First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for your support and kind words concerning my, ehem, open water panic attack. I spent all of Sunday feeling frustrated and defeated, but your comments helped me regain the confidence I desperately need to face the water again. I love you guys and will be sure to report back on how open water round two goes.
Notice anything different? A NEW JERSEY!!
Now on to week 20…
Mon., 4/16: Swim
The schedule Gods granted me a gift on Monday allowing me to make it to my first swim at an OUTDOOR pool. Holy hell, why didn’t anyone tell me how much better swimming in an outdoor pool was? I managed to squeeze in 1,500 meters, not what was originally scheduled, but still happy I got outdoors.
Tues., 4/17: Run/Core
Yo, you want some speed intervals? I got some speed intervals right here.
15’ warm up @ HR zone 1-2
4 x 1 mile @ HR zone 4+ (10k Pace) 1/4 mile easy jog rest in-between
Remainder of the 60′ run @ HR zone 2
Add in some Nike Training Club core work and I was feeling good!
Wed., 4/18: Rest
I literally cannot even remember what else I did with myself last Wednesday. This is not good.
Thurs., 4/19: Cycle/ Swim
An hour and 10 on the trainer in the morning with Smash. It’s finally getting exciting! Later that evening, I tried to make it to the outdoor pool in time and only got in 2,500 meters until the lifeguard kicked me out because of swim lessons. Batting my eyelashes and begging them to let me stay didn’t work. Harumph.
Fri., 4/20: Run
Friday’s12.6 mile run was just one of those runs. A disaster. Stop and go the bathroom. Stop and get a Band-Aid because your heel is bleeding from wearing the wrong socks. Roll your ankle. Feel like you have a 30 pound backpack on. You know…one of those. But I’m not going to let it get to me. We all have them, they suck, then we move on. Case closed.
Sat., 4/21: Long Ride/Transition Run
With temperatures expected to be 90+ and a 58 mile ride with intense climbing on tap, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the good news is: I LOVED IT! We ended up climbing 5,500+ feet and I was sweating buckets, but I feel like I’m finally finding my happy place on the bike.
With my new aero bottle in place, I was able to easily sip and ride, work hard, enjoy the views and make a few new friends along the way. I discovered that I actually love climbing, but everyone zooms past me on the downhill as I’m still deathly afraid that I’ll lose control and…well…die. So this too will take some practice for me.
Sun., 4/22: Open Water Swim
Um yeah, we all know how that went down. I drowned my sorrows (no pun intended) by wearing this in public. Fashion blogging here I come:
And heading here:
I closed out week 20 with:
10 hours and 09 minutes of training:
6,029.1 yards swimming (my longest swim week yet)
74 miles cycling
22 miles running
15 minutes strengthening
P.S. Make sure to check out my guest post on Carrots ‘N Cake on running essentials!