Monday, August 11, 2014

A Weekend of Racing + A Weekly Re-cap

G and I certainly know how to jam pack a weekend.  Between my 4:30 am alarm on Saturday and full day out and yesterday's 5:30 am alarm and race, I was completely wiped out.  I was so exhausted yesterday afternoon, I had an hour long snooze on the couch.   Not a cat nap, a full on sleep, drool and all.  But I woke up feeling refreshed so obviously I needed it.  I spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around and we finally took the time to chill out on our back deck.  It was the first time this summer I sat out there! 

It was a fun weekend though.  I really loved cheering my friends on at Bracebridge on Saturday.  They're all doing Muskoka 70.3 next month and I had thought about going up to cheer them on.  Now, I'm definitely going because G signed up for it!  YEAH!  I'm so excited for him.  He had a great race on Saturday (4th in his AG) and he was really happy with how it all went.   He's starting to get back to his old self, which is so nice to see after his injury earlier this year. 

Yesterday I raced my first Iron Girl event, which was fantastic.  I'll write up a full recap later on this week but for now I'll say it was AWESOME.  I'll definitely go back and do it again.  I'm hoping that maybe I can get a group of my girlfriends to do it next year.  THAT would be fun.  It was also Tom Sawyer's first race and he did not disappoint (35kph average on the bike, heck yeah!).

I had a good week of training, scaled back a bit from last weeks big week.  But there was some much higher intensity work in there, like my Thursday night TT and yesterday's race.  I'm finding these days that I can't have high volume and high intensity without feeling like I got hit by a Mack Truck so there has to be some balance. 

This is how last week went down:

Monday:  73.74 km bike ride
Tuesday:  90 minute strength / flexibility work in a.m. + 10.7km Tempo Run
Wednesday:  2500m swim
Thursday:  1h upper body & core / flexibility in a.m. + 15km Bike TT in p.m.
Friday:  2000m swim
Saturday:  OFF
Sunday:  Iron Girl race:  500m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

Total:  7h 30 minutes

Swim:  5000m
Bike:  108.74km 
Run:  15.70km

I've joined a Strava challenge for cycling and my goal is to ride between 300-350km this month.  Right now I'm at 192km and trainer km's don't count.  Not that I have a trainer wheel for my bike anyway, but, it means that I need to get out on the road.  I've signed up for another TT this week with the Toronto Triathlon Club.  It's only 13km but it's got a good climb in it and it's closer to home.  YEAH.  Right now the forecast is calling for rain so I'm crossing my fingers that changes. 

How was your weekend?   Did you manage to get out and enjoy the awesome summer weather?

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