Highs and Lows
Hello from Pittsburgh! I'm actually back in my hometown for a quick work trip - it's my first time being back since we moved. I'm sure I'll have more to share in my post next week, but for now here's how last week went. Things were a bit hectic because my family came down to visit for our housewarming, which unfortunately had to be cancelled when Dan got Covid. Luckily I've tested negative (a whopping 6 times) but it definitely changed our plans a lot!
800 yard swim
This week we started doing workouts in our swim, which was a big challenge for me! Today the plan was a 200 yard warmup, then 2 x 100 yard pushing the pace and a 200 yard cool down. It's so hard to try to go faster while swimming, because you lose your breath a lot faster and seems like you can never catch it. It was definitely a good practice for me though and I'm kind of excited to see how this helps my overall pace on easier swims.
45 min standing yoga
After the swim I made it in time for a live yoga class on Peloton. Today was all about standing postures and balance, which is my favorite. It was definitely challenging but really fun.
50 min kayak
It was a gorgeous day out so I made it to the lake for a quick kayak. The water was perfect and not too choppy so I really enjoyed this!
6 mile bike
For once I actually woke up early enough to get in a bike ride before work, and it was great! I had my first speed workout to do today, which was 3 rounds of 2 minute sprints. I really enjoyed this and it was so much fun to push the pace. It was a little challenging because I had to navigate around people who were out on the trail for a walk or run and also hit some steep hills, but it was great practice.
I did my first ever open water swim today! It was really challenging- harder than I expected, but also gave me a lot of confidence for finishing the swim at the actual race. Even though when I started I panicked a little bit, I was still able to keep moving on my own and didn't need to grab onto anything or stop at any moment which made me feel a lot more comfortable. It was really different from being in a pool (obviously), but what mostly freaked me out was going underwater and not being able to see even a foot in front of me! Once I got used to that and also knew I could tread water or doggy paddle if needed I felt a lot better. After I finished I kayaked a bit and the distance I swam was a little over 1/4 mile when I measured it on my kayak.
Today was my first official brick workout (I did one a few weeks ago but it was just a mini one). A brick is when you do a bike immediately followed by a run, to practice transitioning in a triathlon and get used to the feeling of running on dead legs! I definitely felt the jello leg feeling after I finished my bike, which was 8.5 miles, and did a 2 mile run. It was great practice though and definitely hard but good!