Weekly Recap: On the road

Countdown to B2B: 17 weeks (week of June 25)

Being on the road is tough. Traveling across the Atlantic Ocean for less than 72 hours is REALLY tough. Then add a quick overnight turnaround before heading away for the weekend and you get what could have been a disastrous week for training. Fortunately I still got some pretty decent workouts in and even though it was a reduced volume week, I still feel good, considering what I had to work with!

Monday – Easy 5 mile run (8:57 min/mile): I traveled all night to Hamburg and went straight to the office (after a ShowerPill bath at the airport). I was pretty tired, but wanted to get some fresh (albeit rainy/windy) air and start my blood flowing a little after sitting for so long. I took it nice and easy for 5 miles along the river and just zoned out, enjoying the scenery and the fact that I am fortunate to have the opportunity to come here.

Tuesday – 1:00 stationary bike (~18 miles): After a solid night’s sleep {in a bed}, I felt good and was ready to get sweaty. I practiced my presentation while I was riding, but was still SUPER bored on the recumbent bike for an hour. As I looked out the window, I was glad it wasn’t a run day because the weather was still so rainy/windy and gross.

Wednesday – 6.5 mile run w/5 miles tempo @ 7:30 min/mileI love how early it gets light in Hamburg at this time of year! It was like the middle of the day at 6:30 a.m., even thought it was cloudy and kind of crappy out. I didn’t feel great to start, but eventually warmed up and the tempo miles weren’t too bad. 7:30, 7:23, 7:26, 7:23, 7:28.

Thursday – OFF: I got up at 4:00 a.m. Hamburg time (10:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday) to fly home. This was a good day to let my body rest from everything it has been through with travel over the last 5 days.  

Friday – Speedwork 6 miles w/6×800 @ 3:16 (6:32 min/mile) & OWS WakeboardingAfter staying up almost 24 hours the day before, it surprisingly wasn’t too difficult to get out of bed early to get this run in before we headed to the lake. After the first 3 repeats though, I was definitely feeling the affects of the jet lag, the heat/humidity of what would be the hottest day of the year and not eating before the run. After the first three 800′s, I was struggling bad and had to make a choice – either quit the workout or give myself longer rest intervals between repeats. I decided to stick it out and rest until I felt recovered, which was probably 3:00 or longer, rather than the 1:30 that was dictated in the workout. It hurt and I hated not feeling strong like I have been, but I was proud of myself for finishing: 3:13, 3:15, 3:14, 3:14, 3:14, 3:14.

I didn’t end up swimming in the afternoon because we went wakeboarding in the afternoon and my arms were super sore!

Saturday – 35.7 mile Ride (17.0 mph) & Wakeboarding: I always dread riding “long” by myself and then it is never as bad as I think it is going to be. I had a great (but hilly) solo ride on a beautiful morning at the lake and I was proud that I got out there and rode on my own.

Sunday – 9 miles (8:12 min/mile): For the second week in a row, I slept in a little and got started WAY later than I should be for this kind of heat! I didn’t head out until 7:45 and took Walter for the first 2 and even that was too much for him in the heat. I finished up 7 more on my own and was sweating so bad, I looked like I had just jumped in the lake! The first mile felt sluggish and the hills hurt, but I am very happy with the overall pace.

I was hoping to get in a double day and run 3 easy miles when I got back to Greenville Sunday night, but procrastinated the drive and ended up leaving the lake really late. When I got home at 10:30, the only thing I wanted to do was sleep!

Totals:

  • Swim = 0 yds
  • Bike = 53.7 miles
  • Run = 26.5 miles
  • Time = 7 hrs.


About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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3 Responses to Weekly Recap: On the road

  1. Terzah says:

    That was VERY good considering all that travel! And yeah, the recumbent bike….pretty dull….I must have music to get through it.

  2. Laura says:

    I’ve never done a long ride outside more than 15, I didn’t think about it being boring like a long run could be, but that makes sense. Glad it was better than you expected. And that’s an awesome long run pace, wow! Welcome back! :)

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