I had a mock olympic tri on the schedule this weekend; which means that I have a rest day on Easter. HOORAY!!!!
Nick and I started the morning at the pool. We initially had to share a lane, the pool was busy for an early Saturday morning. At some point during the swim, Nick moved into another lane. He had a swim with drills, while I had a continuous 1500 yd swim.
The swim was good. My coach entered a completion time estimating 2:30/100 yds. When I saw the time, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to maintain the speed, but tried to keep a consistent pace. I can hit the pace in drills, but hadn’t done it on my longer swims. I missed the time by 1 minute, which gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment.
Nick and I finished the swim around the same time and drove home.
Swim Time 38:34
Once home, we changed into bike gear for a ride the bike on the trainers. I had a 90 minute bike session, focusing on power. Nick had a 3 1/2 hour trainer ride. The ride was fun and boring. We listened to music, and had a few jam sessions. At this point in the “winter” I’m ready to be able to ride outside. With snow on the ground, an outside ride is out of the question right now. Soon, very soon – or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.
Bike Time 1:30:02
I hurried off the bike and headed upstairs for another wardrobe change. I had a 10k run. I chose a difficult route, both physically and mentally. It’s an out and back, that is mostly downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back. Once out of my neighborhood, I can see the turnaround point the entire way out. (Look closely in the picture on the left, in the middle in the distance, you can see the clock tower above the trees).
I decided to run this route because I needed a victory. Last time I ran it, I cut my run short at 4 1/2 miles. I knew it would be a challenge. I trusted my training, and the mental toughness I’ve been working towards, and completed the run. I even made it up a pretty rough climb that began just after I hit mile 5. The last mile was my biggest elevation gain, by over double the rest of the miles, and also my fastest!
Run Time: 1:09:43