Ugh, up at 4:25AM....God I hate that time of the morning (or is that night?). I was in the water and swimming by 5:20AM, and I felt OK. The swim workout that I had on tap was one that I am not all that fond of because the distances are a bit awkward. Here is what I had:
- 500m warm up
- 4 x 100m drills
- 7 x 125m @20 seconds
- 7 x 75m @ 15 seconds
- 8 x 50m drills
- 300m cool down
As for my Thursday bike, I was able to ride at lunch time for a change...so happy that I didn't have to do it on the trainer in the basement (or was I). I mapped a ride out that would take me from my office, around Round Valley Reservoir and then back to work. On paper it looked like it was going to be tough, a couple 7%+ climbs, but with some good downhills as well. Well, it was definitely tougher than my trainer, that's for sure. I was soaked about halfway through it and my heart rate was through the roof, thanks to the steep climbs. The whole time I was riding I was thinking about home much stronger I would be as a result of climbs. All in all the ride was 20.25 miles and it took me 1:07:00 (18.0 MPH average), a time and average that I am totally OK with given the terrain.
As for my sleep on Thursday night, I think that I was up until about 10:45PM playing FIFA 2010 (with my friend who lives in Florida) was probably a mistake. I had all intentions of being done by 10:00PM but it just didn't happen. Thus I only managed about five solid hours of sleep. I am so stupid!!
I allotted myself an extra five minutes of sleep this morning, like that made any difference. As usual I was at the gym by 5:15AM. What did I have in store? A straight 3,000m swim. I hate the straight swim, but it had to be done. My first 200m was good (~4:00), then my second was horrific (~4:24). I don't know what the heck I was thinking. I managed to pull it all together (if that is what you want to call my lack of swimming speed) and averaged around 4:15/200m for the remaining 2,800m. The whole time I was swimming I couldn't help but think that every other triathlon I do this year will most likely be wetsuit legal which means that my swim times will improve dramatically (WAHOO!!!). 3,000M - 1:03 (2:07/100m)
This afternoon I have run planned for lunch, 1:00 Z2, at :45 minutes, insert 7.5 min Z4. Looks like around an easy 5.5 mile run followed by a 7.5 minute hell-fest before my 7.5 minute cool down. The temperature has dropped a bit, so the run shouldn't be that bad. As for this weekend, tomorrow is a 3.5 hour ride (no route planned yet) FIB a :30 minute run. Sunday, :30 minute ride followed by a 1:15 run. Add all that up and it is my longest training week to day - 13 HOURS!!! Peace out!