This week was a week of firsts and foils. I rode the Queen of the Hill route (first time), and even took a quick detour to see the lake (first time as well). Speaking to anyone who has yet to see the course, I am confident it’s going to be a great race in June. If you haven’t signed up already- get on it! The lake is beautiful- calm, serene and good visibility (ok so all the triathletes kicking and splashing the day of the race might ruin some of the calmness and serenity but work with me) and the bike/run route is perfect, not too hilly or flat, all right turns, thus no crossing into traffic while riding.
But back to my training week.
On top of my virgin Queen of the Hill ride, I also did my first swim/bike brick and my first bike/run brick. I was anxious to do the swim/bike, as I still find I struggle to regulate my breathing while swimming. Though I don’t necessarily notice in the water, there have been a number of times that I have been dizzy when I get out of the pool. I can almost certainly chalk it up to improper breathing and though I continue to concentrate on this aspect of my training, I wanted to be sure I could get out of the pool and immediately get on a bike. (And by immediately I mean 7-10 minutes later). Let’s just say I am happy I will be wearing a tri suit in June! It will be such a relief to wear 1 outfit the entire race and now have to worry about changing. The trifecta of getting out of my wet swimsuit, into running tights and onto my bike was an accomplishment in and of itself.
Aside from that, my 1st swim/bike workout went well. It felt good to get out into fresh air immediately following the swim. And the ride/run brick…. Not too bad at all. After a great early Saturday morning ride with two fellow clubbers, a 2 mile run felt pretty good. The first few minutes my legs felt wobbly and kind of strange, but after 5 minutes or so, felt fine. I have done some indoor bike/run workouts, but it was different to do outside. Definitely a must before competing in your 1st tri!
So what got foiled this week? Unfortunately, after my swim/bike workout I was unable to get back in the pool. A 2 1/2 hour delay at Philadelphia airport foiled my attempt at a hotel swim Wed night and I must admit, after seeing the postage stamp size of it, I quickly hit snooze (followed by snooze, snooze and snooze) when my alarm went off the next morning. It just wasn’t appealing. Friday I ended my run at the gym, only to discover that the pool had been closed for maintenance from 12-4 (I arrived at 12:12) and today I happened upon a toddler swim class. While I doubt they would have been as difficult to swim against as the aqua class, was more worried about their ability to swim FASTER than me.
So this week is all about swimming. I will tailor most of my workouts around my goal to swim at least 2, hopefully 3 times. It is my weakest sport and it’s time to get serious. That the end of the week coincides with the start of the Memorial day weekend and my in-laws have a great pool is beside the point. I just might have to incorporate a “Rode” style swim workout into my repertoire, one where I swim and “un-wine” after.