Austin TriRock Olympic Triathlon training: week 6

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I’m back from our family vacation to the beach, and while I didn’t exactly get in all the sessions on my training plan (the places we stayed at did not have a lap pool, and I’m not brave enough to do an OWS by myself in the Gulf of Mexico!), I did manage to only miss 1 day of working out entirely.

Sat July 23rd: Rest day. I switched my rest day to Saturday (did a long BRICK on Friday instead my usual Friday off) after my husband returned from being out of town, so I could relax at home today.

Sun July 24th: Long bike. 20.87 miles in 1:27:53. Packed up the bike early and drove down to White Rock Lake to start looping as the sun came up. My motivation was stopping at Hypnotic Donuts afterwards to bring back a breakfast treat for the family. It was our first time there, and I can see why it’s one of the top spots in Dallas! I even squeezed in a 10 minute strength session later in the day – partly as donuts penance, and partly because I knew I wouldn’t be doing any strength training for the next week while on vacation.

Mon July 25th: Quick swim session before hitting the road. 1 mile in 32:58. Warmup 200 swim – 200 kick – 100 pull, 3 x 300s with 45 sec rest, 6 x 25s on the :30, 100 cooldown.

Tue July 26th: 3 early miles on the treadmill at our LA hotel, 31:58 (average 10:39 min/mile) before 8 hours in the car. I was hoping to get in some cycling since the hotel had a fitness room (whereas our beach condo did not), but the term “fitness room” was a bit of a misnomer. It had 2 creaky treadmills, 1 cycling-looking contraption that I could not figure out for the life of me, and a few mismatched free weights.

Wed July 27th: First run in Florida. 3.6 miserable, stifling, exhausting, soul-sucking miles in 47:59 (yes, that is a 13:20 min/mile pace. Which I’m not sure really even counts as “running”). I forget, every year, just how dang impossible it is for me to run in the heat with humidity. I know, I know, I live in Texas, but 1. I usually run inside on the treadmill for 6-8 weeks a year when it gets really bad and 2. if I head out at dawn in Dallas, even in July and August, it’s hot but the humidity is not so bad that I feel like I’m drowning.

This, of course, led to me ruminating how there was just no way I was going to be able to do a 10k at the end of a triathlon in Austin on Labor Day at roughly 9-10am. When it will be very, very hot and humid and I will be exhausted. I pretty much convinced myself I should cancel my hotel reservation.

Thu July 28th – 2nd run in Florida. 5.1 miles in 1:02:03 (12:10 min/mile pace). This was the run where I tamed my monkey mind and thought Yes! I! Can! do it after all. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it was still slow, but steady and much more respectable for a longish training run with a heat index of 90 degrees.

If nothing else, my view was gorgeous.

Fri July 29th – rest day! It was our last morning in Florida before heading to New Orleans, and we wanted to get an early start. I knew with packing, cleaning out the condo, and getting on the road, it would be tough to squeeze in a very early morning run, so I scheduled my rest day for today.

Tomorrow’s rest day (in next week’s training recap) was unscheduled, but in my defense, I was in New Orleans.

Overall, I’m very pleased with how I followed (ish) my training schedule for my summer vacation. I squeezed in a swim before leaving (missing 1 swim session), and kept up with all the running. The one disappointment was taking a week off the bike, but I was back in the saddle again today, so I’m sure I didn’t get too far off track. 5 weeks to go!

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