|Total Time||3 hrs||10.5 hrs||3.5 hrs||1 hr||18 hrs|
|Total Distance||5,400m||190 miles||26 miles|
This was my heaviest week so far – 18 hours of training. I missed about 30 minutes of running, so I guess it could have been worse, but I had some blister issues that I had to let settle down. But this was my second to last heavy week… a recovery week coming up and then one last hard one after we move to Boston. Oh yeah – we move to Boston next weekend.
Monday – Morning strength session with Olivier was fairly relaxed as I was still recovering from the half-ironman last weekend. That night, I jumped on the trainer for :45 to start working the tightness out of the legs.
Tuesday – Morning swim with the group. Nothing major to note – I did 2,900. Tuesday night was 50 minutes on the trainer. After, I finally biked up my bike from the shop – it needed repairs from when I broke my cable during the race the previous weekend. It also turns out a screw had fallen out of my rear dropouts which is why I struggled to keep my real wheel aligned. That’s now fixed. Phew.
Wednesday – I decided to move my long run from the weekend to a mid-week run. Ryan and I did 18 miles through Umstead – it would have been fine, but about 9 miles into it, the blister on my right foot that had formed during the race on Saturday decided to get bigger and then explode. Wow, did that hurt. So, the rest of the run was extremely painful. By the end, my sock was covered in blood and the top of my shoe was bright red. Ouch.
Thursday – Morning swim with the group – swam 2,900. Took the evening off.
Friday – Because I missed the evening bike ride on Thursday, I got up super early and was on the trainer by 5:15 and rode it for 2.5 hours. I then swam for 30 minutes at lunch.
Saturday – Long ride. 113 miles in 5:57. No land speed records, but it was 19mph average. It was a memorable ride for a lot of reasons. First, it was the longest ride of my life. Second, it went far enough out of town that we were just on completely empty, very smooth roads riding through the hills of NC. But the best part came about halfway where we stopped to pee … and a big black dog came out to greet us. His big tail was wagging and his ears were back, so we knew he was safe. So we said goodbye and started to ride off… and then the dog was in the grass running next to us. We were soon going 21mph and the dog was STILL next to us. After a mile, he got distracted by something in woods and darted off to chase something. 10 seconds later – he was back next to us. For 2 miles, he was running by our side – over 20mph the entire time. It was really crazy. Seriously – not sure why I was so taken by this, but I can’t stop telling people about it.
Sunday – Since I did my long run on Wednesday, this was only an hour for me. I ran 8 miles from my house.