Training Week 8

Monday, August 06, 2012

Technically week 8 was supposed to be my last week of training, but the timing didn't quite work out so I'll have one more week before my triathlon. I did take it easy this week, but that was because I had a 5K obstacle mud run up a local ski hill on Saturday. On Tuesday I got a ride to work and only road my bike home rather than both ways. I did increase my run though. My legs really feel like they are getting used to the transition which I hopes comes in handy during the race. Wednesday I only did strength training and skipped my run. Thursday I ran with my boyfriend since he was doing the race with me on Saturday. Apparently he finally decide he should train. So with him and my dog we set out on a 3 mile run. We returned something like 40 minutes later. I didn't even bother timing it. Friday I rested.

Saturday was the race. It was almost all up hill with some switch backs on the trails. There were about 10 obstacles that ranged in difficulty. Like climbing over hay bails to running up a hill with a log to climbing over flat 10 foot wooden walls (3 in a row). We also had to do some stretched out ladder climbing; both horizontal and vertical. Then finally had to run up a ramp, kind of like a skateboard ramp and climb over the ledge at the top. Then jump from about 15 feet into a pool of water 12 feet deep. I don't know what our time was, but we completed it and it was fun. I was sore and bruised, but happy.

Sunday I had a swim preview for my triathlon next Sunday. They basically set out buoys approximately like the course will be and we swim in a group while asking questions and getting tips from the coach. There was some accidental kicking in the face and foot touching, but we were all overly polite about it. I struggled with getting so much water in my mouth when someone was right next to me. Even though this distance is much shorter than I have been practicing, it felt like it went on and on. Swimming out was ok and horizontal was ok, but back to the beach against the current was tough. I think I swallowed half the lake. The coach also mentioned the no kicking again, but I found myself frantically trying to get through it that I had to kick. I imagine it will be worse during the actual triathlon. I am actually glad I didn't jump right into an olympic distance and was grateful for the girly sprint. There are certain things I feel better about for doing, but there are some things I have to remember are just not worth it. I biked there and swam for about an hour in and around the course, then biked home and decided to go for a quick run just to get the full effect of biking and running in my wet tri shorts. It wasn't so bad.

Week 8's Training:
M-rest/ Tu biked 55 ran 35/ W-strength 60 (missed 30 min run)/ Th ran 35 (missed 30 min swim)/ F-rest/ Sa-ran 5K obstacle mud run/ Su-swam 30 biked 30 ran 10
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