Friday, June 04, 2010

Just Different

I haven't even bothered writing down my training schedule. After being coached for two years, I have a pretty good idea of what I need, even if what I get isn't quite as interesting. I am committed to changing this in the future though. If you don't have solid plans, with solid goals, what's the point, eh?

My Wednesday long run didn't go off as planned. I went to the pool instead, at 8:30 PM. I could have procrastinated longer, but Teh Bug was waiting, ya know? I went through some of those sets where you slow down, speed up, slow down, speed up, repeat if necessary. All in all, it was a good 2500 yard set and shows that my swim fitness is still there. No need to worry on that account.

I decided I would get up and do my long run in the morning. The next morning, I decided that I would do my long run at lunch. Around lunch, I decided I would do my long run that evening, and that's what I did. I felt like I needed to make my peace with God, in the hope that he would pity the poor fool :-)

It wasn't a bad decision. There was shade, and the sun was going down, but it was humid as... well, the Gulf Coast (minus the oil). I even patted myself on the back for bringing my fuel belt full of water. After I shook off the initial lethargy in my legs, I felt pretty darn good. Good enough, as a matter of fact, to kick it a bit. My back was still twinging a little, but nothing like last time. Still, I thought better than doing a hard effort at this late date and stuck to a run 4 walk 1 cycle.

At my three mile point, I made a right instead of a left and tacked on a 1.4 mile out and back. Navigating the hills of my neighborhood, my heart rate climbed high into Zone 4 several times and I smiled. My legs didn't feel all that great, but my body didn't feel like it was working in Zone 4, and that was very satisfying.

Over all, I did 9.8 miles in an hour and forty five minutes. I basically added 6 minutes and 1.4 miles to my last long run. This was what I needed at this point to feel confident going into my race next weekend. This weekend, I will be pacing Sarah on half of her HUGE ride of 125 miles :-) Then, Sunday, I will be using a couple of soccer matches to get some speed work in.

Y'all have a great weekend!



Blaine Moore said...

Sounds like things are coming right along...good to hear!

Have fun this weekend and good luck next weekend.

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Pacing a friend is fun! I have done to much shifting around of things this week that I know I have shorted myself on the training front.

Weather = storms = not a happy girl.

Have a great weekend.

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
Have fun pacing Sarah on half of her race:) You are such a nice guy...good luck with the pacing!

It is good to hear that your training is going well and the legs are feeling great!

Happy Weekend!

Lisa said...

Have fun both this weekend (pacing and soccer ref'ing) and next weekend (racing!!)

Duane said...

Wes, what do you esimate your time for IM AZ? If I volunteer for finish line catcher I'd like to see you cross!

Stuart said...

Hope you had a lot of fun pacing...that sure is a long way!

Joe said...

You have a lot cookin' Wes... glad you managed not to procrastinate any further on the run!!

Back to work now... enjoy.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the company dude :) It was awesome!!!

Michelle said...

Hope the weekend went well. I can't believe you were at the pool at 8:30pm - I'm usually in my pjs at that time of night!

Jon Gilchrist said...

Build the edifice, Wes....