I spent most of last week pouting about the fact that sudden weight gain makes training in any form, uh, uncomfortable at best, and ranted to anybody who would listen about how unfair it is that I watch my diet like crazy, don’t even touch sugar anymore, and am totally on top of my training while I manage to pack on the pounds at a rate that seems to defy the laws of physics.
Conventional wisdom says that extra weight impacts you most on the run, and least on the swim, but I’ve personally found the most frustration on the bike. My running and swimming both felt OK last week, but I wanted to take a hammer to my bike over the weekend. Luckily, it turns out that my race schedule doesn’t involve anything besides swimming until mid-July, which I guess might give me enough time to build up my strength on the bike and counteract the inexplicable weight gain from earlier this month.
In the meantime, I get to swim a lot, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: 5.25 miles of humid running (9:24 pace) in the morning, 4000 yards of swimming with DCRP masters in the evening, including 48x50. Why the workout didn’t include just two more 50s is beyond me.
Wednesday: A one hour easy spin on the bike trainer, with no data allowed. Basically boring, but I found Simpsons reruns on one of the two stations my TV picks up.
Thursday: Five miles of speedwork on the treadmill in the morning, including 3 miles alternating between 8:00/mile and 9:30/mile every 0.25 miles, immediately followed by 45 minutes of strength training.
Friday: 4500 meters of swimming solo in the morning.
Saturday: A three part brick, starting with 3.19 miles on Connecticut Avenue (9:30 pace), followed by a pathetic 38 mile bike ride at 15 mph, which I now know was so slow thanks to a malfunctioning rear wheel. Numbers aside, it was cold, windy, and 7 different cars almost turned right into me. The only good thing about the ride was that it inspired enough rage that I did the third part of the brick, a 3.36 mile run, at 8:55 pace.
Sunday: McDonnell Lake Swims – 3 miles of swim racing, plus a 600 yard warm up.