Three weeks until race day.
This week pretty much just sucked for me in terms of training/mileage. Wish it was an intentional rest week, but it wasn’t.
-4 easy miles @ 7:36/mile
-30 minutes bike trainer
-4 miles @ 6:54/mile
-10 miles bike commute (one-way)
-3.5 easy miles @ 7:25/mile (in Orlando, FL)
-10 miles bike commute (one way)
-nothing but traveling
-4 miles @ 6:28/mile
-10 miles bike commute (one way)
-poor attempt at swimming
–Biked 15 miles (middle 10 @ 20.9mph)
Totals: Run 15.5 miles, Bike 44.5 miles
This was one of those “life got in the way of training” weeks. Tuesday evenings, for the next month+, we have foster care training sessions. So, Tuesdays will be one-way bike commutes for a little while. This past Wednesday/Thursday, I had some more intensive travel for work. In under 36 hours, I flew from Dallas to Houston to Nashville ( for a quick meeting) to Orlando (for the night) to Key West (but got diverted to) Fort Lauderdale to Austin and then back to Dallas. Thursday morning I had every intention of going for a run at the hotel, but when my alarm went off it was raining pretty hard, and the thought of running on the hotel treadmill was more than I could handle. So I reset my alarm and went back to sleep.
Saturday, I hopped in the pool for another attempt at swimming. Swimming might not be the appropriate word for what I do – maybe I should call it “floundering.” It was pretty discouraging, not only because of my poor swimming, but also because when I put on my wetsuit, it instantly became obvious that I have put on a couple of pounds the past two weeks – not surprising given how poorly I’ve been eating. I planned on going for a run after the swim, but I started feeling light-headed after I got out of the pool. I imagine this was probably a side effect from the large amounts of tequila I had Friday night (we went with some friends to tailgate at a Jimmy Buffett concert – had no idea that people start partying 36 hours before the concert even starts! It was an interesting experience!) So instead of running, I just sat on the couch and felt bad about myself. That was fun.
Today I went out for a short bike ride. I can’t remember the last time I actually rode my bike without needing to get somewhere (ie. commuting). There’s a side road nearby that I frequently see cyclists on, but I’ve never actually driven or been on it. Turns out to be a great place to ride, although it does make for a short loop (1.5 miles round-trip). It’s good a decent hill (for this part of Texas), and so it makes for a good workout. Plus, there’s minimal traffic, and two lanes in each direction. I think it might be my new go-to spot for a short workout on the bike.
With only three weeks to go until the half-marathon, I’ve realized that I need to temper my expectations. My long runs haven’t been going so well, and I’m just not sure what kind of time I can pull off. I’ll probably dedicate a separate post to my expectations closer to the race.
In happier news though, I signed up for my first triathlon! It’s a sprint, and so I’ve got until August to learn how to swim 350 metres without having a panic attack in open water. There is a local tri group that does open water swims real close to our house, and I can drop in for $10. So, I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that opportunity, but I will probably want to go to the lake and at least put my face in the water before I attempt an open water swim with strangers. If I have a complete anxiety meltdown, I’d rather do it on my own first, rather than having that happen in front of a group.