It’s Friday and I’m just now getting around to recapping the prior week…le sigh. Life has been crazy and I’ve been working on some big changes that I’ll share soon. So let’s get right into week 30.
Mon., 6/25: Rest
Tues., 6/26: Run/Core
Most of my interval work is done on a treadmill, but I decided to go next door to a middle school with a dirt track. I’ve avoided this track for a long time purely because it’s dirt, but I finally decided to stop being a baby and just deal with it. Here’s the workout:
10′ warm up @ zone 1-2
4 x 100m strides (100m easy jog/walk RI)
5′ run @ zone 2-3
4 x 800m @ zone 4 (10k-half marathon pace) 400m easy jog/walk RI
6 x 200m @ zone 5a+ (3-5k Pace) 90" walk rest
Any remaining time of the 60′ total run @ zone 1-2.
By the end, I had made a new enemy with the dirt track. Or maybe it was the fact that I did this session post-work and all I wanted to do was eat. Yeah, that was probably it. I followed this workout with 15 minutes of core work.
Wed., 6/27: Rest
Life got in the way so I ended up adding Wednesday’s workout to Thursday.
Thurs., 6/28: Bike/Swim
Almost an hour on the trainer and then immediately went to the pool for 2300 yards. Um, note to self: never swim right after a trainer session. My legs might have well been concrete sausages as the swim was a mess. Here’s the workout:
2 x 50 FORM (10"RI)
4 x (25 DRILL, 25 EASY) 15"RI)
2 x (50K, 25 EASY, 25 BUILD) 15"RI
4 x (25 FIST, 25 BUILD) 15"RI
4 x 400 @ HALF IM RACE EFFORT (20"RI)
Fri., 6/29: Open Water Swim/Bike
To add to my key learnings from Thursday, I should have known that back-to-back bricks wasn’t my wisest decisions. However, I was determined to get it in as I was going to be in Napa all weekend.
I met my friend Jeff for 3,000 open water yards – my longest open water swim yet! He’s a significantly faster swimmer than I am and he kindly stopped and waited for me to catch up every so often. Thanks, Jeff!
Wait, wait, I take back everything nice I said about him. Why’s that? Well, Jeff decided to take me on my first Patterson Pass 60 mile ride. Patterson Pass is the steepest climb I’ve done yet and was that first time that I’ve seriously contemplated getting off my bike and walking it – and I never do that. The good news is that I made it up without jumping off and instead gasped for as much oxygen as humanly possible.
At the top!
But that wasn’t the end, post the steep climb, he dragged me through the middle of nowhere where I was sure that I would die from the most intense wind I’ve dealt with yet or radiation from the strange electrical contraptions all around.
Needless to say, I finished the damn thing and once I did, I was doing some serious fist pumping!
After showering, eating and hopping into my compression socks, I was on my way to the Oakley Perform Beautifully retreat.
2012 Oakley Ambassadors
Sat., 6/30: Oakley 5K/Bike
You can check out the entire Oakley recap here, but as far as training goes, I’ll call the 5k and the 8 miles through the vineyards my Saturday training.
Sun., 7/1: Strength
30 minutes of boot camp with the Tone It Up girls. At the time, I thought it was easy breezy, but coming from a gal who never does squats and lunges (and I know I should), I was feeling it the next day.
Can I also add two hours of manic dancing to the training schedule?
I closed out week 30 with:
9 hours and 13 minutes of training:
5,292 yards swimming
82.7 miles cycling
10.6 miles running
45 minutes strength training
Running behind, but at least we’re running…