It’s been a scorcher of a week. Been skipping the lunch runs in favor for after work rides. Managed to get it 20 miles with 1000ft of climbing today. I like climbing - well I like climbing on my road bike. I may be singing a song of a different tune when I try the same climbs on my TT bike.
Despite some pressing deadlines this week I was able to get in a pretty decent amount of workouts. The most tiring of them being Wednesday when I rode to work (~14 miles) then ran at lunch (~5miles).
Even though 15 miles on a bike is a short distance - I’ve been trying to keep my cadence up and get back in the habit of spinning with higher rpms. It’s so easy to click up a few gears and push a little harder - but if I’m planning on getting my HR up and keeping it up those light gears are where I have to be.
Now on Tuesday I set out on a light up the slightly inclined street and back. Logging in just under 3 miles I felt pretty good. I noticed I went back to my old bad habit of clinching my left hand (which sends pains into my shoulder) so when I set out for my Wed run I made a conscious effort to keep my hands limp. I’m happy to say that I completed the run with no problems or aches or pains. It actually felt really good to run a little bit longer. I know I need to take this slowly - but I’m anxious to get up to the 6-8 mile range!
I’m super excited to have a big ol deadline behind me and a big ol 3-day weekend ahead of me! I’ll be riding my bike a bunch this weekend and hopefully getting in another run.
A few weeks ago I got a message from one of my girlfriends asking me if I’d do the Oceanside 70.3 iron man with her. I thought - heck, why not? I love a good challenge! I love setting goals and find it’s a lot easier to train under pressure. I guess I should mention that although I’ve done each discipline separately, I’ve yet to string them together in the triathlon format.
I grew up surfing and swimming in the ocean. From longboarding to shortboarding to body surfing - I did it all. Running came next as I’d spend windy flat days running along the ocean front bike path waiting for the surf to pick back up. Cycling came to me last, about 6 years ago when I met my boyfriend Jake (who’s family is in the business of bicycles.) Since then I’ve done a handful of races and a few endurance events. If you asked me today to put them in order of strongest to weakest it’d go cycling , running , swimming.
I have a little less then 8 months to whip my butt into shape and get my mental game right. Luckily I have the support of my boyfriend, my job, my friends, my family, and a guy who knows a thing or two about training triathletes.