My training streak continues. 6 for 6 in 2009 and 7 for 7 in the last week. I continue to feel good overall.
Monday morning, I awoke to a little knee pain from Sunday's run. It felt similar to the bursitis I encountered last year. I have been icing it and using the trigger point stuff and it feels pretty good. If there is any hint of pain tomorrow, I will skip the planned run and either ride or strength train/yoga.
Monday night I got on the bike for an easy 45 minute ride. I primarily rode around Zone 2 with occasional bouts into Z3. In addition to steady pacing, I did low cadence/high resistance, high cadence/low resistance, and high cadence/high resistance. On the bike, my legs feel rather strong. It will be interesting to see if the bike is my strength this year. I am hoping in the next week or so, possibly this weekend to go ahead and do my LT testing on the bike so I have a baseline measurement.
Up tonight was a 1000M Time Trial that I have put off a couple times for a variety of reasons. When I got to the gym, I was glad to see that the lap pool was nearly empty. I warmed up with an easy 200M to loosen up and bring up my heart rate. Then I was off. I knew it wouldnt exactly be pretty with the limited amount of swimming I had done since South Carolina.I started out feeling strong, but by about 500 in, I could feel my arms tiring. My halfway split was 8:19 and my second half was in 9:45. I definitely dont have the endurance I had last year, but overall, I feel good about where I stand. I would like to see those 2 500s get closer together.My average per 100 was 1:48. Back in November, I did a TT of 3 300s and my average was 1:52. That is a big improvement given that there was no rest in the 1000 and there was rests between the 300s. Last year, my best pace racing/training on anything over 100 was about 1:33. This gives me hope that in another month or two, that my base swimming fitness should be back where it needs to be. I think the trigger point self-treatments on the shoulder has been helping. While I have not been able to completely get rid of the pain yet, it hasnt been too bad.
So the title of this post refers to what happened as I was cooling down. About 50M into my cooldown we were told to evacuate the pool because we were under a tornado watch. I was just happy that I was able to get my TT in before this happened. Luckily, we didnt have any tornadoes around here.
In addition to my technical reading on training for Ironman, I found a great book on the human aspect of Ironman.Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event is a great book with many stories of first encounters with Ironman distance races. I have only read through a couple stories so far and it is very inspiring.