Back to a full week of training. Had a disappointing ride on Wednesday, just could not keep moving for the full 90 minutes I planned. Simply ran out of gas. But the week got better as I kept hitting the workouts. Thursday I hit Masters swim and found my mojo again. It was hard, and I was whipped at the end, but it was a complete, solid workout. Saturday I experimented with my BP meds, and had a better bike workout, doing the full 90 min while watching the Ironman World Championship on TV. It was a great ride, and a very emotional experiences. I so love this sport, and as Sean Astin put it “I love identifying as an Ironman athlete, it’s badass” Just writing those words makes me smile.
Sunday I ran my first post-OHS race at the Swamp Devil 5k. I felt good and the weather was fantastic. I started off at 11min pace, but that quickly started to slip. I ended up power-walking the last mile simply to keep my HR under 150. I finished in just under 42 min, which is a bit less than twice my 5k PR. I felt bad about being so far behind my past level of run fitness, and was questioning whether I’ll ever get back to where I was before. But I have control over my training and diet, so I’ll do what I can to hit all my goals in those areas and see what happens.
- I have a great support network. It was wonderful to have a bunch of friends waiting for me at the 5k finish line to cheer me in.
- I’m really grateful for the new Masters swim sessions. They are going to kick my ass each and every session, which will help my overall cardio fitness.
- You can never be too well informed about your health. I’m learning a lot about my medications and potential impact on my training and fitness.