Week 7, Day 4

Yesterday was my first ride on my (NEW TO ME!!!) road bike.

The Stats:

18.91 Miles

1:28:36

12.8 avg mph

850 ft elevation

Being on this bike for the first time was difficult. The seat was not quite where I wanted it to be so I didn’t get the full power in my pedal strokes. I couldn’t figure out how to shift gears right away. I could but going down any hill I just coasted because I couldn’t get a high enough gear to pedal down it. Oh and my fingers hurt soo much! They were frozen the first 5 or so miles.

And then that damn snake at the very end…. I hate snakes with a firey heated passion. And it actually isn’t hate. It’s a phobia that is beyond a phobia. If there was a snake between my child and I… I can’t say that I would run towards my child. I would run the opposite direction and hope a nice bystander would help my child… It’s that bad. So needless to say that stupid bleeptiy bleeping DEAD snake on the side of the road had me in tears the last few miles of the ride.

BUT Overall I enjoyed myself. I am happy Mar and her husband were so helpful to help me get my bike ready. Mar also let me borrow a jacket of hers. I now want one just like it!

Dead snakes, sore arms, frozen fingers, short pedal strokes, wonky gear shifting. I loved (almost) every moment of it!

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Week 7!!!, Day 1

Tuesday Workout: 27mins 100 w/u, 8X100 10 seconds rest, 2×75 stroke drill, 50 c/d TOTAL: 1100

I felt amazing during this. My stroke still feels a bit weird. 10 seconds was enough time for me to clear my goggles out, put them back on, and push off.

I never really felt out of breath. Not until the the end when I sprint finished. I have been trying to get myself use to the feeling of alt. breathing and building my 100’s. Friday is a repeat of the same workout with an option to change the end if needed.

Next week, (I think!), is 800 yds no break. EEEK! The plan has called for doing a total of 500 so instead of 8×100 it should be 5×100 but each week I either did 750(50’s and 75’s) or 800(100’s). So I am going to swim the 800 next week instead of the 500. I might as well! It is definitely going to push me past my current limits. But that is what I need to do to get better. 800 yards is only about 38% of 1.2 miles!

Week 6, Day 2 and 3 (Almost a week late!)

I did my two swim workouts last week. No running. No riding. I was too sore and I was too lazy to stretch. So I swam and that is it. This week is a new week thought… SO i’ll try to get two rides in, one more swim, and one run! Hoping the weather holds out one more week so I can get outside with Liam to run and bike with him!

Swim #1 Wednesday: 25 mins long. 100 w/u, 8X100 20 seconds rest, 50-100 c/d. I felt sluggish and blah Wednesday. Still in recovery mode.

Swim #2 Friday: 21 mins long. 100 w/u, 8X100 20 seconds rest, no c/d. I felt much better. The water on Fridays is also much cooler. 85-86* compared to a warm 80-90* on Tues/Weds. I enjoyed this swim and only cheated on one rest; I rested 30 instead of 20 :O

No Biking, riding, running over the weekend.

Liam and I did happen to walk around the zoo. When I say we walked I mean I carried him most of the time and he briefly walked. We lost our group and had no phone, keys, water, wallet, wagon… It sucked BUT I enjoyed it too. Too many people are more concerned about what kind of pictures they’re going to get of their kids or themselves or the animals then to really enjoy the animals. Next time we are going sans phone and unneeded items. But we did find out almost the hard way… diapers and wipes are a must! : )

Week 4, Day 1 and Day 2

I ran a 5k this weekend!!! It was awesome!

Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Dener
Finished
00:29:49

I felt pretty good while running. I figured out this year to wear a t-shirt and running tights and not anything more. Although it all worked out really well compared to last year- it was also way warmer than last year… Ok not way warmer but 5, 10, or 15 degrees makes a HUGE difference! I had music but no app going and I relied on my trusty Garmin to keep my pace and distance for me. The course was right on. I went wide a few turns and think I finished at 3.19 or something very close to that. My pace for the race sat somewhere around 9:30. I felt comfortable with that. Towards the end my legs were tired but my breathing didn’t feel really labored. I think my legs were tired because of nutrition and hydration issues. Once again I am going to fix those, just haven’t quite got there yet. I felt good and when I finished I was good with my time. I think I could’ve pushed it a little more at the end but I wasn’t sure my legs would hold out long enough for me to make it through the finish before dying. The main thing I need to remember is I need to stay injury free!

Monday I thought about going to Yoga but decided not to. I have been stressed with life lately and thought it would do me well. But instead I did a little homework and then just kind of walked aimlessly around the house. That was enough for me. Last night on my way to swim I was a bit worried that I am getting too stressed. So this morning I made a vow or promise to go with the flow and be happy. Things have been working themselves out one way or another. So in time the things that have been going on will workout…

Tuesday-Day 2

Swimming! My sister met me at the pool again. I kind of feel bad because I do my workout and then help her with our remaining time. She needs (a lot) of help. She is brand new to swimming strokes and side breathing as of this summer. I should and would like to help her get prepared for swim team. But I also am selfish and want to get my workout in.

Yesterday was 100 W/u, 10×75 30secs rest, 150ish c/d. I kind of messed around during my c/d but I went slow and did minimal work. My 75’s went well. I was hitting 80-85sec 75’s. Most I didn’t feel I was pushing myself to hard. In fact some felt effortless. A few of my flip turns were a bit silly. As in I couldn’t flip because I was too close to the wall or I choked on water… Eh it happens not to concerned 🙂

Friday is the same workout, except between the 75’s I have 20secs rest.

The two things I need to work on- Nutrition and my left arm stroke. I think it is my deltoid that is bothering me during some of my swims. I am trying to focus on my stroke, breathing, and body rotation. That’s it for now! I have spin today and a short run tomorrow, swim Friday, a longer run Saturday, and ride Sunday! All should go well!

Hot Chocolate Finishers! L-R: Bonnie, Me, Val, My Mom

Hot Chocolate Finishers! L-R: Bonnie, Me, Val, My Mom

Week 2, Day 3

I started a new set of swim workouts yesterday(Friday). I am happily surprised at how well I am remembering things!! My workout was 10X75 30 seconds rest after each 75. I didn’t hate it and I was, again, very happy to get in and swim. I had a very short moment, when gathering my things for the day, of hesitation on getting in the pool. “Maybe I’ll just skip today?… NOOO I want to go swim why would I think that?” That was that and on my swim suit went. 🙂

10 more weeks of sprint distance training then I have planned to start a 27 week Half-Ironman training.

The swim workouts are going well right now. The only thing I wish was easier was remembering how many laps I’ve done. 🙂

Week 1 (Officially)- Swim, Bike(Spin), Swim, Race a 10k.

I’m not really sure when I would count my official training start date. I’ve done spin class- which is all I can do right now because I do not yet own my own bike- twice a week for the last two weeks and have swam a few times(ok twice 🙂 ), and have ran once or twice.

So just to give me an official start day it was Monday- which called for a rest day! Easy enough as I was wicked tired from L and I’s weekend in Grand Lake!

Last night I headed to the pool at 830pm to get in my 10-50’s with 45sec rest in between each 50. When I got in as I was putting on my googles and had started my first 50 I decided I was going to swim a total of 750. So my totally awesome nighttime-in the pool thinking mentally calculated 13 50’s to equal a 750. Yeah clearly I wasn’t all there last night… Here is my mental thinking while I swam. “I swam 1, 2, 3, 4/5??… wait how many 50’s was that. That woman got out of the lane just a few mins ago; while she was in here I swam three, or was it two, it was three 50’s and then two? more since then. Ok. So I’m at 5. How many did I need to swim to get 750. 12-no that’s not right 13 yeah 13. 4,5,6,7,almost done!,8,9 Wow that flip turn I sucked in water-reminds me of racing in HS. Wait a second… 12×5=60 so 13 is only 750. Whatever it’s only my second swim of the week and I still am going to do 3 more than I had planned. Next time…. 10,11, jesus I’m tired! 12,13 thank god I’m done!”

So I’m thinking that this is only week one-things can only get better right?!

Week 1 Day 2- Biking aka Spin class right now

My Ragnar Captain Marcella joined me at spin class today! I pushed myself but I’m still not sure what my 6, 7, 8 PE is… Still working on that one. 10 mins in we were climbing and I was pouring sweat- so I must’ve been doing something right.

After 45mins of spin I went and ran around the track for half a mile just to get the feel of biking and then immediately running. If I had done a longer run I think I could consider it as my first brick workout. Mar’s pace is so quick so it was tough to keep up for more than .5 mile.

I have a 10k race on saturday so I won’t be running the rest of the week. I will still be doing my swim workout on Friday!