Having enjoyed the last (you can laugh) of the beer for a while Saturday night, I got up relatively early on Sunday morning and hit the pool at the gym. What better to kick off training than to move the long swim of the week to the front with no preparation? The water was warm, and I had the entire pool to myself. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost very little of my speed/form. My warm up came in at 1:30 per hundred yard pace. I struggled for the first 3-400 yards before finding my grove, only to struggle again for the last 2-300 yards as my endurance gave out. After my cool down, I ended up with 1700 yards total, and it felt good.
I spent the rest of the day washing clothes and cooking dinner. Dee Dee started her new job this week. She's been working the night shift and coming home at 6 AM in the morning. After lounging on the couch and being lazy until around 8:30 PM, I hauled out the trainer and started my long ride for the week. Yup. Not only was I moving both long days to the front, I was doing them back to back. Unlike swimming, however, I had no illusions that my bike endurance was still around. I kept the pace moderate and took a few breaks. My crotchticular region reminded me that I had not been on the bike in months. I managed an hour fifteen of the full workout (an hour thirty), and I was happy with that.
With Dee Dee's new work schedule it's really hard to say whether or not I'm gonna make it to Knoxville in May. I just got an email in from the Smokey Mountain Tri Club. The Beast of the East Half Iron Distance is $95.00. That's a big difference from $270.00 and no hotel fees for what's basically a training race.
It's gonna be a tough call.