Hey guys! HAPPY FRIDAY!
Thank you so much for your words of encourage about the loud dude above me (we’ve affectionately nicknamed him Stompy) and for your congratulations on my new job! I am wrapping up my first week and am looking forward to next week!
This post is a little late but I have been so busy with my new job that I haven’t had time to sit down and write an update about my 8th week of triathlon training. I think things are going pretty well and I also had my first experience with an open water swim!
Monday (Aug 1)
I started out the week on a great note because it was my first time back in the pool since I got my cast off!
I was just kind of taking things easy to see how it felt and I swam a nice and slow 600m. The swim team was practicing in the other lanes… I felt old
Something sad about this swim was that I knew it would be the last time I ever swam in the local YMCA by my old job. Guys, that pool has meant so much to me over the past 1.5 years with rehab. I definitely had a moment there that day <3
Wednesdays have become the days I love to hate because they are my brick workout days. I rode my bike for 50 minutes and then ran outside for 25 minutes. I ran a 13:13 min mile which is my fastest mile so far in training.
So I’m a little confused about keeping my runs at a low/moderate pace but then racing full speed on race day? Like… how do I know how fast I can really run if I tried?
But I’m just going to go with it.
I had really been looking forward to trying an open water swim, and the US National Whitewater Center’s Thursday night *free* open water swim has been on my calendar all summer.
I was so intimidated to join in on this swim. I really wanted my roommate to come with me because I’m a big baby, but he was busy that night. So I made the trek all the way out to the river solo.
Once I got to the swim site, I realized how laid back everything was. There was a WWC employee who had me sign a waiver and then I hopped in the water to join a group of about 6 other people. There were buoys were about 40m apart, and I think I made about 5 loops around them.
There were several things that really surprised me about the open water swim:
No visibility whatsoever: so I was expecting to not have any black line on the bottom of the river to follow, but I was not expecting at all that I basically wouldn’t be able to see anything. I had no idea where I was swimming…. sometimes I would look up and was nowhere near the course of following the buoys.
The current: FUNNY STORY: When I swim out to the buoys and made my first “length”, I thought I was totally kicking butt. But then I looped around the buoy to come back and felt like I was hardly moving. I was swimming HARD and think I moved about 3 feet. That’s when I realized I had been swimming with the current at first and was now swimming against it. Dealing with the current was hard and I’m glad I will be racing in a lake instead!
Super dirty: I went to take a shower and there was dirt everywhere. Dirt in places where there should never be dirt. And I know it’s a river but it seriously grossed me out. Reason #382347 why I think I might be crazy for attempting this tri.
Overall it was a great experience. I had originally planned to do every Thursday there but after doing it once, I realized that I am sacrificing a night where I could really be working on building endurance because of my wrist stuff. So I might head out there one more time but will mostly stick to the pool.
Friday & Saturday
Both of these ended up being rest days accidentally. I had tickets to fan fest on Friday, it was my last day of work and I only got 1.5 hours of sleep the night before. Noooo way I was going to make it through any sort of workout. And then we went to my mom’s bright and early Saturday morning. Hate that I missed these but oh well.
I rode 70 minutes on my trainer this day. This was my longest ride so far in training! I like riding on the trainer at home because I can play around on my phone, read and blast music. But honestly, as much as I like riding, 70 minutes was a little long… not sure how I’m going to handle 90 in a few weeks.
I’m really thinking about taking my bike out on the road this upcoming week but I guess we’ll see how things go
Random Friday Thoughts
– I am kind of struggling with fueling. I’ve decided that I don’t like gels and eating real food I don’t think will be a good option for me. I’m going to try out some chews this week. What do you use for fuel?
– I seriously spent like 30 minutes last night looking at bullet planners. WHAT ARE THESE? It looks like so much work to make one but then also is a great excuse for using colored pens Do you use one? I’m still hanging on to the good ole’ Erin Condren planner!
– OLYMPICS SPOILER: I’m really heart broken that Ryan Lochte didn’t medal last night. He has had a soft spot for me ever since he moved to Charlotte. I feel bad for him that his career has been overshadowed by Michael Phelps because he really is a talented swimmer.
– What are you up to this weekend? I’m going to a brewery tonight and then I’m working this weekend. I was already on the weekend schedule at my old job and agreed to still cover. Definitely looking forward to having my weekends back with my new job!
Have a great day, guys!