Last week was a bit chaotic in my world due to grading and finals week. One of my classes is a writing intensive course and students turn in a 12-16 page paper at the end of the term. Multiply that by 20 students and you have yourself A LOT of reading. Thankfully I powered through and was able to get grades submitted this past weekend. Training got thrown off a little due to my work schedule, but I was still able to get in some quality workouts.
Monday: Physical rest day. Mentally, I worked my butt off grading for 12 hours straight! I’m not sure which is more exhausting!
Tuesday: Took a break from grading and jumped on the trainer for a solid 22 mile spin. As my coach likes to remind me, quality is better then quantity. Make it count.
Wednesday: Started the morning with a 2700m swim, followed by a 5.5 mile run. I was surprised to see my coach when I got to the pool and he told me to hop in and share the lane. My moderately planned workout magically became much more difficult as I tried to keep up. He also had me do a 400m and 200m swim test. Unexpectedly. That’s always fun.
After my swim I had a steep hill repeat run on my schedule, so I drove to Pilot Butte (which has a 6%-10% grade) and did hill repeats for 45 minutes. The temperature was perfect and I even got my vitamin D fix for the day.
Thursday: I took the day off to grade. Once again, I worked the mental muscle.
Friday: In the midst of March Madness and grading, I jumped on the trainer for 90 minutes and rode the new Mountain Segment on Zwift. It was a killer workout.
Saturday: We were blessed with some sunshine and windless (this is a big deal) weather, so I met up with my friend Nicole and got in a good ride OUTSIDE! Although it was pretty chilly when we started (43 degrees), I warmed up quickly. I rode with Nicole for a couple hours before setting out on my own for an hour to finish my 50-mile ride. Nicole was doing a 60-mile race the next day, so she didn’t want to go overboard.
Sunday: I finished the week with a great 9-mile run that combined fartleks and race pace intervals. It felt really good to get in some speed and to hit all of my paces as planned.
After running, Justin, Axel, and I went to the pool to give Axel his first aquatic experience that didn’t involve a bathtub. Of course I had to get it on camera. Although he was really happy in the water, he seemed to be more intrigued with everything going on around him. I really hope he takes after his dad in the pool (Justin is a good swimmer) and not his mom.
Week 4 Totals:
Swim: 1hr, 2,700 meters
Bike: 5hrs 33mins, 96.6 miles
Run: 1hr 58mins, 14.6 miles
Time: 8 hours 31 minutes
As you probably noticed, I haven’t spent much time in the pool (the day I went with Axel doesn’t count, unfortunately). This is not intentional, as I know I need to get my butt in the water more often, but rather a result of a busy week and lack of time. Out of the three sports, I find that swimming surprisingly takes A LOT of time. After driving to the pool, prepping and getting into the water, doing my swim (including small breaks between sets), getting out and showering, and then driving home, two hours have flown by. Just for a swim. Eventually I will need to factor this kind of time into my schedule, but right now I am just doing what I can. In a fantasy world, I would dig a hole in the backyard and put in a lap pool. Hmmm….. ☺
Which is more difficult to cope with – mental fatigue or physical fatigue? Why?
Any tips for saving time and being more efficient on swim days?
Who has a March Madness bracket? Who do you have winning it all? (I picked UNC)