OK, OK…. I know its been a while since I posted anything on here… and while there are plenty of reasons, the excuse I am going to focus on is my having been (and continuing to be!) sucked into the Hunger Games trilogy. Thankfully I am on the third book!
It’s hard to think of what to catch up on… so much has happened in the last week or so… and yet the majority of it falls into the broad category of “it’s been busy at work and in life and yet training is going well.”
I spent a good part of last week focusing on my cycling. climbing aboard the bike for at least 2 1/4 hours every evening. I’m not sure whether consistent 2 hours rides are as good as a 4+ hour ride on the weekend… but it certainly wore my legs out over the course of a few days. (It also left me with a superbly sore arse! But that’s another story!!). The terribly ironic thing about these rides is that, while the weather has been absolutely gorgeous over the last week, the vast majority of my riding has, by necessity, been indoors. Getting home from work at 7:00pm means that my ability to get outside to ride in the evening is still hampered by a lack of light before 9:00. Although… its getting to the point I can put in a 90 minute ride safely so long as I get out onto the road soon after arriving home!
I also took a few days off swimming… feeling my shoulders needed a bit of a rest. Which meant getting back in the water yesterday felt… well I felt like I was “out of my element”. My time for the swim and the efforts I put in didn’t suffer too badly for the hiatus… but it did feel strange. I can really get the sense of what swimmers talk about when they say you get a “feel for the water” — which you need to swim consistently to maintain.
And, with the change in weather and warming of the water and air, the open water swims for the Guelph Tri Club have started in earnest. Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. As it turns out, cubs has ended on Mondays (who knew!) so it’s possible for me to get up to those swims with the boys (though swimming may not happen if there’s no dry land coach to ensure they have some supervision). And the Saturday swims I will be coaching — whether from the water or on land. It will be good to get some time in the open water before racing next.