In keeping with my theme of “out with the old, in with the new” there are plenty of new things for me to tell you about!
I really was not enjoying my swim lessons at the Y by the time the summer was coming around. I was going to just do swim workouts on my own, but Coach Angie pointed my in the direction of some swim classes out in Cochrane. Richelle teaches on Monday evenings, Angie on Wednesday evenings, and there are classes on Sundays as well. Last night was my first class and Angie was filling in for Richelle.
This was such a different class! We spent a lot of time focusing on technique. Angie gave me more pointers in one hour than I got through three sessions at the Y. It was so great to focus on how to do things properly as opposed to running through a workout. I’m really excited about this class!
More team gear arrived, and I finally have a super cool Team Tri Life bike jersey to wear! I got to wear it on our ride out in Cochrane this evening where it was an amazing 28C out!! I cannot complain about the extended nice weather we’ve been enjoying here lately. It was terrific to ride outside in the middle to end of September in shorts and a jersey. No need for arm warmers, tights or jackets. I had a great time riding with a couple of guys on our team, Joel and Scott. Since my workouts have been a wee bit sporadic lately Angie wanted me to do some intervals and, although the guys didn’t know it, they helped to push me along when I was trying to push hard!
With my bike computer going belly up in July I knew I would need to figure out a solution before indoor training rides start. Knowing cadence is key to really following a great indoor workout! I picked up the Garmin cadence sensor and used it for the first time tonight. The install was very easy, and I love the wireless solution. Having recorded cadence data is a great perk too! I also picked up the new, more comfortable soft heart rate monitor strap. Wow, this strap is infinitely better! Looking forward to trying it on my run tomorrow…
Canadians looking to buy anything Garmin related, be sure to check out GPS City and GPS Central. Live in Calgary? Even better as these companies are both based here. You can pick up your items directly after ordering online instead of paying shipping and handling. And yes, you can get the new HR strap on its own at both of these retailers in case you aren’t planning on upgrading your Garmin just yet…