During the course of this week, I have managed to complete the half-Ironman distances….it just took me the whole week. I swam for 2,000m, rode for 73 miles, and ran for 13 miles. Ok, I was short 0.1 miles!
This week I got a new toy, a Tacx Vortex smart trainer. I did one ride on it on Saturday using Zwift. It wasn’t bad. The Zwift course had more hills than I’m accustomed to. Over the course of 10 miles, I climbed 497′. Compare that to today’s 40 mile ride where I climbed 694′ and today’s ride was abnormally bumpy as I had to go over 3 highway overpasses. I much prefer riding outdoors even though it’s by myself, but the trainer+Zwift will be an acceptable alternative when it’s raining and when winter comes around.
My running continues to be ok. I still haven’t managed 3 days of 5 miles, but I’ll get there. I’m just really happy that my Achilles isn’t causing any issues.
My swimming continues to improve slowly, but my Thursday swim was especially satisfying. For the first time, I felt strong. I still had to rest between laps, but I didn’t have that sucking air feeling.
My workouts for the week:
Goals for Next Week: I would love to get to running 5 miles for the 3 running days. I don’t expect to increase my swimming and I’ll be focusing on swimming 500m each day. I just need to work on reducing the rest between laps. On the bike, I don’t expect to increase my mileage or time, but I will consider trying to a FTP test. I should be ending the week with between 7 and 8 hours of workout time.