I had full intentions of writing this post earlier in the week, but before I knew it, it was Friday… oops! 🙂
This week I’ve been off from work, it’s my ‘transition week’ before starting my NEW job on Monday! I tend to forget that being home for a week can sometimes be more stressful than it is relaxing. I had a to-do list about a mile long.. from appointments to errands, the list was endless. The great thing about have a week off is, being able to fit my training in whenever I want, lots of flexibility. I’ve been sleeping a ton (yay!) and I’ve had extra time for TLC like stretching and foam rolling.
I thought I would do a brief update on my training last week
(March 23th – March 29th)
Swimming: 11,300 Total Yards
Continuing to see progress and loving my time in the pool. Monday was a nice recovery swim. On Wednesday and Friday I went to Masters Practice. On Saturday, I did a 2,800 yard swim with focus on pulling and paddles:) My average pace at most of my Masters Practice’s is 1:27-1:30 per 100 yards. I am leading freestyle 200’s at 2:45 per 200 yards. I am able to hold a fast pace for a long period of time, which tells me I am getting efficient and very in shape in the water. Boo-yah!
Bike: 119 miles (highest mileage week on the bike thus far)
Coach Jorge has me biking on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (for the most part). On Tuesday, I thought I was going to die during the workout, literally. I am doing intense workouts during the week to build my POWER! Needless to say, it’s not easy and sometimes I feel like puking.
This was the most challenging bike session of the week… a lot of time in my ‘High Threshold’ zone which is roughly 160-166 bpm… holy smokes it was hard!
WU: 10′ @z1, 5′ on/off as 30″ @ low z4/ 30″ @ z1 + 5 min low z2
MS: 5 x (5′ @ high z4, 2 min @ z1, 1 min @ z5, 2 min @ z1)
CD: 5 min @ z1
On Thursday I did more of an endurance ride at z2 heart rate. Saturday was more of Z2, steady state heart rate, but for a longer period of time (2.5 hours). I finally found a new Netflix series that makes the time go by, Bloodline. You should check it out!
Running: 13.1 miles
Running mileage ended up being low last week. I was supposed to do my 21 mile long run, but my body had different ideas. My legs were not feeling the long run, and I listened to them. As a result, I did some 30 minute easy runs during the week and moved the long run to this weekend. Instead of my long run on this past Sunday, I rode my bike for 1.5 hours and then did some water running for 45 minutes. Water running is NO joke! Talk about sucking wind.
After my Sunday training sessions, Todd and I went to the TriMANIA Expo in Boston. It was fun to walk around and see different triathlon vendors! We didn’t end up listening to any of the speakers, unfortunately. My FAVORITE part of the expo was trying on the Normatec Recovery Boots. I’ve been wanting to try these boots for years now and I finally got the chance. We waited in line for maybe 10 minutes and then had the boots on for roughly 20 minutes. They feel unbelievable. I describe it like having a blood pressure cuff around your legs, that’s massaging you from your feet to your hips… mmm soo good!
The science behind Normatec is fascinating.. you can read all about it here.
I would love to own a pair of these bad boys one day!
Have you ever tried Normatec boots?
Do you like water running?