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|Sunday, April 22nd, 2018|
With the 14 mile run early Saturday, then Book of Mormon, then Tiffany Haddish, which also involved two drinks and a late night/bedtime, we slept in on Sunday. When we got up, we intended to do a 2 hour trainer ride, to try to prepare for a very undertrained Real Ale ride in a few weeks. But man, I'm still fighting this new trainer. I was exhausted almost immediately. It didn't help that the kinetic app wanted me to do a calibration that involved getting my speed up to 21mph, and then it failed so I had to do it again, and my legs were already exhausted. So I STARTED the ride tired.
And I didn't know if I'd make it two episodes of the Tick, given how hard riding was, even in an easy gear. But I think I ended up making it 3, and we decided to call it good. Matt's gonna see if he can figure out if it's set at too high a resistance somehow. Or maybe I just need to get used to hard being my new normal. So sweaty, though.
|Saturday, April 21st, 2018|
12-15 mile runDistance:
60 degrees, humidPeople:
I wasn't sure how long this run should be. I did 10 last week and will do 18 next week, and that seemed like a big direct jump, so I wanted to bridge that a bit. Even though that meant no real taper for that 30k next week. I needed mentally to have a mid run between them. Karen wanted to join me, and I told her I was gonna go my pace, and she was cool with that. Unfortunately for her, my 8 mile run on Thursday combined with the humidity meant that my paces were slower than they have been lately. But it was a relatively long run for her, lately, so she was ready to be done by the end, too, even going at my slower pace.
My legs were pretty tired after that, but I'm glad, mentally, that I did a bridge run to the 30k.
10:30, 9:55, 9:51, 9:29, 9:45, 9:46, 9:53, 9:43, 9:54, 10:02, 9:39, 9:47, 9:32, 9:30
|Friday, April 20th, 2018|
We hadn't done a ride for a while, so we decided to do a short one Friday night. I'm still trying to figure out my new trainer. It just feels so HARD, even when I'm in a pretty easy gear, and yet my computer says I'm going so slow. Frustrating.
Watched the last two episodes of The Good Place season 2.
|Thursday, April 19th, 2018|
Home to workSport:
Run to workDistance:
I woke up a little early, so left a little early. When I got to mile 1, I decided to use my extra time to add on some distance. If I was feeling good, I could then add on more distance at the end to get to 8 instead of 7. Of course, then I ended up using up that extra time by finding Ed at Shoal Creek and 2222, and chatting with him for a while.
This was a fairly neutral-feeling run. I felt neither great nor terrible. I did feel like I picked it up a bit after my chat with Ed, because I'd gotten some rest, and had talked to a faster runner. But my splits ended up being much better than I would have figured, for a run where I wasn't trying to run fast.
10:27, 9:49, 9:27, 9:23, 9:27, 9:20, 9:04, 9:16
It would be a-ma-zing if I could settle my long run pace back to lowmid 9s again.
|Wednesday, April 18th, 2018|
I actually planned to do Masters on Thursday, because why would I go on stroke day? But I took my watch just in case. And it turned out everyone called in sick, and I wanted to get away at lunch, so I went. And was rewarded with 2x200 IM! Long course! Ugh.
Carl had just raced over the weekend, so I led for most of the workout. Our interval was supposed to be 1:55 (long course) for the 100s, and Carl and Suzanne weren't sure if we should bump it up, but I figured we could do it. And I was coming in ~1:50, so it was fine, if not a lot of rest.
100 IM drill
50 kick on back
until 15:00, I think
4x100 on 1:55
My 200 IMs were 4:15 and 4:18. That doesn't mean much to me, long course, but I figure I'll note it anyway, for the future.
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2018|
5 mile tempo runDistance:
60 degrees, windyPeople:
I wasn't sure this run was going to happen. After lunch on Monday, I felt really bad. My stomach HURT. I felt like I was going to throw up. So I went home early, managed not to vomit on the bus or the mile walk home. Then I basically went to bed. Got up long enough to eat some hesitant soup, then back to bed. I set my alarm in case the soup+rest was enough to get my body happy again, and I could run, and come 4:30, my body said it was okay. So I ran.
I didn't feel great starting out, but once I'd run 2 miles, I decided I could try picking up the pace a bit. I felt sluggish, but pushing felt doable, so I kept it up. I expected it to end up being low 9 minute miles, and the third mile was, but the 4th and 5th were actually just sub-9! Been a while since I pulled that off. Nice feeling, mentally.
10:55, 10:06, 9:24, 8:57, 8:59
|Monday, April 16th, 2018|
Home to workSport:
Ride to workDistance:
52 degrees, windyPeople:
I wanted to do Masters on Monday, especially since I'd taken a rare Sunday off for our anniversary hotel stay, but I had family lunch plans, so it was morning Masters or nothing. So of course Masters was at 5am. Which meant up at 3am. Good times.
0:59:34 + 0:29:43 (1:29:17)Location:
2900m + 1600y = 4771 yardsWeather:
Oof. We started in the big pool, long course. We only got 4 lanes, and Julie and I tried to start in the slowest lane, but it was crowded so Whitney moved us up a lane. After the warmup, when she saw the paces for the workout, Julie moved back down to lead the slowest lane. I decided to just hang at the very, very back of the lane I was in, knowing I'd get in more mileage and a faster workout if I stayed. It hurt.
3x(200 + 2x50)
I'm not even sure what we were supposed to do for those 200s and 50s. I started late after the confusion about lanes, so I just spent the whole time swimming free in an attempt to catch up to the back of the train. I did swim 900 yards (though mis-entered distance on my watch).
3 on 1:45
2 on 1:40
1 on 1:35))
Let's remember, that's long course. I can barely hit a 1:35 for 100 yards, and it turned out to be impossible for 100m. I got a couple seconds rest after the first and maybe second 100s, then the rest was basically just swimming all out nonstop. It hurt.
Eventually we had to move from the big pool to the diving well, which felt terrible and warm, and also weirdly short. We at least then only had 3 people in our lane, so it wasn't so crowded. After we finished up the 100s (our interval had gone up 5 seconds for the second round, because she felt sorry for us, but then went down by 10 seconds when we moved to the shorter pool, so now our 1x100 was on 1:30), we did
12x50 with fins as
4x50 taking 5,4,3,2 breaths
I normally kinda shrug off breath work, because I'm terrible at it, and especially when I'm already pushing myself so far outside my comfort zone. But I figured 5 breaths sounded doable, so I took 1 breath going down, 4 back. And then I figured if I could do that, why not try to keep going. And I actually managed to do the last 50 with 2 total breaths. After all that other crap. Thank you, fins. I couldn't have done it without you.
So, yeah, other than swimrun, that's my longest swim.. in a really, really, really long time. I was completely worn out. But happy.
|Saturday, April 14th, 2018|
10 mile trail runDistance:
55, windy, sunnyPeople:
Karen and I signed up to do The Tangle 30k in 2 weeks. I'm not really up to that distance, but I figure I did 13 (noncontiguous) at SRLJ, so hey, why not. My legs felt pretty rough after my run+swim on Thursday, so I was going to be smart and just do 10 road miles. Then Karen said she'd do 10 with me, but proposed trail instead. I figured that would be better training for a trail race, and maybe easier on my legs, so off we went.
I'm not sure we had any better idea where we were going this time, but we decided to just go run and get lost, and then as we neared mile 8 or so, try to make our way back in the direction of the car. And it ended up working out pretty perfectly. We chatted with the horses, we ran random directions, we tried to go through the wooded parts as much as possible. Just had fun.
And now I feel a little bit better about running 18 in 2 weeks. And next week I can do a slightly longer run.
|Friday, April 13th, 2018|
Got a new trainer! My old one was very old and making tremendously terrible noises. I got one like Matt's, and it's so much smoother and quieter. Also feels a lot harder. Making more effort and going slower! Not that speed matters on the trainer.
Watched two Good Place episodes.
|Thursday, April 12th, 2018|
Home to workSport:
Run to workDistance:
Mid 60s, 20mph wind gusts from the southPeople:
My legs felt good, so I decided to run to work. They felt a little fatigued afterward, so maybe this was pushing it a bit, but it's fine. The wind was very strong, especially on the frontage road. Bleh.
10:30, 9:51, 9:39, 9:55, 9:35, 9:39
My legs were definitely tired from my run, and my hamstrings a little sore. I felt it mostly during my flipturns.
4x1:30 swim (75s)
4x1:15 pull or fins (75s with fins)
4x1:00 swim (50s)
4x200 on 3:30 aerobic
10x25 fly on :35 (I did probably half fly, half free)
3x200 on 3:30
|Wednesday, April 11th, 2018|
We had intended to do a spin Monday night, but then Matt had a rough day and we just took the night off. Better luck this time! We watched one episode of the Good Place, then we didn't have the right next episode, so watched the second episode of The Tick.
|Tuesday, April 10th, 2018|
4 mile easy runDistance:
55 degrees, humidPeople:
My legs felt pretty okay, so I decided to try out a run after 2 days off. Other than my quads being a little tight and sore, it felt fine.
10:57, 10:09, 9:39, 9:44
I was a little fatigued, but hoped a swim would help. And it mostly did!
100 free, 75 breast, 50 back, 25 fly x 4, various ways (last was kick, only got through 100)
20x25 fly with fins on :30
That 20x25 fly with fins was both so fun and so exhausting. I made sure to keep it easy.
|Saturday, April 7th, 2018|
2:48:14 running, 1:46:04 swimmingLocation:
Lake James State Park, NCSport:
Running and swimmingWorkout:
SwimRun Lake JamesDistance:
13.1 miles running, 6200 yards swimmingWeather:
52 degrees, overcastPeople:
Trista! And lots of others.Comments:
Race report here
|Friday, April 6th, 2018|
Trista's neighborhood, NCSport:
3 mile shakeout runDistance:
Around 50! Sunny.People:
First workout Trista and I did together in preparation for SwimRun Lake James, which was the next day! The good news is, our run paces worked out great. The bad news is she took me on an out and back that was downhill on the way out, uphill on the way back. Rude.
10:21, 10:11, 9:54
|Wednesday, April 4th, 2018|
Last swim before SRLJ! First longcourse swim in a long time! I had to lead for most of the workout, but I didn't let that push me harder than I wanted to go. If they wanted to go faster, they could take the lead. Overall a solid, reassuring swim. Everything felt good.
50 kick (we ran out of time to do 100)
4x100 on 2:05
4x50 as 25 fast/25 ez
Then I did 3x100 pull on 2:00, then 50 ez c/d
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018|
4 mile runDistance:
70 degrees, humidPeople:
Pretty miserable weather. A front was blowing in later, so it was really humid. At least there was a south wind, so I got some breeze on the way back in. Just kept it nice and easy and short. Last run in Austin before SRLJ.
10:50, 10:05, 9:37, 9:41
|Monday, April 2nd, 2018|
Short masters swim. I took my clear goggles, to test them out, and the diving well was cloudy to near-invisiblity. So the goggles didn't leak, at least, but who knows how the visibility was through them.
4x50 on 1:00
3x50 on :55
2x50 on :50
1x50 on :45
1x50 on 1:00
2x50 on :55
3x50 on :50
4x50 on :45
any stroke, any equipment. I started with free swim, then moved to pull with paddles
4x100 on 2:00 (moved down to 1:55, I think) as
1st 25 fast, 2nd 25 fast, 3rd 25 fast, 4th 25 fast
It felt good, and fast. One more masters swim before I leave town.
|Sunday, April 1st, 2018|
6 mile runDistance:
65 degrees, overcastPeople:
Last "long" run. I slept in a little bit, then took my time getting out the door, so that I could be done, shower, dress, then immediately go to brunch for Easter/Laura's birthday.
It was a fairly middling run. The weather felt pretty bad: humid and windy, and I sweat a lot, but I felt decent even so.
10:40, 9:53, 9:30, 9:29, 9:30, 9:24
|Saturday, March 31st, 2018|
0:20:45 running, 0:33:20 swimmingLocation:
Running and swimmingWorkout:
Swimrun taper workoutDistance:
2.03 miles running, 1630 yards swimmingWeather:
Low 60s, overcastPeople:
Last swimrun practice! The water was the warmest it's been, probably 66ish, but I was wearing the most I ever had, because it sounds like it's going to be really cold, so I bought more neoprene. Wore a neoprene cap (with a regular cap over it), wore the neoprene sleeves that came with the wetsuit, and wore neoprene gloves. I actually was okay in all of that, even in the run. It was warm, sure, but not terrible. And it'll be colder air temp at Lake James. We'll see what the weather does, and what I end up wearing.
I did run, swim, run, swim, run. My paces were actually mostly faster for everything than in previous weeks, so hopefully taper is actually doing something.
I also tried out new goggles. I got tinted and non, and tried the tinted, and even in the overcast, visibility was good. But it may actually be raining on race day, so I may go for the clear.
Now to let everything dry, so I can pack it.
|Thursday, March 29th, 2018|
5 mile runDistance:
60 degrees, humid but coolPeople:
The weather was weird. It had stopped raining, and sort of a front had blown in, so it felt pretty okay, even though it was still warm, and still very, very humid. I had been considering doing 4 miles, because my legs felt so crappy on Tuesday, but since my legs felt okay, and since the weather was nice, I decided to do 5 miles.
10:54, 9:56, 9:42, 9:33, 9:38
Again I went for the more aggressive lane, which was actually an easy decision, because it was with Mark and Carl. Well, and one other guy for the warmup, but he got promoted up a lane for the main set.
5:00 swim with fins
4x25 as 12.5 fast, 12.5 ez
5x(75 at 1 mile pace, 75 harder, 75 harder, 25 fast/50 ez, 50 ez)
Again.. swimming just felt good. Hoping once the swimrun is over, I can bump it up to at least 3 masters swims a week. I'd missed this.