Isn't the endurance world such a roller coaster? Good runs, bad rides, etc.? Today I am on the up swing of that coaster after a 37 mile weekend. Here it goes:
Saturday-The brick I was looking forward to since I haven't done one in a long time. Long swim and moderate ride. I decided to do a TT of the course I will be racing on in a month or so as a tune-up for the Silverman half. Today's session ended up being 1600 meters and 26 mile bike. 2/3 (actually the swim was 100 meters longer than the race but who is counting)of an Olympic distance tri and I was faster. If this was workout compared to the race I did a few months ago RAGE both the swim and the bike were 6 min faster EACH. Longer swim, faster times, and I even had enough left in the tank on the last big climb to sprint to the top. YEAH, IM GOOD WITH THAT. I have not trained like this before and the type of program I am playing with is not common, I didn't know where I as at. Now I'm cool with it. The next question is (and chuck is asking too), how will the long run go the following day?
Sunday-Id say it went a lot better. We ran the same course as last week in reverse. Which means it was a lot more hilly than I thought it was going to be. I didn't have any post tib signs or symptoms until the 8-9th mile or so and it was only slight. 10 miles in approx 1:40 some 12 min faster than last weeks 10 miler with less pain. 9:48ish pace. I had to "detour" to handle some "bidness" (as redhead would say) and I didn't get my watch back on line for about 0.6 miles or so and its too bad because that 0.6 was fast. Pain is a funny thing. I wasn't ever tired today and with no pain I wasn't looking for an excuse to stop. Funny how pain controls that. Feels like my running may be getting on track. So whats on tap for the rest of the week? Here is a tentative plan....Monday-recovery swim, Tuesday-recovery run, Wednesday-off, Thursday-hill repeats (my first attempt at the 3 sisters), not sure about Friday.
Just a note to people finding my blog as I read and connect to yours. I am really enjoying reading all of your blogs and I am impressed with the journeys you all are on to get fitter, healthier, etc. I think it is a really cool thing to hear about runners, triathletes, and nutritionists etc. I am learning from each and every one of you and even some laughing too! quote....
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”