A while back I took most of the running out of my walk/runs to focus on getting faster at walking and preventing injury. This week we put the running back in. Good news: I’m faster. Bad news: Everything hurts and I’m dying. Ok, it’s not that bad, but it’s definitely a new level of intensity. It actually makes it easier mentally – I’ve been struggling so much with my speed and with the stress of working hard, looking down at my watch, and finding out that I’m not going nearly as fast as I thought I was. Now I look down and I’m actually meeting my time goals and it makes the whole process so much less depressing.
Swim Bike Brick
Changing from my wetsuit to my bike clothes (including applying aquaphor) in a public beach bathroom will not make my IRONMAN Top 10 memories list. The bike path is a short drive from the beach where I swim but there was a bunch of holiday traffic so it took me 20 minutes until I was able to start the bike so I’m not sure this was a very good representation. I’m sure I’ll be doing this again soon.
This went well, it was based on heart rate goals and I was able to hit them all. My new seatpost makes the bike feel so much more stable.
Did this early in the morning to avoid the holiday tourists. It was chock full o’ triathlon people from a training group. They were awesome and chatty and really cheerful for it being so early in the morning. They offered to let me join them so I jumped in and got some contact practice, after my IM 70.3 disaster I’m still really dicey around contact, so there will be more of that in the coming months. The ocean seemed to get suddenly warmer which was nice.
I was doing this at a track near my place so I can count steps based on precise distance. I’ve been frustrated that when I work harder, it does not translate to going faster and my coach thinks that it might be because when I try to speed I end up taking smaller strides and working harder with no obvious benefit. The track is supposed to be open until 10pm but they turned off the lights and kicked us out at 9pm and I got to finish this run on some random sidewalks in an unfamiliar neighborhood
I feel like it was a good idea to step back and work on walking for power/speed/distance. Today was a huge difference from how it had been in the past where running would wear me out to such a point that I would walk so slowly that I wouldn’t be faster over all. Fingers crossed that this is a shift and not a fluke. I guess I’ll find out on Wednesday.
Bike Run Brick
Apparently it’s opposite day, the bike sucked and the run went well. The bike was absolute shit – I was working hard (over my target heart rate) but after the first third, I was not hitting my speed goal speed. I didn’t sleep enough, eat enough, or drink enough water and I think it caught up with me on the bike. The run on the other hand went well – more than a minute per mile faster than the last brick so it looks like there may be hope yet for my run to actually get faster.
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