The weather has made a major turn here in Portland. The week started off mild and partly cloudy but has become pretty stormy the last couple days. I'm not complaining though! It is supposed to be cool and dry this weekend which is wonderful for training. Here is a summary of the workouts that took place in this crazy June weather.
Monday: rest day
Not even a visit to the gym! It was lovely.
3.25 miles/33:30/10:18 average pace
Easy run with Deana on the waterfront
18.0 miles/1:36:22/11.1 MPH
I went on a ride with Anne, a good friend of Emily's and a great cyclist. She took me on a wicked climb up to Skyline and we spent the flat sections talking and enjoying the scenery. I descended the hill like an animal and probably went 30+ for nearly a mile straight. It was such a fun ride!
Masters. I did my first ever butterfly! I tried it at the very end during the cool down and it felt surprisingly natural! I wore my fins to get better propulsion and managed to make it 25 yards without drowning. I took a long break then did another 25 yards. I don't know if I'll really be doing any IM sets soon but maybe with a little more practice I'll feel ready. I am starting to feel like a real swimmer! :)
Thursday: bike... sort of
4 miles?/20 minutes
More like another rest day really! Starting off, the weather looked a little ominous but I figured it would just rain a little. We decided to ride our mountain bikes up to Forest Park instead of hitting the roads, but even that was cut short almost immediately. It was dumping rain, which is fine, but then it started lightning and thundering. Yikes! We decided to play it safe and turned around. We headed right back home to watch the storm out our big window with a glass of wine. I haven't seen a real thunderstorm in years (they are not really a thing in the Bay Area, and I don't think they are too common here either) so it was kind of cool to see/hear again. Growing up in MT we had nasty storms all the time, but we were taught to head indoors when there is lightning. It's just not worth the risk.
7.0 miles/1:01:05/8:44 average pace
Rainy, cool run along the waterfront after a good day at work. I ran a big negative split (9:10 ish on the first bit, 8:00-8:20 on the last three miles) and had fun. I haven't actually ran along the waterfront for a few weeks which is weird since I live right there! I've been running with Deana on Marine Drive, in Forest Park with Zach, and all over the area with Zach on the weekends. It was fun to see all the runners out. There's still a lot of stuff going on for the Rose Festival down there too- the carnival village and navy ships docked along the waterfront for fleet week.
After the run, Zach and I went to the gym to lift weights. I did a few sets of pushups before we left the house and then we spent about 45 minutes doing weights. We went up to the hot tub when we got home and then had a delicious spicy veggie pasta for dinner.
I've got a big ride tomorrow morning so I better turn in. We're doing 50 ish miles on the bike tomorrow, then Sunday we're going to do an OWS and then long run. Then we'll be checking out the Rose Festival stuff and whatever else comes up! Yay weekend. I'll have a weekend report and some pictures up on Sunday. Thanks for reading!!