Scaling back on my training in preparation for my olympic distance tri.
On Monday, I struggled to get in my biking. I just wasn’t feeling it in the morning, even to the extent that I was getting my bike shoes and helmet on and just took them off and sat back down.
Later on, I took my bike out for attempt #2 and got 1/2 mile down the road when I realized my front tire was completely flat (#fail). Most days I check my tires before I leave, but I had apparently neglected that step. I changed out the tube, looked for obvious damage, didn’t see any, but put in a new tube regardless. I struggle to get the tire back on the wheel, even after changing multiple flats, so I had to wait for my partner to come home before I was able to finish.
Finally, after the tire was finished, lunch was eaten, I got to head out for attempt #3. The mid-day weather was sunny and hot so I wore my brand new arm coolers in the hopes they would keep me cool. Whether or not it worked is debatable as I didn’t notice any difference in comfort. My bike ride was a 1.5 hr ride up a long slow incline and then back down the same way. As always, it felt strongly windy but I’m trying to see the wind gusts as a positive. The more wind now, the less I’ll notice it later… hopefully.
Once I finished my ride, I quickly shoved my head under the shower, wiped down with a cool rag, changed out my sweaty shirt, and headed back out for a hike with a family member visiting from out of town.
We hiked South Mountain via the Pima Canyon entrance. Although a hotter day, we were in the shade for the majority of the hike so the sun wasn’t too bad. Since we’d left around 5pm, I was worried we’d get caught on top of South Mountain at dark, which has happened to me before, and is slightly terrifying. I rushed us up to the top, did a quick scenic loop, and got back down at a slower pace. On top of the mountain, exposed to the sun, I finally felt the arm coolers keeping my arms cooler than the rest of me which is a promising sign. As we reached the car, day turned to dusk. Perfect timing!
We met up with my partner at Mellow Mushroom for individual pizzas and lots of icy cold water. It was a great evening all around with good food, good company and good weather.
Monday’s workout: Bike 22 mi and Hike 6mi
Tuesday’s training was a little more low key. I got to wake up a little later, eat a leisurely breakfast (homemade pb granola over soy yogurt) complete with several cups of the lapsang souchang tea that I’m still loving. The smell of the tea is so strongly reminiscent of a campfire that I wonder each day if it’s going to be something I’ll tire of but that hasn’t happened (yet).
Around noon, I made my way to my pool, biking there in my swimsuit/shorts combo to find I was the only one there. Score! I love having the pool to myself! Unfortunately, I was a bit late to get in my full hour of swimming but I made do with the time that I had. I felt content to swim freestyle at a leisurely pace, practicing the sighting and breathing techniques I learned at the swim clinic on Sunday. After racing the last few laps to get in an even 50 (I like to get in an even number), I biked back home.
Tuesday’s workout: Swim 2550m
I woke up and immediately went for my run. I had an errand I needed to run so off I went to physically run my errands. I felt tired during my run and I think this might be because I just didn’t feel hungry Tuesday so I’d eaten very little. Getting back home, I ate a carby breakfast to fuel my next workout.
Since this was my “long” ride this week, I went back to an route I hadn’t done for a few months. I guesstimated the distance to be around 28 miles. Around 30 minutes into the ride, I felt done and from there on, it was mentally a struggle to keep going. I tried to maintain a faster pace but felt excessively tired for the *not* impressive speed. Literally gritting my teeth and debating crying/laughing/screaming, I kept going. Towards the end of the ride, my left ischial tuberosity started burning. Alternating sitting and standing at this point, I realized my total distance would be around 24 miles. Soo… my last few miles were up and down, around the block and back home again, to get my miles closer to 28.
Later that day, my brother in law came over after work to hang out. We chatted around the table then did a yard tour of our growing fruit orchard. I struggled to stay awake although enjoying his company. Overall, a very tired and low energy day.
Wednesday’s workout: Run 5mi and Bike 28 mi
Finally a REST DAY! I had originally planned on swimming but woke up still feeling tired. I gave up on the exercise idea and decided to spend the day relaxing. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I concentrated on eating high quantities of nourishing foods.
Thursday’s workout: Yoga