Training has been awesome this week! I have been pushing the envelope and clocking miles and minutes to build up towards d-day! D-day is coming along damn quick! Wahoo! As always I am enthusiastic and pumped for the day!
Thursday this week was the longest swim practice I have had to date. It was a 4600m swim and felt really strong. It was made up of long distance repeats allowing me to get into a rhythm. I find myself now breathing 100% bilateral with a great deal of comfort. I now have started to pattern it and am finding it far more efficient overall. Although it was a long swim, it felt like one of the easiest days in teh pool yet. With the 'new' way of swimming I find it totally relaxing while maintaining a similar speed to before. I actually did swim a 1:38 x 100m for the first time. It was one and I am a long way off from having that as my regular pace!
Today was an awesome ride day! I rode 130k in the AM at an average of 31kmh and a HR of 124. I was actually not having to push to hard to maintain the speed and cadence. I am definitely feeling a difference on the ride as compared to the beginning of summer. Power to weight is moving in my favour big time.
The next 7 days is going to be a recovery/modified training session. I am heading to a Teacher training intense 1 week boot camp of Baptiste Power Yoga. It is 6-7 hours a day of hard practice as well as mental and teacher training. A few friends think I am nuts for going to this. No way! I have built up a good training plan, I am actually ahead of where I was to be. One week of a few less miles will actually be an awesome recovery as well as a huge strength and mental training session. Yoga has been an integral part of my training and has helped in pushing me through some obstacles, this is a bonus training week for me. I anticiapte when I return a lot of the work that I have done will have settled in a I can turn in up a few notches for a couple more weeks before a light taper begins. I think I may be like the Kona bound Bryan, I won't turn it off a 100% before otherwise I will become lazy and lose what I have built!
So, the place I am going has no reception, cell or internet. I may find it along the week, but otherwise it is over and out for until next week! Cheers! Have a great week!