B - 259.9 mi
R - 50.9 mi
Time - 24.7 hours
The countdown has officially begun. For what, I'm not sure but for the short-term countdown lets say that NOLA is the destination. 13 days from today I'll be toeing the line on the beach waiting to run into the gloriously green and used-to-be-gross-but-allegedly-isn't-anymore Lake Ponchartrain! On that note, let's dive into this weekly recap!!
There was some super totally awesome consistency on the water front this week, something I like repeating just as much as you enjoy reading! (well, I probably enjoy repeating it more than you enjoy reading if I'm going to be perfectly honest...) The most "interesting" workout I had was Wednesday where the "main" set included 6x100 all out on 4 minutes. So basically I'd do a 100 as fast as I could then wait on the wall for 10-15 seconds and then swim a nice, extremely easy, 50 yards before waiting for the 4 minutes to be up so I could do it again. With a push off the wall for all but the last one (I dove but it wasn't the best dive...) I managed to sprint my way to 1:03, 1:02, 1:02, 1:02, 1:02, 1:00. Obviously, speed is a limiter for me. I just can't turn my arms over much faster to get below 1 minute! Melissa was teaching me some "tricks of the trade" to use and those helped (stuff I had never known before like when pushing off the wall after a turn, wait to take a breath until the second stroke so you ride the "wake" created by your push) but I just can't go that much faster than 1:02!! Alas
As you can tell from reading, lots of miles on the bike this week. Unfortunately, I am still on the road bike (although this will be my last full week on the ol' steed!! Yay!) and I didn't put it back together properly after riding Andrew's bike for a week so it was making a lot of noise and was generally unhappy at me most of the week. I didn't keep training logs in college, but they likely would have shown a lot of inconsistency. I can't even take a rough guess of how many miles I put in during my 4 years (a good bit freshman year, more sophomore year, next to none junior year, and a good bit senior year) but considering that in the past 12 weeks I've logged 2,600 miles (all but 1 week on the road bike) I'd say my consistency has put those years to shame. While it's been creaking and rattling and groaning a lot more than usual it's still going strong! 8 yeras of abuse and it can still hang with the best. That being said, I cannot WAIT to get on my P3!
I finally managed to notch 50+ miles this week, which was due to a couple of factors. One of those was that I had about 10 more minutes on my schedule this week and I also never had a day where I ran "slow." I've been inching up towards 50 miles for a while now (very slight increases in time on the schedule but sometimes I run slower/faster) so it's nice to finally break that barrier. I'm most proud of the fact that I did my long run (110 minutes and 15+ miles!) on the treadmill! The weather was awful Wednesday morning and I had to put on my man shoes and take a big sip from my glass of Harden the F*** Up but I made my way through the run with relative ease.
Only 2 more weeks until NOLA!! Some key things to think about in terms of expectations that Brian told me: