I think I’ve finally hit the “mid-season” slump that some people experience when training for a big event – too far away from taper to be excited, but too far in to give up. I definitely struggled with motivation through most of the week. All I wanted to do was sleeeeppp iinnnnn. But I dragged myself to most of the workouts and generally had a pretty good week. Hopefully the motivation side will pick up with only 3 weeks of hard training left to go!
Monday, Aug 19:
AM: 2000 m swim
I managed to use my 45 mins of morning gym time to get in a full 2000, finally. I did some sprint and IM work just to motivate myself to get some distance in since I needed to get my butt in gear in the pool this week. I also had a really great spin class in the evening!
Tuesday, Aug 20:
AM: 6 mile run
PM: 18 mile bike ride
After last week’s cooler weather, it was really hard to get out and run this week! It’s still not really that hot compared to last summer, but I think a week of fall temps confused my body. I struggled through this run even though I ran the same pace as my (much easier) 6 miler last week. I also decided to ride today since it was my last chance to ride with my friend who completed her first Ironman on Sunday!
Wednesday, Aug 21: Rest
Unplanned rest day. I got up early to go swim, got in my car…and saw lightning. ARG! I moved most of my swims to the morning to avoid this exact thing. >:( Oh well. Since I was up, I just went to work, thinking I would leave a little early to swim after work, but I was absolutely wiped out. I ended up just going home and going to bed, hah.
Thursday, Aug 22:
AM: 4 mile run
PM: CXWorx, Attack
Nothing too exciting. I also ended up going to the last Greenville Drive game of the season this night, so I planned to cancel Friday morning workouts so I could sleep in a little.
Friday, Aug 23:
I moved the Pump class I skipped on Wednesday to Friday, then stayed for Step just for fun. I hadn’t been in weeks! I wanted to swim in the morning, but definitely needed the extra sleep.
Saturday, Aug 24:
AM: 12 mile run
PM: 2 mile open water swim
I only planned to do…maybe…8 miles this past weekend, but I decided to meet up with my weekday running group since I needed to be done by 9. They conned me into a few more =) Luckily the weather was really nice. I wrote up a mini-race report for the swim below.
Sunday, Aug 25:
45 mile bike ride
I was on my own for this ride so I picked a route that was fairly simple (out and back instead of a big loop). It turned out that Old Laurens Road does indeed end eventually! I came up short even after a ride around downtown Simpsonville and ended up feeling pretty silly riding around a parking lot to get that last mile in.
I needed to be done with a run early on Saturday so I could head to Lake Lure for the Dixie Zone 2-mile Open Water Swim Meet. I had seriously been looking forward to this even for weeks! It’s a part of another big “multisports festival” like Lake Logan with a triathlon, 10K run, 25K bike ride up Chimney Rock (no thanks!) and the US Masters hosting the 2 mile swim. This is up in the mountains, so of course it was beautiful:
The atmosphere at this event was really fun since there was so much going on. The triathlon was already complete by the time I got there (the swim was using the same timing chips so we had to wait for them to be done), and they were hosting a “junior olympiad” event – so cute.
So, the last 2 mile open water swim I’ve done was back in high school when I qualified for the Indiana state open water meet. I came in DFL. Very depressing. So my goal for this race was…to not be last, which is not an impressive goal, but I figured I could probably finish around 55 mins. Not super fast, but hopefully a fairly strong swim.
The course was a 1-mile loop (to be done twice, obviously). The water temperature was somewhere around 73-74 degrees, so pretty much perfect for a long swim! There were only about 120 swimmers, so it wasn’t too crowded either.
I had to stop once at the half-mile point to clean my goggles, unfortunately. They were so fogged up I couldn’t even see the buoys, which was really irritating. I planned to keep the first mile fairly easy, then pick up the pack during mile 2, but I ended up not really kicking it in until the last 0.5 mile. But that’s ok, because I wasn’t last!
I finished in 57:15, so not too far off my goal time. I finished pretty solidly in the middle of the pack (23/55 Female, 52/120 overall) and it was good enough to get me 3rd in my age group as well.
That’s it for last week! Happy Monday (maybe…)!