Burgeoning mental illness aside, it was a great week.
I took some time off from work this week and did not really schedule anything for myself other then i wanted to extend my times/distances on all three aspects of the triathlon and push myself in my maximal zone training.
In fact Tuesday i did absolutely nothing except watch all the episodes of DareDevil on Netflix and eat popcorn from about 8am in the morning until about 1130pm that night. It was awesome and i regret nothing!!! Great series if you are a comic book nerd like i am just got me pumped for May 1st to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Next week's post will incorporate 'Avengers Assemble' probably every third sentence so get ready for that.
The "to the extreme" week went something like this:
Monday: 250m warm up + 1750m swim
Wednesday: 1750m swim + 20mile Bike ride
Thursday: 250m warm up + 5000m swim ( yep you read that right)
Friday: 7km run
Saturday: Speed Test Day: 13m bike ( 33:13min) + 5km run ( 41:23min)
So not a bad week, i was really happy to have the time to push myself on a couple of things.
My Wednesday ride, I really wanted to see what distance i could get in an hour ride. I did a little over 20miles which is about 32-33km, I feel like i could get this time down and also that i am really looking forward to getting out on the road soon with my bike.
Thursday's swim was my favorite workout of the week. I literally swam for 2 hours straight to hit the 5000m mark. Why the hell would anyone do that you may ask? Well, I wanted to see if i could swim that distance in the safety of the pool before registering for Epic Dartmouth 5k swim.
Now i know it will be harder in the open water or the lake water whatever, but i wanted to see if my body would agree to let me swim for that long in terms of time. After the first 100 lengths i was really questioning my decision making skills, i swam through 3 different lane mates in the 2 hours and was pretty much a prune by the time i was finished.
But i was smiling from ear to ear when i was done, and even got a well done from the usually austere life guards. This was a nice step forward especially because i was not pleased with the volume of lanes the swim team was taking up on Wednesday and had to change my schedule for my workouts that day. How dare they right?
I was pretty exhausted for most of the day afterwards and my plans of cleaning our spare bedroom that had been buried over the winter went out the window.
Thursday was my longer run day. There was an attempt made to head to the gym after getting everyone off to school and work, but my body had other ideas, and i was outvoted so we ( yes the royal we) went back to bed and slept until noon. My get up and go from the day before had got up and went. Around 1pm i was able to rally and get to the treadmill, and gosh golly gee, it was my favorite treadmill. But to my suprise they changed the settings from the traditional miles/per hour to kms/per hour. Now this should not be that big of a deal, but i have structured my runs over the many years of using this beloved treadmill based on the miles and not the kms.
Oh yeah, this is my favorite treadmill because the max time is 75 minutes and not 20 like all the others. Yes i am a treadmill diva and i dont care, its my treadmill, so urybody else you have been notified. Back off.
So after doing some not so quick math, and forcing my legs to move forward I did a little over 7kms in the hour i had planned. My top pace per km was about 7.3 which nets out to be about 8:15-30min per kilometer. My goal is to get to 8km per hour which would put me in the 7 minutes range per kilometer.
I was happy, again that i could keep moving for the length of time, but really want to get my distance up as the weeks roll on.
All of which led to a very good day on Saturday.
I was really pumping on the bike to get my time to 33min and was able to pop right off and get on the treadmill to do my 5k. Now my time isnt stellar for the run but i did get the treadmill up to 7.8 and ran in the mid 7's for about 20 of the 41mins that it took me. i would love to get my 5k time down to about 37min in the next month.
I am hoping that heading outdoors will help accomplish this goal after i get the first few shin splint runs out of the way.
If only the weather would cooperate, this morning felt more like fall when spring with some massive snow flakes coming down.
Also should be getting some more information about Big Boy Running shirts today, so that is pretty cool.
Should hopefully be a good week this week - going to be starting off with a run instead of swim and my goal will be to get my runs up to 3-4 per week over the next two weeks. Hope youse all ( avg of 15-18 of you) have a great week!!!
Sean "BigBoyRunning' Ryan