My gym sends me something funny every August 26.
The first year that I got it, I'd just come home from running 14 miles as part of training for my first marathon. Last year, it showed up while I was at about Mile 20 of the bike at IM Louisville.
Funny how that works.
So while I had this pass on Monday, I can't think of a better way to celebrate another year than to do what I love most - SWIM!
Monday: 33x100 yards of swimming at MIT’s pool to celebrate my 33rd birthday. Made up for spending the rest of the day in a dark meeting room.
Tuesday: Nothing, save some morning walking in Boston before more meetings and flying home.
Wednesday: About 5 miles of a run threshold workout, untimed because I’d drained the battery in my Garmin (probably for the best). Added 18 miles of biking between home, work, and the track.
Thursday: 3100 yards of untimed swimming on my own, and about 12 miles of biking between home, the pool, and work.
Friday: 12 miles of bike commuting while Metro’s red line was paralyzed (win), a 55 minute pilates class at Athlete Studio.
(Photo and butt-kicking workout courtesy of Athlete Studio)
As stubborn as I am, I rarely give up on a workout, no matter how hard it is. The glute work, however, did me in and I actually thought I was going to rip a muscle in half, and had to pause. Talk about humbling.
Saturday: A two hour brick, starting with 25 miles of biking, and wrapping up with 3.28 miles of running. The biking was not so great, and my power average was pretty low, but I managed to pull off 9:08/mile pace in my first timed run since IM Mont Tremblant. Not too bad.
Sunday: A 4000 meter swim with about half the triathletes in the DC area, with Kendra as our ringleader. 16 miles of biking there and back because driving in downtown DC around any holiday is awful.