Sunday Sweats [6/29-7/5]: B2B Training Week 4

Ride with my B2B training crew / Friday night pool life / Lots of spots marked on the boardwalk for various races, but I found my favorite: mile 26 of the Shamrock course
Swim: 5150 yds (2.93 miles)
I was so happy to only have to swim for 50-55 minutes this week. I'm not sure when that became "only", because it wasn't long ago that my longest swim was like 40 minutes, but anyway. I had planned to put swimming on the back burner during B2B training because I can swim, but I looked at some of my previous swim rankings and wasn't happy with what I saw. I have more work to do than I thought. 

Bike: 50.21 miles + 30 minutes spin
My ride on Thursday was a little slower than normal, partially due to riding in a new area and having to stop for some traffic, and partially due to riding with a slower friend. It was a nice break to not really worry about pedaling hard or fast, and to just be out enjoying the ride before the sky opened up on us right as we finished.
Long ride on Saturday was about the same as always...our speed (17.55mph) was a little skewed since we spent the first 3 miles exploring a road on the other side of the trail before getting to the trail itself, so it was a longer, slower warmup than usual. But once we got on the trail proper, we were mostly between 17 and 18.5mph, and I surprised myself by averaging 19.5mph and 21.3mph (my fastest mile ever, I think?) for the last 2 miles. 

Run: 16.49 miles
I knew even before I started that my run was not going to be good. I was in a bad mood, frustrated, late because of work, VERY hangry, and I thought I would take all of that out on my I did, for a couple of speedy miles, and then I turned around and was running into the wind instead of with it and I just kind of gave up. I stopped for water a couple times and took a couple minutes of walk breaks. I screwed myself in the beginning because I run for time now, not distance, so no matter how fast I got through the miles it didn't make the 40 minutes end any sooner!
Friday I was all like "FUCK YOU SUN!!! I'm going running at noon!" I made it through but it was not fun. The weather wasn't *that* bad, I mean, for July, but the sun and I are not really friends. It sucked all my energy and I don't think I could have made it another step.
My long run on Sunday was only an hour - thank goodness, because it rained the night before so the humidity was near 90%. I was dripping sweat and decided to just take my shirt off and run in my sports bra about 1/3 of the way in. All the looks and stares I got were totally worth it to allow all that sweat to be able to actually do its job and cool me down. I started out exerting myself just a bit too much, so a couple miles in I tried to reign it in and focus on keeping it steady - whatever that meant for my pace. I ended up mostly consistent: 

Yoga: 135 minutes
Yoga on Tuesday was meh, like usual. And there are only like 7 or 8 people in the class but all the other ladies there are old enough to be my mom, and I don't think they like me. I'm not sure why I think that, they just aren't that friendly (i.e. none of them has ever spoken a word to me). And I don't really love the teaching style either but I don't hate it and it's the only class that fits into my schedule so I'm just going to keep going...

B2B To-Date Training
Swim - 8.55 miles 
Bike - 183.93 miles + 102 minutes spin 
Run - 70.84 miles

Week 4 Reflections:
+ This week was a step-back week in distance and duration, but it was my hardest week yet.
+ I seriously need to start drinking water and/or some type of sports drink before and/or during my runs. My long runs aren't too bad because I get out early enough, but anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes into my afternoon runs I start feely loopy and a little dehydrated and like I just can't go on. I know it's the heat and the sun and I just need to bring something with me. Those water fountains at every block on the boardwalk make it way too enticing to stop for a drink (and throw myself a pity party).
+ I'm still riding that no headphone train and I'm pretttty proud of that, honestly. It took me 2 years of running, until I started doing triathlons, to even try running without listening to anything, and it's only been within the last 6 months or so that I've started trying to wean myself off of music. I think there have only been 2 runs in this whole training cycle so far that I've listened to music, and I actually don't even miss it. I know it would help me pick up the pace a little bit but my speed has already started to improve over the last several weeks even without a beat to run to.
+ This is easily the hardest, most intense training plan I've ever followed (already!). I feel like I'm constantly trying to get from one workout to the next, not to mention juggling everything else I have going on.
+ My individual workouts may have been scaled back a bit, but this was my longest week of training yet because it's the first one that I actually completed all of my scheduled workouts. All the green on my Training Peaks account was so pretty! 9 hours and 42 minutes. I'm not sure I've ever done that much in a week, and it's only up from here. Send help.


  1. congrats on the no headphones, that's pretty awesome. i'm sorry your yoga class isn't what it could be, i definitely have a group of older ladies at my yoga studio that gave me evil eyes and had a little gossip session before class that i was not invited to... i was like fine, i don't want to be your friend either.

  2. I've never tried a yoga studio. Is it worth it as opposed to doing yoga at home? I'm not really ready yet, I'm kinda happy at home haha and will be more likely to do something if I don't have to leave.

  3. as embarrassing as this is to admit, i wish i could swim because i can't. well, i can't say that...i know enough not to drown but i don't know how to swim laps. if i did, i'd be swimming for 1hr daily!

  4. 50-55 minutes is a LOOONG swim. Sorry about the bad run and the bad yoga class. I still think you're killing the training though. Seriously ... and where do you find the time. Please teach me your ways!

  5. Love seeing all that green! Great job this week. Also, yes, please, take water with you! I run with a fuel belt (which I know is not for everyone), even on 3 mile runs. I am not messing with heat and/or humidity! Have you tried salt tabs? I use them on long runs, usually about midway through, to make sure I'm getting enough electrolytes. I use the Salt Stick brand, but I know there's several out there.

  6. I'm super proud of you for the music-less running because honestly, I couldn't do it. Not for more than MAYYYYBE a 5k. And even that would be a damn drag for me. I think I went one whole mile with my music paused a couple of weeks ago, and it was a labor.
    Friday was the same for me. I put my Saturday miles on Friday before I headed down the shore for the weekend, and even though it was cool (low 70s) and low humidity for July, running under the sun is just...a big effort. I could definitely not have run another step after finishing those 8 miles either. And as much as I hate bringing water with me, I'm making it a point to do so over 6 miles this summer. I just have to get used to it. Boo.
    And I'm really sorry that your yoga class isn't as good an experience as it should be. How frustrating. But good for you for making the time for it and trying to make the most of it. I hope you're able to tune out the bad energy enough to get some good perks from your practice!

  7. Running in the middle of the day is insane!! It sounds like your training is going well so far these first few weeks :)

  8. Congrats on the no headphones. Ha I like your line about running in the middle of the day - that goes through my head when I want to run after work.