Yay, it’s still taper week! Although it doesn’t feel like an “easier” week so far, I’ve felt so much better after resting on Thursday.
Friday was a wet day. It started to rain as my dogs and I stepped outside for our morning walk. Given it was just a sprinkle, I shrugged it off. The rain started coming down harder and harder, progressing to forceful pellets of ice cold water. My boxer began looking at me pitifully, begging to go home.
Finally I gave up the walk idea and turned around to head for home. I had my phone “protected” inside my shirt but after 20 minutes in the rain, soaked from head to toe, squishing my way through the streets, my phone didn’t stand a chance…
Friday’s workout: Swim 3000m (and caught in the rain again on my bike ride home)
On Saturday, my partner and I participated in the Chandler Family Bike Ride. I mapped out my route ahead of time (twice) and had the directions squared away. I leisurely biked to the starting point at the Park and Ride and… the Park and Ride wasn’t where Google Maps said it should be. So I whipped out my (non-functioning) phone and tried the internet. Nope. The upper left hand corner of my phone reads “No SIM card.”
At this point, the ride was supposed to have begun, my partner had driven to the start and was waiting for me, and I had no idea where the Park and Ride was. Well, I did remember seeing Germann Rd and knew that was south of my current location. After some quick, and slightly panicked biking, I arrived at Tumbleweed Park, rode in circles, and finally spotted the Family Bike Ride in procession, having already started. Shortly thereafter, I spotted my partner riding towards the end of the line.
We rode together for the 7 miles and ended back at the Park and Ride where we celebrated with a watermelon and cherry Kona Ice.
After the ride, I left my bike at the bike shop for a tune up in preparation for next weekend’s Esprit de She triathlon. The bike has been having problems shifting gears, and while it doesn’t impede my overall ride, I don’t want anything to go drastically wrong on race day. I was a little nervous leaving my bike so close to race day but the bike guy told me I should have it back by Monday.
Saturday’s workout: Yoga
I woke up at 5am (painful) and put on my capris, running shirt, and fleece zipup. Just like Friday, the rain came *pouring* down in buckets as soon as I left my house. I crossed my fingers and hoped it would be a typical Arizona rainfall that would end in 10-20 minutes. Thankfully, the rain ended as I arrived at the Tempe Marina to start my run.
The Luna Chix separated into 10K and 5K groups. I picked the 5K and ran an easy 10:30 min/mi pace for 3.2 miles with a couple of the other attendees. The weather was perfect for running; mid-50’s and overcast. Very few people were out at 6am so we had the paths to ourselves.
Arriving home, I fed the cats and dogs, disappointed the dogs who thought surely we would go for a walk now, after the earlier disappointment of having not went at 5am, then ate a quick breakfast (homemade waffle with cashew butter and maple syrup). I grabbed a hot tea for the road and headed off to Canyon Lake, wetsuit in tow.
The drive up to Canyon Lake was amazing. It’s always a beautiful drive but today, after the rain, with the clouds looming in the background… the vista was spectacular.
I arrived somewhat early so I had time to use the bathroom then wander around, asking each of the other park goers if they were there to swim. One guy said “yes…. I might later…” I realized this sounded a bit odd so I quickly explained that I was actually part of a swimming meetup and looking for the other swimmers.
Finally, my group arrived. I was pretty sure this time because the guy that emerged from the passenger side had a Ragnar t-shirt.
We slooowly made our way into the water after getting our wetsuits on, always a fun endeavor. We swam buoy to buoy until we reached the shore, then reversed direction. I practiced sighting and staying calm in the water. My sighting skills seem to be improving as I didn’t veer to the right as much as in the past. I also stayed pretty calm, except when waves from watercraft washed over and around me. I did feel a bit dizzy in the second half, whether from needing fluids, cold water in the ears, or just being a bit disoriented with the waves.
Sunday’s workout: Run 3 mi and OWS 3/4 mi