Week 1 is in the books! How did I do?
It was a decent week, capped by an uneven triathlon performance and a very rough overnight trip.
Monday: Swam 1,000 meters and did a bunch of drills. Followed that up with the normal Monday spin class that I like to attend. Swim was on the plan, bike was not.
Tuesday: My plan called for an easy 30 minute run, so I ran 3.5 miles, walked two of the really steep hills, and recorded the podcast (which will be released this week).
Wednesday: Did a late-night run in some spectacular humidity. We had a massive tropical-type system move through and I was drenched in sweat before I made it to the top of the hill outside my house. Supposed to be a 35-minute run, and I got about 4 miles in. Did this instead of the swim that was on the plan because I couldn’t get it in during the day and my wife’s group ride went really long.
Thursday: Did loops of Cleveland Park, which is the old stand-by of downtown cyclists. The loop includes a decent hill climb in the middle (5% grade), so it’s not a climbing workout, but it gives you a decent feel for good rolling hills.
Friday: Took off for no particular reason. Was supposed to swim, but got bumped out since I couldn’t get to it until later in the day and I wanted to save my energy for the sprint tri on Saturday morning.
Saturday: I did the local YMCA sprint tri (300m swim, 9 mile bike, 5K run). I’ll write a true race report in a future post, but I did pretty good. This was my first triathlon 2 years ago, and I took 12 minutes off my time (all on the run). I was a little disappointed with my splits, but it was my first tri of the year, so I’m not going to be too disappointed one way or the other.
Sunday: I was supposed to run 5 miles. I intended to run 5 miles early in the morning in the small town I was visiting for a job interview (not for me, I was the interviewer for a new pastor at my church). However, all of the decent hotels were taken, and I had to stay in a flea-bag motel. I SWEAR there was a frog in the wall, and I hardly slept a wink. The frog finally shut the h*** up at 5am, so I was faced with a choice… finally grab 2 hours of sleep before church, or get up and go for my run. I chose sleep.
So, that’s the week in review. I intended it to be a relatively easy week since I had been training harder for the month before this first week of official training. Time to buckle down, and it starts today!
Run long, friends!