The first part of the week I was feeling pretty stressed out and sad. I was making arrangements to go to Montana for my grandfather's funeral next week and work was stressing me out and I'm worn out from training and I'm pms-ing. It was a struggle. I got my workouts in but wasn't enjoying any part of it. I finally talked to my boss and decided to take a couple of much-needed personal days off later in the week (actually going to Montana next week, but I needed these days NOW). As the week went on I pulled it together and managed to really enjoy my training and social time. I'm still a little moody but the events of the late week really helped perk me up.
Thursday Zach and I went for our long ride up on Sauvie Island north of Portland. It is FLAT as a pancake and very little traffic. It ended up being absolutely amazing. It was my second-longest bike ride ever (62+ miles) and it was my FASTEST training ride ever. I've only ever ridden faster in sprint-distance races. Holy crap! What a boost. All the hills are paying off. I was so excited I allowed myself to sprint the last 3 miles and really pushed my limits. It felt great. After the ride Zach and I went to one of the farms on the island and picked fresh peaches right off the trees and raspberries from the bushes. They had so much more- fruits, veggies, flowers, but we tried to only take what we would use. And boy did we use them- Zach made a delicious peach pie!
Friday we drove out to Hood River and ran the Historic Columbia River Highway trail. I didn't bother bringing my camera since I have taken pics out there several other times. It was a tough run due to VERY strong winds- at times I was barely moving forward, and even on a downhill! Winds had to be at least 50 MPH at times. We headed home and I got ready to go meet all the PBR girls and a few others for Emily's bachelorette party. First we went down the street to watch some of the Twilight Crit which was amazing. The speed these dudes corner at gave me chills. I was actually kind of scared, haha. It was amazing to watch. Anyway, the girls night out was more fun than I could have imagined! Emily was such a good sport and it was great to spend time with Alisa, Amy, and Sarah, along with meeting some great new friends. Pics below (the "bad" ones are being saved for future blackmail purposes)
The actual weekend was nice too, I got in a shorter bike ride Saturday at an embarrassingly slow hangover pace, and then today I pulled out an awesome long run. All in all, a very strong week and my highest volume to date. I reeeeally loved that the weather has cooled way off and I know that helped me complete the workouts with energy to spare. Here is the recap of the whole week and then there are tons of pictures. Let's get to it:
No strength training, I have officially fallen off that wagon. Whatevs.
7.0/59:07/8:27 average pace
Waterfront. It was a little warm but compared to last week I can't complain.
Masters. We had a random substitute coach who showed up about 10 minutes late but she gave me some great tips and drills to work on my pull.
No Alisa this week! :( She had a puppy emergency. I missed her!
4.35 miles/37:43/8:40 average pace
Brick run down along the waterfront after spin class. I felt good!
62.2 miles/3:45:15/16.5 MPH
9.0 miles/1:18:36/8:44 average pace
Hood River/Columbia River Highway trail
26.2 miles/2:06:00/12.4 MPH
Tired/Hungover. The victory here is that I didn't throw up or pass out.
13.0 miles/1:53:31/8:44 average pace
Longest run since the Eugene Half marathon back in May! Good pace too. I started off pretty slow but picked it up about mile 5. Fastest mile was 8:06.
totals for the week
Swim: 2:00 (4200 yards)
Bike: 6:50 (88.4 miles road + 1 spin class)
Run: 4:55 (33.35 miles!)
total training volume: 13:45
Right on track!
Well this next week will be a little unplanned "taper" week.. I'm flying up to Montana Tuesday and coming home Wednesday, and will probably not get in any training either day. That is ok though because next Sunday I'll be racing the Lake Stevens 70.3 up outside of Seattle. I'm really excited- I want to test my fitness and I can't wait to see Zach finish his first half iron distance tri! Should be an awesome event. I will post again before I head up there. Thanks for all the support and condolences about my grandpa, I really appreciate it. You guys are the best! I really feel bad about not ready any blogs lately, and I hope to catch up soon. Thanks for reading everyone!
Enjoy the pics below. Oh, and check out my new haircut! Zach was pleased that I decided against shaving it off. Hopefully the shorter cut will be easier to manage.
Sauvie Island bike ride
special color effect
veggies we did not pick, but they sure were pretty