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Monday, July 24th, 2017
7:46 pm
Monday.
Date: 07/24/2017
Time: 4:33am
Duration: 0:33:59
Location: Home to work

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride to work
Distance: 7.42 miles

Weather: High 70s
People: Alone

Comments:
Again, I woke up around 2 and very, very, very seriously considered not riding to work to swim in the morning. Then again at 3. I figured once I woke up at 3, I was awake until my 4 alarm, but I somehow managed to briefly fall back asleep, and then felt horrible when my alarm actually went off at 4. So rare for me to wake up to an alarm. And I figured I would just swim at lunch, even though I really didn't want to.

Then I managed to wrest myself up and get my ass in gear and go anyway. I let myself cop out yesterday with the sleeping in and the trainer. No excuse today.

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Date: 07/24/2017
Time: 6:01am
Duration: 1:00:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 3100 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
Well, we had a lot of lanes, but somehow we also had a lot of people. Of the people in my lane, I was arguably the fastest, so I ended up leading the entire time. And it was tough. It was effort-based stuff, and I don't excel at that. I'm not good at finding speeds between "easy" and "GO REALLY HARD". But I did okay, I think. I think everyone else was just happy not to be leading.

400 swim
100 IM kick
400 pull
100 IM kick

400 building by 100
2x200 as 75%, 90% w/ 30sec rest
4x100 as 75, 80, 85, 90 w/ 15 sec rest
8x50 as odds at 200 race pace, evens with some breath work I didn't do w/ 10 sec rest
400 hard
1 min rest between each one

100 ez

As an example of my pacing failures, my 100s were pretty much all the same time, even though the effort should have been stronger on the last ones. On the plus side, that speed was ~1:36.

Even more impressive, my final 400 "hard" was at a 1:35 pace. Pretty proud of that one. I was struggling a lot in the last 150, but I held it together.

And I was really happy that I'd gotten up and done the workout, and that I didn't have to swim during lunch.
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
7:35 pm
Sunday.
Date: 07/23/2017
Time: 9:50am
Duration: 2:15:57
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 38.42 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt!

Comments:
Well, my original plan was to actually go ride outside on Sunday, maybe an hour out on Parmer, then back, and Matt was going to join me. Then Saturday evening, I just was dreading that. I didn't want to get up as early as I'd need to, to get the ride in before it was 103 outside. I felt like I'd used all my mental fortitude to even do my Saturday workouts, and I had none left. So I made the decision to sleep in on Sunday, and ride on the trainer again. I even derailed my "I really need to ride outside before JGT" argument with a (valid) argument that I technically have been riding outside twice a week for the last few weeks, on my commute rides.

So we slept in, rolled out of bed, and hit the trainer again. We watched Saint Ralph finally, which was cute and sad and funny, and then some of Matt's Parks and Rec.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
3:31 pm
Saturday.
Date: 07/22/2017
Time: 4:34am
Duration: 2:07:42
Location: Home to the TSC

Sport: Running
Workout: Run to swim
Distance: 13.02 miles

Weather: 80 degrees, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
I planned to do this. Took all my stuff to work on Friday to accommodate, had all my stuff laid out for the morning. Then I slept poorly, and woke up not at all wanting to go. I told myself that I wasn't really yet training for anything (other than a sprint tri I don't care about), and if I don't want to do something, I shouldn't. I decided I wouldn't. I'd sleep in. I can do that when I want to. Then I decided I did want to do it, and so I got up and did it. Ha.

After all that, I ended up being ready early, so left a little early, figuring I could do extra. I was aiming to do ~11 or 12. Ended up getting to the TSC with about 10 minutes before I needed to be in the locker room, so I did a little out and back and ended up at 13 miles. Whee! Longest run since IMTX, I think. I assume.

Only stopped once at a portapotty, and once to refill water. Didn't feel great, because of the weather and tired legs from Thursday, but I just kept it nice and easy, paying respect to the long morning still ahead of me.

10:41, 9:56, 9:43, 9:40, 9:38, 9:39, 9:41, 9:47, 9:44, 9:44, 9:41, 9:39, 9:50

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Date: 07/22/2017
Time: 7:01am
Duration: 1:25:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 4374 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
We were in the big pool, long course, with the threat of the women's team showing up and displacing us over into the diving well. Eventually they did show up, but Whitney evidently negotiated with them, and we ended up not having to move.

We did only have ~7 or 8 lanes, though, which meant that I started out in my normalish lane, lane 2, and by the time the warmup was over, lane 2 was full of the people normally in lanes 3 or 4, so I moved down to lane 1. Paul and I alternated leading in lane 1.

400 as 75 swim, 25 kick on side
300 as 75 pull, 25 scull
200 IM as 25 drill, 25 swim

6x50 on 1:05
4x50 on 1:00
2x50 on :55
3x100 on 2:05
2x100 on 2:00
100 on 1:55
300 with fins as 50 kick on your back, 50 dps
x2, second time pull
then I did 100 c/d

I led on the 50s first round, but it wore me right out by the end. I made Paul lead for the 100s. Then for the second round, Paul didn't have paddles, so I led for the whole thing. My arms were pretty wrecked by the end, but at least my poor legs were spared.

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Date: 07/22/2017
Time: 8:43am
Duration: 0:06:13
Location: TSC to my office

Sport: Running
Workout: Run from swim to bike
Distance: 0.57 miles

Weather: 80 degrees, sunny, humid, windy
People: Matt!

Comments:
This time I took Matt up to Speedway and we took Speedway to GDC, so he could see the results of the ongoing Speedway Project. Plus it's way more open and pedestrian friendly up there, so we could be side by side and chat.

It started uphill and was just slow in general, at a blazing 10:51 pace.

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Date: 07/22/2017
Time: 8:59am
Duration: 0:43:24
Location: Work to home

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride home from my office, via TacoDeli
Distance: 8.75 miles

Weather: 80 degrees, sunny, windy
People: Matt!

Comments:
A lovely, slow ride back home, with a stop for tacos at TacoDeli. It got windy, but I guess we never rode directly into it, which was nice.

Overall a solid almost 4.5 hours of swimbikerunning, and then home for a nap with the dogs. I'm glad I got up and did it. I always am.

Next weekend will be recovery and taper.
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
8:55 pm
Thursday.
Date: 07/20/2017
Time: 5:37am
Duration: 1:06:44
Location: Home to work

Sport: Running
Workout: Run to work
Distance: 7.05 miles

Weather: 80, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
I decided, since I seemed to be trying to do Workouts rather than just Exercise, that I would try to do a tempo run. Nothing crazy. But try to pick up the pace a little after a mile of warmup. I tried for "push, but not get side stitch or completely blow up so I'm walking the last few miles". The good news is I COULD actually see that I was pushing faster than long run pace, in my splits. The bad news is that push pace is pretty sad compared to past me-when-I'm-in-good-running-shape.

But hey, I ran faster than I would have otherwise run, and it was fine. So it's a win. (Last 2 miles were cooldown/reward.)

10:23, 9:08, 9:00, 9:19, 9:02, 9:33, 9:38
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Date: 07/20/2017
Time: 12:01pm
Duration: 0:55:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 2950 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
A two a day! Felt good after 2 days of single workouts. I decided to be bold and stick in lane 3, even after we got paces for the workouts, and Mark went down a lane to where the paces were more normal for us, less scary. It was me, the guy with the therapy dog, Ann (?) and Jean-Claudia. I held my own, for sure. Proud.

4x25 on :30
3x25 on :25
2x25 on :20
25 on :40 with 0-1 breath
x3

We could use any stroke, any equipment. I did the first one free, no equipment, even though I was basically just going continuously at the end. Then I pulled for the second, then pulled with paddles for the third.

8x25 on :25
50 ez
8x50 on :50
50 ez
8x75 on 1:10
50 ez
8x100 on 1:40
50 ez

The ladder then went back down, but I was out of time. I did maybe cheat a little. Not really. We were allowed to pull two of them, and use fins for one. I pulled the 75s and swam with fins for the 100s. I call it cheating because I guess you were supposed to do 3 of the 7 with equipment, and I did 2 of the 4. But whatever. I could have cheated more, and pulled the 50s!

The intervals were hard, as anticipated when I chose lane 3. Those 75s were even hard with paddles. But rewarding.
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
7:10 pm
Wednesday.
Date: 07/19/2017
Time: 5:15pm
Duration: 1:04:47
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 18.05 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt!

Comments:
This week feels weird. One workout on Tuesday, one workout on Wednesday. I guess it's because I'm only doing one trainer ride during the week.

Anyway, it felt weird to not do anything until after work. Matt and I hopped on the trainer as soon as we got home, and rode for several Mattepisodes of Parks and Rec. We ended up quitting shortly into one, 'cause we were over an hour and done.

After a 20 minute warmup, I did 4x3 minutes upbeat with 7 minutes recovery. It was SOMEthing. More than nothing.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
8:40 pm
Tuesday.
Date: 07/18/2017
Time: 4:58am
Duration: 0:52:31
Location: Neighborhood/Anderson track

Sport: Running
Workout: 1.5 mile warmup, 2.5 miles straights and curves, c/d
Distance: 5.42 miles

Weather: 80, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
Basically every weekday morning workout summary could start "I really didn't want to get up and do my workout. But then I woke up before my alarm and sat there feeling guilty, and instead of going back to bed and skipping the workout, I got up 30 minutes before my alarm even went off, and did the workout." It sounds great, but it's not restful at all. And is driven by a lot of stress.

Anyway. I MANAGED TO ACTUALLY DO A TRACK WORKOUT. That's the good news. The bad news is it was really hard and not fast. But at least I gave a nod to sorta doing some speed work.

I did 2.5 miles of straights and curves, the lazy man's speed work. I didn't split out anything, so I only know my mile splits. I was afraid if I split out the fast parts, I'd find out that "fast" was low 9s or something, and I'd be sad.

It was really hard, though. The weather was terrible, and my legs had a lot of accumulated fatigue built up. But I am really proud that I finally did a track workout.

10:47, 9:44, 9:05, 9:10, 9:36

At least those low 9 miles must mean that the "fast" parts were sub-9, probably!
Monday, July 17th, 2017
8:28 pm
Monday.
Date: 07/17/2017
Time: 4:36am
Duration: 0:34:41
Location: Home to work

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride to work
Distance: 7.43 miles

Weather: 80 degrees
People: Alone

Comments:
I surely did not want to get up and ride to work. Or swim. But I'd taken my stuff the day before, and I knew I'd be happy that I did it, and unhappy if I didn't. So I managed to get up and go. Uneventful ride, other than being tired of body and mind.

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Date: 07/17/2017
Time: 6:01am
Duration: 0:55:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 3000 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
There were a LOT of people. Once we got through the warmup, Whitney said either Julie or I had to move up a lane. I was willing, so I moved up. Trying to be brave. I definitely had a harder workout for having moved.

200 swim
150 pull
100 kick
50 with 4 breaths (didn't happen)
x2 or until 17 after (I think round 2 we only got through 50 of the kick)

20x25, fins optional, on :20
50 ez
5 x 1:20 (we did 100, 75, 100, 75, 100) pull
50 ez
20x25, fins optional, on :20
50 ez
10 x :40 (50, 50, 50, 25, 50, 50, 50, 25, 50, 50) pull
50 ez

I think that was what we did. Something like that. The 25s were basically just a 500, because there was no time to rest. And I had to really push to keep up on the pull stuff. Basically it was nearly nonstop the entire time after the warmup, but I did manage to mostly hold my own in the faster lane.

I would have done a couple of the next 25s set, except we had to get out and go to the other side of the pool, and there wasn't time to get out, move, get back in, figure out order and stuff, and then actually swim. So I decided that was a sign that I was done.
Sunday, July 16th, 2017
6:57 pm
Sunday.
Date: 07/16/2017
Time: 9:49am
Duration: 2:11:14
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 37.11 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt and then alone

Comments:
Slept in! So wonderful. Then rolled out of bed and eventually onto the bike. Matt got to choose the movie this week, and he chose Doctor Strange. That was a good distraction for 1:50ish. Then I wanted to make sure I got over 2 hours, so we watched one of Matt's episodes of Parks and Rec. That got Matt to 2, which he said was good, and so I stopped at 2:11. Yay!
Saturday, July 15th, 2017
6:42 pm
Saturday.
Date: 07/15/2017
Time: 4:47am
Duration: 1:53:34
Location: Home to TSC

Sport: Running
Workout: Run to the swim center
Distance: 11.40 miles

Weather: Low 80s, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
I really enjoyed sleeping in last Sunday, so I decided to do the same thing again (run to swim and bike home). Except this time swim was at normal time (7) instead of stupidly early (5:30), so I didn't have to get up QUITE so early. Except I decided to do a slightly longer run (10), so I was up fairly early anyway.

It was a decent run. I refilled my water at the house on Shoal Creek, and kept thinking I'd need to stop at a portapotty, but never ended up needing one, which is lovely. When I got to campus, there was obviously a Rogue group running through, so I got to wave to a few friends. I checked the time when I got to the TSC, and I had another 10 minutes before I had to be there, so I did an out and back on San Jac to finish out the time. Which got me almost 11.5 miles! More than I expected, which was delightful.

I felt sluggish but fairly normal on the run, but kept telling myself it didn't matter how fast I was running, because I just wanted to get the run in, and still have energy left for the rest of my workouts. Turns out I was definitely running slower than normal, even though I felt okay. Huh.

10:45, 10:02, 9:52, 9:56, 9:51, 9:52, 10:06, 9:40, 9:46, 9:37, 10:06

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Date: 07/15/2017
Time: 7:01am
Duration: 1:15:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 3700 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
Ugh. Diving well. Fortunately Leslie was there, so I made her lead. I felt really rough on the warmup. Couldn't keep up. Just hoped I'd warm up eventually. Or my body would forget the run it just did.

300 as 50 free, 25 IM order
300 pull as ..something
300 as 25 kick, 25 fast swim, IM order

Then we moved down to the big pool, but still short course. At that point the lanes got a little mixed up, so Leslie ended up in the one faster lane, and I was with Paul, Henry, Yuni and.. I forget who else.

6 x something on 2:40, we did 150s
50 off the blocks in heats
50 ez
x3, swim, pull, choice (I swam with fins)

It was still exhausting, but I tried to push as much as I could. Fortunately we had a ton of rest. Unfortunately people were all over the place in our lane, some doing 100s instead of 150s, some doing backstroke, etc.

Because of the heat stuff, there was a LOT more downtime, so a lot less distance. Not my favorite.

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Date: 07/15/2017
Time: 8:48am
Duration: 0:06:53
Location: TSC to work

Sport: Running
Workout: Run from TSC to my office
Distance: 0.64 miles

Weather: High 70s, sunny
People: Matt!

Comments:
I'm totally counting this. Last week I walked from the TSC to my office to change and get my bike, and it felt like that walk took foreeeever. So I told Matt this time I was running. It wasn't gonna be fast. But it wasn't going to be a walk, and would hopefully go by faster. Turns out it's 0.64 miles from one to the other, if you go by a route that a bike can mostly ride beside you.

It didn't feel fantastic, as predicted. A stunning 10:42/mile pace.

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Date: 07/15/2017
Time: 9:04am
Duration: 0:45:25
Location: Work to home, via TacoDeli

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride home
Distance: 8.54 miles

Weather: Low 80s, sunny
People: Matt!

Comments:
And then we just had to ride home. We took the same route as last week, mostly, to get to Taco Deli. Then we ate tacos. I opted not to have a diet coke this time, since the carbonation made me feel weird last week. Then we took Shoal Creek all the way down to Steck and crossed Mopac there, then went up through the neighborhood to get home. No falling over this week! My body was tiiiired and slow, though. Not a surprise.

A satisfying workout combo!
Thursday, July 13th, 2017
6:36 pm
Thursday.
Date: 07/13/2017
Time: 5:39am
Duration: 1:08:28
Location: Home to work

Sport: Running
Workout: Run to work
Distance: 7.04 miles

Weather: Upper 70s, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
Oops, haven't updated in a while. I don't remember anything notable about this run. Other than it being humid and slower than my runs to work have been lately.

10:14, 9:29, 9:28, 9:51, 9:29, 9:37, 9:42

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Date: 07/13/2017
Time: 5:22pm
Duration: 1:00:01
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 17.03 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt?

Comments:
Fairly sure Matt rode with me, but he rode shorter. I guess we probably watched two episodes of his Parks and Rec. And then he hopped off, and I rode for part of one of my episodes? That's my guess.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
7:05 pm
Wednesday.
Date: 07/12/2017
Time: 4:35am
Duration: 0:34:57
Location: Home to work

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride to work
Distance: 7.43 miles

Weather: 80 degrees
People: Alone

Comments:
Hey, all my stuff was already at work to ride to work/swim, since I didn't use it on Monday!

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Date: 07/12/2017
Time: 6:01am
Duration: 0:55:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 2754 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
The good news was that my ankle didn't hurt pushing off the wall, and we didn't have to wear fins. I think fins would have been really painful on the cuts. Maybe not even on the worst one, but the ones below that.

I was glad Leslie was there, because I didn't feel super stellar, and I really, really didn't want to lead.

6:00 swim
1:00 vk
6:00 pull
1:00 vk

4x50 at 200 race pace on 1:15
4x50 breath control on 1:15 (5,4,3,2 breaths) (this did NOT happen; I didn't even manage 5)
300 pull with stroke control (I just pulled)
x3

(I didn't do the 300 on the last iteration, since they were switching to the diving well, and I figured that was a good time to get out and go to work.)

Swimming felt pretty good. We had the entire pool, too, so we were able to split out our normal lane and everyone could go their appropriate pace.
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
6:56 pm
Tuesday.
Date: 07/11/2017
Time: 5:16pm
Duration: 1:10:54
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 20.57 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt and then alone

Comments:
Best laid plans, right? I took my stuff in to work on Sunday so I could ride to work and then do morning Masters. Then I was going to do a track workout finally on Tuesday morning. But I spent all Sunday night being really uncomfortable and achy and I felt fevery, so I ended up staying home. I think my ankle was slightly infected and I had a minor fever as a result. So no work, definitely no workouts. Just a day of sleeping and feeling like crap. Then I still didn't feel great Tuesday morning, but my fever was gone, plus MoreHands was coming so I couldn't stay in bed.

By the time I got home from work, I was feeling better, and I was really tired of missing workouts, so I jumped on the trainer. Matt joined me for two older episodes of Parks and Rec, then I watched a newer one when he was done.
Sunday, July 9th, 2017
6:53 pm
Sunday.
Date: 07/09/2017
Time: 9:09am
Duration: 1:54:34
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 31.92 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt!

Comments:
Slept in! All that early Saturday stuff was worth it, to sleep in on Sunday. We rolled out of bed and onto the trainers and just did a nice long ride. I made Matt watch The Girl With All the Gifts, since I'd read it, and it was sufficiently entertaining for a trainer ride.

The cut on my ankle wasn't super comfortable, but the nice thing about getting an injury while wearing bike shoes is that the bike shoe didn't hit it directly.

Karen invited me to go swim with her at the Quarry, and I had been planning on it, but after seeing how my ankle was still weeping and the cut was pretty deep, I figured submerging that in gross open water was probably a bad idea, so I had to bail. :(
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
6:36 pm
Saturday.
Date: 07/08/2017
Time: 3:40am
Duration: 1:26:29
Location: Home to the TSC

Sport: Running
Workout: Run to swim
Distance: 9.05 miles

Weather: 80 degrees, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
A dumb plan! I love dumb plans! Swim was at 5:30am on Saturday, so I was already going to have to get up early. I really wanted a day to sleep in, so I decided to do ALL my early on Saturday, and then sleep in on Sunday. Which meant running to swim! I calculated that door to door, I'd need to leave at 3:55ish from home to get there on time to swim. I was a little bummed that my weekly long run would only be ~7.5 miles, but I didn't really want to get up any earlier. Of course.. then I couldn't sleep, so I got up earlier, and hit the road at 3:40.

It's pretty dead out there that early. Even deader than during the week. I did see one bike on Shoal Creek before 4am, and then a group of three runners on Speedway. And of course, it was Chris G and his friends. Ha.

I got to the TSC, and figured I'd probably be a little early and could do an out and back. I decided to run 7 minutes out and then back, so headed over to the capitol. Which is mostly uphill, and I was tired and it was bleh weather. So I headed back in. But then I still had time, so I did one lap around the Clarke Field track! And then back to the TSC, right on time. And I ended up with 9 miles, which is basically the distance I've been doing! Yay! And a lot faster than it felt like I was running.

10:17, 9:34, 9:19, 9:35, 9:20, 9:20, 9:21, 9:41, 9:32

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Date: 07/08/2017
Time: 5:30am
Duration: 1:25:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 4700 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
Long course! That was unexpected, since we're usually in the diving well on Saturdays. We only had 4 lanes, and even though it was 5:30 on a Saturday, there were a decent number of people there. We all crammed into the slowest lane, but Paul and I were clearly faster than most of the people, and were gettin close to lapping people at times. Then I guess the other folks in the pool gave up one of their lanes, and suddenly it was just me and Paul and Ricardo! From way too many to blissfully few.

Overall it was a good workout. Even though I was tired, I managed to hold it together.

I don't clearly remember what we did. I think it was 300s (I know it was 300s), of the style "100 hard, 200 aerobic", "200 hard, 100 aerobic", etc.

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Date: 07/08/2017
Time: 7:34am
Duration: 0:50:14
Location: TSC to home, via TacoDeli

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride home
Distance: 8.31 miles

Weather: 80 degrees
People: Matt!

Comments:
And finally the last part of my insane plan. I didn't want to run home after that. I didn't want to bother Matt to come pick me up. So since my bike was already at work from earlier in the week, I decided to just ride home! And Matt decided he'd ride down and meet me and ride home with me!

I did have to put my gross running clothes back on. And then I came out of the TSC right as Matt rode up. Perfect timing. He rode very slowly alongside me as I walked to my office, changed clothes, and then we mounted up to ride home. (I'd brought in bike shoes and helmet and stuff on Friday, in anticipation of this dumb plan.)

It was a slow ride, and I was definitely tired. We rode to TacoDeli on Burnet, ate some tacos, and then rode the rest of the way home. I felt really gross riding after tacos, and very gassy (burpy) and bleh. Especially at the top of the pedestrian footbridge at Far West. THEN the light was taking forever. Finally we decided to just go, and as I got halfway across the intersection, I was in too low a gear, and I toppled over. With lots of cars watching. It had been very slow and very dumb, and I immediately popped up and gave a thumbs up to the cars and the pedestrian who'd been behind us. I got on my bike and rode on. I knew I'd hit my knee a bit, but it was fine.

When we got home, I looked at my knee, and there was a tiny cut. Then I just glanced at the back of my left heel, because it felt like maybe I'd bruised it a bit, and it was bleeding! Ugh. I'd cut the back of my ankle/heel up pretty bad/deep, but hadn't even really felt pain until we got home. Even then it was more annoying than anything.

So that was a frustrating way to end a good solid workout day. I'm proud of myself for getting all that in, though! And it allowed me to just have a spin on Sunday, which I could sleep in and do at my leisure.
Thursday, July 6th, 2017
8:33 pm
Thursday.
Date: 07/06/2017
Time: 5:30am
Duration: 1:08:16
Location: Home to work

Sport: Running
Workout: Run to work
Distance: 7.03 miles

Weather: 80 degrees, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
I thought the weather felt crappier than Wednesday, but honestly it might have just been that I was having a rough run because I ran two days in a row. Just felt worn out. But it was fine. A little slower than my runs to work have been lately, but not bad.

Since I had started a little earlier than normal, I considered adding some miles on the end. My weekend long run will be a little shorter than my recent long runs have been, so I thought I could pre-make-up some of those miles. But when I got to campus, I was soaking wet and pretty done, so I just called it good. This week will have more swimming and maybe more cycling than previous weeks, so it can afford to have a slightly reduction in running.

10:17, 9:38, 9:25, 9:50 (I'm assuming that was Northloop), 9:33, 9:28, 9:38

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Date: 07/06/2017
Time: 5:20pm
Duration: 0:49:24
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 13.37 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt!

Comments:
Matt and I jumped on our trainers when we got home, to watch a new episode of Preacher! Unfortunately the one Matt got didn't have subtitles, and the bikes are loud, and Cassidy is impossible to understand even when you're NOT riding loud bikes. So we maybe missed some of the subtleties, but were reminded of how delightfully violent Preacher is!

My legs were more tired than I would have anticipated, so I just did an easy spin.

I was super proud of Matt, who did his first Austin run in ages, and then rode in the evening. First two a day in a LONG time!
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
8:22 pm
Wednesday.
Date: 07/05/2017
Time: 5:00am
Duration: 0:49:29
Location: Neighborhood

Sport: Running
Workout: 4-5 mile run
Distance: 5.02 miles

Weather: 80 degrees, humid
People: Alone

Comments:
My dedication to sleeping in on my 4th of July holiday resulted in me having to do two-run-days-in-a-row for the first time in a long time. I planned to do 7 as a run to work on Thursday, so I didn't want to overdo it on Wednesday. I set out to do 4-5, and even thought it felt crappy when I started, I felt good enough to go ahead and do 5 instead of 4. Wasn't fast. Didn't feel great. But it was fine.

10:49, 9:53, 9:38, 9:26, 9:28

Felt kinda weird to only do a shortish run as my only workout of the day, but then I realized that that was the craziness of triathlon training talking, and it was perfectly normal to only do a run as a workout. (Didn't want to swim again for a third day, planned to ride Thursday evening.)
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
8:39 pm
Tuesday.
Date: 07/04/2017
Time: 12:01pm
Duration: 1:12:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 3500 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
4th of July! No work! There was a morning workout, but since I hadn't gotten to sleep in either weekend day, I was looking forward to this day to sleep in. Then drive over and swim at lunch. I wasn't sure whether there would be more or fewer people than normal, but it was really just about normal. Me, Mark, another girl in our lane. But it was set up long course! That's unusual for lunch (on the days I usually go, anyway).

3x300 as 100 swim, 100 IM, 100 swim
100 pull, 100 back, 100 pull
100 kick with fins (then we ran out of time for warmup)

20x100 on 2:15 as
1-4 fast free
5 ez
6-8 fast swim with fins (or kick)
9 ez
10-14 fast pull
15 ez
16-20 choice (I did swim with fins again)

Then 4x250 (or rather, 2, since I ran out of time) as
100 swim, 100 something, 50 kick on back
100 IM, 100 swim, 50 kick on side

First time swimming two days in a row for a long time! It felt better than I would have figured it would feel.

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Date: 07/04/2017
Time: 5:04pm
Duration: 1:06:09
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 18.76 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Alone

Comments:
I had intended to maybe do a longer trainer ride, since it was a holiday. But then I holidayed pretty aggressively, and my eating was all kinda at weird times, so by the time I was digested and ready to get on a bike, I didn't really have several hours left to ride. I still wanted to do a ride, though, so I just did a shorter one. Matt was still digesting, so he went to the store instead of riding.

I rode for 3 episodes of Parks and Rec, trying not to anger my legs since I was going to run in the morning.
Monday, July 3rd, 2017
8:15 pm
Monday.
Date: 07/03/2017
Time: 4:35am
Duration: 0:35:00
Location: Home to work

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Ride to work
Distance: 7.4 miles

Weather: Low 80s
People: Alone

Comments:
Once I got to work, I went to stop my watch and saw that it wasn't recording my workout. I figured I somehow forgot to start it when I started riding. But no, evidently I started it, and it recorded 1.10 miles of my ride. And then stopped? No idea. Never had that happen before.

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Date: 07/03/2017
Time: 6:00am
Duration: 1:01:30
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 3243 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
Again, Bill acknowledged he didn't warm up very fast, so let me go before him. Of course, that meant I had to lead, which I didn't love, but I'd rather have the stress of leading than the stress of being stuck behind someone going slowly who won't let me go my pace. So yay!

4x50 on 1:00
200
x2 (I don't remember if there was anything special being done here; probably was)

12x100 swim on 1:55
12x50 kick with fins on 1:00

For the 12x100, it was looking like I was being pushed to lead, but then someone pointed out Ricardo had joined our lane during the warmup. He's much faster than me! So we made him lead, and I went after him. Chased after him.

After the kick, we got kicked out of the big pool and over into the diving well. Bad timing. If we'd had another 10 minutes in the big pool, I could have finished out the 6x100 maybe, and not lost time changing pools, and then only ending up getting 4x100 pull in (100 of which I managed to not record, because I was stressed and bad at my watch right then, especially since I had to change the pool size between pools).

Anyway. It was a good, long workout before work on a Monday.
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
6:38 pm
Sunday.
Date: 07/02/2017
Time: 7:08am
Duration: 1:38:26
Location: Neighborhood

Sport: Running
Workout: A run
Distance: 10.02 miles

Weather: Low 80s, humid, partly cloudy
People: Alone

Comments:
I woke up around 4ish and wasn't ready to consider getting up, so I went back to sleep and woke up just before 6. I decided to get up to run. Then I sat around for an hour. Ostensibly waiting for my stomach to do something, but really just didn't want to run. Finally I made myself go, because the more I waited, the worse the weather would be.

The first mile felt pretty bad. My legs were just dead. I guess they thought I did some stuff the day before. I told myself to just wait it out, it would get better. Except by the time my legs warmed up a little, the weather was still just terrible. I hadn't really chosen a distance when I'd started, but at one point I thought "If I run straight back to the house from here, it'll be 6 miles. 6 miles sounds delightful." Except my midweek run was longer than 6 miles, so that felt wrong.

At West Rim and Greystone, I had decided to do 6-8 miles, so I was going to go straight. Then at the last minute, I turned to do the Valburn out and back. At that point I was committing to 8 or 9. When I got back to Spicewood, I managed to go straight, not turn for home. I had decided at that point I was going to do 10. And somehow I did. I figure it was really good practice in keeping going when your legs are tired and your heart isn't in it, but you still have to keep running.

Pretty proud of that 10, even if it was slow. Hey, it still faster pace than the 11 I ran in much-better-weather Michigan! So weird.

10:36, 9:55, 9:45, 9:43, 9:39, 9:34, 9:38, 9:51, 9:39, 9:50
Saturday, July 1st, 2017
8:20 pm
Saturday.
Date: 07/01/2017
Time: 7:00am
Duration: 1:30:00
Location: TSC

Sport: Swimming
Workout: Masters
Distance: 4650 yards

Weather: n/a
People: Longhorn Aquatics

Comments:
I intended to do a 3 mile run Friday morning, but I slept poorly, and I had many excuses, and it just didn't happen. But I was determined to get back on the horse for Saturday, so off to Masters it was.

Long warmup, and I led the whole thing. Fortunately during the warmup, Leslie showed up, and I convinced her to lead for the main set.

500 swim, every 5th 25 fly
400 pull, every 4th 25 back
300 kick, every 3rd 25 breast
200 swim, 2 strokes fast off the wall
(we skipped the last 100 IM or something, because we ran out of time)

5x300 at 1:55 pace
4x25 breaststroke with two pullouts
5x200 at 1:50 pace
4x25 with no breaths
5x100 at 1:45 pace
50 ez

We knew we'd have to drop 5 seconds off each pace as we went along, so we set our 100s at 1:45 pace, which sounded manageable if hard, and that meant our 300s were 1:55 pace. That was 5:45 per 300, and we finished our first one in 4:36. Ha. More than 1 minute rest. Oops. But we embraced it. We kept the pace fast and consistent, and just had a chunk of rest. The other two ladies in our lane were a little slower, and we ended up pulling way ahead of them each time (and if it had been any more than 300, we probably would have passed them).

So after that swim in Midland where I pushed for 2 100s and ended up with a 1:48 100, I'm back in the fast pool again and we did our 300s at a 1:33 pace with so much less effort, just swimming a strong aerobic. So weird.

We basically just swam the 300s, 200s and 100s at the same pace, and just had less rest each time. We did speed up a bit for the 100s, at least the first two, which were 1:31s. (Then fell down to 1:34s.)

Solid swim. I like swimming with Leslie. She does the workout as assigned, and doesn't slack. She claims she DOES, if she swims with other slackers, but likes swimming with me because I keep her honest. We're good for each other.

By the end, my arms were TIRED. That's a long swim, especially when I haven't been doing long swims lately.

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Date: 07/01/2017
Time: 9:11am
Duration: 1:43:13
Location: Living room

Sport: Cycling
Workout: Trainer ride
Distance: 29.88 miles

Weather: n/a
People: Matt!

Comments:
Drove home and hopped on the bike. Matt joined me, and since we had movie tickets at 1:00 at Alamo South Lamar (The Big Sick), we decided to just ride for 90 minutes. We watched one episode of Man in the High Castle, then didn't have time for another, so switched over to Parks and Rec. But since Matt has only more recently started watching it before bed, we watched episodes I'd already seen. It was fun to remember how different things/characters were.

One episode only got us to 1:20, so we watched another which put us a little over at 1:40. Good stuff. Then I stupidly didn't eat anything until we got to the movie theater and ordered and our food arrived. Need to buy a new tub of recovery powder stuff.
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