Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week in Review - 7/17-7/23

Sunday July 17
Swim 3200 yds
I like swimming on Sundays because I feel no pressure to get up early and go.  I don't have to worry about the heat and the pool doesn't open until 10:30 so I couldn't go even if I wanted to.  This was my longest swim of the summer and the main set was 200s to work on holding a consistent pace over a slightly longer distance.

Monday July 18
Bike - 21.6 mi (AM), 5 mi (PM)
In the morning I did a loop of Arlington, hitting up the Custis hills and finishing with a lap around Hains Point.  The ride home after work was stressful and included an almost fall, leaving me totally frustrated by the time I finished.  Two bad rides in a row (my last ride before vacation did have a fall) definitely had me in my head and not in a good state of mind about cycling.

Tuesday July 19
Run 4.0 mi
I was going to run 5 miles but I snoozed my way through one of them.  Fortunately I did manage to drag myself out of bed and do 4.  It was a slow sluggish run, but after a week off I really just need to get the miles in.

Wednesday July 20
Run 4.05 mi
Another sluggish run.  I think my body was protesting the fact that I returned from vacation and jumped right back into three mornings in a row of workouts.

Thursday July 21

Friday July 22
Swim 3000 yds
I knew that Friday was supposed to be the worst day of the current heatwave so I decided it was the best day of the week to hit the pool.  Sadly, even the water felt pretty hot (much warmer than on Sunday), but I still managed to have a good workout.  I ended with 8x100 in a hard effort.  I've really been trying to find that sweet spot of a good hard pace, but not too hard at the beginning so that I die.  With my background as a sprinter I've definitely been known to start fast and die and I'd like to avoid that in my upcoming tri.

Saturday July 23
Bike 28.74 mi
Run 2.13 mi
I figured I was due for a brick workout before my tri next weekend and I wanted to get back on my bike.  I knew that waiting until Sunday would only have me more in my head about it.  It turns out this was a good idea, since my last brick was on May 22 (before my other tri)!  Pathetic. Definitely need to improve on this next year.  The good news is that I had a great, confidence building ride and a not totally unpleasant run despite the ridiculous temperatures.


Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

Your sluggish runs are probably also due, in part, to the insane heat/humidity. It made me slow down something fierce.

I also find my bike rides home from work to be stressful. In the morning, almost nobody is out, the afternoon between 4:30 and 6 pm is nuts with pedestrians/cars/etc.

Elizabeth said...

Strong week, especially with the swimming!

Anonymous said...

looks like a pretty solid week of training to me!

Katie said...

yeaaaaaaah i probably need to start doing some 200s or 250s instead of just 100s all the time. sigh.

great week!

Sarah said...

Looks like you had a great week of workouts

Rachel said...

another solid week of running! i've noticed that my pool has been a bit warm lately, too : / so much for a refreshing swim to escape the heat!