Weekly Recap (8/24-8/30)

Monday: Run—5.1 miles (43:06)
I managed to run this quite a bit faster than two weeks ago and clocked a 43:06 which comes out to an 8:27/mile pace.  I did this run in the morning just like last time, but it didn’t feel much harder than my previous effort, so I’m assuming having fully recovered legs made the difference here (who knew?!).

Tuesday: Bike—30 minutes
This was just a quick spin before work because I’m still taking things a little easy.  I’m not sure I need any more physical recovery, but I think another week of mental recovery will benefit me.  Honestly, I think I’m just really sick of getting up early.  I have a 30 minute commute and get to work at 7:30, so morning workouts for me start pretty darn early.

Wednesday: Swim—300 swim, 300 kick, 300 swim, 300 pull
I was pretty shocked by how tough this (easy) workout was.  My legs have felt great because they are fully recovered and then some, and my arms are still a bit tired from the race effort on Saturday.  This is an unusual dynamic for me, so even though it makes sense, I was taken aback.  I was having issues counting laps today, too, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the 300s were actually 350s.

Thursday: Bike—Emigration Canyon
I just joined the Salt Lake Tri Club (for the grand price of $1 until the end of the year—score!), and this was the first group workout I did. It was just over 25 miles, and I discuss it in detail here.

Friday: OFF
I only took one day off this week even though I’m still recovering because, let’s be honest, my workouts this week are pretty low key.

Saturday: Bike—East Canyon (34 miles in 2:34:24)
I was planning a pretty basic, boring 2 to 2.5 hour ride, but last night while I was half-asleep, I decided I would hit the top of Emigration Canyon, keep going, and check out East Canyon.  I told myself I didn’t have to finish the whole thing and that I could just turn around if it got too tough.  But it never did.  Don’t get me wrong—climbing East Canyon was tough.  I bottomed out at just above 6 miles an hour, and the last three miles probably took me over 20 minutes to climb.  But it was manageable!  I’ve been really scared of East Canyon, so being able to try it out and actually finishing the climb and feeling good afterwards gave me a lot of cycling confidence.  Maybe Big Cottonwood isn’t beyond my ability after all!

The MapMyRide elevation profile for my ride
The MapMyRide elevation profile for my ride

Sunday: Run—7 miles (1:01:07)
I did not have the benefit of recovered legs for this run.  Right when I woke up, I could tell my legs were stiff and tired from yesterday’s ride.  It was one of those days where my only thought for the first few minutes of my run was, “Ugh, why?” But I got into a good pace.  The route I ran today includes more hills than my preferred run (so, any hills at all).  That, plus my tired legs, made this a pretty hard, but also pretty satisfying, workout.  I finished in 1:01:07 which comes out to an 8:43/mile pace.

My plan for the next couple of months is to cut back on swimming so I can get some good miles in on the bike before fall and stay up with my running so that I’m in a good position to start marathon training in November.

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