Workout 1: Recovery Run. 45:36. 5.27 miles. 8:39 pace. Ave HR: 120
|This is what the radar looked like before my run. Hard to believe I missed the rain.|
I actually enjoy running in the rain, but not at lunch time when I have to head back into the office soaking wet. But I don't skip my lunch runs because of the rain either. It was sprinkling and the radar was ugly. I headed out anyway and, other than a few sprinkles in the beginning of the run, didn't get rained on.
There's not much to say about the run. It was easy. Just cruising at a comfortable pace. My legs were a little tired and sluggish from Thursday's brick so it took a little while for them to loosen up.
Personally, I don't like recovery runs that much. They're kind of boring and my legs are usually tired when I do them so they're more difficult than they should be.
|Blue is speed, red is heart rate, green is elevation. When I look at the elevation I see a rock concert. Most people are sitting, but the two in the middle are standing - one with his right arm raised, one with her left arm raised. Rock on.|
Workout 2: Swim. 1:00 3700 yards.
The plan was an open water swim at Devil's Lake, but that got cancelled due to thunderstorms. I should have gone to the pool immediately after work, but I opted to eat dinner and swim later. Then I lost motivation. I was planning my long ride and doing some more research on Ironman fueling and hydration (it's an obsession lately). I looked at the clock and it was getting close to 8 o'clock. I said, "I don't think I'm going to make it to the pool tonight."
"What?" Courtney said. "Yes, you are. In fact...start getting ready because you're leaving right now. It's too close to Kona. You can't afford to let your volume drop."
See what I'm dealing with here? A little sympathy, please?*
So I grabbed my gear and went to the Y (I'm not the smartest guy you'll ever meet, but I am smart enough to know when to do what I'm told). I had a bunch of workouts in my gear bag but wasn't in the mood for them so I just hopped in the water and swam easy for an hour. I actually enjoyed it, and might do more workouts like this. Swimming easy isn't easy. When you slow the pace down you start to notice form flaws. You feel your legs sinking or your hand dropping or your leg kick to the side because your balance is off.
Daily Total: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Weekly Total: 11 hours 59 minutes
Next up: Long ride followed by a t-run (that's transition run - meaning very short run to practice transitioning to the run - for those unfamiliar with the term)
* None needed. I'm very lucky to have someone who not only understands my desire to train for these crazy events, but actually pushes me to put in the work and strive to be the best I can.