Hello, week 15! This week saw a big increase in volume from the previous week; which wasn’t hard seeing as the previous week was essentially zero in the exercise department.
On Saturday I had my most mentally challenging bike ride ever. About 30 seconds into the ride (on a hill already, mind you) I realized I was stuck in the 2nd, harder ring. (I normally stay in the 1st ring on hilly routes because there’s less resistance on the pedals and you can keep your speed on the hills. As you go up in rings, you encounter more resistance. Or something like that.) I thought I had just left the bike in that gear after my simulated hill ride on the trainer on Thursday. Anyway, once I was on flat road again, I tried to adjust. Nothing. I was trying to shift and sighing audibly as everyone was riding on by me with ease. I was pedaling and it felt HARD…I was barely moving. Eventually my coach caught up and we stopped on the side of the road to check it out. This is what we found:
My poor little injured bike! Basically, my gear shifter is broken on one side. There wasn’t much we could do to fix it at that point, so I begrudging got back on the bike and went on my not-so-merry way. It was SO HARD. I ended up being alone the entire way and again, stuck in a harder gear. As I was riding, I planned to turn around early and scrap the ride. I didn’t want to deal with it. I think a few tears might have fallen. But, when I got back to my car, I decided…what the heck. I’m finishing this. I reminded myself that I alone have the choice in how I react and respond to tough situations…and I needed to be tougher. Finishing a harder ride will only make me better, right? So I slowly lightened up, turned my attitude around, and finished with another out and back. 40 tough miles later, I ran off the bike for 10 minutes to finish my workout. (Was still a little nervous about the foot so I decreased the run from 20 minutes.) I was proud that I ended up finishing after such a rough start.
Another positive thing happened this week: I did another swim time trial and improved my times! After warming up each day, I completed the following:
Negative splits both days! So pumped I’m improving. I’ve been feeling a little more comfortable in the water and my shoulder hasn’t been hurting, hooray! And while I still don’t love the pool, I’m happy that I’m doing a little less flailing around and a little more actual swimming.
After being inspired by all the PRs and races being run by pretty much everyone this weekend (I’m officially obsessed with the idea of running Eugene next year, who’s in?) I finished with 5 slow miles on Sunday. Better than no miles.
In other news, I’ve realized that icing my foot hurts it more. The days it started hurting more were the days I brought an ice pack to work and iced all day. Heat, however, feels glorious. I read that the navicular bone naturally doesn’t get a lot of blood flow…and that heat improves blood flow. I’m not sure if this is scientifically correct or what to do with this information, but all I know its that heat + my navicular bone = happiness. Also, my cute Forever 21 black boots = FOOT PAIN. No boots = happy feet. See how much I’m learning?
In week 15, I completed approximately 9 hours of training:
5,450 meters of swimming
63 miles (ish) of cycling (mix of indoor and outdoor rides)
20 minutes strength + core work (need to work on this)
9.5 miles running
For the rest of the evening I’ll be playing on this website: 8 Tracks – I’m currently listening to “summer+chill”.
How was your week? Ready for another one? What websites are you addicted to right now?