Hiya, friends! Yes, I’m alive! My week has been crazy, so I have lots of updates to share. Let’s list it up!
1. You knew this one was coming.
T-minus 24 days until South Beach! I’m obviously super pumped, but I’m starting to get nervous—about the ocean swim (because I haven’t been in open water since September), the bike (because I haven’t been outside since October), and the run (because it will be hotter than Hades). Quite honestly, I don’t feel ready to race, so good thing it’s classified as a “C” event, meaning I’ll train through it and not “race” it. I’m more than ready for some beach time, though!
2. Speaking of training, I’ve had some pretty kick-butt workouts this week. Scott, the head coach of Full Throttle Endurance, led Monday’s speedwork session—and I survived! We did a ton of 400m, 600m, and 800m repeats, and my pacemates and I took turns leading and sharing the workload. However, Scott being Scott was hooting and hollering during our final 800m set and wanted me to overtake our pacesetter during the last 200m. I had a ton of gas left in the tank (come to think of it, I might be in the wrong pace group, but whatever), but I didn’t want to be “that teammate” who blows by the paceleader. No one “wins” practice, right? But I did it anyway. It felt so good to full-out sprint! Scott totally lost it and started cheering, and after I finished, he came up to me and said, “Now that’s how you finish a race!” and gave me a fist pound. Hopefully he forgot about Trial By Fire.
3. Wednesday’s indoor cycling workout went really well, too. This was my second session with Scott, and I love his coaching style. Don’t get me wrong: Andrew is the man, but whereas Andrew reminds me of my high school basketball coach, Scott is my high school basketball coach; his loud, intense, in-your-face coaching works for me. It definitely isn’t for everyone, but I value a coach who will push and challenge me. Anyway, Scott used me as an example of good cycling technique (totally shocking!), and he also asked if I’m a strong cyclist outdoors; I guess my engine and power inside are pretty decent.
So much fun!
5. Speaking of non-triathlon happenings (I swear, I do other things besides swimming, biking, and running), I went to yoga this morning.
Logistically, it’s been tough to go before work, and it felt great to return to my mat—perfect form of exercise for an active rest day.
Time to shop for groceries and tackle a freelance assignment. Have a great Thursday!
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