my week in swimbikerunning #4


  • Run 4 miles twice
  • Run 5 miles with strides
  • Swim 2000 m
  • Do the group bike ride route (20 mi)
  • Run 7 mile long run


  • Monday: Rest (snow day)
  • Tuesday: 5 miles with 10 minutes tempo at 7:40 pace
  • Wednesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 1200 m swim
  • Friday: 4 miles
  • Saturday: 7 miles
  • Sunday: Bike 20 miles

I did well on my goals this week – except for the swimming.  Due to snow, I had to do my 5 miler on the treadmill, and so I substituted a 10 minute tempo run for the planned slides.  It was actually extremely difficult to manage even 10 minutes at 7:40 pace.  Each minute was a struggle.  My long run was also tough as I drank two rather large glasses of wine the night before and felt hung over the next morning as a result.  However, weather has been positively balmy since the snow melted, and the increasing hours of daylight has also helped.

I ended up only swimming 1200 m because I got started too late and needed to attend a school function for L.  Basically, lack of organization.  Nevertheless, I was actually delighted with my swim because I finally found a pair of goggles that don’t hurt my face – Aqua Sphere Kaiman Goggles in size Small.  It is seriously night and day.  They actually keep the water out without giving me a splitting headache.

Finally, I did a 20 mile bike ride today.  That’s my longest bike ride ever, for the record.  I maintained a bit less than 14 mph.  Since I had never biked that far before, I tried to maintain a comfortable pace.  My ride had only 275 ft of elevation gain, so it was very flat.  At the end, I was definitely tired, but it was more sore back, and my butt starting to get sore than tired legs.  I’m a little frustrated by how slow I seem to be, but I feel like I’m definitely increasing my fitness and general comfort on the bike.