Hey folks, I hope everyone had a terrific weekend! Monday was Family Day here in Alberta, so it has been a long weekend here. It has been full of workouts, friends and family, and of course, the Olympics!! I’ve been soaking up as many events on TV as possible and I am so proud of all of our Olympic athletes! Anyhow, let’s recap, shall we?
Time for a long run! I waited till around lunch time to knock out this run out, but it stayed a bit chilly at –7C (19F). I had an 1:15 run on the schedule, but I arbitrarily decided to aim for 8 mi instead which would take me just a bit longer than that. I ran another out and back from downtown and west along the river, just like last week. The major difference was that the entire run went really well though! I carried water and a gel with me, and I downed a Gu Roctane pomegranate blueberry gel at the halfway mark. This was my first time trying out this flavour. It wasn’t my most favourite, but then again I tend to not care for berry flavoured gels.
When I turned around I was running into a fairly strong wind, but this fuelled me to keep to keep the speed up so I could minimize my time in the wind. I finished up at the YMCA in Eau Claire and immediately grabbed a chocolate milk and some cottage cheese. Before I had finished eating I had really cooled off so I ran to the changing room and had a long, hot shower to warm up. A great long run!!
I’ve been having a tough time fitting in a long run and a swim on Saturdays lately. This mostly has to do with the fact that I feel so cold by the time the run is done that all I want is a hot shower. I could try swimming before I run I suppose, but I haven’t tried that out yet. Instead I tried swimming early Sunday morning. I was at the pool soon after it opened and I knocked out a great 2000m swim. I showered, went home, then had a brick workout to take care of. It was like a mini-triathlon day!
My bike workout was a full of low cadence work to build strength, plus a couple of times where I had to hop off the bike for squats and lunges. 70 minutes of time on the trainer. Once I was done I quickly changed into running tights, threw on a jacket and went out for a 15 minute brick run. This was my first brick in ages! My legs felt wobbly and like they didn’t quite belong to me for the first few minutes. Bricks are a bit tough in this weather as even though I was warmed up it was still a bit of a shocker to transition from indoors to outdoors in the cold and the wind. My legs were tuckered after all of that!!
My only thing on the schedule for today was a drill swim. I hit up the Y later in the afternoon. The pool was fairly quiet and I had a lane to myself for probably half my workout. I ran through some 6 kick rolls, fist drills and fingertip drags for my drills. I also added in some paddle work to help build some strength. I definitely love working with paddles. I feel like it really helps to drive home certain aspects of good form.
And with that…now bring on the week! This one looks to be busy and fun!