WEEK 19 – May 2, 2016 – May 8, 2016
Just a quick wrap-up for this week as it was pretty uneventful. But there were some noteworthy items.
I learned a lesson about doing a half marathon last weekend. It’s aftermath was painful. I was very sore on most of my runs until about Friday. Need to do some more stick rolling and stretching and I should be back to having that “normal” worn out feeling that I usually have.
Although the plan has a swim on Friday, I have decided that I will do them when I can. It’s just that when you are doing training you end up neglecting some things that have little consequence, and others that have more significant consequence. Like not mowing the yard, which at this time of the year can be more like a jungle if I don’t tend to it. And since I feel the weekend long efforts on the bike and run are vital to the training, I think I can still be okay by foregoing one of the three hour long swims to devote time to household responsibilities. I’ve been averaging about 2:05 minute splits per 100 yards over 3000 yards, which I am very happy with.
Speaking of the swim, I finally decided to pull the cover off my pool and try to open it. Swimming in my own pool saves time, and even though it is a lot of turning around, I don’t mind it much. I expected a green pool when I pulled the cover off, but got a much bigger surprise – a black lagoon!
Cleaning this will be a chore, but it would probably be ready in a couple of weeks. But surprise number two came when I saw this:
So, now it looks like it may need to be replaced, and that may delay the pool opening for a while. I’ve got two kids graduating 8th grade and high school this year, and the Ironman to train for, so I need that pool open!
The long bike was a four hour long trip this week, but I got to ride with a couple of friends, my normal riding partner Todd, and my other Ironman Gunner teammate Dave. Todd is not interested at all in doing tri’s, but loves to ride. He left us around 2:45 into the ride and Dave and I finished it off. We pretty much have to ride south for good roads to ride, which meant with the wind going out. Coming back was tough! But we got through it.
Wrapped up the weekend with a Sunday long run of 12 miles. I was set to only do 10 miles, but just as I was turning off the trail to run the mile back home, my wife jumped on. So I enjoyed running an extra couple of miles with the mother of my children on a nice Mother’s Day. She was the anti-runner when I met her, and now she’s starting to get pretty fast. I converted a non-runner into a running lover! Just need to get her interested in the marathon!
WEEK 19 TOTALS:
Swims: 2 total, 2 hours, 6000 yards
Bikes: 5 total, 7.8 hours, 112 miles
Runs: 7 total, 5.5 hours, 38 miles