WEEK 24 – June 6, 2016 – June 12, 2016
A day by day account –
Monday: Rest day. But I did 2 miles of running to satisfy the running streak. It now stands at about 1.5 years of running at least a mile every day!
Tuesday: I finally got into a pool! I ended up going to the YMCA off of Briggs Street in Joliet and used their pool. It cost me $15 for a day pass! I spent the 3000 yards swimming calculating how much each 100 yard segment cost me (50 cents/100 yards, if you must know). Overall, I felt pretty good for missing two weeks worth of swim training, but I did notice a little fading in the end. A seven mile run finished off Tuesday. I was aiming for the planned 1:15 run, but I saw a friend in the forest preserve and she is running her first marathon in the fall. I chose to walk a couple of miles and talk running with her.
Wednesday: Bike/Run brick day. Nothing out of the ordinary in this workout. The bike did increase by 15 minutes. Nice of Don Fink to throw that into the plan.
Thursday: 1.5 hour bike ride on the trainer and followed with 1 mile on the treadmill. We had a little rain on Thursday.
Friday: A hot day for an afternoon run. Managed 10.5 miles in 1:33. Felt pretty good.
Saturday: A mid 90’s day is not ideal conditions for a 5 hour long ride, but I got it done and averaged about 17.1 miles per hour. I think that will be a pretty good tempo for Lake Placid. The ride was supposed to be followed with a run, but I opted to do it indoors on the t’mill. Had I run in the heat I would have ended up walking a lot of it because I knew that it was going to be tough. So I chose to run tempo indoors on the dreadmill. Plus I knew that I was doing a sprint triathlon on Sunday, so I thought it best to play it safe.
Sunday: The plan called for an hour long bike spin and a 2 hour 15 minute run, but I did a sprint triathlon instead in Batavia, Illinois. Sunday was the opposite of Saturday weather wise. A little breezy but temps in the upper 60’s. Matter of fact, the water temp was warmer than the air temp for a change! I ended up with a 6 minute PR over my time from 2014. I guess I smashed the bike, and the run was pretty quick as well. I only counted one guy passing me on the bike, and no one passed me on the run. I was gunning for it. I placed 22nd overall, and 3rd in my age group. Since this race is a USAT Nationals Age Group Qualifier, I should be qualified for the Nats in August. Probably won’t go to it, seeing that it is in Omaha, Nebraska and I have a daughter entering her freshman year at Valparaiso University, a daughter heading into freshman year at Lincoln-Way Central, and a son who is turning 21 as he heads back to his senior year at Loras College. All of that happens in the last couple of weeks in August!
Pool News: Finally got word that they should be out to replace my pool liner this week, tentatively on Thursday which is forecasted for rain. When it finally gets in, I think that I will probably do 30 minutes of swimming daily on the non-swim days, and do the planned swims as well. I have some catching up to do!
WEEK 24 TOTALS:
Swims: 2 total, 3400 yards, 1:10
Bikes: 4 total, 8:15 hours, 138.5 miles
Runs: 7 total, 5 hours, 35 miles