Weekly Recap (8/17-8/23)

Monday: Swim—4 x 50, 10 x 100, 150
The main set of this workout is a series of 100s where I swim the first 25 easy, the second 25 at a strong pace, the third 25 easy, and the final 25 pretty much as hard as I can.  My Olympic training plan included this workout several times, and I noticed today that it felt significantly easier than it did when I first started training for my Olympic triathlon early this summer. I feel like I’m in good swimming shape right now—better even than I was for my half-Ironman last year.  I guess we’ll see in a few days…

Tuesday: OFF
My excuse is that I’m tapering for my race.  But man—it was really nice to set my alarm for 6:05am and not 4:50am.  I think I could get used to this “no morning workout” thing.  I did stop by the pool to see if I left my jeans there (because I couldn’t find them anywhere).  They didn’t have my jeans.  But I found them later in the dirty clothes.  Go figure.

Wednesday: Swim—2 x 75, 2 x 750, 150
Up early again for a swim today.  I didn’t time my main sets today because I wanted to take them easy and not push myself a few days before a race.

Thursday: Bike—60 minutes
I went on a fairly easy ride before work.  Most morning rides have to be fairly easy just because it’s still dark and hitting a pothole or crack going 15 miles an hour is much more enjoyable than hitting that same pothole going 20 miles an hour.  As the days get shorter, I’ve been finding that my morning rides are noticeably darker.  It’s a kind of sad reminder that summer is nearing its end.

Friday: OFF
I just took a day off before the race.  It was nice that I didn’t have to worry about fitting even a short workout in when I was busy picking up race packets and spending time with my parents.

Saturday: Swim leg of the Utah Toughman
This will be described in length in my race report which is nearly finished and will be published as soon as I can find the results online and get all the official times.

Sunday: OFF
I was going to run on Sunday, but I was surprised at just how exhausted I was from the cheering and volunteering and being on my feet all day.  So Rob and I went out for breakfast instead.

I plan on taking next week a little easier as well and then jumping into some pretty hardcore cycling for the rest of the summer while keeping up with my running enough to be able to start marathon training in November.

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