Last night, I had a decent bike ride on the trainer. I really feel like I am getting much stronger on the bike. I am really focusing on bringing my cadence up on (almost) every ride, including my long rides. The other thing I am doing is hill simulations to work on leg strength. The majority of the time, I am in high Z1 or low Z2.I feel like the bike may be my strongest leg of the race this year for me which is a big change. Last night I did an hour on the trainer I did 19.22 miles with an average cadence of 87 and an average HR of 138 which is mid Z1. Towards the end, I cranked it up into a harder gear and pushed Z3. Tomorrow, I hit the "hills"
Unfortunately, my running hasnt been as productive. It seems like as I fix one issue, another arises. My latest dilemma is that my feet are falling asleep. I initially suspected it was because I hadnt stretched in a week. I have been stretching and it has improved slightly, but they still fall asleep. Today, I re-laced my shoes as per a guide on Runner's World, but no luck. My feet still fell asleep again. I wonder if part of it is due to the hills, so I may run a few times on the dreadmill and see if I have the same issue. All I want right now is to be back to at least running 10 minute miles. I am not asking for too much. Today, with walk breaks I averaged 11:38.
While the run really sucked, I had a fairly decent swim. The biggest issue was that they have taken over 2 of the lanes at the pool for the kiddos swim team. It would have been nice if they gave us some notice!! We found out they will be using 2 lanes every night for the next few weeks until the outdoor pool opens. That leaves only 3 lanes. Luckily we didnt have to wait too long, but I really expect there to be longer waits ahead. So anyways I had a decent endurance speed set that felt pretty good. Right now, the biggest thing I can do to regain my speed will be to lose the extra 20 pounds I put on when I sprained my ankle.
In slightly disappointing news, I did find out that the Garmin 310XT has been delayed a month and wont be released until June 6th. For those who asked, the version with the HR monitor will not be out until July. This is because they have a new HR strap coming out in July that has a soft strap like the polar HRMs. However, the 310XT will work with all the 301 accessories, so I was able to save the cost of the HR strap and get it about a month sooner.
Well, I must get to streching.
Happy Cinco de Mayo