There’s this magical land in the middle of DC that you’ll hear triathletes talk about often.
Hains Point, highlighted on the map above, is just south of downtown DC, but is clearly isolated from normal traffic flow, which gives us all wide roads for running and cycling with few cars to worry about, all on a nice 3.21 mile loop. This is great for getting on-road riding in during the week, when the fact that most of us have to, well, work, makes it hard to get out to the more isolated roads that are good for cycling. The major disadvantage is that it is 100% flat, so you won’t get any hill work done there. But what Hains Point lacks in hills, it makes up for in abundant wind. In other words, it actually provides a perfect training environment for the flat and windy Eagleman AquaVelo that I have coming up this weekend.
And THAT is why I wound up doing 17 laps of Hains Point this week. This is about as exciting as it sounds. 17x3.21 miles! Yes!
As if I wasn’t there on my bike enough this week, there is also a 50 meter pool there.
The masters swim team that I train with uses this pool all summer, so I got to log some swimming time down there as well. Now, before you think “WOW this must be awesome, swimming and biking together!” let us clarify that this pool was built by prisoners in the 1940s and is about as nice as you’d expect it to be given that fact.
Recap of the week with way too much time spent on a tiny peninsula:
Tuesday: 50 minutes of very hilly running, covering 4.65 miles in the hot, humid conditions in the morning. I didn’t even glance at my pace until the end, and figured I was, at best, pulling in 12 minute miles. This made the average pace of 10:46 a little easier to deal with.
Wednesday: In the morning, 50 minutes of strength training and stretching, including 30 minutes at my gym’s CXWORX class, which focuses on core conditioning. It’s a descent class that I wish I could get to more often. In the evening, a slow, and again, humid, track workout featuring a ladder of 2000m-1600m-1200m-800m.
Thursday: 3600 meters of solo swimming at Wilson in the morning. Who doesn’t love doing 6 500s before 7:30 am?
Friday: In the morning, 49 miles of biking, including 12 loops of Hains Point. Talk about a chance to use the aerobars. And talk about a chance to see the same stuff over and over.
In the afternoon, 45 minutes of strength training and stretching.
Saturday: 3700 meters of swimming with DCRP Masters in the morning. Side note: This was at the outdoor pool at Hains Point. In case I missed it 24 hours later.
Sunday: A reverse brick in the morning, starting with 5.75 miles in just under an hour with Emilie. Then the team got together for about 26 miles, including …five laps around Hains Point.
I kind of wanted to do 3 more to bring it to 20 Hains Point laps for the week. Except…not at all.