Friday, June 05, 2009


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.

Tuesday: run
3.25 miles/33:30/10:18 average pace
Easy run with Deana on the waterfront

Tuesday: swim
2200 yards/1:00

Wednesday: bike
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!

Wednesday: swim
2200 yards/1:00
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.

Friday: run
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.

Friday: ST
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!!


Emily said...

Great workouts! Why is it so cold here now? I can't believe you and Anne have been cheating on me!

Ewen said...

Butterfly! I'll tell Michael Phelps to watch out.

Good decision to miss the storms. I want you in The Oregonian for IM success, not for being struck by lightning.

Enjoy your couple of big days - hope it stays cool.

kristen said...

Now that I think about it, that kid that I saw on the news got struck by lightening in P. We just got lots of wind and welcome cool temps.

Sweet about the butterfly. Good idea to use the fins. I should try that. 50 meteres is a long way with the fly!

Anonymous said...

Very cool that you tried and liked the butterfly. Right now, I am sticking with freestyle so I don't drown or draw attention from the lifeguards!

You have a busy weekend of workouts! Enjoy them. You are doing great.

kelsalynn said...

Great week as always.

Do you realize you biked 4 miles on day and said this was a rest day???? So funny...

Awesome job!

Cindy said...

i'm happy about the temp this weekend too-- much more conducive to running, biking, etc.

Susan said...

Ohhh the butterfly is impressive...I probably look like I'm drowning when I try it.

KK said...

Congrats on the butterfly-you are a real swimmer you have improved so much, so fast.

Nice workouts-you are getting alot of quality training in.

The weather here blows lately too. Steve and I actually SAW a tornado today out on the plains. What? When will it start acting like summer already?!?!

Alisa said...

Yeah, butterfly! I'm not very good at it but it does make me feel bad ass.

You have been a little training machine. So inspiring to know that someone training for a IM can still have a life too. I love that!

Spin on Wednesday??!! I hope so!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

It sounds like you have a lot of great places to run near your home. That's really cool! It's nice to be able to change things up and keep the running courses interesting.

Amy said...

Looks like your training is coming along well! So glad to hear it. Hope the 50 miler was fun!

ShirleyPerly said...

Smart move cutting your mtn bike ride short. We've had a lot of severe thunderstorms lately and two people hit by lightening in just the last week. Crazy!