The plan definitely changes the way I spend my training time. For example, I usually join OC Velo and set off to points unknown for a long ride every Saturday morning. But the training plan calls for a bike/run workout every Saturday. And since I have committed to following the plan's schedule more or less to the letter, it's not until Week 5 that the rides get long enough for the OC Velo ride to make sense.
Instead I opted to join the Out-spoke-n Cycles ride. I should/need to be doing this anyway, as the shop is the main sponsor of a team that TRI714 are putting together. So it all worked out perfectly. And as a bonus, I got to sleep an extra hour.
Once back at the shop, I changed into my running shoes quick (not quite a proper T1 time but not bad) and set out for the run. Out-spoke-n is right on PCH in Sunset Beach, so all I had to do is cross over to the beach side, get on the beach path and start running. I did just over 5 miles out and back south towards the Bolsa Chica lifeguard station. The run felt good. Actually, it felt really good. So good in fact that I was not the least bit annoyed that the day marked the first day for the next 3-4 months that I'm going to have to share the beach path with tons of out-of-towners. When I got back, the Saturday farmers market that happens in the Out-spoke-n parking lot was in full swing. There is a stand there making what look to be amazingly tasty tamales. I was able to resist this time, though I doubt my will-power will last much longer.
|Post wind & Velominati rule violation|
But I did make it back intact and a few hours later, I went out for the run. Again I did another 5 miles and again it felt great.
|Heck yes, Stanford!|
Looking forward to the rest of the week, I've got a short Z2 run and the El Dorado Criterium tomorrow, a core workout Wednesday, another swim and some run speed-work on Thursday, a day off Friday and then I'll basically repeat what I did this weekend next weekend, adding a bit of time to each session.
I'm into it.