Wednesday 12/22 - This is a key day. I'll need to take a longer lunch, get a ride to the gym to swim my 1.2 miles, change into running clothes, run back to work to get the rest of the running miles in, suffer through the rest of the day with just a wet-nap shower, go home and clean up, pick up Ian, go to the airport to pick up my sister and stop by the gym on the way home to pick up my swim stuff. A stressful day, but doable.The Result: No run; Swimming - 2100 yards/59:53; no wet-nap shower.
|The pool. This must be about 3 AM because it's never empty.|
Today was day 2 of the Iron Christmas virtual 70.3 triathlon. Here is the report:
I've never claimed to be a fast swimmer. In fact, long time readers of The Road will recall that I've complained more than once about my decided lack of speed. Yet, I've done 2100 yards much faster than this before, so I'm not really sure what happened tonight.
It may have something to do with the fact that the pool was utter chaos - kids where cannon-balling into the water aerobics lane and a guy with snorkeling gear didn't think that the lane ropes applied to him since he was swimming mostly underwater. Though I was lucky enough to only have to split a lane, my lane partner was a woman who was wearing (what I believed to be) officially licensed Betty Boop arm floaties, while propelling herself along using a frog kick with at least an 8 foot radius. She also had a tendency to drift towards the center line.
Needless to say, we got tangled up a few times.
I didn't check my split times but I feel like I got faster when she finally got out. But it was too late into the swim and the damage was already done. I'll probably be the last out of the water. But it's totally fine because I'm used to it.
I didn't end up running the last 5 miles that I owe to the race like I had hoped to. Finding the time today was looking grim from the start, so I made a tactical decision to move the run until tomorrow. Tomorrow's plan is a 20 mile ride/5 mile run brick workout in and around the Back Bay of Newport. Then I'll finish the race off on Friday morning with another ride.
I hope everyone else that's in the race is getting it done...