The other morning Lee told me I looked tired, I denied it and said I was feeling pretty good! But as the day progresses I realize he was right (as per usual) and I’m feeling a bit lazy on this recovery day! I only had a key swim session today which was a bit of a drag but I’m happy it’s done. The past two weeks have been quite good training-wise, and I’m happy to have logged over 20 hours of solid training three weeks in a row. Although I loved the training in the hilly and scenic Lanzarote, I am grateful for all the greenery and life I come across during my runs and cycles here.
Last week Lee had a 5h30 ride planned for me, which I had been really excited about a week in advance! The ride included 1 hour at a solid effort plus some race pace towards the end as well. The day finally came and I was completely in my element. I just wanted to get the first hour of easy riding done and start the 1h of effort! I was really pleased with the power output over the hour and was surprised by how quickly time past. The next hour was easy again, allowing me to enjoy the beautiful melodies of the birds as I cycled through the Brenne national park. During the race pace efforts my legs slowly started to fatigue as the intervals went on. It was a good feeling though, knowing I had to dig in a little bit to hit the power targets. The last interval came as a relief, and it was nice knowing that all that was left was an easy spin back home. However, this easy spin was the least enjoyable of the whole ride. With 5 hours already in the bank, I started to get a bit hungry and cold, and just wanted to get home at that point! I made it home safe and sound, and despite my slight bonk at the end, I came home with a big smile on my face and 155km in the bank. The best part was refueling, knowing I had burnt approximately 3000 calories. =D
Another training highlight was getting to use the track down at Le Blanc for the first time. This will be a great addition for all Tri-topians to use during their stay with us! It had been a long time since I’d done speed work like that, so it felt a bit strange touching those kinds of speeds again! Lee was standing on the side with a stopwatch in hand while I ran ‘naked’ (no watch or other gadgets to tell me how fast or slow I was going). My splits were consistent and I was pleasantly surprised with the times I was getting. Unfortunately I started getting some GI discomfort which prevented me from finishing the whole work out. Frustrating, but it was a good (and only the first of many to come) track session. I’ll have to start keeping a food diary to see if there are any patterns to the issue!
This morning I had my best swim yet since getting back into consistent training after my time out due to the eardrum issue. I have to thank our newcomer Kathryn for that, as it was very motivating to swim beside someone! Our session consisted of two sets of 4×200 hard with a long rest interval. Lung busting at the time, but we were in good spirits afterwards as we enjoyed our well deserved jacuzzi time. Fortunately Kathryn is swimming a pretty similar pace so I’m really excited to have a swimming partner from now on! Welcome to the Tri-topia family Kathryn!
Coming up this weekend is the Poitiers-Futuroscope half marathon! This will be my first real stand alone half marathon. Although there’s always that voice in my mind saying I haven’t trained fast, long, hard, slow enough, I’m excited to see what I’m capable of. My goal is to go hard, hang on, and hurt for as long as I can.
“The limits of possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible” – Arthur C Clarke