>> Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I just registered for the Lake Marion Sprint Triathlon this weekend. I did it in 2013 and in 2011. Matt and Angela will be there too doing the Oly - it will be their 2nd Olys after doing Lake Marion last year.
Here's a quick training update:
After averaging nearly 14,000 yards each month in the last 3 months since my ankle injury, I'm starting to let my swimming slide - only 4,800 yards so far in August. Being at home with 2 boys makes it hard to get to the pool. I'm hoping I can rely on some of the last 3 months of swimming to get my through my last triathlon of the year. Shouldn't be a problem - just might not be quite as fast as I'd like.
I've been doing a lot of my "go to" swim workouts: 1500 tempos and 3x500s. I finally started getting some of my 500s under 8:00 in my interval swim yesterday - I could keep them all under 8 before I hurt my ankle, but I'm slowly working my way back. (At the worst, they were all around 8:15; at best, they were all around 7:50.)
July was on track to be my biggest bike mileage month since I started logging my miles online in 2009, but my wife's 3-day stay in the hospital 2 weeks ago ended that. So with 186.53 miles, July just barely missed my 2nd highest mileage month: it's just behind 188 miles in June of 2013, and 208 miles in May of 2010 (I would get my Olympic distance PR of 2:15 in June of 2010 with my fastest bike split ever because of those miles). Yeah, I don't bike much. When I started biking in 2005, I had 2 back-to-back months of around 400 miles. Now I just get in a ride when I can. Fifty miles is a great week. (UPDATE: I forgot that I had that bike, run, bike, run, bike, run, bike, run trainer workout in July too, so I had 40 minutes on the trainer as well.)
On the 1st, I biked with Henry to and from the Y, and we added a few miles to both the rides. We covered 12.5 miles with the heavy Chariot:
Photo previously seen in this post.
As I posted about on Saturday, I just went for my longest run in 4 months! Charlie and I did 6.2 miles last week. It still hurts my ankle to turn right (or to even slightly veer right on a winding trail), but I can turn left like nobody's business. My speed (obviously) isn't where I want it to be, but I'm OK with that - I'm just happy to be running. I'm curious how fast I'll be able to crank out a 5K this weekend at the end of the Lake Marion Triathlon - that's a fine mix of endurance and raw speed.
Charlie before and during our 6.2 miler.
I haven't been doing as much of my PT leg exercises or my weight room leg exercises for 2 reasons: I've been training HARDER and training MORE. Because I'm training HARDER, it's hard to find a right time to really hash my legs in the gym. Because I'm training MORE, I don't have as much time in the gym to do everything (I can only bring 3-month-old Charlie for an hour at a time). So I'm trying to be better about this and doing more at home during naps.
Well, we'll see how the race goes this weekend! Check back for updates!