May 17, Day 94
- 45 min bike, 5 minutes in Z1, 35 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
- 45 min run, 5 minutes Z1, 28 minutes Z2, 4 x (1 minute Z4/2 minutes Z1)
- 60 min bike, 5 minutes in Z1, 50 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
- 1000m swim, 200 yd Z1, 400 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z1
Good start to the plan so far. My diet has been perfect and I’ve followed my plan to the letter. My body is still adjusting to the sleep schedule, and I keep waking up during the night. That should pass soon (I hope).
First rides have been….challenging. I think I took a lot more out of my legs than was prudent by running hard in that half marathon Saturday. I can keep pace and power, but my HR is waaaaay higher than it should be at this intensity. Still, I am excited that I’m finally on this path for real.
The hot weather got here just in time for my training to start. In a way, that sucks, but I’m secretly kind of glad. I have struggled during some hot events before and I’d much rather train in worse heat than the IM will be. I’ve actually maneuvered several runs to the evening to approximate when I will be out on the run course, and that means I will catch the evening heat.
Still, yesterday’s run was HOT. Lots of moisture and humidity in the air too. I soaked through everything I was wearing and had to wipe sweat out of my eyes constantly. Of course, thats the day I see several friends while running when I’m about as gross as humanly possible. Life is funny sometimes.
Checked the pool schedule and got a nasty shock. Pool is closed all week. Sigh.
Not only that, they have a summer lifeguard shortage. Who knows how that will impact my swim schedule. It means I won’t be able to get a swim in Friday at all due to conflicts, and I’ll need to bust out the wetsuit and hit the lake much earlier than expected. That’s where I will be swimming tonight. Instead of doing intervals, I will probably do the same distance but practice sighting buoys, etc. It’s good to do, but not how I wanted to begin.
All in all though, my resolve is high and I am feeling good, even with these slight complications. Lets hope I can keep the positivity going a while, I will need it!