After an awesome week of training the previous week, I was really excited to start T-11. However, the week didn’t go as planned. My older sister went into labor Monday evening and my sisters, mom, niece and I spent most of the night either awake at my mom’s (waiting while she went to the hospital around 9pm) or at the hospital in the L&D room / in her room post-delivery.
My nephew was born at 2:11am. Isn’t he the cutest thing?
I crawled into bed at 5am, nursed the littlest guy when he woke up at 545 and went back to sleep til 7. I took a 2 hour nap later in the morning while my youngest napped (my husband worked from home thank goodness!). But man, ~4 hours of broken sleep is brutal. That one night of poor sleep affected me ALL week – I just felt like I couldn’t catch up on sleep. That coupled with intense training left me passed out on the couch or facedown in bed at 8pm all week.
After a night of very little sleep, I chose napping and an early bedtime over working out. If this happened closer to the weekend, I would have been more likely to skip the extra sleep…but I just couldn’t bring myself to start the week off so sleep-deprived.
Swim: 2,800 yds. There was NOTHING redeeming about this workout. It was a tough speed session in the pool (8x100s and 4x200s are really not fun) and I felt exhausted from the moment I got in.
I spent most of the workout experimenting with breathing. I am a 2 stroke breather. I breathe every two strokes on my right side. I occasionally do every 3 (during warmup, cooldown, and drills) to practice breathing on my left. On Wednesday, I did the 8x100s with 3 stroke breaths. While I definitely was moving faster in the pool, I felt like I was gasping for air during the repeats. I knew I was going faster (it was a speed workout) but I just couldn’t understand why I was SO out of breath.
Later that day, I tweeted this question:
I got a lot of different answers but the consensus seemed to be that I should figure out what agrees with my body. The less often I breathe, the less oxygen I take in, so the quicker I will get out of breath. Makes total sense. But in the pool on Wednesday, that reasoning was not there – all I knew was that I was having a hard time even finishing the workout and felt completely exhausted and drowsy the rest of the day. My plan is to stick to every 2 breaths – I’ve done that on all my long swims and I finish without being out of breath. I will, however, work on some drills in the pool to get used to breathing less frequently as well as work on bilateral breathing (just in case I need to on race day).
Bike: 45 min easy
Bike: 60 min steady state
Run: 49 min / 7 miles / 7:04 pace. This was a tough but amazing tempo run on the treadmill. I didn’t have any expectation on pace since I haven’t done speed or tempo runs in about a month (my last one was during the beginning part of the taper for the NJ marathon). Goal was 5 tempo progression miles. I wanted them all to be sub-7 but was cautious about starting too fast. Splits: 6:49, 6:43, 6:35, 6:28, 6:18. I feel like my legs are getting more comfortable with the transition from bike to run. After a few minutes of feeling like jelly, my legs felt strong and ready to run at a faster pace than I was expecting.
Run: 4 miles / 36 min / 9:00 pace This run was not part of my training plan, but I couldn’t pass this up. I attended the 2013 FitBlogNYC Meet & Tweet event hosted by Fitness Magazine at the Mercedes Benz Club on Thursday. It was a blast. We got to hear a ton of industry health, fitness, and beauty professionals speak, got a ton of cool swag (including a new pair of Saucony Kinvara 4s!) AND got to hang out with some of my favorite blogging friends. YAY!
Bike: 45 min easy
Plan called for a shorter bike ride (than last week) but longer run (last week was 3.5/35…this week was 2.5/75)
Bike: 2.5 hrs I caught up on the two episodes of The Office that I missed this week while I did this easy to steady state ride. The first 60 minutes were easy paced and then I did a few sets of ladders to help make the time pass. For whatever reason, this week’s session was a lot harder mentally than last weeks’ 3 1/2 hour ride.
Run: 75 min / 10 miles / 7:37 pace. I planned on this being a fast finish run. After a slow(ish) first mile, my legs felt great and I just went with what felt comfortable. Splits: 8:13, 7:41, 7:48, 7:41, 7:51, 7:41, 7:43, 7:25, 7:26, 6:50. I brought enough fuel with me this week and made sure I took in some calories before I felt like I needed them (every 30 min).
My husband and I went out in the city Saturday night (childless!) to have dinner with two of my sisters and their fiance/boyfriends to celebrate my younger sister’s 30th birthday. We went to the Landmarc in the Time Warner Center – the food was SO good.
Swim: 2 miles. Although we didn’t stay out too late (we were home by midnight), there was no way that I was going to be able to get up early to swim/run like my plan called for (especially since my youngest woke up at 2 and 430 to nurse). Unfortunately, it’s really hard to swim during the day on the weekend at the YMCA – there are swim classes ALL day and although there is a lane open for lap swimming, I’ve heard that it is really crowded.
So, if I wanted to swim, it would have to be at night – which for me is really tough b/c I am exhausted and ready for bed by the end of the day. I got to the gym just after 7 and found out that the pool closed at 8:30pm which meant I would have to swim the 2 miles in under 80 min (40 min/mile). I know this is SUPER slow for most swimmers, but it’s a pretty fast pace for me (right now). I started slow (first mile ~41 min) and finished fast (~36 min). The 2nd mile gives me hope that I am speeding up, however slow I may still be. =)
- Swim: 6,200 yds
- Bike: 5 hr 15 min
- Run: 2 hrs 20 min
Are you a 2-3-4 count swimmer?
Did you race this weekend?
Do you work out at night or the morning?