I’m experiencing this strange sensation, of having some spare time this week. Relaxing, what??!
Like I mentioned in my last post, I got a coach for my Ironman Wisconsin training this summer. So far, busy, busy, busy, non-stop, go, go, go. It’s been really great so far.
The first week I gleefully got out of bed before 5:00 AM to hit the pool for some structured swims. STRUCTURE. Normally I just jump in and swim back and forth for 45 minutes and call it a day. The structure was good, it kept my swim interesting, and made it feel like it went by quicker. In May I swam a total of 11 miles. That’s the most I’ve ever swam in a month.
After my swim I’d work an 8-10 hour day, and then rush off to get on my bike or run. My runs have structure too. The run structure makes me anxious, and I didn’t quite do the first couple of structured runs successfully. On my long run last weekend I was supposed to do some mile repeats at an 8:45 pace. I did the first one no problem,but the 3rd, and 4th I had a mental breakdown down and couldn’t quite swing it. After that run I dusted myself off and was okay with calling it a learning experience. I’ll get there.
I had a double brick workout too. Bike an hour, run 20 minutes, bike another hour, and run another 20 minutes. The bike and run had some intervals too. It was tough! But I DID IT!! I did it at the hottest part of the day 2:00 pm, 80+ degrees, sunshine. I was really proud of getting through it without any mental breakdowns.
So this week I’m on a recovery/taper week before my first event of the year. It’s “only” a sprint at my favorite triathlon. It’s now called Couples Triathlon, formerly known as Capital View Triathlon. I plan to race it, though I do have a 70.3 six days later, so I’ll be racing carefully.
So far I can say that the coaching is great, I’m excited to see improvements in myself this year.