Yep, it’s time for my weekly recap on last week’s triathlon training and running. But first, let’s take a moment to jump up and down with excitement.
Oh wait, it’s just me jumping up and down?
No problem, I’m often the only one jumping up and down with excitement. I have no shame, I’m klutzy, and I get overly excited about things – yep, the total package.
Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll just explain why I’m happy with last week’s training. Two reasons:
- The week before got off to a rough start: Check out that recap here.
- This week was 6 days of solid training. Oh yeah!
So here’s how it went down:
Monday: This is tricky – was it a win or a fail? My coach had scheduled a day off on the training plan, but like an idiot I said “hey, I’m off work that day – I could go swim!” So he added a swim on the schedule for me.
Because I asked for it.
But what was reality? Reality was me going to the office for a meeting and then staying until 7:15pm working at my desk. On a holiday day off.
So does this count as a fail? I’m going to say no. Let’s just pretend I never asked for a workout on my day off, mmmkay?
Tuesday: Cycling class was on the schedule, and it was awesome. I called my dad from the car on the way home from work and he spontaneously met me at Zengo Cycle. What a guy! The class was a tough one, and I loved it. He survived it. He’s a badass cyclist but this is a different sort of intensity than biking through France eating croissants.
Wednesday: Speed work, baby! It was a fun one, with a warm up and cool down around sets like this:
1 minute hard then 1 minute easy
2 minutes hard then 2 minutes easy
3 minutes hard then 3 minutes easy
4 minutes hard then 4 minutes easy
It was fun and I ran 5.5 miles total. I run figure-8s around these two lakes, and it’s always so good for my day to start off with a run here.
Thursday: I was so determined to swim this day. And I did! But by the time I left work at 9pm (yes, 9pm), the pool was on the verge of closing. I got in 45 minutes of swim time (plus some rest periods) before it closed, hitting 2,000 yards and feeling glad that I got in a solid swim practice.
Friday: I work in DC. So therefore we were closed for Inauguration Day. I managed to relax, get work done from home, and watch a little of the craziness on TV before doing my hour and a half bike workout.
Then I spent some time with my kids and started prepping for the next au pair to move in. The kids are hilarious – they have learned to play Minecraft in the same “world” so the oldest (almost 11) taught the youngest (5) to play Minecraft and they gab while they play.
Saturday: Saturday was amazing. And crazy. And badass. Here’s what happened.
I was meeting my friend Heather for an outdoor bike ride because the forecast looked good. But then I woke up and saw gross weather. Hmmm, I thought – should I call to cancel?
I’ll admit, I was a little worried about the weather.
But Heather was already riding out for an hour to meet me, so we biked in the rain, fog, drizzle, mud, and ick. There was even hail popping off our bike clothes as we rode.
I got in 39 miles (she biked an hour before + and hour after!) and then I ran 2 miles to make it my first brick workout of 2017.
Then I went indoor rock climbing. On tired legs.
It was a little tough at times due to fatigue, but I loved it and can’t wait to go again. I’m going to take a class at Earth Treks on movement/technique to get better at it. I’ve been outdoor rock climbing too, and was terrible at it – years ago in college. My goal is to work on skills to take it outdoors some day when the weather is nicer.
I felt a little bit like this about the whole day:
I’ve talked about indoor rock climbing before… check it out:
It was like a triathlon of bike-run-rock climb. And I’m not sure I recommend it…!
Sunday: I ran 9 miles with my group, and then I went to work for the rest of the day. Yes, on a Sunday.
So it was a good week with 6 days of workouts and a lot of extra work. But also quality time with the kids. So I’d rate it an A for balance of all three parts of life.