I haven’t written much this summer. I have had a pretty busy month, work has been very busy, and I have been concentrating on training in my free time. Training makes me feel much better. I realize this every time I run, bike or swim.
This morning I did a partial training tri – I have a longer run tomorrow. I headed out to Lake Lurleen early (though I had planned on going even earlier) and alone. Many of my training buddies were at Mountain Lakes this morning and I briefly considered just going ahead and going up to race but I have two races next weekend so I stuck to my plan.
Even though I can touch the bottom of the lake in the swim area, I do not usually swim by myself. When I arrived at the beach area there were a few people around the camp area and someone mowing grass. Then the ducks appeared. They were pretty funny and sat on the beach the entire time I swam. They were also my car when I returned from my ride. Of course, ducks couldn’t do much for me in an emergency but it was fun to have them there.
This morning was the first time I had ridden my tri bike for a while. I’ve been on my road bike because I have been in groups and because I was having some trouble with the front wheel that I finally got fixed with Sam’s help. Later in the day I realized that I have not ridden hills on the tri bike so I feel much better about the effort I made this morning even though I didn’t immediately. The hills around Lake Lurleen are no joke. I rode the route a few weeks ago on the road bike and that was a pretty good ride, though the hills were difficult. I just need to get out there on the tri bike again in the next few weeks and plug away at the hills. I did top 35 mph a few times.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on my swim – in the pool and open water. Last Monday I completed my first mile swim in open water. I was pretty happy with the results. I didn’t stop and hang onto the kayak until the turn so I could see where I needed to go and then once at the turn to get my bearings heading back. In the pool Sam has been working with me on strengthening my stroke and I think it is getting better. Last week several things he has been trying to get through my head for a while finally clicked. I need to transfer the pool work into open water. I am getting better with spotting in open water too.
My bike speed and comfort have also improved quite a bit this summer. I do need to get on the tri bike more though if I am going to ride it in Augusta. It is just a matter of time in the saddle and I know that.
Running. Well, that is the irony. I was a runner and the thing I wanted to do most when I began working with Sam was to run again. This summer it’s been, run? really? do I have to? When I do run – because it is part of my training and triathlon – I generally feel pretty good. I just have not been as motivated to run as I have to bike and swim. I am back to being ok running but my times are still not back to my pre-surgery times.
Diet is also part of training and I have discovered a few things about my diet this week too, I think. For about two years I really did not eat bread and had basically eliminated most wheat based foods. I ate no fast food and had a pretty clean diet overall. A busy schedule have caused some foods to creep back in. I had been concentrating on eating more vegetables and fruits for several days and hadn’t had wheat. Then I ate some bread and the next day had a few foods that contained wheat. I was ill. I thought back through my food choices over several weeks and realized that it was a trigger because I have not felt well on and off this summer. I knew that spaghetti made me feel bad when I ate it. So, I am going to concentrate on eating wheat free. I have foods that can replace wheat without any problems. The issue is the hidden wheat.
Next weekend is the Luray Triathlon. I will swim in a relay on Saturday (1500) and then go on to finish the race as an individual. On Sunday I will do the sprint triathlon. I am hoping for a better swim time in the International this year than last year. I think last year that was my longest open water swim to date.
I am looking forward to getting away, seeing friends, and having fun.