I managed to make it through another intense build week, mechanical failures and all. Yep, it was one of those weeks. It’s hard to believe I am less than six weeks away from stepping into the water of Lucky Peak Reservoir in Boise. I can already feel the nerves and adrenaline flowing through my body, and am using the anticipation to really focus on and fine tune the remainder of my training.
Monday: 2200yd swim. Once again I had the outdoor pool to myself and enjoyed a nice swim in the warm sunshine. I am beginning to think there is something people aren’t telling me about the pool water. It doesn’t make sense that I can have this glorious pool all to myself (I’m not complaining though).
Tuesday: 2000yd swim followed by a 34-mile bike ride. It was one of the warmest days in Bend this year, so I took advantage of the sun, hopped in the pool for a swim, and then immediately set out on my tri bike for a ride in the country. At one point it was so warm that I stopped at a sprinkler that was spraying onto the road and cooled off in the mist.
Wednesday: 57-minute track workout with lots of speed intervals (7 miles). There was some kind of class project or demonstration going on in the infield at the track at the college, so I was fairly entertained and motivated to put forth a good effort. Nothing like doing loops around the track while a class is going on.
Thursday: I had a bike-run brick on my schedule, so I took off on my tri bike around 10:30am and headed up China Hat, a long stretch of road that does a gradual ascent for about nine miles and them comes to an end at a gravel road. It’s one of those areas where you may or may not see another car or cyclist for miles. The views near the end are also beautiful and worth the ride.
Well, after reaching the end and starting the descent back down, I heard a “thud thud thud”. My FIRST flat tire. Unfortunately, not only was the tube punctured, but the actual tire had worn through as well. It was not repairable. I called my husband who was at the pool and asked, in my nicest princess voice (who can resist?), if he could come save me. Of course he did. What a handsome prince he is.
I walked my bike for about 2.5 miles down the road (bad idea by the way – my cleats were not happy) in the heat of the day until my hero arrived. Once I was back home, I changed into my running shoes and headed down to the river to complete my 20-minute (what was supposed to be a brick) run. It was a HOT one! I was also able to take my bike in and have it repaired within a few minutes – good as new. Thanks Sunnyside!
Friday: This was definitely a week of issues with me on the tri bike, because about 20 minutes into my scheduled 2-hour ride, my right bar end shifter began to loosen and came completely out of the bar. The ride started off great. Perfect temps. No traffic. Strong legs. Then BAM – right shifter failure. Really, why did it have to be the rear shifter, which I use significantly more? I decided to suck it up and ride with the malfunctioning shifter, even though it meant I would have to hold it in place with my right hand and shift by reaching over with my left. This was pretty much my version of torture when going up hills or having to change gears quickly, but at least I got to work on my balance and find yet another way to work through adversity on the bike.
Saturday: It had been a while since I had participated in a local race, and I had a 40-minute base pace run on my schedule anyway, so I signed up for the Salmon Run 10K at the last minute. A couple of my friends participated as well.
The course was a combination of trail and pavement, all along the Deschutes River with a couple of steady climbs thrown in for good measure. I felt fairly good for the 6.3 miles, considering the week of training leading up, and kept a steady pace finishing with a time of 45:14 (7:17/mile pace). I finished 4th overall among women and 2nd in my age group.
After the race, I decided to set up my road bike on the trainer for a 3 hour and 35 minute sweat session in front of the TV. Because the winds were already howling during the race and continuing to pick up, I opted to keep my sanity and complete the ride inside (though some might challenge that a 3:35 ride on the trainer is actually a sign of insanity). Plus, after two consecutive days of bike issues, I needed to ride in a controlled environment. I was going to stop at 3:30 but then the Kentucky Derby started and I wanted to pretend I could pedal fast enough to keep up with those crazy speeds. After 64 miles, a horse race, and an empty DVR, I was spent.
Sunday: 2000yd straight swim followed by a 2-hour base pace run. Today was an optional swim, but since Justin was going I decided to join. I did 2000yrds non-stop, which was the farthest I’ve gone without stopping or taking a break. It went pretty well.
Unfortunately, the winds picked up and it started raining about an hour into the run. I trucked on for another 30 minutes before considering calling my husband for a ride. I whipped out my phone and GAH! Black screen. Yep, my phone was just about as wet as I was there standing in the rain. I didn’t even think to carry a plastic bag → dummy! With no phone and too much pride to walk into a nearby business for help, I decided to suck it up and finish the last 4 miles that would lead me home.
Week 10 Totals:
Swim: 2hr 18mins, 6,200 yards
Bike: 8hrs 5mins, 147 miles
Run: 4hrs 3mins, 29.8 miles
Time: 14 hours 26 minutes
The Good: I honestly had some pretty great workouts, all things considered. I PR’d and ran my fastest 10K in a “race” environment, which is also an indicator that my training is helping me get stronger and faster (thanks Coach). My swimming felt pretty strong this week, relatively speaking, as I am in no way a fast (or even semi-fast) swimmer.
The Bad: Having to deal with several issues on the bike that interfered with what I had planned. At least I am now convinced that the ‘learning to change a flat tire’ lesson needs to come sooner rather than later. I also have a better grasp on how to remain calm when uncontrollable events occur – because they will!
The Ugly: Oh, the ugly. My poor phone. When I got home from my run on Sunday, my husband and I grabbed a bag of rice and immediately submerged the phone into the rice. Unfortunately, because I was out there for so long before I was able to dry the phone, the phone has officially lost its life. Sadly, I lost all of my contacts and pictures (losing my pictures makes me really sad – I had some cool shots to share this week). Even more, my plan with Verizon doesn’t renew for another several months, so I had to pay full stinking price for a new phone →AKA bank breaker. Oh, and did I mention that I was diagnosed today with pneumonia? Seriously. More on that later…