Sunday, March 13, 2011

HIM Training Week 9

i did not compete in the 2xu womens event on sunday and it was a great decision.  my first DNS.  instead i had a comfortable 70k ride in perfect conditions followed by an easy 5k brick.  on monday i was meant to do absolutley nothing - being  a public holiday and all.  instead i got carried away with cleaning the house and yard (hate being responsible) and really messed up a great opportunity to rest.

tuesday - swim 2.5k am - run 8.5k pm
i woke and felt like crap and really tired.  not a great start to the week.  so i decided to delay the run and/or miss the swim and slot it in further down the week.   i just kept thinking about focusing on one day at a time so after work i headed to the pool and had one of my better swims.  i am starting to like my new pool and the water was nice.  i was home by 7 and running gear on by 7.15.  the weather was cooler so it would be a nice run.  8.5k at an easy 6 minute pace.  then shower, eat and sleep.

wednesday - bike am 120 mins
i did not feel like doing this and tough when it is two laps and easy to just call it quits after one.  but i turned around and headed back out.  towards the top end of the golf course i rode past a kangaroo on the side footpath and as i came by it looked up at me with its sad brown eyes.  it had been hit by a car and could not move.  it really stressed me out.  i stopped and talked to a guy walking his dog and he said the security people usually took care of it.  then as i rode past the maintenance shed for the golf course i decided to pull in and speak to the guys.  one was an idiot and the other said he was too busy and unless it was on the golf course he didnt have to take care of it.  i wasnt expecting anyone to carry the animal off to the vets - just for someone to care enough to put the animal down (and i told them this just in case they thought i was a dumb blonde on an rescue the animals crusade).  if noone helped the animal then i hope it wasnt long before it passed.  i guess the person who hit the roo did not think to stop or didnt care.  for the future i am going to find who i can call and always take my mobile.  legs felt like crap all day at work. 

thursday - run 15.5k pm
well my plan to swim early this week was a massive fail.  decided the legs needed extra recovery time and i would move the swim to friday pm.  work is just a mind numbing joke.  when i got home i did not want to do this.  put my gear on and walked out the door at 6.15 trying not to think beyond the first lap.  i need to change my course up as it is getting boring.  lap 1 - 3.5k 6.00 pace.  too fast.  lap 2 - 4k 6.10 pace.  starting to feel okay.  lap 3 - 4k 6.20  pace.   all i could think of was one more lap to go.  lap 4  - 6.25 pace.  legs started to feel better.  i was actually going to do it.  total run 15.5k.  average pace 6.16.  i have never run this far before.  i am in unknown territory.  picked up a bag of ice and threw it in the bath with cold water.  got in for 15 minutes and it was hell and wonderful all at the same time.  waited 30 minutes and then had a warm shower.  on with the skins, food in the belly and to bed.

friday - bike am 90 mins - swim 2.6k pm
i was amazed when i woke up and i could walk.  it is an ice bath after every long run from now on.  i again thought about how i could get out of training and instead lie on my bed and watch karl and lisa.  but i noticed there was no wind.  one must always ride when there is no wind.  so out the door i went.  it was quite humid as my glasses kept fogging up.  had a major encounter with more kangaroos and saved one.  i had stopped to let a group of large ones cross and/or clear the road.  i didnt see the big boy i had practically stopped alongside.  a group of cars came by and my friend decided it was now a good time to make a move.  i waved at the first car and they managed to slow down just in time.  i find it strange that people who live at the vines are not more careful when they know the roos are always around - especially at 5.45 am in the morning.  i changed my mind about 50 million times while i was at work about the swim.  on auto pilot i drove there and actually got a good swim in.

saturday - swim 3.5k am - run 9k pm
it was tough getting out of bed.  i did not want to - at all.  but still i was at the pool by 7 and really pissed off as they had a squad session when it is normally just me and a few slow swimmers.  i had to share my lane with a guy doing side stroke.   seriously - why bother ?.  i wanted a nap before driving down to bunbury but instead just took it easy getting the car, gear and dogs organised.  in bunbury by five and headed off to a local trail that i knew was close to the folks house.  nice 2.3k loop that i completed three times and with the run there and back i had my third run ticked off.  i think i slept about five minutes on the rock of a bed in the spare room. 

sunday - bike 180 mins busselton course
up at 5 and in busselton by 6.  headed out on the course on very quiet roads.  it was a beautiful morning.  the local triathlon club must have been having an event as a sign was on a side road off layman road.  i rode down tuart drive for only a short distance as the shoulder is a rough ride and i didnt want to risk a puncture.  come race day the actual road is smooth enough.  so instead i did three loops turning around at tuart drive for a 90k ride.  it was well worth the trip.  yes the course is flat and fast but has its own challenges and we will see come race day. 

fuck i was tired.  desperate for food i scoffed a big angus burger and headed back to bunbury.  packed the car up again and said good-bye to the folks.  i drove without thinking about how much i wanted to rest.  made it back by 3 and was then too tired to take a nap. 

back at work and all i want to do is go back to bed.  now it starts all over again.


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