This week is a recovery week for me. I am glad because I definitely need it. Last night, I had a pretty good swim. It was a total of 1500 meters with the main set being 5*100 Base Intervals and 8*25 Sprint with 20 seconds recovery. These sprintes continue to get faster. This set averaged a half a second faster then last week. I actually cant wait for my swim to add some longer sprint or lactate intervals.
Unfortunately, no matter how fast I can swim, like bigun commented "its all about the bike". I think I am progressing on the bike, though very slowly. This morning, I really did have to drag my butt out of bead. It was really hard to not go back to bed and reset the alarm. Once I was up, I was back and forth about riding in the hood or on the trainer up to the last minute. I decided to ride in the hood. I dont know if I was bored or tired, but I was ready to quit at 30 minutes. I was able to push myself out to 45 minutes of a planned 60 minute ride. I think part of the problem when riding in the hood is that a complete loop is only like 3 miles. That and it is not flat at all. Most if it is barely noticeable, but there are a few good hills, and it feels like I am constantly switching gears. The other problem was I didnt realize it was actually cool and windy this morning, so I was freezing any time my speed got over 15 mph. Total I did 11.27 miles in 45 minutes for an average speed of 14.9mph. My cadence was too low as well averaging 76. Looking at previous rides in my neighborhood, there is some improvement, even if it doesn't feel like it
June was a pretty good month. The one thing that stood out though, is that I barely rode more miles than in May. That must change if I want to improve
Goose Eggs:6 Days
Callaway Super-Sprint (400M/8.5 mi/2 mi) 54:39
12/47 in Clydes & 157/843 Overall
July will be an even bigger month. I will be running the Peachtree Road Race along with 55,000 other people on July 4th. I am not setting any specific goals for this race. At the very least, I would like to set a new PR for this race, but the big unknown is the new course. They changed the course this year, and the last half mile or so, is all uphill. I am in Time group 1B, so at least I dont have to fight the hoardes
Then just over a week later, I do my first Oly at Chattanooga. I am stoked for that. My only goals for this race is to finish the race and have fun. The swim should be fast since it is one way down stream, but I am not sure about the bike as the course will be hilly. The run will all depend on how much I use up my legs on the ride.
My big training goal for July is to see a real increase in my cycling volume. Oh, and I started the 100 Pushup challenge. For my initial test, I was able to do 10 good form pushups.