Showing posts from March, 2010

Week 12

March 22-28
S:1.25 B:98 R:6

This week definitely broke the routine. I couldn't run on my ankle so I spent alot of time on the elliptical and the bike and got some strength training in. I was getting worried on Friday because I did a test run and could only do a mile before it felt tender. Today it is cooperating and I was able to run for an hour on it. RELIEF! I'm so glad I have cross-training activities to fall back on. That elliptical is also a heck of a workout. Now I can get back to making sure I'm ready for the marathon and century in the upcoming weeks.

All the way up to 11 - Alcatraz!

March 15-21
S:3.8 B: 62.95 R:13

This was a good week, focused on doing the Alcatraz swim crossing on Saturday morning with Water World Swim. This was an exciting and challenging venture, not for the feint of heart. It was a bit windy, so had some choppiness especially close to the island. I felt like I was going up and down more than swimming forward, and hard to catch a good rhythm. But Coach Pedro says when mother nature dances you have to take her lead and be flexible. Good day for mental training and navigation. I can't imagine people that have never swam in open water before especially in choppy conditions try do this swim for the first time on triathlon day! All I can say is you could be in for a BIG SURPRISE. We got lots of good tips on the swim, and how to navigate to St. Francis Yacht club on the current. Though I knew the cue when to turn right, I don't know why I waited so long. It was the fear of current sending me past the beach and I wanted to get to calmer water…

Week #10

S:2.8 B:44 R:33
Today was an epic training day, 1 hr swim and 2 1/2 hr run along the waterfront at Sunday Streets. Beautiful day. It was easy to do 9:30 - 10:00 pace for the long run. I found that it feels better to do the fast speedwork later on in the week and not the first workout after the long run. I don't know what happened to my 5k race pace (longer repeats maybe) but I'm not going to worry about that right now. I'm able to make the 8:00 pace way more comfortable. The strides are getting stronger. Did CPR training on Saturday at the Red Cross, so no bike ride. Swimming Alcatraz next week!

Week #9

S: 1.5

The week started off really weak. My poor pup had seizures three nights in a row. His epilepsy surfaces maybe twice a year like this. He has a grand mal, which is followed by constant pacing in half-blind state. That's when I grab his leash and we go for brisk walk outside at 1am. Then 2 hours later, followed by another one. The first night this happened 3 times. The seizures gradually decrease in intensity over the next few days. We're so thankful to have found the right meds and diet for him - this used to happen every 2 months!

I can't think of anything worse for your body and mind than no sleep. He was very exhausted also by the end of it.

I postponed my interval run and plan to up my bike and swim mileage. Here is what the fancy interval run looked like, it's from a FIRST training plan:

I sandwiched this run in some hills, because I heard BSIM is hilly. Maybe I need to check the elevation chart.

Sunday Swims - an excellent swim in the bay. We had a ni…