As quickly as it arrived, the snow melted.
Upper West Side winter wonderland
The ground was covered in powder yesterday, yet most of it is currently slush. I even wore shorts on my run today!
General training notes: guess who’s back on her bike! This week marked my first ride since the Cazenovia Triathlon back in August, and it felt so great to return. I missed my Tailwind people. Other than that, it was another uneventful week of swimming and running.
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer ride at Tailwind Endurance
I’m baaaack! I made my triumphant return to the saddle for 75 minutes of drills and tempo work. On the bright side, the engine is good—but I could definitely feel the absence of biking in my legs even though we lowered my FTP by 30 watts. We will get it back soon enough.
Tuesday – a.m. run
Easy 5.5 miles in Central Park
Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Following Sunday’s swim meet, the masters coaches think it’s time for me to move up a lane, so for the next couple practices, I’ve been tasked with watching my splits and dialing in how I feel. We logged 3000m this kick-heavy practice, and I led my “normal” lane.
Thursday – a.m. run
My legs felt trashed from Wednesday’s kick-heavy practice, so I was thankful for my run bud. There’s no way I would’ve done the entire loop of Central Park without him.
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
So. Much. Kicking. Part of our warm-up included a 4×100 IM kick set, and I logged about 3000m total before work.
Saturday – a.m. run with Achilles NYC
This upcoming triathlon season, I plan to make it a priority to give back to the sport, and since a lot of my friends volunteer with Achilles, I attended my first run to see what it’s all about. A non-profit, Achilles has chapters and members in more than 65 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. The organization aims to provide athletes with disabilities a community of support. Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners come together to train in an environment of support and community. Even in the freezing rain, Achilles hosted its holiday reindeer run, and I was pleasantly surprised by how many people came. Along with three other volunteers, I ran with about four miles with one of the Achilles athletes. The group meets Tuesday evenings for workouts as well, and I plan to make it part of my routine.
Sunday – a.m. run
Worlds collided for today’s long run: one of my swimming friends joined my running bud and me for 10 miles in Central Park. It was a balmy 52 degrees, and the miles flew by!
Have your workouts been affected by winter weather?