Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Training and Life Recap: Week of May 12

After a not-so-stellar week, things really turned around last week with some attitude adjustment (I shouldn't be surprised by that at all) and a nice little pep-talk email from my coach (thanks Mike!).  I also got to enjoy some gorgeous weather and visit Mont-Tremblant for the long weekend. It was a good week.

Monday: My weekly day of rest and recovery.

Tuesday: I missed my morning swim after waking up feeling a bit sick (light headedness and trouble breathing/swallowing sent me back to bed).  However, I was feeling better by the afternoon and managed to get out for my hilly tempo run.  Coach instructed me to find a hilly route, and I discovered just how hilly my neighbourhood really is during my run - 15 minutes warmup, 20 minutes at tempo, 10 minute cooldown. It felt pretty good! Strong and right on pace.

Wednesday: More hills on Wednesday, this time on the bike. I joined my OTC group for our weekly outing in the Gatineau Park.  I warmed up with the group then did 8 repeats of the infamous Pink Lake hill. It definitely required me to dig deep and on each repeat, I told myself, "just try to do one more."  I made it to 8 after taking a gel at the top of the 6th repeat. It was a gorgeous night to be out on the bike though and workouts like that definitely help to build confidence and mental strength.

Thursday: Time to give the body a little break with a nice, easy 45 minute run. I made it out during the afternoon and enjoyed the beauty of Ottawa's downtown, with views of Parliament, the Library of Parliament, the War Museum, the Museum of Civilization, the bridges and of course the Ottawa River.  I sure am lucky to live in such a beautiful city, with amazing paths for running and cycling! Later in the evening, I attended a barre class for one of our new instructors-in-training. She did a great job and I got a great workout!

Friday: Thankful for an easier (albeit super long) swim workout in the morning. My legs were toast, so I was happy that the main set was actually a pull set. We swam 4800m to start the day off right!

1k repeats in the Arboretum! Gorgeous

Saturday: One of my best workouts to date. I was so happy with how my run went. It was 2x(4x 1km at 10km pace with 30 seconds rest) and 4 minutes between sets.  I hit the paces I wanted to hit, stayed relaxed, and even ran the second set faster than the first, with my last repeat as my fastest. Great for my confidence with the Ottawa Race Weekend 10k coming up this week!

The Americano at Cybercycle in Mont-Tremblant is amazing!
Sunday: A lovely ride in the countryside around Mont-Tremblant with my lovely host for the weekend. The roads left a bit to be desired, but the scenery made up for it. And the reward of one of the best iced Americanos ever, plus finding the perfect new triathlon shoes at Cybercycle in Old Mont-Tremblant village, was the cherry on top!

1 comment:

  1. Great week!! Love hill repeats!! Looks like the weather is shaping up! Awesome picture of you running!!
    NO more bike testing??!! ;)