs to their extreme for a week. I surpassed my Fitbit step daily goal by a lot everyday except Friday. 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

I've always been pretty scared of roller coasters, but I somehow mustered up the courage to hit up all of the 'mountains' while I was in Disney. I know, there are 6 year-olds that ride these things... but again, I'm the nervous sort that doesn't exactly love thrill rides. I'm proud I made it through them all without too much mental scarring (let's say I didn't enjoy my first time on Space Mountain).

We also hit up Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time – we had a BLAST getting on rides with small rides (we went on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad three times without having to wait in any lines). It was great getting some hot chocolate and some cookies, too. Yum. We decided to skip the lines for character photos and opted to spend our time on rides instead. 

Universal Studios was a ton of fun too. We were able to get on the new Harry Potter ride – Escape from Gringotts. Super fuuuuun! Loved that ride. We went on it twice with pretty little wait. The second time the ride broke down for a minute, which kind of ruined the mojo, but oh well. I really enjoyed how they set up the London area and then Diagon Alley was hidden behind it as if it wasn't even there.

On Ironman race day, we were up at 5am and out walking by 6 until about 11:30 at night. We were able to sit a few times, but for the most part we were running around the course trying to spot our guy. Then we had to be up at 3 for our early flight home. Whoa. Saying I am exhausted is an understatement. My legs are beat, and I feel like I could sleep for days. I need a vacation from my vacation! Though extremely fun, it was not a relaxing week and a half, that's for sure haha. I'm wiped.

Ironman Arizona was an amazing experience – I loved getting to spectate and cheer on all of the inspirational athletes competing. I will do a separate post all about it, but I will say that I am in awe of everyone that was out there. My father-in-law finished and was able to smile when we met up with him at the finish line competitor area—which I found to be a good sign. We couldn't have been more proud of him. What a tough group of men and women. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to witness one in person.

Some of my travel essentials.
I was able to post my Flipbelt review - check it out!

So anyway, since I was on vacation, I wasn't on my phone/computer much to keep up with the blog, and I was pretty quiet on social media. I thought it was important to be in the moment and pay attention to the people I was spending my vacation with. Don't worry too much – I'll be back at it this week trying to catch up. Hope you didn't miss me too much ;) I apologize for my lack of communication and for my blog posts being a bit off as far as their usual scheduling.

How was your week/end? Did training go well? 

P.S. Make sure to review your race(s) on BibRave.com, and join us for #BibChat tonight at 8pm CT.


  1. My sister and I almost went to Mickey's Christmas party this week. We went to it years ago and it was so much fun. Such a great time! All the walking around the park is plenty of exercise. -L

    1. It was a lot of fun. I'm glad we decided to get tickets for it :)

  2. Spectating is a tough job - especially the longer races! I would love to watch an IM race one day - must be inspiring.

    1. It really is! I never realized how tough it could be until I cheered for the Chicago Marathon - it's exhausting and stressful (though not as much as running the race). IM is an amazing thing to witness!


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