Sunday, February 22, 2009

Drained Legs

It’s the end of another training week, which means my feet are elevated, my legs are encased in compression socks, and my mouth is being stuffed with food.

This week demonstrated to me, yet again, that I’m on a different path this year and have gotten serious about training. There were only 2 weeks last year where I spent as many or more hours training than this week.

Training totals for week 9 (February 16-22):
Swim: 4800 yards
Bike: 70.5 miles
Run: 20.8 miles
Strength: 1.5 hours
Total time: 12.25 hours

Jeff and I went to a couple of Sharks games together this week before the team hit the road again. It’s nice to have breaks where the team travels after a long homestand, but we will still be glued to the TV all week watching them.

I’m putting this photo up for Jenn, who has as fine an appreciation for the talents of Douglas Murray as I do.

On Saturday, Jeff and Nigel joined me for a long bike – my plan was to do some hill repeats and then just work on some nice steady riding. The rain held off and we got in a good amount of mileage!

Today I had my long run on tap. Our latest storm hit last night so I knew I’d be in for a wet one. I managed nearly 11 miles on trails down in Los Gatos and finished up drenched and very tired but feeling good about getting the run done.

As soon as I got in the car at the trailhead, I zipped over to see my siblings in another swim meet. Being tired and soaking wet, I didn’t last long (I told my mother, “I need my chocolate milk, my compression socks, and my foam roller, stat!”) but I was able to cheer Grace and Mimi in the 100 backstroke. They came in 2nd and 3rd, with Grace very nearly edging out the leader for 1st. From what I understood, they all did well for the weekend with some very fast swims (and yes, I’m dying of jealousy! I want their swim times!).

With any luck, my work week will be quieter. We were stricken with a computer virus in the office on Friday that limited my ability to get much accomplished and I’m not confident I’ll have functionality restored by Monday. I’ve got a run test on tap for Wednesday and I’m very excited to see a difference from my last one nearly 6 months ago.

Have a good week!


Trishie said...

and my mouth is being stuffed with food. heard it! nice week. hey, how much do you think the compression socks help?

Unknown said...

Great week!!

jennabul said...

Nice pic of Douglas. I like it!! Your camera is very special =). It needs to attend all the games...Hope you are refueled and ready to face the week. I am really looking forward to our ride this weekend, and keeping my fingers crossed it won't be wet!

D said...

"Jeff and I went to a couple of Sharks games together this week before the team hit the road again. It’s nice to have breaks where the team travels after a long homestand"... seriously? SERIOUSLY? I don't even know what to say to this. *sigh*

Missy said...

OHHH, that bike ride looks cccollldddd. It's so hard to get motivated when it's like that out. Way to get out there!

Molly said...

It really wasn't cold - the guys just bundle unnecessarily. I was just wearing a bike jersey, no jacket, and leg warmers.

ShirleyPerly said...

Nice work this week! I too have been wondering whether I should try getting some compression socks. Do you use them just for recovery or during your workouts too? What brand/type are you using?

Rainmaker said...

That's quite an impressive week of training numbers and hours. Very very nice.

Jennifer Cunnane said...

You are coming along in your training - great job and well deserved break with hockey! You need to visit me in St louis, my next door neighbor is Thachuck, yes and his kids were able to skate at 18 months!

Dances with Corgis said...

11 miles on trails in the rain... that is hardcore.

Heather Gollnick said...

I am so excited you had another killer week. Cant wait to watch you race.

Heather Gollnick