On the swimming front, I feel better about the time spent in the water this week. I am making a point to spend an hour in the water each time I go out. I had some great point to point swims for distance followed by some speed intervals. I am only using a wetsuit one day a week now (in case we can’t suit up at Timberman) and I really feel a difference when using the wetsuit now.
The only thing I can think of that was really interesting was another swim across Wyman Lake in 2 foot whitecaps with my sister-in-law. It was more of a fight than I have had before in the water, and I could only breath on one side because I was getting smacked around by the waves. I think I like a fight or something, because I always get this weird, “BRING IT” attitude when the going is tough. I swam without a wetsuit and it was a real confidence builder for me in the chop.
I have been climbing a lot lately on my rides, and although I think it is a good thing, I decided to change it up today. I did a 38-mile loop through the towns of Solon, Madison, and Norridgewock. This ride has a few nice flat sections, and I haven’t trained on a lot of flats. There is a good 30 mile section of the Timberman course that is flat, so I just wanted to see how I felt on them.
I guess I feel pretty good, but I do need to work on my spinning and cadence. I have been doing a lot of climbing on steep hills and I am not spinning up them, which I am OK with because they are some pretty steep grades I just want to get up. But I would like to get a smoother spin going on the flats.
Anyway, there is something to be said for changing it up, it was a nice ride.
Sometimes it is great, mostly it hurts. That is all I have to say about that.
This weeks numbers:
So I reviewed my week in hours and realize that when I reported training about 9-10 hours a week sometime last week, I basically pulled that number out of my butt. I generally don’t know what I am talking about I guess. I was undershooting my training time by a few hours. I am averaging 12 hours of training a week right now, and have been for a while.
Swim ~ 4 hrs (OWS as usual. I am recording time instead of mileage since I am working on speed intervals between docks, party boats, etc after I swim to a certain point and back. Point and back swims = 2 miles).
Bike ~ 111 miles – 7hrs
Run ~ 9 miles – 1.5 hours