It's was a long week...
I'm not sure I've ever done a post like this. Since we announced Endurance Athlete Project last week, I was thinking today I should spend more time thinking about the source of it all. After all, I got hooked on training well before I ever put on a timing chip, and certainly well before I even had a serious thought about fully embracing the endurance sports lifestyle.
It's important that you never forget where you came from. I've been guilty of that more than once in my life, and though I managed to keep a facade up for awhile, at some point things fell flat fast. Stay grounded, and enjoy life as it should be enjoyed - including where you came from and where you hope to go. For me, this makes things so much better.
So here's what I did this week:
Sunday, July 11 - Bike - 24.36 miles/1:25
You've got to love weekend beach traffic. Actually you don't, because it's annoying. Yet I endure it anyway, paying hyper attention to my surroundings. Because it can be really tricky out on the road (inclusive of the large number of jacked up trucks and bad air quality). I rode down to Laguna Beach to check out the Bianchi frameset. I was either going to buy the frame, leave my old road bike there to transfer all the components over, and then get a ride home, or not buy it and ride home. I bought it. When I got home I headed over to the gym for 45 minutes of strength training.
Monday, July 12 - Run - 6.2 miles/00:51:22, Swim w/ Coach - 1150 yards/1:00
The run was decent. I did a 6.2 in San Diego a few weeks ago a few seconds over 50 minutes. I'd like to get this down to at least sub 48 minutes in competition by Thanksgiving for the Dana Point Turkey Trot.
I enjoy my coached swimming sessions, but I loved this one because my coach is the one who I bought the bike off. So he brought it with him to my pool so I could take possession. Nice. As far as the swim session goes, I guess it's working. My problem is that I can pull a 1:10 50 yard set during training, but the extra amount of energy it takes me to achieve that 50 second deficit is ridiculous and simply not sustainable. And currently the speed v energy expended ratio is not much better at 1:30 or 1:40 either.
Tuesday, July 13 - Bike - 24.61 miles/1:24
The debut ride of the Bianchi. Not my hardest ride ever, I stopped a bunch of times to dial in some adjustments. Still, it's clear I need to get a fitting. The difference between a Sunday and a Tuesday in terms of traffic is like Midtown Manhattan at 5:00 PM on a weekday and the most remote stretch of I-80 in Wyoming.
Wednesday, July 14 - Bike - 20:84 miles/1:08, Run - 4.75 miles/00:39:05
I didn't want the TT bike to feel jealous, so she's the one that went out today. Decent ride, though a little windy. I was hoping to do a brick, but as I pulled my bike into the driveway disaster came in the form of an email pinging into my Iphone. I ended up running in the early evening.
Thursday, July 15 - Swim - 1936 yards/00:45:00
Thursday is usually the "rest day" of the week, though I suppose the proper term is "active recovery". Conditions at Corona Del Mar where perfect - warm, sunny, and calm surf. The conditions of my stroke still need improvement. The water seemed clearer than usual, I could see maybe 15 feet underwater. That said, I quickly decided that I'd rather have zero visibility or be swimming in Hawaii - the "middle" visibility situation was a bit unnerving.
Friday, July 16 - Run - 7.45 miles/1:03
Yep, this is the run where I complained about 82 degree heat on my post for the day. And, as expected I caught a bit of flack for it. It's time to HTFU I suppose.
Saturday, July 17 - Bike - 30 miles/1:40
I was supposed to swim and run yesterday, but the Toyota dealer called late Friday and wanted to buy back our Highlander. I'm naturally dubious about almost everything, but Mary wanted to check it out. In the end, the deal they offered us was good, though I am still compulsively reviewing both the numbers and KBB trying to figure out where we got screwed. And we still had to go through hours of torture sitting in the dealership. But I still got in a good ride which I talked about in yesterday's post.
Hope everyone has a good week....