Aug 28

Bouncing Back

After a couple days of light workouts, I jumped back into the fire today.  My last big workout was on Tuesday, and I was really sluggish.  My legs just weren’t cooperating on my bike ride. I took the next two days light; a 3 mile run and a 6 mile run.  The 3 mile run was in Englewood, CO (Denver adjacent) while I was on a work trip.  The thinner air was definitely noticeable, but then again, it didn’t help that I had to go running first thing in the morning, which isn’t something I normally do.  I headed out from the hotel and found a nice subdivision to run through that had some decent trails.  There were a lot of winding roads, so I didn’t want to be adventurous and find myself too far away from the hotel.

Yesterday was an easy 6 miles around Gaslight Village and Aquinas.  I had only planned on doing 4 or 5, but felt pretty good and was keeping the pace light, so I figured why not.  Plus, with all the unhealthy eating out I had to do the previous two days, followed by sitting in an airplane for 6 plus hours, it just felt good to be moving.

On to today.  I started off with a 3000 yd swim; my longest ever.  I did one of the workouts from the Swim Workouts for Triathletes book.  It consisted of 6 x 75 for a warm up followed by intervals of 2 x 200, 1 x 100, 2 x 300, 1 x 100, 2 x 400, 1 x 100 and a 6 x 75 cool down.  After the swim, I got a bit of work done and mowed the lawn before I headed out on a run.  I ended up doing a little over 10 miles.  It was great weather for it – overcast and not too warm.  It really feels great to be able to tackle these long runs again.  At this rate, I think I can be ready for the Grand Rapids Marathon in October.

Not sure what the plan is for this weekend (other than celebrating the lovely Jennifer’s big 2-6), but depending on how I feel, I may try to get in a longish bike ride and another medium distance (8 miles or so) run.  Hopefully the weather cooperates.

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