Sunday, February 21, 2010

Getting It Done!!!

Swimming 2:45 (3 days)
Biking 4:30 (3 days, all on the trainer)
Running 3:05 (2 days plus 3 bricks)
Weights :45 (1 day)

I had a lot going on this week but managed to get my training in, with the exception of weights today. I had probably one of my funniest triathlon related experiences this week...and believe me, I've had my share of them. It involved me, my bike, my trainer and my couch. I had intervals to do Tuesday morning. I had my water on my bike, my bike in the trainer, my heart rate monitor on and ready to get this ride going. I was about 3 minutes into my warm up when I felt wobble, wobble, boom!!! Yeah, I fell out of my trainer and the next thing I knew I was clipped out and on my couch. WHAT THE F?!? Apparently when you put your bike on your trainer it should be secure enough that you don't fall out. I guess I didn't get that memo. It was absolutely hilarious. I only wish someone was there to document this experience. I think even if I tried I couldn't duplicate it.

Monday was supposed to be an easy swim, but I made it harder then I was supposed to. I did a ladder of fingertip drag (50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 250, 200, 150, 100, 50) and some other drills. My arms were pretty tired when I was done with this set. I didn't have a burn in my arms, but I was definitely more fatigued then I should've been. Wednesday I did my 1x1500 and didn't feel tired at all. Friday I had 5x50 sprints incorporated into my workout. I just read a great article ( Http:// about counting your strokes and how much more efficient you'll be if the stroke count is lower per length of the pool. I focused on this concept while I did my sprints rather then the speed. Whenever I do sprints I tend to take shorter strokes and eventually lose a bit of technique. I was maybe a second slower but had great technique (or at least it felt like it). Looks like this could be the key to better, more efficient swimming for me.

We finally had a nice weekend of weather and I was stuck indoors packing for the big move on Sunday. UGH!!! So not a happy camper. It was mentally tough because I kept looking outside at the sun and lack of clouds knowing I would much rather be out there. Unfortunately life comes 1st and I wasn't able to do it. I eventually became pretty tired on the trainer, but got in my 3 hours and then a 15 minute run afterwards. I tried mixing it up a bunch so it was as if I was outdoors with some hills mixed in. The TV this time didn't help the time pass. Hopefully next weekend we have great weather again for my 4.5 hour ride.

When I 1st started training I had a tough time keeping my pace slower on my runs then my body wanted to go. I don't think I have a problem with that anymore. My legs are now tired from the training and want to go slower. I don't feel like crap on my runs, but my body just wants to go slower. I'm ok with that. I didn't think I would get my run in today. I moved and then was having dinner at my brother's tonight. After a little well deserved nap I sent Andrew and email and asked if I could do my run in the morning and then swim at night. He preferred for me to get it done today. With that little push I went outside and got my run in. I had an awesome run! I am so thankful I did it even though I missed eating dinner with the fam. Luckily I still went over there and got to hang out with my gorgeous niece and adorable nephews. The weather was unreal (please weather G-ds make Placid be the way today was on July 25th). I did just under 8 miles with some accels and went slightly faster then my training pace (sorry Andrew, but I couldn't help it today). I think I needed this little confidence booster, so I'm glad I did it that way.

Even though I had somewhat of a recovery week last week when I was sick, I have one more week until recovery week. YAY!

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