After a holiday weekend, it’s always tough to get back on a schedule.
December dawn patrol has begun.
It was kind of a weird workweek, too. Some days flew by while others seemed never-ending.
General training notes: aside from a missed swim workout on Wednesday, this was another great week logging meters and miles. I’m really enjoying this relatively unstructured training, but it is time to start easing back into an official plan: my coach and I met this week for a summit meeting of sorts to talk about 2017 and beyond. We’re in the process of building a two-year plan, and I’m really excited! (Post coming soon!) Right now, I will say my hard start date for 2017 is Jan. 1.
Monday – a.m. run
My favorite route: an easy 5.5 miles with two loops around the Reservoir
Tuesday – a.m. run
Another easy 5.5 miles—in shorts and a t-shirt.
Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters off
When life happens, all you can do is accept and adjust. So when I woke up for swim practice and discovered I was locked in my apartment, all I could do was read my book. (I finished Belgravia. It’s written by the guy who did Downton Abbey. So good!) We were eventually sprung … just not in time for a 6 a.m. swim practice, ha.
Thursday – a.m. run
December dawn patrol in shorts and a tank top.
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Woohoo for Friday Flyday: lots of IM work during this 4000m practice, and I stayed for the entire 1.5 hours without being late to work. Success!
Saturday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
A few Tailwind buds and I met in Central Park for a short run and hot chocolate. Since I haven’t been on my bike since August, it’s been a while since I’ve seen everyone, and it was great to hang out and catch up. (I will be back on my bike in two weeks.)
Tailwind Endurance in now Tailwind Indulgence … until the off-season is over at least. Coach Keane did a get job setting the pace!
Later that afternoon, I conquered my first-ever “test set” at masters practice: 5×200. The protocol was to swim the first 200 all-out and try to stay within three seconds for each subsequent one. We had a packed lane and failed to put ourselves in the right order, so I got stuck behind a few folks and felt like I was just cruising during the 200s. (For the actual swimmers, my splits were all around 3:00-3:02.) For added fun, we did three starts off the blocks in preparation for next Sunday’s meet—ekkkk!
Sunday – a.m. run
Perfect fall … er … day for a long run. One of my training buds and I met up for eight easy miles in Central Park. My legs did not feel great—most likely due to back-to-back 4000m swim practices—but it was a beautiful day, and we had a great time chatting away.
What are your goals for December?