Time sure does fly. It seems like just yesterday I was writing my First Quarter Report. And here we are, already done with the 2nd (out of 6) quarterly reports. This one covers April 25th to May 22nd.
|Total Distance||105 miles||36,400 yards||583 miles||709|
Ride Around Kent County
Even though I bonked hard at the end this ride was both a huge confidence boost and a learning experience. Not only that, but it was a very enjoyable ride around the county. I saw parts of Kent County that I had never seen before or even knew existed.
Fast Swim Times
I had some of my best short distance swim times last week. This was due in part to skipping my morning swim and swimming at lunch. At lunch, I swim next to a former collegiate swimmer who pushes me like no other. Her maiden name is Otter (no joke) and I swear she must be part otter. In one day, I swam both my fastest 200yd and 400yd intervals with her by my side as a push.
Not much I could do about this, but I am glad that it is over. I am hoping that this was the one sickness I’ll have to deal with during my training. On the positive side, I was never really sick enough to miss any training. I had one day that was miserable and I cut back a bit, but other than that it was just a nuisance.
What Is Working
I have been having an absolute blast on the bike this season. I’ll take any excuse to go out for a ride. This is evidenced by the fact that compared to this time last year, I have already recorded nearly 1,000 more miles. Even compared to last quarter, I was on the bike for 11 more hours and 200 more miles than last quarter.
What Isn’t Working
I have been more lax on getting my yoga and core workouts in. I can make excuses like lack of time or having other things going during the Thursday yoga for runners at Gazelle Sports, but they are just that – excuses. I got back into the swing of things and did my P90X yoga today. I was actually lucky enough to do it outside on the deck which made it very enjoyable. Jennie also got us signed up for a weekly outdoor yoga series through the rec department for this summer. Not quite sure when it starts, but it will be a good way to keep my honest.
Going Easy During Recovery
Yes, I realize this sounds like a cop out. Like Michael Scott saying his weaknesses are, “I work too hard. I care too much. And sometimes I can be too invested in my job.” Last week was supposed to be a recovery week. And what did I do? I skipped my day off on Tuesday (that I normally do yoga on) and went for a 2 hour group bike ride. And then we all know what happen on Saturday. That wasn’t on the schedule. I was supposed to a 1 hour/30 minute brick. Not 8+ hours on the bike. I don’t regret any of it, but I know that I can’t continue to “skip” my recovery weeks like that.
Nothing really of interest with diet changes positive or negative. I am still trying to watch my portion sizes and continuing to eat healthy. Normally, when we would by lunchmeat at the deli counter, I would pick ham, turkey, and salami and then end up eating lunchmeat sandwiches all week. Now, we just get turkey and have turkey and cheese sandwiches to keep it healthier. My other favorite lunch is chicken salad. Super easy to make ahead of time and delicious. I did break down and have a pop during the Ride Around Kent County. I justified it as a way to test how my body handled it during a ride because they will have flat pop available at the aid stations in IMWI. It really didn’t taste good in the middle of a ride, but it did the trick and got me the sugar I needed quickly.
What Is Coming Up
100 Miles of Nowhere
After talking with the crew today (Mandy, Jeff, KC, and BDD) it looks like this weekend is going to be our virtual, long distance 100 Miles of Nowhere ride. I have a 3:45 bike ride on the schedule already and what is another couple hours to round out the ride at 112 miles? I figure that I might as well get used to riding a 112. I will be shooting to get my ride in on Saturday morning but I’ll play it based on the weather as the weekend gets closer.
Grand Rapids Triathlon
The following weekend, June 5th, is the Grand Rapids Triathlon. This will be my first tri of the season and I am looking forward to it. I am really hoping to get an open water swim in before the race, but time is quickly running out. I’m hoping to put together my game plan for the race early next week, but for the most part, it is going to be a training day.