I am starting to get used to this 4:30 thing. Of course yesterday I got up at 4:30, used the bathroom and then decided I wasnt interested in getting on my bike and went back to bed, but today, I was back up and running at 4:30. The thing I am dreading is that soon 4:30 will become 4:00 or maybe even um 3:30? There are two things that will conspire to get me up before even the butt crack of stupid. First off, school starts back in a few weeks. During the summer, I can leave for work at 7 AM and still get into work on time. Once school is in, I'll have to leave the house at 6:30. That combined with longer training as I peak for the 70.3 at the end of September means that I will be getting up really early.
So last night I hit the pool for the first time in a week. My shoulder wasnt really hurting when I got in the pool. By the time I was done, my shoulder hurt jsut a little. I think I have swimmers shoulder. I am pretty sure it was caused by a mix of unilateral breathing, and possibly also the paddles I use. I will continue to swim, but avoid the paddles and really focus on breathing on both sides. I did a total of 2000 yards with the main set being 5*200 Threshold. My times were rather consistent throughout. My shoulder didnt really hold me back.
I was up at 4:30 this morning and headed out on a 70 minute easy run. I really focused on keeping my heart rate down. I really wasnt too concerned with my overall speed. Any time my heart rate went over 155, I backed my speed off.I did 7 miles in 70 minutes.
I am loving my New Balance 1061's. They are really working well for me. They fit my big flat feet just right, and they provide ample support. There is just the right amount of cushioning, and the toe box has ample space without feeling too loose. These are the first pair of shoes I have been able to run longer distances in and not have any issues with my feet falling asleep and without any pain at all. This will be the first time EVA I have stuck with the same shoes for more then one pair. I am on #2 and will be ordering #3 soon
My legs felt pretty good, though I would have to say overall, I am probably about 80% recovered from the Oly . I hope this weekend to be at 100% for Saturday's long run. I haven't decided where I will do this week's long run, but I am leaning towards Stone Mountain so I can get some long hill work in.
So tomorrow, I am up at 4:15. I need to be on the bike by 4:30 so I can get in a full 90 minutes.
In gear news, I got in my Garmin Quick Release and so far I like it. I actually like the armband better then the plastic watch band. Now I just need to figure out mounting the holder on the bike.
I also picked up Workouts - In a Binder for Indoor Cycling (Workouts in a Binder) and Workouts in a Binder: Swim Workouts for Triathletes . I was mainly looking for the cycling book, but I was able to get both for 40$ when they normally retail for 30 each. I have taken a quick look, and I think it will give me some good workouts specifically designed for riding the trainer. I know I really need to focus on my cycling if I want to make some real improvement overall.