Thursday, January 18, 2007

I can't think of a title

Obviously I'm not feeling very creative today, but hey, I posted - that's progress. Because of a crisis at work last night, I had to come to work early today and didn't get to do my run. I guess that means I'll be hitting the treadmill at the rec center tonight when I take Briar to swim team, and then doing my 1k swim afterwards. Bo wants to swim tonight, too, so we may at the pool for quite some time. I guess I could have run at lunch, but since the run is supposed to atleast an hour, that would make a fairly long lunch break. And I don't want to stay late today.

This weather is depressing. It's cold. It's dark and cloudy. No leaves on the trees. I need either a big snowy mountain and a set of skis or some sunshine and warmer temps very soon. Last Saturday was in the mid 60s, and I got to do a 35 mile bike ride with Joe and Leslie, followed by a 3 mile run. I can't imagine doing that now. The wind was pretty vicious then, I can't imagine 30 degrees cooler. I should stop complaining. So here's what I have done so far this week:

Monday a.m. - 2500 yards at the pool (WU: 400 MS:4x75 on 20" rest - odds ones have middle 25 yds as drill (1, 3) - the evens have the first/last 25 as drill.
8x200 as follows:
- #1, #5 - 150 cruise, 50 FAST!
- #2, #6 - 100 cruise, 100 FAST!
- #3, #7 - 50 cruise, 150 FAST!
- #4, #8 - 200 FAST! These are all on 30" rest.
CD: 200) Whew! That was a tough one. And I was actually supposed to do 5x150 w/paddles before the cooldown. But since I don't have paddles and I was out of time, I passed on that. And I felt like I was sinking the entire swim. I just couldn't get it together.
Monday p.m. - 45 min trainer ride doing one leg drills and such.

Tuesday a.m. - 2000 yards at the pool (WU:400 free, 100 drill MS:3x(400 free, 100 drill)) It was supposed to be 5x(400 free, 100 drill), but since they didn't unlock the pool doors until 5:45, I wasn't able to get the last 2 sets in. I needed in at 5:30 sharp, and even that was pushing it. Note to self: Try and convince the pool manager to get that thing opened at 5:30. I will do that tonight if she is there. I did graduate HS with her and consider her a friend, so perhaps I have a little pull. But then again, you never know. But it never hurts to try. Regardless, I did have a moment of magic during this swim. My first 400 was 8:05, which is just a little better than normal for me. Then the 100 drill, then 30 seconds rest. The next 400 was 8:01, which is about the best I've been able to do in the past. Then the 100 drill and 30 seconds rest. But then during the last 400, something felt better. I didn't feel as winded while swimming, and I wasn't sure, but I felt like I was going faster. When I got done and looked at my watch, it said "7:54". That's 11 seconds better than I normally do over 400 yards! Fluke? Maybe. I don't know...but I'm definitely going to keep going with this plan.
Tuesday a.m. - 55 minute trainer ride. When I started this ride I really didn't think I could stay there for 55 minutes. But, as usual, as time passed it got better. The intervals that the plan called for made it interesting and hard, but sometimes I think interesting and hard is much better than boring and easy.

Wednesday a.m. -
4 miles on the treadmill, then 1 hour of strength/core. The strength/core was actually Cindy's toning class at the rec center, and it was great. Lots of legs and abs.

That would be all for now. I hope to get in my run and swim tonight, then a massive swim Friday morning. It looks like my bike for the week is going to be a MTB ride @6:30 Saturday morning. And then Sunday, a long trail run in my new trail running shoes. I need to post a picture of those babies.


Michele said...

Wow, you have been hitting that pool hard.
Let me know if you need any help fighting for an earlier pool opening. I sure could use it.

Great workouts this week.

Papa Louie said...

Title: Gray days but great workouts.

Mal James said...

really enjoy your blog and writing . Also aiming for my first Half Ironman this year in May

Lance Notstrong said...

Sounds like you've been pretty busy!!!

Ellie said...

Hey, girl, that's some training week! Nice going!