Thanks for listening to my pity party yesterday, y’all 😉 I had to vent a little, so it’s nice to know that other people go through the same feelings about injury. It’s almost silly since a sore/strained calf really isn’t that bad in the big scheme of things. It just always seems so at the time. I swear, I can turn the smallest thing into “the world is ending” way too easily!
Despite my whining about August’s setbacks, looking at the big picture – we’ve come a long way. I was scared to death of a 2,000m open water swim before, and now 2,000m feels good. I can’t explain what a chore swimming used to be or understand how I look forward to it now. I’ve even gotten compliments from my fellow swimmers – I’m pacing well, really?!! David has also found that he looks forward to his lunch time swims and those 500m sprint distances we were nervous about finishing seem like a walk in the park. I’ve found I love the feel of the water and my sunny Friday afternoon lake sessions. I also really like being able to use swimming for cross training or recovery when my legs are sore on Mondays or Fridays. It’s something I don’t see going away too soon.
Running has also generally improved; my bricks have been sub-9:00 min miles, and there were even a few days I could finish them off close to 7:00 min/mi. I know it’s not fast to some of you, but it’s a huge improvement for the girl who used to run 11:00 min miles a few years back. Hill training & core work is where it’s at; I’ve missed group hill workouts past few weeks and can’t wait to get back into it after the HIM. I’m also already thinking of that PR I want at the Dallas or Houston Half Marathon…
Biking, well my bike got a lot of miles, but the improvement has been pretty minor. I know why – because I don’t bike with a team. David and I usually just ride together, and we don’t push each other quite the same way group rides do. We do some interval training on our short bricks, but I need more if I want significant improvement. If I were to re-work our training schedule, I’d want to find some group rides to participate in.
Ok – so now to last week’s schedule which was altered a bit due to the Olympic triathlon. Speaking of which – I have good news; I was moved up to 7th place out of 40 girls in my AG in the Austin TriRock (one of the girls had a 25+mph bike avg, meaning she probably forgot to do her 3rd lap on the course!). Sweet.