The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind! Tons of things getting done, from both a work and training perspective. Work is boring and that is not what this blog is about, so I will stick with the training today!
The morning started with some more swimming and working on the technique and drills from the coach. The start of the practice was a tough few meters, struggling to get into a rhythm and questioning the logic of rebuilding at this stage in the process. Then I would do a timed 100m and see that it is faster than what I was doing. I know over time it will work, I have another 150000 strokes and I should have it patterned. :) As I was swimming along I did notice something new. As soon as I focused on a stroke count, I would arrive at the end far more relaxed and less out of breath than earlier. I would maintain my form, bi lateral breath the entire time and find it far less effort. So, lesson learned, don't work so hard on focusing on every move, just relax and it not so difficult. Bu th end of the practice it was beginning to pattern a bit, I was far less out of breath and able to build a little rhythm. So overall it was a good practice with progress! Wahoo!
Part 2 was a solid speed bike workout. I started the day thinking it would be on the trainer, mother nature was a darling and held off the rain. It was a short workout, only 32km, but it was meant to be done in Zone 3. So far the training has been done in Zone 2 for the most part, so notching it up was fun. I did a decent warm up and then put the pressure on the pedals. Much like doing hill training running, I made it hurt. The entire time I was on the pedal pushing and pulling to see how hard a workout i could manage. I did manage to hold ZOne 3 the whole time and an average speed of 38kmh. It was a tough one but felt awesome to be working that hard for a bike workout. When I do rides that hard, I tend to look back to when I started and it makes me smile. I remember doing the same route and barely being able to maintain a 29kmh pace. I guess a few months of training pays off!
Following the ride was a T-run. While riding I was wondering what it would be like, with the kind of burn that I was feeling it was bound to be a hard one. So, off with the bike shoes and on with the running shoes. The run felt great! I had to make a note to slow down 2-3 times during the run. If I was doing a short distance it would be a good run, but a 5k pace is no use for me for IM. I worked on keeping my HR in a comfortable zone that I have found. My goal is to now to my T-runs in that zone so that I can build up the distance without having to 'take a break'. Overall the brick was great coming off a tough ride and being able to transition nicely. Good progress from my perspective.
The evening was followed by another run with the LULU gang! Another great run with a couple of new faces out to join. After the bike-run afternoon I did not know how it would feel to get out for another workout. I wasn't bad. I had to start slowly to get the legs moving freely, but then it was free and easy, Another great run with great friends at the store.