But I still tried to arrange things to put as much of the week's work as far up front as possible because, let's face it, when you enter a race, you still want to give yourself a chance to do well. Luckily, I had the first three days of the week off.
I only got in the water once this week, on Tuesday morning. And it started out ugly. But I worked through it, and eventually my body kind of came around. Given that I rarely swim first thing in the morning, I suppose that's about the best that can be expected.
The workout went like this:
- 200 SKIPS (long warm up)
- 5 x 100 @ 1:25 (tempo)
- 5 x 100 pull @ 1:30
- 5 x 6 @ :55 (hard; alternating butterfly & freestyle)
- 100 warm down
It was nice to get the stroke work in. And all three of the butterfly 50s were under :35, so that's good, I guess.
Swim Total: 1 swim (2400 yard); 24 pts.
I rode into work Thursday and Friday, and it sucked hard both days. It was 24-degrees Thursday morning with what my phone called 16 mph of wind. Headwind. Friday was a little better, but the morning temp was still not quite 30-degrees, and the wind--all 8 mph of it--was still straight into my teeth. The ride back to the train station Friday afternoon was a little Hell, but it was still windy as all Hell.
Then yesterday I had a bit of a conundrum. I'd planned to take my kids to the YMCA to swim, but neither of them wanted to go. Meanwhile, the temperature outside got all the way up to 50-degrees, and although it was overcast, it wasn't quite raining. So I ran to my room, grabbed my bike stuff, and headed out.
Now, I would never call time spent on my actual rode bike bad, especially when this was the first time I'd actually had a chance to get on it since the New Year. However, it did start, well, sleeting almost the instant that I got on my bike, and it was windy, and I ran over a piece of glass right at the ten-mile mark. Granted, I could have changed the tire and kept riding, but I felt like God was trying to tell me that I shouldn't push it the day after a race. So since I was only about a quarter-mile from the house, I just took off my shoes and walked it back home.
I'm ashamed to say that I didn't even change the tire before putting the bike away. I guess I'll just have to get to it Saturday morning, God willing.
Riding Total: 2 x commute rides, 1 x half-ass road ride (33 miles); 33 pts.
The good news in all of this is that I ran three times this week. Sally and I went out for a five-miler together on Monday, and while I'd planned to make it a long, slow seven-miler, the fact is that Sally wanted to race. So we pushed the pace and turned it into a tempo run, and then, instead of heading home on my own while Sally drove back in the car, I just knocked off when she did.
I put in a short, easy run on Wednesday, and then Saturday was the race. The course is only four miles, but it's sharply rolling with a hard climb right at the three mile mark. I'll write a full race report later in the week, but for now, I'll just say that I was very pleased with how I ran, and Sally, of course, won her Age Group again.
Run Total: 3 runs (4.8, 3.25, & 5 miles: 13 miles total); 52 pts.
Total Points for the Week: 109.3
I had hoped to go for between 120 and 130 points, but 109.3 isn't bad. It's only February, and with it being a race week and all, a little training wackiness is to be expected. Moreover, what I lacked in volume this week, I more than made up for in intensity, and that's not a bad thing.
My next race of the season is Brian's Beachside Boogie, a 2-mile/10-mile/2-mile offroad duathlon, and I feel like I'll be ready for it. The race is in mid-April. After that, there's the Y-Tri and the Shamrock Duathlon in May, and an as-yet-to-be-determined Olympic Triathlon in either mid-June or mid-July. With that in mind, I know that I need to start putting some longer workouts together, but right now I still feel like I'm building my base. Hopefully by mid-March, the weather will better support some long bike rides. Until then, I just want to keep running as much as I can, doing as many running intervals and tempo runs as I feel like my body can handle to prepare for the challenges of the season ahead.