What a differnce a day makes...or two.

First off...TGIF! I hope everyone had a great week! I'm finally starting to get in full weeks of workouts and balance school with work. It feels really good.
Short recap:

Tuesday was a 4 mile run at 9:15's. It was a moderate to easy pace on rolling hills...it felt great!

Wednesday was a group ride. The Lifetime ride started back up, so I'll be doing that every Wed. for pretty much the rest of the summer. I had a good time, I rode with the "A" group for the first time. I was successful at not getting dropped so I was happy. There were a few times when I looked down and we were cruising at 28-30mph in the paceline. HOLY COW! We actually caught the "C" and "B" groups who left before us(within the first 10 miles), and we had one guy with two bike issues we stopped for. After that we kind of rode easy with the "B+" group. It was a good day!

Thursday was another 4 mile run. I actually stopped at 3 miles because my calf was acting up again and I didn't want to be out of commission for this weekend's race. I still averaged 9:12's over the 3 miles at a comfortable 155 HR average. I love those easy recovery miles!

Today will probably be an EASY bike ride and date with the foam roller. I really need to do some work on the right calf. I've been throwing around the idea of testing some compression socks...anyone have any thoughts?

I sure wish 2XU would send me a trial pair and make me a believer!

Other advise needed!

I ran across a triathlon that sounds fun. I'll most likely do it, it is just whether or not I do the long course. It is around 12 weeks away....Can I be ready to swim a mile by then? Going from pretty much ground zero. I have a slight base with all the drills I was doing to prepare for the indoor tri but after that I really fell off on the swim.

So here is how the race sets up:
Long Course: 1 mile swim, 34 mile bike, 9 mile run

Short Course: .25 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 4.4 mile run

Any thoughts? How long will it take for me to be up to the task of swimming a mile? Can it be done in 12 weeks? Or do I do the short course swim and "get lost" on the long bike/run courses. :-)

Have a great weekend!

http://gokristen.wordpress.com  – (April 24, 2009 at 4:11 PM)  

I want to get compression socks too, I will get some and let you know :-)
And lately for swimming, I have been basing everything off of time. I have a general idea of how long it takes me to do specific distances. I did 1/2 of a mile in 23 minutes, so I would say if I can swim for 40 minutes straight...that means I could do a mile!
I get tired of counting :-/

trimybest  – (April 24, 2009 at 9:28 PM)  

no question you can easily swim a mile in 12 weeks. when i started training for triathlons a few years ago i thought i was going to die after 50 yards. i swam 4 days a week and within a month i could go a mile without stopping. put the time in and you can do it!

also im going to be getting some compression socks too. my right calf hurts a bit lately.

see you on sunday!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady  – (April 25, 2009 at 8:13 AM)  

I think you can get there in 12 weeks. You just need to make it a focus!!

teacherwoman  – (April 25, 2009 at 1:49 PM)  

Great week, Borsch! In regard to the compression socks, I just won a pair and look forward to trying them out. I have heard nothing but good about them!

Nicole  – (April 25, 2009 at 6:48 PM)  

go long, just get yourself in the pool a couple times per week to get a swimming base...you'll be fine, 12 weeks is a LONG time! Compression socks....definitely make the legs feel better if standing/walking around all day or after a tough race/workout...the data out there is varried though...however, nurses have been wearing compression socks for years! Good luck with your training! :)

Kelly  – (April 25, 2009 at 10:45 PM)  

Do the long course! Do it! :D

Brian  – (April 27, 2009 at 2:32 PM)  

Congrats to you as well! Awesome job! Hope you have dried out by now.

X-Country2  – (April 27, 2009 at 9:53 PM)  

Get some compression socks. :o)

You'll totally be able to knock out that swim. Plus, your bike and run is strong enough to keep you legit.

LG  – (April 27, 2009 at 10:09 PM)  

you can totally handle the swim - you have more than a great base of fitness - commit to swimming 2 - 3times a week and you'll be set...great to see you incorporating some tri into your life and the added cross-training. It makes me chuckle a bit because i am sooo, sooo close to pulling the trigger on a marathon - we are doing a bit of a role reversal.

Jen Rife  – (April 28, 2009 at 8:27 AM)  

Borsch - I just bought some compression sleeves for my legs. I like them better than socks b/c I have super small feet and most socks are too big for me. Definitely worth the money. I've had issues w/ my calves swelling and cramping and haven't had any issues since using compression.

Where/what time are the Lifetime rides? I haven't been able to find any info on them but would love to try it out.

12 weeks is PLENTY of time to build up to a mile of swimming. Go for it! I may have to join you on that race!

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