Sunday, February 19, 2012: 3000 yd swim
Not going to lie. When I received this week’s training plan and saw this swim distance, I freaked out about. “You just swam 2700. What’s another 300 yards?” I know, right? The number just seems BIG! That’s almost two miles of swimming. That’s a lot of time in the water. Of staring at the black line down the middle of the pool. Of up and back, up and back…
Even though I woke up at 5:15 and ate a bit to fuel up for 6:30 swim, I was stomach sick so had to wait. Middle child asked three times “don’t you need to go swim?” Finally hit the water at 8:30. Some of my Tri girls were there getting their big swim completed; I did my best to not get competitive with them in the adjacent lanes.
This swim wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. The number is just a number. Just like with riding on the trainer, running for time or distance. The goal is quality and endurance. And that’s what I am focusing on…
SKIPS x 100, 1 x 1000 in good form, 1 x 800 mixed drills, 1 x 400 in good form, 1 x 200 strong (read sprint…ok, this was totally HTFU!) 1 x 100 cool down
2:45 hour trainer ride
Went home from swim, refueled, did domestic goddess things around the house, fueled up for bike and then hit the gym. I will say these rides are so much better as a group. Spending that much time on the trainer is brutal but at the BYOT, at least I am not sweating and suffering alone and we really do have a good time…good is relative.
I am trying to stay ahead of the nutrition and electrolytes and see what I need to take when with these long rides. Had to add another Honey Stinger gel today. Don’t want to bonk and smart nutrition and hydration are the keys to avoiding that.
This ride was tough at times. Which it should be. The high cadence is so tough on me. I’m a meatier girl and I really have to push myself to get there and hold it. Coach says to quiet the mind and body, focus on legs just working and it will be there. Today it was. I saw 125 during the cadence drills. I was only able to hit 115 last week. I think some of it is self doubt that I can. Or maybe my Jedi mind tricks worked today.
The 20 minutes of fully loaded standing to big ring front everything off on back high cadence were ass kickers as was the same gearage above standing to one legged drills up to 1 minute each. BUT my pedaling was clunk free and standing was solid. Pretty intense. The last 14 minutes was the longest 14 minutes ever!
My very first trainer ride was 2 hours on January 1st. My pedaling was so clunky. My balance was horrible. I had no confidence on the trainer. It is the perseverance to keep pushing forward, keep pushing myself, keep pushing out of the comfort zone that will get me to that next level. It’s supposed to be tough or everyone would be doing it.
Tonight one of my favourite people in the world, a man I greatly admire said to me “Honey, while I admire you for your focus on this training, you are completely fucking nuts. I don’t understand it but I am proud of you for your dedication. Especially when your race isn’t until July.” That meant a lot to me. It is a lot of work. I had 11.5 hours of training last week. And that’s not including the time I take to stretch. Add another 30 minutes daily to that…that’s a lot of freakin time! At times, that seems totally nuts to me. It’s also pretty awesome to think I can do it. Still shocks me when I sit back and think about it. Most of the time I am just putting my head down and going…
Oh…and what is missing today? NO RUN post bike! Not in the schedule this week. I would be lying if I said I was greatly disappointed!