Monday, August 18, 2014

Training and Life Recap: Week of August 11

Another week closer to my first Olympic distance triathlon! Another week of solid training in the books. 

Monday: I love swimming at Meech Lake in the evening. It is so calm and peaceful.  The water there is really nice for swimming. I can't believe how lucky we are to have such amazing places to train just outside the city.

Tuesday: It absolutely POURED all through track practice.  By the end, we were covered head to toe with mud! Despite the rain, we had a pretty strong workout! 12x400 (@ 10k pace, 5k pace, all out - repeat 4 times), 1200 at 5k pace

Wednesday: My first time doing all three disciplines in one day of training!  In the morning, I went to try out a swim club to see how I liked it.  I did my hardest and longest swim since my university varsity days: 4400m (600 WU, 3x400 pull with paddles descend, 6x300 descend 1-3 with first and last 50s fast, 100 easy, 6x100 kick descend 1-3, 100 cool down).  The evening was my usual brick with my HPS training group. We rode for about an hour and 15 minutes in Gatineau Park, then ran for 20 minutes.  It was another tough slog and now I know why!! My coach took my bike to look at on Thursday, and it turns out that my brakes had shifted, so I've been riding with a lot of extra resistance lately because the brakes have been on at all times.  I have a feeling it happened the week before the K-Town Tri, because I drove my friend home and we put her bike on top of mine in the back of my SUV. Thank goodness!!

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: Failed attempt at a run. My shoes were still wet from Tuesday's track practice, so I put my old running shoes on and my knee started to hurt almost immediately. Since I had a long run planned, I decided to bail rather than risk injuring myself by pushing through it. So I went home and did my first PiYo workout.  I'll be doing a review for you all after about a month of doing PiYo, because it is supposed to be great for runners!

Saturday:  Long, rainy, dreary run through the Experimental Farm (see my cow friend below!).  I ran for 8.2 miles at an average pace of 7:55/mile (or 7:45/mile if I don't count my warmup and cooldown). I tried another gel. This time it was Lemon Lime and it again seemed to have a positive effect. The rest of the day was spent helping prep for a huge dinner my roommate hosted for her childhood country club in the 1000 Islands. It was also her birthday!

Sunday: Rest day.  I had planned to go on a bike ride after arriving home from the 1000 Islands, but it started to completely pour just as I was about to walk out the door. 

Sunrise in the 1000 Islands

Overall, a pretty heavy week, especially my Tuesday and Wednesday.  I really needed to get in another bike ride, but had trouble motivating myself to get out there even though I want to try my bike out now that the brake issue has been resolved!

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