Week 1 has been progressing beautifully. I have been in a super good mood pretty much all week.
On the work front, I think I have found the perfect schedule for being able to get my work done and my training in. I have shifted my hours so that I start earlier in the morning and then finish around 3:00 in the afternoon. This works out great because I am already up in the morning for my early morning swim. I basically start working right after my swim and plow through the day. Because I am starting earlier, I get a good hour and half to two hours of uninterrupted work done because the phone isn’t ringing and inbox isn’t dinging. When I finish up at 3:00, it gives me plenty of time to get a workout in, walk Bailey, and even do a chore or two before Jennie gets home from work.
On to the training front. I’m going to start with today’s swim because I am ecstatic with how it went. After talking with Jeff, I have decided to forego the Matt Fitzgerald swimming schedule and continue with my Workouts in a Binder routines. The Fitz plan had me doing 1800yd swims all week and I have been doing 2500yd per swim during the offseason, so it almost felt like slacking off to follow the Fitz plan. Today, however, I ditched both plans entirely and did a straight 2500yd swim with no breaks. I felt better than I ever have in the pool. I took my splits every 10 lengths (250yds) so that I could easily keep count of all 50 laps (100 lengths). I ended up clocking in at 40:15 which works out to 1:36/100yd!!! I’d have to go do some checking, but I am fairly certain that is the longest I have kept up a sub 1:40 pace. My goal for IMWI is 1:40/100yd, and at this point, I am fairly confident I can hit that.
I had sort of a funny sighting after the swim. As I was getting into my car, a women came running out of the rec center in a bathrobe wearing a backpack. When she ran by, I realized it was Tammy (the woman I met who is doing IMCdA). She smiled, waved, wished me a great day and said that she was off for a bike ride, so I guess she was working on her transition time! haha.
As for my other workouts, I had an accidental great speed workout on Wednesday. I thought the schedule called for a 45 minute run with 3x3min intervals with 3 min active recovery. And that is what I did. But when I got home, I reread the schedule and it was supposed to just be a 45 minute Z2 run. Whoops! Oh well, the speed work felt great. I ended up with a 7:31 pace for the workout with about a 6:40 average on the intervals. However, after the workout, my lower back started to bother me. It is still a little sore today, but the swim definitely helped.
Yesterday was my first brick of the season. In one word: humbling. It is amazing how much a brick workout kicks my butt even when I have kept my training up through the offseason. Does it ever get pain free to transition from the bike to the run? Despite being humbling, it went fairly well. It was a 45 minute bike with a 15 minute (turned 22 minute) run. On the bike, I focused on doing the last 3 miles at a high cadence and just spin my legs out. That definitely seemed to help with the transition, so I’ll have to remember that. Once on the run, it took my legs about a mile to loosen up, but it took my feet nearly the whole 3 miles to warm up. I had that cold, tingly feeling in them the whole time. Not fun.
No complaints on the biking front. I’ve had two rides and they have both been short, easy rides. Saturday will be my first long outdoor ride at 2.5 hours and of course the temperatures are going to drop to the upper 30’s/low 40’s rather with the chance of rain. Woohoo… :-/ I’d complain more about the weather, but I know that I don’t have it nearly as bad as my fellow triathletes in Ohio who got 3” of snow or that crazy girl in Maine who was expecting 12”!
So far, week 1 is a win! Let’s keep this going for a another 23 weeks!