- a 4th Place finish at Woodstock Triathlon. Hell yeh! A killer bike and a suprisingly fast run!
- First ever sockless run. Bad idea. Dont do it unless you got feet made of leather.
- All this after a heavy training week, I have nothing to complain about!
Well except the obvious - WTF happened to my swimming? No swimming this week - FAIL. I admit, I'm too lazy to make the long drive to the lake to get an open water swim in but I am equally as non-motivativated to go back to a pool. This lack of swimming may have contributed to my lousy swim split at the race on the weekend, regardless I need to get doggy paddling as soon as possible!
The week is heavy on cycling which I enjoyed. I decided to bump my LSD run to a weeknight which worked out well. Otherwise I would have missed it due to a race interfering with the routine. I still put in a long bike in the DAY BEFORE a Triathlon and I am very happy for it. While I didn't blog about this ride, I can say that it was one of the most rewarding rides this year. Almost as incredibly difficult as my first group road ride except this time I felt much more comfortable holding break-neck paces. My cycling is finally breaking through to the next level.
Speaking of breakthroughs, my run is showing signs of upgrade too! I had decided back in May that after Around The Bay Running race that I would simply 'maintain' my run as-is. I had no interest in trying to get faster as that would risk injuring myself, so I have just kept running my routine 40km per week and remain satisfied that I have come a loooooong way since I started the training program. Anyhow I finally took a chance and pushed my run to it's limits at the Woodstock Triathlon and I am just as astonished by my results as everyone else!! Where the heck did I pull a 4:17min/km for 7.5km? Thats crazy fast for me. I am not to make a habit of this, but I am sure glad I had a chance to open up the throttle and really see what these babies (legs) can do! It was short enough that I didn't injure myself, albeit I'm very tired the next day. The fatigue is certainly the heavy workload overall and not necessarily the fault of my sprinting.
So moving forward - FINALLY a rest week. I need my legs to recover, they are very tired. They strain to go up stairs. I have an Olympic Distance Triathlon this weekend. I can only hope I have some kind of acceptable recovery level before that race. The course is very tough, the bike split is hilly and extremely bumpy on crappy roads. I dont look forward to it, but I'll make the best of it!
Swim: 0:15hrs (Race Only)
Bike: 11:12hrs (362km)
Run: 3:45hrs (40km)
Total: 15:11hrs (403km)