Bike
  • 1h 23m 36s
  • 21.74 miles
  • 15.60 Mi/hr

Until my new bike computer comes, all stats are with my watch and gmap.

am commute to work: left early and took a longer route in. I had a really nice ride! I have so much to do tonight at home so I will just take the short route home.

pm commute home: direct route. Felt tired when I left the office, but became more and more energized the further I rode. Good energy vibes coming from the bike tonight. 5.64 miles in 21:20. This MIGHT be the first time I rode this route in under 22 minutes. Not for sure.

My first glitch in my half mary plan and it is only week 2.  So there I was yesterday happily running along when the achilles tendon on my good leg started feeling a little "tight" toward the end of the run.  Did some good long stretching afterwards and felt ok.  Later in the day, the tendon became sore.  Actually the only time I feel it is when I am walking.  I can move it, stretch it, press on it every which way and it doesn't hurt.  But it hurts enough when I walk that I limp for a few steps when I first get up.  Didn't bother me one bit on my bike commute today.  Still this is not good!  I know the injury drill and all it entails.  rest, ice, blah blah blah blah blah.  I've never had this particular part of my body become sore though and I know tendons can be a pain to heal.   I would like to blame my PF in my other foot causing my gait to be uneven, but my PF has been REALLY good for several weeks now and has not (knowingly) affected my running form. 

I am so injury prone it is pathetic.  Even in my younger days it was no different.  There is one big difference between now and my youth though.  Back then, if I got injured I just quit what I was doing.  Now I rest, recover and try and research how to try and keep it from happening again (like that is possible).  I AM NOT QUITTING!

Run
  • 29m 03s
  • 3.10 miles
  • 09m 22s /Mi

Ran my home 5k route. Raining and humid. Temps right around 70 degrees at 8:30am.

Sport
  • Walking
  • 14m

Warm up: walk 0.4 miles/7 mins
Cool down: walk 0.4 miles/7 mins

1st run of 1/2 mary plan week 2.  Supposed to be 3 mile tempo run at 9:45 pace.  Went too fast, but it's good to know I can slow it down some because next week the tempo run goes up to 4 miles.  Again I felt pretty good except the humidity was miserable.  Supposedly this weather front is to move through today/tonight and then things are going to clear out.  I hope so because everything is so gosh darn soggy.

100% total lack of motivation today.  I have so much to do around the house/farm right now that I don't even know where to begin.  I did get some things done today, but it's a drop in the bucket.  Usually if I get outside and workout, it relaxes me and makes me feel better.  Just couldn't seem to justify to stop mowing the lawn to workout.  Now I am left with no workout done and a "to do" list that doesn't seem to be getting smaller. 

I will get up tomorrow morning though and go for a run.  Hopefully that will get the day started off right.

Run
  • 1h 02m 17s
  • 6.00 miles
  • 10m 23s /Mi

6am long run. Temp when I left the house was 77 degrees. Humidity 9 million percent (ok a slight exaggeration).

Sport
  • Walking
  • 25m

Warm up: walk one mile, 17 mins
Cool down: walk 1/2 mile, 8 mins

Got up at 5am to do my weekly long run.  Took an hour to feed cats, dogs and some of the poultry.  Ate a piece of pumpkin bread and drank some Gatorade.  Left the house 6am.  VERY humid and the deer flies were HORRIBLE.  Got nailed several times along the way.  Other than feeling a little sapped by the humidity, I felt really good.  I took a very short pee break at 40 mins into the run.  Legs felt a little tired the last 1/4 mile, but that's not bad at all.  1/2 mary plan calls for my long runs to be done at 10:30 min/mile so I was just a tad fast, but not too bad for someone who is new to pacing.

Oh yeah.  This is the first time I have ever ran more than one hour.  :)

Bike
  • 58m
  • 12.00 miles
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Biked the triathlon bike course and the run course too.

Swim
  • 10m
  • -----
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First open water swim in Lake Erie.

Well my first open water swim was today.  There were both positives and negatives.  I am trying not to focus too much on the negative, but it is hard because I got sort of sea sick feeling and even though it was several hours ago, I still feel kind of blah.

The positives: 1. water temperature.  I was afraid I would think 70 degrees was too cold, but it didn't bother me at all.  Thank goodness!  2.  My tri shorts and sports bra will work just fine.  Wore them biking immediately after the swim too.  3.  Learned that I need to breathe to just one side (away from the waves).  I am so use to bilateral breathing in the pool that this was tough to get used to, but worked much better once I did.  4.  I wasn't too freaked out about the low visibility in the water.  5.  My running shoes on the bike should work fine for the sprint.  I don't know what the problem was the last time I tried it and it wasn't working, but it was fine today.  I like the feel of the bike shoes better, but for 9 miles, it won't make a big difference.  I don't bike fast anyway. 

The negatives:  1.  I had a really hard time doing front crawl and breathing properly.  I was all out of breath.  Tried to relax, but never quite got there.  Hopefully this will be better with time.  Breast stroke will just have to be my default stroke.  2.  I was doing ok until the last little bit.  I was doing more and more front crawl and at one point I picked my head up to sight and was INCREDIBLY dizzy.  The lake swells were making me sea sick too.  I thought I would feel better once on the bike, but I didn't.  I may have to try something for motion sickness before my next practice swim.  I don't want to have to race feeling like that if I can help it.

Rest day is planned today unless I decided to go for a lake swim.  More likely though, the swim will be tomorrow or Sunday.

It's official (unless it thunderstorms)!  First OWS practice at the site of the triathlon tomorrow (Lake Erie Baby!  Yeah!).  Then we are going to ride the bike course immediately afterward.  I haven't swam in a lake in forever and I have never swam "properly", i.e. front crawl, in a lake.  This should be interesting.

Bike
  • 1h 32m 40s
  • 22.10 miles
  • 14.31 Mi/hr

Well my bike computer died today. RIP. It was old, but it is still sad. So all my stats are with my watch and gmap program.

Bike commute a.m.: 5.6 miles. Direct route in this morning.

Bike commute p.m.: 16.5 miles. First part of brick workout. Boy it was REALLY breezy out. I knew I was in trouble at one point when I was sailing along at 18 mph going uphill. That ain't good when you have to turn the corner! LOL! I've been trying to do easy spinning the last few miles before getting off and running, but that is hard to do when the wind is full force in your face and you are struggling to maintain even 10 mph. I was spinning a high cadence too, but the wind was buffeting me all over. Maybe next week's brick I can try again to lighten up a little on the bike toward the end.

Run
  • 20m 16s
  • 2.10 miles
  • 09m 39s /Mi

Brick workout part two. Transition at 3:29 was longer than most, but I really had to take the time to pee. Also I was getting REALLY hungry so I grabbed a piece of candy and a drink of water before changing my shoes then heading out the door.

Again, my pace was perfectly fine by me, but I felt like crap. Of course I had a tough windy bike ride home, I'd been on my feet all day doing surgery and probably wasn't hydrated/fueled enough. This should all be different for a morning triathlon. I hope!

Sport
  • Walking
  • 07m 20s

Walk 0.45 miles: cool down after brick

I am happy with the way June turned out.  Almost 6 hours in the pool is good for me and the crappy pool schedule.  Went over 200 miles biking in a month for the first time since last year (here's hoping July will be even better!).  Ran over 37 miles which is a PB for a month for me.  My PF is not gone, but it is the best it has been since it started last fall.  Most days I barely notice it which is good.  I'm still having the experience where my foot feels better after I run.  In fact last week I was getting a little recurrence of pain and then did my 10k race on Sunday.  Ever since the race, the pain is almost totally gone.  Doesn't make a lick of sense to me, but I ain't complaining!

My first tri is two weeks from Sunday!  I need to get some OWS practice in ASAP.  I am planning on going to the lake this weekend.  Praying that the endless stream of afternoon thunderstorms stays away so I can get a swim in.  I am very excited about the possibilities for July especially with biking and running.  Tomorrow will most likely be a rest day and then I am off work and on play for the following four days!

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