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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last night's adventure was great. I arrived at the gym with my muscles warmed up and ready to go - no need to spend ten minutes on an elliptical or a rowing machine. I skipped a few of the core exercises at the very end (oblique raises, stability stuff) because I was tired and I knew my form would be awful. Since this was my first strength training workout sandwiched between bike rides, I decided I could cut myself some slack.

I woke up again at 4-ish and had a lot of trouble getting back to sleep. I even tried listening to my "Deep Sleep" relaxation/hypnosis program. It relaxed me, but I didn't sleep. In fact, this was the first time I've heard the very end of the program.

I must have fallen back asleep, though, because I didn't wake up again until the radio came on. (I have an alarm that slowly raises the light level in the room, and then turns on the radio when it's time for me to wake up. I often wake up ten minutes before the radio comes on.) I woke to find the Empress Dowager resting on my chest. At least she was well-rested!

I got in another short swim drill session at lunch. It wasn't great, but I believe I'm making some progress. All I have to do is survive the swim, right? I am anxious to get out into the river. I want to see how swimming feels when I don't have to stop every 50 meters.

My first tri offers a back-to-back sprint. I'm hopeful I can switch to that, instead of the sprint I'm signed up for. The swim will be the deciding factor, though. If I'm really miserable after one swim, I doubt I'll want to do a second after the ride & run.

Not riding home tonight. If I drive home tonight, I can get in a swim workout before court tomorrow morning. My past two workouts have been really short - just enough to do a few drills. I'm hopeful to spend an hour in the pool, which will give me time to work on bringing my heart rate back under control. (As soon as I start using my arms, my heart rate shoots up.)

I'm glad I'm not riding: we have 30 mph winds right now, with gusts. And it's blowing dust, which is even more miserable. I do plan to run along the canal (just under a 5K) this evening. And then I hope to have a relaxing evening (as if that ever happens!).
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HILLSLUG98239 3/20/2014 3:48PM

    Don't be too jealous. It's only a 25-yard pool. I had a hard time believing it was 50 meters, once I took a good look at the dimensions. :rolleyes:

My first tri is in early June, in a lake in North Central Oregon. I'm planning to use a wetsuit because I want to take advantage of the added buoyancy. (I want to leave as little to chance as possible!)

My area of the Columbia is currentlyin the low-40s. Brrr!

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MISSG180 3/20/2014 9:31AM

    I'm jealous of your 50 meter pool. I only have a 25-yard pool to swim in, so the turns come way too fast.

When is your tri again? Do you have a wet suit? That river is COLD in the spring! Everything around here is in lakes, so we don't have to deal with currents, but there was one tri cancelled last summer because of riptides.

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