>> Saturday, February 13, 2010
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Last week was a bit of an easier week. I swam twice, ran once, and hit the gym a couple of days. It was a good “down week.” And last weekend was when Pharmie and I snowshoed and CC skied with friends in WI.
This week, I didn’t do anything too drastic, but I was happy with some of my workouts. It was actually a pretty solid week:
Monday the 8th: lift weights.
Tuesday the 9th: 5 mile tempo run on the suckmill, and a little core. I kept building speed during this run. I ran hard, but I didn’t end at a dead sprint. I did 5.0 miles in 33:56 (6:47 / mile). Then I did a little core work before heading off to class.
Wednesday the 10th: 4 x 500 in the pool, and 35 minutes on the trainer. I knew I wanted to go for a longer swim, but it’s SO HARD for me to jump in and say, “OK, time for 40 laps. Go.” I just want to steal a noodle from an old lady bouncing around in the deep end, wrap it around my neck, and end it all. So I’ve found if I break it up into longer intervals, it’s not a problem. I did 4x500 with about 60 seconds rest in between.
Here are my 100 and 500 splits:
• 1:25, 1:35, 1:36, 1:36, 1:35 = 7:50
• 1:30, 1:35, 1:34, 1:34, 1:35 = 7:49
• 1:30, 1:36, 1:37, 1:37, 1:38 = 8:00
• 1:30, 1:37, 1:37, 1:38, 1:36 = 8:01
• 1:34.55 / 100 average.
• 7:55 / 500 average.
I felt like I was pushing hard and that it was a solid workout. When I got home, I compared those numbers to a 4x400 workout I did 2 months ago. In that SHORTER workout back in December, I was over 5 seconds SLOWER per 100 (1:39.8 average). So this was a GREAT workout! It’s so nice to see the numbers moving in the right direction!
After swimming, I had class. As so as I got home from class, Matt and Pharmie were hopping on their trainers in the basement. They teased me because I said I had done my workout for the day already. But about half way into their workout, I showed up in my bike shorts. I did the last 35 minutes with them. (We did part of the “Have Mercy” Spinervals workout.) Here we are near the end of our workout, all sweaty and glorious:
(I’m not really twice the size of Matt. There’s limited space in the basement, so we have to stagger our trainers. Mine’s just closer to the TV.)
*spoken softy* - “Daddy’s back... shhh... Daddy’s back...”
• 2:06, 2:06, 1:01 = 5:14
• 1:45 rest
• 2:03, 2:05, 1:00 = 5:09
• 1:35 rest
• 2:01, 2:06, 1:01 = 5:09
• 5:10.66 / 1500 meters
• 5:33 / mile pace
I was pretty happy with those times! Pharmie took off for home and said she wanted takeout from Longfellow’s. So there was a great chicken sandwich, sweet potato fries, and chipotle mayo waiting for me when I got home!
Yum! Thanks Hun!
Really? I mean, REALLY?
Saturday the 13th: easy 1500 meter swim, and some weights at the Y. I got back from this workout a few hours ago. I bumped into Steve H and Julia in the pool. After drying off, I lifted a bit and made sure to do some leg exercises too. (A bit of leg work helps keep me in balance and injury free!)
Tomorrow I have a long run planned, and then there will be a CVA Triathlon Club workout in the afternoon!! They’re all afraid of running outside this time of year, but we’ll see if we can get any brave ones to show up for a nice 2-3 miler. I’ll be back with photos next week if it goes well!