TriFri is officially my favorite day of the week!
So, swimming is still really hard and I’m kind of obsessed with figuring out how to do it. Earlier this week, I did my second workout of 400 meters. It was difficult but I had a few lengths of the pool that felt easy and fluid. I had many more that left me gasping for air or coughing up water after attempting to breathe bilaterally. Still, I loooooooooove being in the pool.
Despite still struggling, I decided to introduce swimming into TRIFRI! We’re having major storms in the Bay Area (sorry to all the folks running North Face 50 and CIM!) so it was a perfect day for my first sprint tri: gym style!
I packed up a ridiculous amount of gear and headed to 24 Hour.
First up: swim! My plan was 4 x 25, 4 x 50, 4 x 25. I evidently can’t read a calendar and my workout was cut slightly short by the aqua workout class. I managed to do 350 in just under 16 minutes. I’m pretty sure that’s extremely slow but it was only my third swim workout! I have yet to make it a full lap freestyle without either my lungs or legs giving out. I was able to get through the 50’s by switching to breaststroke. I focused on keeping my head down, hips up, legs straight and rotating my body. With only 50 yards (or meters or whatever the distance of my pool is) left, the aqua aerobics ladies started to do their thing and I was out!
So, you know you’re insane when you’re rushing through your “transition” during your gym workout. What can I tell you? It’s important for me to do things correctly AND efficiently. You can’t fight your nature. Unless you’re trying to put a Lululemon Power-Y on a soaking wet body. It was like trying to roll a condom over a side of beef. Finally, I was semi-dry and onto the bike!
My bike plan was 12 miles, mostly cruising, some hills. Did that. Listened to Pandora. Texted a bit with my beezy. Sweated like I have never sweated before. Had a BALL!
I love that pace because with my major cycling fear, it will take me three times that long to ride that distance on a road with other humans. Hurrah for stationary.
Off the bike and onto the run. This “transition” consisted of wiping down my drenched body and hopping onto the treadmill. #NailedIt. I got on a treadmill, set it to 6.0 and cruised. I felt really…..(come si dice?)…..AWESOMEAMAZINGBALLS. I didn’t have any noticeable heaviness in my legs. I actually felt really fresh and warmed up. That conservative pace was nice for the first half mile and I progressively sped up throughout the 3.1 miles.
Run: 29:28 / 9:30 avg
At the end, I was a bit tired but had much, much, much more in the tank. Perfect for a workout and very encouraging. I have never been so sweaty in my life but had a HUGE smile on my face as I chugged water in the locker room. This workout was SO. FUN. And illuminating. I have a lot of work to do before I can go “live” as a triathlete but it feels like something I was really meant to do.
I said it.
I am becoming a triathlete.