Once again, it’s almost time for the weekend. For once though, I am not completely overscheduled. Yes, there is a swim and a bike and a run (but shorter ones!), and a slumber party with my sisters on Friday night (chick flix and pizza with three 14-year-olds) and a birthday party for blondeez on Saturday night. But really, it’s looking wide open from my perspective. It will be a good weekend to focus on rest and recovery and prepare for the coming week.
After Monday, the week has gone reasonably well!
I’ve been super-productive at work, probably making up for how unproductive I know I will be next week!
I had my traditional 10-days-before-race massage on Wednesday. A LOT of time was spent working on my tight calves – something that’s only developed for me recently. Is it the increased bike work? Running shoes that were close to retirement? With no way of knowing for sure, I ditched my older pair of shoes and will be rolling the calves out regularly till they are happy. I’ll just add that calf work is NOT pleasant – who knew that could hurt more than having knots worked out of my glutes? I am always reminded of Marit’s experience at ART as I grip the table in pain. Itsgoodformeitsgoodformeitsgoodforme. On the positive side, it’s always nice to be told “I LOVE working on you - you are so athletic, it’s like an anatomy lesson every time as I can find and identify all the muscles because yours are so developed.” *grin*
I conquered a tough peak-week brick today, starting with power intervals on the bike trainer and ending with a run that made me want to hurl. As it turns out, when you have to put your head down and hold an uncomfortable wattage while dripping in sweat, love or hate her, Lady Gaga is the best soundtrack on the iPod for keeping the cadence up!
The run afterwards involved a build and then keeping a fast pace for the last 15 minutes. I did it – barely – but not happily. My legs are still paying the price for yesterday’s massage.
Thankfully tomorrow is a Rest Day! I went to yoga at lunch today and was pleased we did a ton of leg stretching – just what my hamstrings and quads and shins and calves needed. I’m already decked out in the compression socks (oh how they will love these at Stanley’s agility class tonight) and supportive shoes.
I’m not really thinking about it yet, or doing any planning or packing, but there’s this little race coming up in just 9 days… At this point, I know I can finish the half-Iron distance. But I have goals that were not accomplished last time around and it’s time to put my nose to the grindstone and make them happen. After Barb’s Race, the focus will turn to Ironman training and that’s a whole different beast.
Good luck to everyone racing IM Lake Placid this weekend. I will be glued to the computer on Sunday cheering for everyone!