I started Tuesday out by NOT forgetting my work clothes when I headed to the pool at 6:15 a.m. I am pretty sure I double and triple checked my bags before I left and I did a mental check on the way there.
The pool cleared out as soon as Elyssa and I got there. Not having to wait around for a lane – now that was definitely a good way to start the morning. We got in the pool and started swimming at 6:35 a.m. The workout wasn’t horrible, but it was still long! We started with a 500 warm-up, then 6×150, every other 25 was a drill. Then we tackled 2×400 (supposed to be with paddles, mine should be arriving today) and 4×200. Our last part of the workout was a 500. Coach said he wanted it between 7:30-8:00 minutes. My watch read 7:48 so I’d say I hit that interval where I was supposed to. I didn’t have a lot of time for a 200 cool-down (had to get in the shower) so I just did a 50.
Work was work. I packed a PBJ for breakfast, I hate half of it when I got to work along with some healthy “cookies” I made. When I was getting dressed at the gym I noticed there was a stain on my brand new shirt! I knew I didn’t stain it so I headed to the mall at lunch and swapped them out. Luckily I had an undershirt on so I wasn’t completely shirtless. I stopped at Panera because I knew I couldn’t make it through the day without more food. I got the You Pick 2 combo of the cobb chicken salad with avocado and the chicken noodle soup. I refuse to ever get any of their soups that have the word “creamy” in them. I just know it’s horrible for you so I avoid them. My favorite is the Black Bean soup but I changed it up. Lunch was good! It’s not cheap but Panera’s portions are perfect. Not too much, not too little.
After driving home in some crappy weather I tackled my ride for the evening. I had another 60 min easy ride at 90+ tempo, zones 1-2. My cadence was pretty high which was nice! This easy week is definitely helping me re-charge. When I got done and uploaded my Garmin data I realized it was day 30 of riding and training for IMLP! Part of my training plan from my coach is 100 days of riding in a row. The bike is the largest part of an Ironman race so he places a lot of focus on it. The hardest part of the first 30 days was when I was away for work. Riding the exercise bike was pure torture but I refused to NOT to complete the 100 days. I am looking forward to seeing my progress throughout the next 70 days (I don’t know what sounds worse, 70 days or 2 months plus and 10 days).
After my ride I showered and devoured some dinner. I got into bed pretty early and just played around on my phone. I really need to stop doing that. I don’t fall asleep well and I have restless sleep when I am on my phone a lot before bed. My doctor told me I need to unwind before I get into bed. I am trying!
Please look at the picture above. Now look at the one below. Quite the contrast in mood, huh?
I didn’t feel like putting in my contacts when I got up so I figured I would just wear my glasses. Well that worked until I started sweating and sweat was pouring over them. I took them off and put them back on a lot during the ride. I am so blind without my glasses or contacts. I hope my vision doesn’t keep getting worse I won’t have the ability to see by the time I am 50.
My ride this morning was a 10 minute warm up, 17 min at 95-100 cadence, 5 min easy, 17 min at 100-105 cadence, 5 min easy, and a 10 minute cool down. Once I got into the workout I woke up and was a little more into the ride. I hit the cadence in both sections. Looking forward to building speed and keeping the cadence at those numbers! I cut the cool-down by a few minutes so that I would have an hour on the bike. I only missed 4 more minutes. I needed to shower seeing as I got on my bike at 6:15 a.m. and was going to be late to work if I didn’t get moving!
I just have to lift tonight. Tomorrow morning I have a swim and then a bike in the evening.
I am ready for the weekend so I can sleep in!