Weekly Recap (10/03-10/09)

Monday: Swim—2850 yards
It was another early morning at the pool.  I hadn’t slept great the night before (vampire dreams!), but I felt alright when I got in the pool to warm up.
300 swim
200 kick
100 pull
4 x 50 (10 kick barrel roll)
4 x 50 (closed fist)
2 x 75 (kick, scull, swim)
10 x 50 @ :50
50 easy
6 x 75 @ 1:20
20 x 25 @ :30
50 easy
The individual 50 and 75 intervals were done at different speeds.  For instance, some of the 50s were fast all the way through while some were only fast in the middle, at the beginning, or at the end.  Same thing with the 75s.  They were tough, and my arms were fatigued by the end of the 75s.  The 25s after that were a challenge.  Making the interval wasn’t hard, but staying strong (as in, relatively fast with good form) took focus.  I felt good about the workout.  I pushed hard and stayed mentally strong.

Tuesday: Run—2 tempo miles, 5.15 total miles (47:00)
I had seriously been dreading this workout since I planned my week out last Friday.  I had initially planned on doing it Monday, but for various (legitimate, mostly) reasons it didn’t work out, so I decided to do it Tuesday morning instead.  It was cold outside—well below 40°.  So I actually wore a jacket and long tights.  The plan was 1-2 miles warmup, 2 tempo miles at under 7:00/mile, then a 1-2 mile cooldown.  And I nailed it!
1.78 miles @ 10:35/mile (18:52)
2 miles @ 6:55/mile (13:49)
1.37 miles @10:26/mile (14:18)
I hit the paces, and I actually felt relatively strong during the workout.  There was never a moment where I thought, “I can’t believe how much longer I have to run!”  I mean, it helps that I was only running hard for 14 minutes, but still… even one minute can feel like an eternity when you are struggling.  I was glad to be done, but I felt like I could have run further at that pace if needed.  It was a solid, confidence-boosting run.

Wednesday: Swim—2300 yards
It was a rough swim for me on Wednesday.  The workout wasn’t too bad.  We did strokes other than freestyle, and I’m not really good enough to push myself super hard at those strokes, if that makes any sense.
300 swim
200 kick
100 pull
4 x 50 (kick, swim)
4 x 50 (closed fist)
2 x [2 x 50
2 x 75
2 x 100
50 easy]
I kind of panicked about doing other strokes.  And then I misunderstood the workout and messed up the first round of repeats and felt a little more panicked.  Plus, the lane was crowded and people were doing butterfly and breaststroke so I kept hitting and kicking people (and getting hit and kicked).  I actually considered getting out because I was feeling claustrophobic and like I might be getting somewhat close to a panic attack.  I didn’t, and I was able to calm myself down a bit and finish the workout.  I feel like I should clarify that this bad day wasn’t about swimming.  That’s where my anxiety showed itself, but it originated from a couple other areas of my life that I had already identified.  (Sorry to vague-blog!)  One of the things that has helped me manage my anxiety is being able to identify what the real problem is.  Even while I was feeling panicked, I knew that swimming wasn’t the issue, and that helped me calm myself down and finish the workout.  I knew that if things got worse and I could actually feel a panic attack coming on, I could hop out of the pool and leave the situation.  And I knew that there was nothing I could do about what was actually bothering me in the next fifty minutes.  So yeah, it sucked, but I made it through.

Thursday: REST
I spent the day resting and taking care of a poor, sick boyfriend.  (He’s easy to take care of… I just threw potatoes in the oven for dinner and walked down to the store to get him juice and cookies.)

Friday: Swim—1650 yards + leisure laps; Run—4.44 miles (36:29)
I got to the pool hoping there wouldn’t be any intensive kicking drills because I wanted to do a speed workout. And then it was a leisure lap day.
200 reverse IM
200 IM kick
200 inverse IM
6 x 50 (closed fist)
2 x 50
4 x 25 (underwater)
Leisure laps (5)
10 x 50 @ :50
25 easy
25 fast
Leisure laps are hard and are only named as such because they are done in the leisure pool.  You run against the current through the lazy river, up and around the beach start, back into deeper water, up the ladder out of the pool, over the bridge and up the stairs to the slide.  When you get down the slide, you’ve done one lap.  I ended up doing five (and was the fastest one there… yeah!).  And I was pretty gutted by the end.  After we finished up the workout and headed to work, I wondered how I was going to do a speed workout.  And then I realized I basically just had.

So I decided to just do a regular run during lunch.  It was cool, crisp, and sunny outside.  Perfect fall running weather.  I was just a little chilly in a tank top and shorts to start but felt great a mile or so in. The run was actually enjoyable.  And not just because I met an absurdly friendly cat halfway through the run.  I enjoyed running just to run.  I ran until I felt like turning around (I had a general idea just due to being familiar with the route), and I didn’t look at my watch at all during the run.  I ended up running just under 4.5 miles and even having a little bit of fun.

Saturday: Bike—36.11 miles (2:08:58)
I wanted to get out for a decent bike ride, so I headed out around 11:30am.  The weather was perfect, and I had a really fun ride.  When I’m not overdosing on cycling (in other words, training for an Ironman), it’s always a joy to get out on the bike.  However, I did feel more fatigued that I expected towards the end of the ride.  I did ride pretty hard, though.

This is an old, abandoned mill out south.  I love riding by it.

Sunday: Run—7 mile (1:01:06)
Rob and I were out late at the opera on Saturday, so I decided not to set an alarm and to just plan on doing my run after church.  I slept in late for me (until around 7:30am).  And then church just tired me out which is really odd.  When I got back, I decided to go on my run, but I didn’t feel great.  I just didn’t have any energy, and the run felt really rough, despite the fact that I started out slow and wasn’t running all that fast.  I’m a bit worried that I’m getting whatever Rob had earlier in the week, but we’ll see.


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