Greetings from Sanibel, FL!
Tuesday was my last day of work, so I hopped on a plane and headed south. I arrived Wednesday afternoon, and it’s been such a nice vacation—and a true vacation too because I haven’t had to check email, respond to tweets, or post on Instagram unless it was for personal use.
General training notes: This week was a mixed bag. Swimming is feeling great—finally!—and I only rode once this week. Plus, the weather has had more of an effect on my run workouts than I would like. Everything is getting logged, though, and this span is really about relaxing and enjoying Florida and family time before I head back to NYC and dial back in—both to training and to my new job.
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance
Back to the Three Bears, a.k.a. low cadence/strength work in the saddle. This workout goes by fast—each block lasts only 3:30, and we repeat it four times—and it’s one of those where you don’t feel like you did a lot of work. But then you try to walk up the stairs at work …
Tuesday – a.m. run
We still haven’t introduced true speedwork yet, but we are starting to program some more challenging fartlek runs. I faced a 2-4-6-4-2 progression at my projected 5-K pace with three minutes recovery between each effort. The first time around, my legs felt stiff—totally my own fault for wearing shorts when it was windy and 37*F—and the pace was all over the place. Luckily, I had to repeat the set, and the second time, I was able to hit and hold the prescribed pace a little more easily. Overall, I didn’t feel great about this workout, but chances are, we’ll do it again next week.
Wednesday – p.m. swim
Since I’m here for nearly one week, Earl and I decided an unofficial/self-imposed swim camp would be a great idea. Look at that outdoor pool and try to not be excited. This was a light, 2,250-yard workout with some body position drills and a 10×100 main set.
Thursday – a.m. run
Cruise intervals with eight minutes at Ironman, marathon, half-marathon, and 10-K efforts. Two minutes rest between. I started this workout too late in the day; it was 67*F when I began and 77*F when I finished, so the final set was tough.
Friday – a.m. swim and strength train
Easy, 2,250-yard swim with my new buds
Lots of body position work and lots of Pitbull and Rihanna
Saturday – a.m. swim
Blissful endurance swim with a main set of 3×1000 yards. Initially, I was concerned about keeping track of all those laps, but I played around with breathing—switching from left-side only to right-side only to bilateral—to keep it interesting and engaging.
Sunday – a.m. run
Easy six miles in the heat
When you’re on vacation, what’s your favorite type of workout to do?