Today I would have to say I spent both of my workouts going up and down. This morning I met my training partner to swim. Neither of us has completed a 3,000 meter swim since mid May. So this morning was the day to get a good, long endurance swim in. We started with a 1,000 meter warm up of swimming, pulling and kicking. The the main set – three pyramids. Each one is 500 meters with increasing distances then back down. So 25-50-75-100-100-75-50-25. I do all of mine on segments equivalent to 2:15 per 100. For most sets this would give me between 5 to 12 seconds recovery. The first two were separated by a 200 pull to regroup before going back. The last one was followed by a 100 meter cool down. I was able to stay within the time send off for all sets. The first two were consistent. By the middle of the third set I was slowing down, but stuck to the interval set, sometimes with only 2 to 5 seconds to recover. It was a challenging workout and I felt good at the end.
This afternoon I tried out a new 19.4 mile loop to ride. Usually I go out and back, but I wanted to mix it up. The new loop eliminated the largest climb home I used to do and was replaced with a three mile long steady climb. In the end my assessment is six of one, half a dozen of the other. There were some great downhill rushes. I maxed at 30.9 miles per hour. Next ride I probably could let it go faster. With this being my first ride, I was a bit conservative looking out for pot holes and road kill. One thing riding the hills has me doing more of now is stretching. My right IT band has been tightening and causing some knee pain after long rides. IT band issues are right up there with plantar fasciitis. Both are painful and stink. Stretching is the best for both and they are very difficult muscles to properly stretch. I have been planning on adding yoga to my schedule, hopefully by the end of June that will become a reality.
All in all it was a very good day. Both workouts were challenging and I ended them feeling like I met the challenge well. As an added bonus, I had lunch today with my locker room girlfriends. I wrote about them back in March. Like the ups and downs of my workouts, we all have ups and downs in life. Having friends to share life’s experiences with is better than any downhill rush. These ladies really are like family to me. If it were not for our gym (fitness center, club, etc…) and our common interest in taking care of ourselves, we most likely would have not met. We are an eclectic group, which makes it all the better. But smiles, conversation and laughs are something we can all share. And that made the day extra special.