Today is one of my "off" Fridays. So, instead of trying to sleep in and lay around all morning, I got my butt (along with +Mike Pengilly's butt ) out the door and over to the pool in Lodi for 5am practice. I concentrated on technique...hip rotation, keeping my hands wide, pulling water etc. Unfortunately, this requires a tremendous amount of concentration and as a result, I had no brain power left to remember to breathe. I found myself out of breath every time I came into the wall.
That being said, I am actually starting to like swim practice. Part of this could be because I haven't had to do any kind of intervals in a while or it could be because I am actually having moments where everything seems to be coming together and I feel like I'm slipping through the water.
Mike on the other hand, was having a stand out morning. James has been working with him to help correct his stroke. Today, everything seemed to come together and Mike was swimming like I have never seen. It really was amazing!
I woke up at 4am so I would have time to eat something before heading to the pool. I had a banana and about a cup of greek yogurt. Combined it was probably 250 calories. After practice, I came home, had some coffee and a pink grapefruit. I really didn't think much about it because I felt really good. Since a short run was planned with the tri group on Saturday, with a bike ride on Sunday afternoon, I decided to do my long slow run this morning.
I was so concerned with updating my iPod that I almost left the house without my water (not smart). What I did forget though, was something to eat mid-way through the run. I didn't consider the small amount of calories I had eaten until it was too late.
The first two miles were tough, it was still pretty cold outside and I could not feel my feet. At about mile 2.5, I regained some feeling in my toes and everything started to feel right. I worked on hip rotation (a recurring theme this week), keeping my shoulders loose, and landing mid foot. The nice thing about running is that I don't have to worry about breathing (or flip turns).
Around mile seven, I normally start to feel good. However, today, I felt sluggish and the run seemed more difficult than usual. At that point it dawned on me that I had not eaten enough to fuel a 13.1 mile run and I had not packed anything to eat. Ugh!! I kept running and finished the 13.1 miles but it was hard. According to Garmin, this was a PR for me, but it didn't feel like it. I have my watch programmed to stop when I stop moving, and I stopped more than normal today.
Furlough Friday by tpengilly at Garmin Connect - Details
I burned more than 1,500 calories on the run and tried to replenish some of them with my P90X Results & Recovery drink. This drink is only 220 calories and not nearly enough after that run. Luckily, Mike came home and was starving, so I showered and got ready to go to lunch. I rubbed on some cryo gel, squeezed into my compression socks and slipped on my cowboy boots. Lets go, I'm starving!!
Barb's Race Update
I booked our room for race weekend and I ordered a book to help me develop a training plan. I know the race is not until the end of July, but you can never be too prepared.