First things first: yes, I got up at 2 am to watch the royal wedding. I was back in bed by 3:30 and then slept in until almost 6 and got on with my day. Totally worth it!
This morning’s workout was one of my favorites of all time – stacking bricks. Long-time bloggy friends may remember when I crowed about this workout last summer. (Though, then again, you probably don’t because why would you commit my silly ramblings to memory???) On tap for the morning was a 5-mile bike ride 1-mile run brick for as many repeats as I wanted to handle. I knew for sure I could do three repeats but felt pretty good about making it to five. When I woke up to 20 mph winds with gusts up to 30 mph, I wanted to chicken out of the whole thing! But I’m a firm believer in training in all kinds of weather so I can be prepared for whatever weather race day throws at me (please, please, PLEASE don’t let it be this windy on race day!!!) Once I got going, of course, it wasn’t super awful and I ended up with four satisfyingly consistent repeats. Can’t ask for better than that, right?
Today’s bike-run (x4) extravaganza was made all the better by having IronHubs act as my own personal paparazzo. Ha, ha! (We recently got a fancy-schmancy new camera and he was trying it out for the first time.)
I thought about cropping this one, but the fact is, no amount of cropping was going to disguise how ghetto-tastic our garage looks. One would think with that many cleaning implements at my disposal that I would keep things tidy. Sadly, no.
Ready to run, but what’s this? ANOTHER epic Garmin fail??? I had let Garmin stop itself with an Auto Pause in Bike Mode, and when I changed it over to Run Mode (I don’t use Auto Multisport because I don’t like the display screens as much as the regular ones. I could probably fiddle with this, but I haven’t.), it freaked out and turned itself off. When I turned it back on and waited the minute and a half for it to find satellites, it was still in freak-out mode and appeared to be measuring my distance in milliliters. Thankfully, I know exactly where the half-mile turnaround point is and I was very happy that it recorded my overall time so I could do the math to figure out my pace later. According to my Training Center data, I ran 3.27 miles at a 2:39 pace – LOL! Next time around, I hit “Stop” as I was getting off the bike and didn’t have any trouble at all switching modes and recording correct data. *whew*
Ahhh, another sweat-tastic workout on the record books. You can bet I’ll be shoveling food in my pie-hole like it’s my job after this one! Let’s crunch some numbers, shall we?
Reading last year’s numbers made me a little sad (damn, I used to be fast!), but no sense lingering on that. I’m happy and proud of where I am training-wise right now. This week has seen my highest training volume since…maybe ever on the swim and bike, so why worry about my paces?
I hope today was a fun and sweaty day for you, too! Good luck to all my racing blog-buddies this weekend!! Sure wish I was heading up to Eugene to cheer you all on…when you hear cowbells, just know that I’m there in spirit!