I am loving triathlon training so SO much. There has absolutely been a serious time step up from running, since the bike workouts are pretty time consuming and also tack on the mileage a lot more quickly. But, that being said, I'm obsessed. I look forward to more workouts, and though my legs feel tired and ready to fall off a lot, they also feel a heck of a lot stronger than they ever have before. It's a good thing I'm loving this so much, because starting in January that Ironman isn't going to train for itself.
This week included a lot more late nights, and it has jump started the idea of getting up early to get in some trainer rides instead of waiting until after work. I have commitments at school after hours some days, and as those keep piling up (which is a good thing), I'm going to need to pack the workouts in in the morning. I am not a weekday morning workout person, so that's going to take some getting used to. I also refuse to run alone in the dark, even though I live in a safe neighborhood. Do you run alone in the dark? What precautions do you take if so?
But that's enough of a commentary. Here are my workouts on this stellar week of training (minus the swimming...I skipped a lot of swimming again...):
Monday: Rest day!
Tuesday: 1:15 on the trainer with 2 x 14 minutes at threshold and 10 minutes active recovery in-between. I liked this workout. I've been looking forward to tempos on the bike, and it was a good kind of hard. I kept my HR between 150-157 during the tempo.
Wednesday: It was my birthday! I celebrated in a few ways, and on the workout front that meant going down to St. Pete to meetup with friends for an open water swim. I ran 4.37 miles in 40 minutes (9:09 pace). It was supposed to be a tempo run, but it was really hot. This is technically a tempo pace for my marathon goal pace, so I'm not sure if that counts...
Then we walked a mile down the beach and jumped in the Gulf to swim an open water mile. I did it in around 25 minutes and felt good. I had a little more open water anxiety than normal because I ended up a little further out than I normally do and saw weird stuff on the bottom that I just wanted to swim past, so I think that pushed me a little.
Thursday: I rode the trainer for 1:35 without putting on my HRM. I did make sure that I was always exerting a moderate amount of effort.
Friday: I got home at 4 and had to leave the house by 6 for my birthday dinner, and I had a 1:05 run to do. I got it done! It was hot, and I ran without music (which I need to start doing more often). I covered 6.8 miles exactly in that time.
Saturday: I met Tori to run 10 miles. I'm working on slowing my long runs down, because I don't want to reinjure myself as I build mileage. People keep reinforcing to me the importance of "long slow distance". We averaged 10:01/mile, which was good. We ran through downtown St. Pete past the Komen race, and there was always plenty of stuff to lookout and talk about. We were ready to be done when it was over, though.
Sunday: The ride I had been looking forward to but also nervous about for a while was finally here! It was a 65 mile ride through St. Pete, and there were a lot of big intersections and traffic along the way. I was so proud of us for conquering this and overcoming our fears. I was absolutely a nervous wreck before we started, but once we got going I felt better already. After crossing through a few of the major intersections I got a little more relaxed and was able to enjoy the ride. We averaged 16.3 MPH, which was good considering the 30+ turns we had to make on the ride and the stop lights and stop signs along the way.
Rev3 Florida is in 5 weeks! Ah! So exciting!
How were your workouts last week? What's your favorite workout?