I better start doing some planning.
But for now, my 5th Quarter Report covering July 18th to August 14th. Only one more of these to go and I will probably combine it with a pre-race goals post.
|Total Distance||125.76||36,000 yards||621.30 miles||767.50|
I actually never posted about this except on Facebook, but I had a huge 5k PR last week. After coming off a long weekend with a 127 mile bike ride and 20 mile run, I had no idea how my legs would handle a little speed work. However, Jennie found a fun evening 5k on Tuesday at my alma mater. I went out strong and held on for a 18:56 final time – a 45 second PR and my first time under 19:00 minutes ever. It earned me 7th overall and 1st in my age group.
Super Successful Dress Rehearsal
As you probably already read in my last post, I had a great race at Steelhead for my final prep race before IMWI. Thank you to everyone who commented with congrats and advice. It truly makes my day. Despite the cancelled swim, it was a perfect way to make sure I have my ducks in a row. And best of all, I finally got my revenge on the Steelhead run course.
I got a flat on my long ride last weekend. So how is flatting out a good thing? Well, because it was my first ever on the road flat. I took a little more time than necessary to change the tire because I was a little shaken up from nearly crashing and it was pouring rain, but I am now confident that I can successfully do an on the road change.
I can really only think of one low point during this entire quarter. I blogged about it here. It was during my Sunday long run and I was just struggling both mentally and physically. Despite the struggle, I did turn it around and make the most of it so it is hard to call it a truly low point.
I have been firing on all cylinders in the pool. Each Friday is my long straight swim and they have all gone terrific. I use my stopwatch to count laps hitting the lap button every 5 laps (250yds). When I started this season, I would shoot for hitting each 250yd split in 4 minutes flat. In each of my last 3 long swims, I have managed to hit those same splits at sub 3:50. That’s a 4 seconds per 100 yard improvement.
After letting my nutrition slide a bit last quarter, I’ve gotten things back on track. Not only is my daily nutrition on track but my I have my workout nutrition nailed down as well. I recently picked up 3 more canisters of Powerbar Perform (Buy 2 Get 1 free!) as well as 3 more boxes of Gu Chomps. At the beginning of the season, I worried about finding a good race nutrition strategy. I am confident I have it figured out and that is a huge weight of my mind.
What’s Not Working
I know what you are thinking. How can I add “Running” as a What’s Not Working after a 5k PR and a successful race at Steelhead. I admit, the running started to come together in the final week of this corner, but leading up to it, I was struggling on my runs big time. It’s not they were necessarily bad runs (except for this one), but they just weren’t up to speed with what I used to do. Coming from a running background, I still struggle with the fact that my weekly running mileage isn’t what it used to be. Couple that with the fact that it seems like every time I run I am doing it on tired legs and it begins to wear on me mentally. A couple of good runs towards the end of the quarter really helped bring things into focus though.
What’s Coming Up
This week and next week are going to be a tough ones. Both have 6+ hour bike rides and 3 hour runs scheduled on the weekend. I’m hoping to get in at least one or two open water swims as well on my long swim days. After that, training tapers down a bit for the final two weeks. Other than that, I have serious planning to do to make sure I am fully ready for race day.