How is it week six already?! This is always the point in my training where I start feeling like my goals are not happening and this training cycle is no exception…oh well, all I can do it try!
Monday: My legs were still super tired from Saturday when I started. I was able to run a little faster with each mile of one through three so I decided to make the fourth and final mile the very fastest. That was challenging because I actually had to exert more energy than I wanted to ;) So maybe really I just get lazy in the summer or something? Is that why running feels harder right now? Anyways, miles came in at 10:24, 9:52, 9:46 and 9:12. I guess I probably didn’t have to try QUITE so hard in that last mile.
Evening: Swim lessons. This week felt easy in swim lessons because I think 25 yard swims are finally feeling not so bad to me but 50s still do so I am not doing that great yet. But at lessons we did a lot of 25 yard sprints and I realized that is not so bad to swim 25 yards and take a long break :) Every week I feel like things make more and more sense (in the pool anyways) so now I just need to work on endurance, endurance, endurance. Because I suck at that (foreshadowing to Tuesday).
Tuesday: The TrY club had a transitions workshop that was super helpful. The workout was an up to 400 yard swim, 5-10 minutes bike ride and 10 minute run, with the main focus being on the transitions and knowing what to expect for Saturday. There is so much to remember though and I always feel like a total frazzled mess at these things because I am trying to think of too many things at once. The swim went horrible, I did not make it 400 yards. I started too fast and let myself get too freaked out by the fact that I was the slowest in the pool. Grrr. T1 was wet, soaking wet socks and bike shoes and then I could not get my pedals clipped in because I have PEDAL ANXIETY IN GROUPS! Why do I always do this to myself? T2 was spastic, I should have slowed down and concentrated but instead I just barreled along. The run was fine but it was over 90 degrees with the heat index so it sucked because of that. Honestly, I was not THAT freaked out about Saturday but after this workshop, I freaked the heck out. This is so much harder than just biking + running like I have been practicing. Because I felt like I needed to redeem myself, I stayed at the pool and did the full 400 yards SLOWLY so I could feel a little better about things. Plus, it was nice to cool off after the hot and sweaty run :)
Wednesday: A cool front came through (yeah!) so I decided to tackle the speedwork session on my training plan. I’ve done this one before and it’s always hard. 1m warm-up, 3 x 1600 at 8:30 pace with 500 recovery jogs. I ended up nailing it and I would say I did slightly better than the last time I attempted this workout. At least as far as not needing as slow of recovery jogs and not walking.
Thursday: I am getting really tired of waking up at 4:15 every morning so I decided to try running after work this day… I am really not an after-work runner. My stomach hurt, my legs hurt, my back hurt and it felt 5,000x harder than a four mile run should have. I don’t know if I will keep this routine up or go back to mornings. No matter what I do I am tired so I guess what does it really matter? I finished four miles in 10:15 average.
Friday: Rest! At least this day I can sleep in with no worries :)
Saturday: FIRST TRIATHLON! Instead of re-typing everything, you can just read more here.
Sunday: 20 mile bike ride. I don’t know if it was the wind or what but the first 10 miles felt like they took 6 HOURS! It felt like I was pedal, pedal, pedal and going 9mph… That must be the wind, right? Once I finally could turn around, the way home seemed to take about 15 minutes. I must have had a tailwind because I was cruising right along at about 20 mph but did take a few breaks to take some pictures :) This was certainly a hilly ride but I survived! Somehow :)
Totals for the week:
Swimming: Three times. 2,400ish yards
Biking: 33ish miles
Running: 18 miles (cut-back milage week)
Overall it felt like a pretty good week, a few low spots but some high spots as well i.e. My First Tri!
Things I am looking forward to in the week ahead – a run in South Dakota and then my VERY hilly + high half marathon in Rocky Mountain National Park!