Oh boy, am I having fun this summer. I've planned our weeks with fun stuff to do with the kids and friends to see and THEN I plan my workouts. Last summer those plan priorities were flip flopped which led to a crash in July of mom guilt & over training. Experience is a good teacher and I feel so much better right now.
I even feel comfortable in each of the 3 disciplines even though I've really only been training for 3 weeks and my Sprint tri is on Saturday.
Unfortunately I have yet to do any open water swims. There is an amazing 50 meter pool nearby. (for those not familiar with swimming: most pools are 25 yards so this is a big deal). I bring the kids to the Y's daycare which they love, I swim while they play, then I take them to the kiddie pool. win! win!
And biking! I am falling in love. I feel so much more comfortable on my bike this year that I'm able to challenge myself more and take some time to actually learn about how the heck this machine works. I had some chain problems last week, which I was able to fix all. by. myself. woot! DH suggested bringing it into the shop because the chain shouldn't drop that often. Well, they fixed the limits on the derailluer and oh my gosh! I actually know what that means. And now I'm not afraid of riding in my big ring. Which means = holy speed batman! I did a 15 mile with DH at 20 mph.
As for running: week 2 of marathon training is in the books. The long run was 8 miles, which I run every Tuesday morning with my Irongirls so this wasn't a big deal. While the distance isn't new or challenging yet, I have turned a mental switch. Game on!
Major running NSV on Sunday:
The plan was to take the kids to the track right when we were all up. Kids play in the middle and we take turns doing some sprints. Got the idea from my girl, OJIBWEEQUAY. Too bad it was pouring rain when we woke up. Change plans. DH went to the Y while I got the kids ready for the day. We went to the Science Museum for the morning and had a blast. Out to lunch where I made poor choices, but at least didn't get a beer because I knew I still had a workout to do. After a long day out we went home for DS's nap. And I had to lace up. uh oh.
I am a morning runner. I am not afraid to try new things when with friends. On my own; I start to worry what other people think about me. I know it's silly. I know I shouldn't care. But I do.
So when I got to the track and there was a soccer game going on and people in the stands and the sun was blaring down, I considered driving right by. But then I thought, "Marathon training. You have to do the work. You can't just think about a time goal and think it will magically happen. Do the work." I pulled into the parking lot. Luckily I saw a few other runners on the track. I'm not gonna lie; if there weren't others I would have gone home.
I have done a grand total of 1 other track workouts in my life. That's right: ONE. Last summer with the Irongirls. But I've read enough that I felt somewhat confident. I gave myself a big pep talk. Those people in the stands are not judging you. They do not think you look ridiculous. They think you look awesome. OK now, GO.
And then I did this:
2000 meter warm-up:
800 hard (for a 7:36 mile)
Then I went to the shady side of the track, plopped down on a patch of grass, and gave myself that same pep talk. Not ridiculous. Awesome.
20 bicycle crunches
100 meter sprint
18 bicycle crunches
100 meter sprint
8... you get the idea. Ladder down to 1.
That gets you:
1000 meters sprint
1000 walking recovery
This workout was about push push pushing the speed, not mileage. I still like to know, so:
4000 meters = 2.5 miles
I felt incredibly strong.
See? Not ridiculous at all. Totally awesome.