I woke this morning to a very heavy overcast sky, cool air, and an all day threat of rain and thunderstorms. Having to ride long today by myself, I was not encouraged. I didn’t want to ride out 15 miles only to get stuck in a thunderstorm, so I went to my basement and road for two hours on my trainer. I should have gone for three hours, but there is only so much I can take. I did set the program on a challenging level and I felt like I had ridden well.
After my ride I had little time to shower, change and head to the pool. I met one of the life guards who conducts swim lessons on Saturdays. We got in the pool and he did a stroke analysis of me. He has also encouraged me over the past few months to focus on long, gliding strokes. Rather that focus on how fast I can turn my arms, the streamline technique is more important. For me and how I swim, I have to agree. With all of the distance I put in swimming this year, I did notice an improvement up until March and then I plateaued. Just in the week I have been modifying my stroke I have cut five seconds off of my 100 meter splits. My homework this week is to work on technique including a steady kick. The kick is my hardest part, so I have my work cut out for me.
After swimming I got home and headed out for an easy run. My trainer scheduled today as 2 to 4 miles easy. Of course I started out with the plan of four miles. Early in to the run I felt the fatigue from riding and swimming today and my heart rate was difficult to keep in my lower zone 3 – zone two was even harder. By a half mile in, I decided to run only three miles. I continued to feel fatigued and my heart rate told me to walk almost as much as I was running… I think you see where this is going. At the one mile mark I turned around and ran back. I ran/jogged two miles and still was able to keep my heart rate average at 125, but it required much slower movement today.
The sky is still gloomy although it hasn’t rained yet today. I wish I had ridden outside, but then I most likely would have been doing a rain dance too. All in all I had a good day training. I also squeezed in a nap with all of my activity. Now I am ready to meet friends for one of my favorite social activities – a wine tasting. After a full day of training, this I know I will enjoy. Summer is in full bloom and I am fortunate to be enjoying it – each moment at a time.