Well, if you don’t know me in real life, you might think that after 2 races so far in March, I would take a break from training. If you do know me in real life, you know I’m crazy and that I rarely stop training…..
Now that spring is here (according to the calendar at least, mother nature hasn’t let go of winter yet) I am itching to get on my bike. I look at it in the garage every day and just keep thinking – soon!
Last week I started swimming again. I had a great swim. If every swim felt like that, I would definitely be happy. I started with one lap, then rested, then 2 laps and rested, then I was going to do 3…..I lost count! Honestly! Who can’t count to 3? It’s funny, but I just kept swimming. I wasn’t breaking any speed records, but I was swimming well. I kept going for around 20 minutes. It felt great to see my endurance wasn’t lost over the winter. I took a little break and then did 300 yards (6 laps) of fast swimming and then I went back to easy and swam another 15 minutes. It was so great. I’ll give it a try again tomorrow night…wish me luck that it feels just as good.
On Saturday, I declared that I was having long run withdrawasl and needed to run some double digits. Ryan laughed at my craziness, but I headed out into the 20 degrees and crazy wind. Burr!! I just ran on the tar and gravel roads by my house, but it works. It was a mile into the wind, turn around go a mile with the wind, turn back into the wind. This continued for 12 miles. Thank goodness that half of the time was with the wind, I may have been an icicle if I wouldn’t have had that break. My pace was great, but it didn’t feel really hard, it ended up at a 9:08 average, which is pretty awesome for just an average weekend run. The last mile was my fastest at 8:30. I was really pleased with that pace after 11 miles in the cold and wind.
I’ll leave you with this thought: I’m considering signing up with some friends for a long course triathlon in June. I would be the swimmer and the swim distance is .9 mile. I want to do it. My confidence is very low in swimming. The longest swim I’ve done in a lake is 1/2 mile. I am really looking for advice and or training tips. Do you have any you can share with me?? I know I can do it in a pool….