Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Starting Fresh

Last week was busy at work so I didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with my prescribed workouts.  Thank goodness things are different this week!  I had a big presentation to give on Monday, and once that was done I took off for the pool.  I had my first ever 3000 meter swim on the schedule.

I had about 45 minutes before the masters swim group came in and the public swim lanes would drop down to two.  Things were pretty quiet in my lane, but about 5 minutes before the master swim group I hopped into one of the other lanes.  Slowly but surely as the work day came to a close those two lanes got busier and busier.  All of a sudden I found myself in the medium/fast lane with four other people in it.  Things were moving pretty swiftly and I didn’t have too much left in my workout.  I threw the rest intervals out the window and just swam and attempted to hang on to toes.  It wound up being an intense cool down, but it was really fun to push myself and try to hang on.  3000 meters done.  The first of what I’m sure will be many long swim workouts!

Our final spin class at Crestmont was on Tuesday night.  It was one intense, head bobbing hard workout and I was grinning (or at least making a squishy face) the entire time.  I’m excited to ride outdoors but I will definitely miss the slightly more social aspect of indoor riding.  We typically have a pot luck after our final indoor class, so as we were cooling down Angie’s husband started passing beers out for us.   IMG_0019IMG_0021 After we finished up 90 minutes of riding we hopped off the bikes, hung out and chowed down on salad, fruit, cookies, brownies, Nanaimo bars….good stuff! 

Sadly while the calendar says spring, the weather in Calgary says winter.  It has been snowing and cold all week.  The average temperature for this time of year is 15C (59F) so we are definitely below seasonal.  Fingers crossed….hopefully….it looks like things should improve by the weekend…

22 comments:

Run Sarah said...

Love the beer and riding, too fun! It's been cold in Vancouver too the past few days, here's hoping the west warms up!

Marit C-L said...

I'm hoping you guys get warm weather soon! In the mean time - GREAT job with the swim and...that spin class sounds awesome. Sign me up! :)

Petraruns said...

Love the beer while spinning - looks good.

Can't believe it's still snowing there - I thought the cold here was bad!

TNTcoach Ken said...

So that's what those things on the aero bars are for!!!! I've been carrying beers in my jersey pockets!

Julie said...

Hilarious pic of the beer on your aero pad...Hahahaha!! You guys have such a good group! :) :)

I'm just waiting for the weekend too -- the thing about this time of year is to just hang in there because you KNOW it's going to snow, melt, and repeat at least a dozen more times. LOL!

Marlene said...

Congrats on your first 3K (!!!) swim!

Sounds like a great way to wrap up indoor spin season. I hope the weather cooperates for some nice outdoor rides soon!

ShirleyPerly said...

Awesome job on the swim workout! If you want heat, Central FL is hitting 90's pretty much every day now with the humidity factored in ;-)

Molly said...

Brrrr I hope your weather warms up!!! Sounds like you're starting to hit the big increases in training - very exciting!

Wes said...

Just DAYUM! I'm calling my gym and telling them.... I WANT BEER AT EVERY SPIN CLASS! so there...

RockStarTri said...

Beer would get me back at spin classes I'm sure.

lindsay said...

i love it! was it a mexican beer for cinco de mayo? i was sooo tempted to stop at the mexican restaurant i ran by (twice!) and grab some chips/salsa and a margarita...

i hope the weekend is more spring-like!! gross!

Susi said...

leave it to ken to bring the beer! lol. what a great way to spend the end of the spin sessions!

Dano said...

I hate it when work affect training! Good job on the 3k swim!

Sassy Molassy said...

I need to get on my bike more. Just so hard to fit everything in during the week when running is my main focus. But I'd love to get better at riding. I'm a weakling!

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Alexandra said...

I like how you celebrate after an intense workout!

Bring on the beer on the patio weather!

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Mel-2nd Chances said...

Love the pic of the bottle of beer in the armrest! too funny! Hopefully it'll warm up soon!

Keith said...

Looks like Sleemans.

Fingers crossed for outside riding weather this weekend. Hoping to get out.

Alisa said...

It's been below seasonal here too UNTIL this weekend. I hope you get some nice weather soon.

Great job with the LONG swim, 3000 Meters is FAR =).

The un-Zen Runner said...

You know, every time I've run a marathon I always think I'll finish and then, like your picture, drink a bunch of beer. But then I'm always queasy and ill afterward. Boo. That should be my goal for 2010. To finish a marathon and not be so ill that I can't down a beer. :)