Last week I finally started feeling like I’m training for an Ironman. Working on all three sports (not just swim and bike) makes me feel whole again:) Looking forward to the weeks to come, as I see my progress build, especially with the running! Sticking with my PT exercises daily and making sure to stretch and foam roll consistently!
Here are my Week 32 totals
Swim: 17,400 yards (no, this isn’t a typo)
I’m pretty sure I’m turning into a fish! Not to mention, my skin has a perma chlorine stench.
Last week’s focus was once again on swimming! I attended Master’s practice Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I worked on my drills and technique on Tuesday and Thursday. What’s amazing is, my shoulders used to bother me when I would swim a lot. Now that I have corrected my form, just my muscles are getting tired (i.e. my lats, triceps, etc). Love knowing that I’m working the RIGHT muscles and not hurting my joints! Goodbye shoulder pain, hello toned back and arms!
Bike: 52 miles
Nothing super eventful on the bike front last week. A few hour long rides (on the trainer of course) and then a 1:30 ride over the weekend.
My favorite ride last week looked like this:
1:00 Hour Z2 HR Ride
WU: 15′ @ z1
MS: alternate 35′ as 4:50min @ z2 and 10 sec all out effort – repeat
CD: 10′ @ z1
Love doing sprint work on the bike and look forward to doing more of it this week! Again, my mission is to get BIKE STRONG in 2015!
Interestingly enough, my knee bothered me after my bike ride on Saturday, which has me thinking… maybe the bike is the knee pain trigger and not the run? I am going to have my bike fit reassessed and will have my coach take a look at saddle position. Something just doesn’t feel right and I’m determined to figure it out.
Run: 11 miles
Run update: Still taking ‘baby steps’ to prevent any flare ups or step backs with the knee. So far so good! I have been running 3-4 times/week, 30 minutes at a time. It’s realllly hard when you start feeling better to stop yourself from going extra far. Definitely takes self discipline and a BIG reminder that I’m not safe yet;)
This week the plan is to run a few 35 minute runs and even a 40 minute run.. woo hoo! Each week I will continue to bump the runs by 5 minute increments, until we (coach and I) know I am totally pain free.
Here’s to a happy and healthy week ahead:)