Monday: 15 mile bike ride. I could definitely feel my two week or whatever break from the bike on this ride. It’s amazing to me how FAST my limited biking endurance just dissipates. There one week, take a short break and then gone. Not like I have much to begin with but if I can average 15mph on the bike, I feel pretty good about that. However, on Monday, 13 mph was what I finished with and I can’t even blame traffic, weather, etc. I really just suck at biking for some reason (well, ok, maybe because I do not do it enough) so hopefully I can work towards changing this. Since I am only biking 10.5 miles in my first tri, I am not terribly concerned for it to be slow but for future goals I have, I’d like to get a little better at this sport!
Evening: SWIM LESSONS! Who would have thought I would turn out to LOVE swim lessons. I look forward to them all week and I seriously thought I was going to dread them when I signed up for them. And better yet, things are MAKING SENSE!!!! And I am starting to actually be able to notice what I am doing and make changes and tweeks to improve form and efficiency. It’s amazing what a little practice will do, huh? After the 75 minute lesson, I didn’t want to leave and did just one more 50 m which turned into two more 50s :) But I finally got my chin to do what it’s supposed to instead of gawking in front of me!
Tuesday: Went to my triathlon club’s run group that meets on Tuesday nights and the workout on the schedule this week was hill repeats. Not the most fun workout out there but something I absolutely need to do. We ran a 1-2 mile warm up and then I managed 6 hill repeats even though on the last two, I kinda felt like I was going to die or puke. It was cold + rainy which really added to the pleasant-ness of this workout ;) Hopefully I can plan to make more of the run workouts in the next few months because I think I run better when I am around others… less whining happens in my head as well.
Up, down, up, down, etc.
Wednesday: Brick workout! 10 miles on the bike followed by a 3 mile run. Give or take 1/2 mile, these are the distances for the Cedarburg Triathlon so knowing what kind of times I did today will hopefully help me pace myself on Saturday. I also played around with the “Auto Multisport” feature on my watch and it was pretty neat! 40 minutes for the bike, 93 seconds for the transition and 27:41 for the run. Now the hard part will be adding swimming before that…
Evening: Since I biked and ran the tri distances, I decided to take a stab at the swim distance as well. Instead of my usual warm-up and then laps with lots of breaks, I decided to more simulate what I can expect Saturday and got in the water and then swam for 450 yards with as few breaks as possible…It look me about 10 minutes and I would say I maybe took 2 breaks which is a HUGE improvement from where I was even 10 days ago!
Thursday: Four mile run in the beautiful fall morning ;) I love Fall though so I am not going to complain about a few crisp mornings in the summer. This run felt fast and I was able to average 9:45 for 4 miles which is a huge improvement over how I felt last week.
Saturday: 12 mile long run. This run went pretty well. The last three miles started to get really challenging but I still managed to not take a walking break until I had to wait for the red lights on the way home. To top it off, I was able to keep a 10:05 average but my paces were kind of all over the place so it was not my most consistent run ever.
Sunday: Went to the gym and did my swim outside this day! 1,000 yards and then some time in the sun. It was different swimming outside in sun because it was pretty blinding when I took a breath. At least this coming weekend shouldn’t be too, too sunny since it’s going to be like 6:30 am. Eeeps. But still, this is something I need to keep in mind for swimming outside.
Afternoon: Did the warm-up, chest, triceps, biceps and abs tracks of a Body Pump DVD. I wanted to do a bike ride as well but I took a nap instead. I think I made the right choice :)
Running: 24 miles!
Biking: 25 miles
Swimming: THREE TIMES!
Good week and now the next two weeks are going to be a little more low key so I can rest up for my race weekends! First Triathlon Saturday and then Rocky Mountain Half Marathon a week from Saturday! Whoo hoo!