5 months simultaneously feels like not enough time and an eternity away.

Monday: run/swim. 60 minute stroller run/6.02 miles/10:00 pace/Temp 54/HR 149. Bryan had to be at work early and I had dentist appointment at 10 to pick up my new invisalign retainer (woo hoo) so I pushed the twins. My right knee argued with me a little, and I was less than pleased. 58 minute swim/2000 meters. I got to the pool a bit early and warmed up, then my friend and I did the usual 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 swim workout. The drills today focused on arm position entering the water. We skipped the fast 100 and I did an extra cool down.

Tuesday – ride. 60 minute ride/17.5 miles/17.5 MPH/Temp 70/HR 143 Yay! For the first time in a couple of weeks I completed a ride without my knees bothering me! I felt them a little afterwards but here is hoping this means improvement.

Wednesday swim/run. 59 minute swim/1900 meters. I tried one of the drills that was suggested to me that I could use without fins (and finally ordered my own) and for the rest I did sets of 50, 100 and 200 with set rest between. I took some longer rest periods. 60 minute run/6.5ish miles/81 degrees/no HR. I forgot my heart rate monitor. This run was split into two runs- a 3 mile run prior to the pub run and then the 3 mile pub run. It was hot. The theme was “Twinkies and Selfies”, so I got to try a chocolate flavored twinkie. It was….ok 13235237_956865651077723_5357437819349428319_o

Thursday ride/run quick change. 45 minute trainer ride in which I forgot to connect my speed sensor so I have no idea how slow I was. I couldn’t for the life of me get my heart rate up and finally did the last 5 minutes. On the plus side, I got to watch about half of a movie. 15 minute run/1.71 miles/8:46 pace/75 degrees/HR 153. I also did 10 minute of yoga that morning which of course counts. My knees felt ok during the ride but complained for a couple hours after.

Friday: long run. 60 minute run/6.34 miles/9:28 pace/66 degrees/HR 149 My knees, again, complained a bit for a few hours after. BUT, no complaints during.

Saturday rest day- I taped my knee as a precaution.

Sunday: James Island Sprint Triathlon. I skipped the long ride (and cut the week a little short) and did this instead. I’ll be posting a recap, so for now I’ll say it wasn’t my best race – I didn’t PR, but I DID get this:

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And NO knee issues.

Total Time: 8 hours 35 minutes (planned 9) – including yoga and pre race warm up

Training Thoughts:  endurance is a whole new ball game, and my thoughts that taking it “easy” would help prevent injury don’t really seem to be true. All it took was for my cleats to be a quarter inch off what is optimal and my knees and gradually the rest of my body was complaining. Must. Keep.Stretching. Also, how the hell am I supposed to fit strength training in here?? Also, coffee out of mug trophies just tastes better. 🙂

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