Sunday Sweats [6/15-6/21]: B2B Training Week 2

Swim: 2400 yds
I swam on Wednesday night after dinner, so I felt a little sluggish in the water. Not bad, just not as good as my previous swim. This one had more sets which meant more lap numbers and configurations to keep track of, so instead of really getting into a groove I felt preoccupied with keeping count and it felt like it took even longer than it did. To be fair, it probably would have felt that way no matter what since it was the longest I'd ever spent in the pool (50 minutes) and the longest distance I'd ever swam (2400yds is ~1.4 miles).

I was supposed to swim on Friday after work but didn't - my first skipped workout of this training plan :( On week 2! :( :( The main reason I didn't is because I fell on my run earlier that morning and scraped up my hand and knee pretty badly. I wasn't sure if getting in the pool would be helpful or not, and I read some conflicting information but the majority seemed to say to not swim. Of course I would have bandaged it and everything but it just didn't seem worth the risk of getting infected, no matter how minuscule the chances may have been. That doesn't mean I didn't spend a good 2 hours at work stressing over missing my workout though. 

Bike: 50.53 miles + 35 minutes spin
This week I joined the YMCA and started going back to spin class! I'm scheduled to do bike drills (which is basically what spin class is) on Tuesdays, so I found a class at the Y near me. It's only a 30-minute beginner class so I was worried it would be too easy for me, but I had a nice puddle of sweat on the mat underneath my bike within the first 5 minutes so it turns out that's not a concern at all. I liked the teacher and the class (even though it was super tough!) so I'm excited to make this my Tuesday routine.

Thursday I had an hour ride so I met my dad at the trail. It was a rare but glorious calm day and I could have just pedaled all the livelong day. It usually it's somewhere between a little to very very windy out there so that was a nice change. I changed from the big ring to small ring every 5 minutes, per my training plan.  We averaged 18.5 mph which is pretty good for me! 

My long ride on Saturday was nothing too special or exciting except that it was an early Father's Day ride with my dad. I'm getting more comfortable riding my bike for nearly two hours so yay for that. 

Run: 16.73 miles
My Wednesday run was supposed to happen before work, but I made the brilliant move of meeting Ben and his co-workers for dinner and drinks Tuesday night and didn't get home or go to bed until late. I still set my alarm just in case, but when I woke up and checked the weather at 5am and it was 80* and 80% humidity, I figured it wasn't worth getting up. So I had to run after work, which of course was about 10 degrees hotter but about 20% less humidity. I think it would have sucked no matter what, honestly. The only silver lining was that I made it about .2 of a mile farther in 45 minutes this week than I did running at the same time last week. 

I did run Friday morning before work (that's the one where I fell not even 5 minutes into it) but it was miserable too. I'm not even sure what went wrong...I slept fine, ate decently the night before, didn't have alcohol, the weather wasn't any worse than it has been...but I couldn't get under 9 minutes per mile to save my life (whereas last week I averaged 8:40 on my Friday AM run - maybe I was onto something with the Mexican dinner complete with jumbo margarita the night before?). The only thing I can think is that I naturally tend to run faster with music, but I've started to go without because I really need practice with that since headphones aren't allowed in triathlon. So maybe if I had had music this morning like I did last week, I would have picked up the pace a little bit? I'm not happy with this one and by the time it was over I was seriously wondering what the hell I've gotten myself into and praying that training won't always be this bad. This too shall pass, right?

For my long run on Sunday, I tried to change as many things as possible from the previous week, starting with my attitude. I don't know how many times I must have repeated, "Slow, steady, consistent" to myself over the course of that hour and ten minutes. I also started about an hour earlier so it was cloudy for about the first half, then the sun came out for the second half. It was super windy so even at 82* at 7am, it never felt hot. I ran the whole thing exactly as prescribed, except for stopping at a couple stoplights and calling animal control about a dog I saw running across the bridge. It takes a lot to get me to stop during a run, usually people don't even get my help, but if an animal might be in danger? I'm stopping every single time. This wasn't a great run, but it was solid. I felt my leg muscles really kick in about halfway through so I knew I must be doing something right.

Yoga: 140 minutes
On Tuesday I went to my first (non-Wanderlust) yoga class in about 2 years. I joined the YMCA specifically because it's the only gym/rec center where I can swim, spin, and do yoga. I'd been to yoga at the Y once or twice before and wasn't super impressed, and I wasn't this go-around either. I've never found the classes to be of the same caliber or atmosphere as a studio class, but since this class doesn't cost me anything extra, is conveniently-located, and, most importantly, fits into my pretty packed training schedule, it will do. It wasn't a bad class, it just wasn't anything more interesting than your standard vinyasa class (lots of sun salutations, some pigeon, a little warrior sequence). The best thing that came out of it was that I learned about a yoga festival here in Virginia Beach in October! I'm trying to talk my sister-in-law into going with me, since apparently yoga festivals are things I go to now?
After my run on Sunday, I couldn't wait for my full class later and had to get in some recovery yoga right away. And then later I spent another hour doing yin with Sage again. I know I said that one of my goals for yoga is for it to double as my strength training, which yin doesn't really accomplish, but I've noticed such a difference in the hip pain I've had since January from my yin classes the last couple of weeks that I really feel like I need it to be a staple in my routine.

B2B To-Date Training
Swim - 2.59 miles
Bike - 96.64 miles + 35 minutes spin
Run - 34.09 miles

Week 2 Reflections:
+ This week was a little rocky for me. I think the excitement of the first week wore off and I started getting into "But, no, really, what did I get myself into?!" territory this week. I didn't realize how much of an adjustment period this would be, not only adjusting to the weather but to training in general. My Milepost app quote on Sunday was about how you can't become a distance runner quickly, you have to get there gradually, and for some reason I didn't realize until then that that's true for triathlon too. I don't know why I thought I could easily jump into training for a half, but I can't. I knew I'd need to work on my swim and bike but I thought I had the running part down; turns out, I don't. I might not be running as fast or as far as I have in the past, it's different kind of running...the kind where I biked ~20-30 miles the day before running (and sometimes just minutes before running) - thanks, Alyssa, for pointing that out on Dailymile - and that's just going to take some getting used to. 
+ I signed up for Beach 2 Battleship this week!!! Like I really, actually did it. Even though I've already bought my training plan and had been working on it for a week, I was so nervous to click that "Register" button. I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it. I've been thinking about doing this for over a year and a half, but I still feel like I have no business even signing up (especially after a run like Friday's). But I did it, I signed 4 months and 1 day out from race day...and as of today I'm under 4 months out! I can't wait until October 18, when future me will be able to tell past me that future me is a half Ironman. Provided I actually survive training this summer.
+ I like that this training plan goes by time, not distance, and that there's rarely a workout that calls for X minutes straight; the variations every so often make it a little more manageable for me. That's not always the case, like when I'm running and get to a distance I would have normally stopped at but I have to keep going for a couple more minutes to get the full time in, but for the most part I like it. 
+ Not running with music has definitely affected my paces (of course there are other factors as well), but I know that's something I need to practice. One of my biggest hesitations about doing a half Ironman has always been the no headphone a half marathon without music, seriously?! I honestly wasn't sure I could do it. I've never consistently made myself run without music, I'd do it once a week or every two weeks, maybe, but 6 out my last 7 runs (since I started my training plan) have been sans headphones. I haven't gotten bored yet, so that's huge, but I know that when I have music I subconsciously end up speeding up to match the beat, and without that I'm just not quite as quick. I'm still adjusting.
+ Summer has officially sucked all the joy out of running for me. I knew this would happen, I did, but I'm still not happy about it. I'm hot, I'm uncomfortable, I feel on the brink of an asthma attack at any moment, I'm slow, and I don't even have music to distract me. The only thing that keeps me going is remembering that I'm doing it...I'm training for this thing, I'm getting one run, one mile, even one step closer to B2B...whether I like it or not, whether it feels good or not, I'm doing it.


  1. I'm really, really, really proud of you. Like, I don't even know where to start. Okay I'll start with yoga. I MUST do that video this week. The yin yoga made a huge difference and I need to make sure I make some time for it this week as I start to ramp up. I also talked to chiro about adding acupuncture for hip and knee pain, which I think I'm going to throw into the mix. But anyway, I'm glad you went to the class! Sorry it can't be a better experience (as a future teacher that makes me sad :() but it's something, and at least you're also able to self-guide and turn to videos to enrich your practice. Also, more about this yoga festival??
    Huge props to you, seriously, on the no-headphone running. I don't know if I could do it—at least, not for more than maybe 30 minutes. You're a boss.
    I think the first few weeks were always going to be uniquely challenging, no matter what. You haven't been in tri training in how long? And last time you were, I'm sure it wasn't at the start of summer, while working 40 hours/week, and trying to do all the other things you do in a day. I feel like it will all fall into place soon, and you know you have the strength to answer any call your training plan puts out. It's just going to take a minute to work out the kinks. As for missing the swim, well, didn't you already know you were going to skip some of those? AND (I looked it up) your one swim was longer than the HIM distance so you're basically done with that part of training now, right? ;)

  2. Congrats on registering! Also: Oct 18th is the date of my first full! Hopefully we both have fantastic days that Sunday!

    I know this is hard to do, but give yourself a break on the crappy run. We all have them. They just happen. For whatever reason. You're adding a lot of physical time into your training, so it's an adjustment period. My second week of training this Spring was hell, because all of the extra stuff (strength, drills, stretching) just took a toll. But you'll get used to it and be better than ever!

  3. 2400 yards?! That's seriously impressive! Like almost 3 football fields. Keep it up. You're nailing training!

  4. yay for registering! that's awesome.
    i completely understand about the no headphones.. that sucks. i wish i could offer up some words of advice or wisdom to help!
    that sucks about the yoga class at the Y.. but good attitude about it? the spin class sounds fun!
    i hope you get to go to your next yoga festival! how fun :) look at you, you yoga-festival-goer-you.
    this too definitely shall pass. because it all does, and you're a badass and it's going to be awesome and you're going to be a half ironwoman and that is amazing! if anyone can do it, its you ;)