I've been back from my holiday for over a week now and back to the daily grind. We took the red eye flight home from Hawaii, my first one ever (and last?) - left Kona at 9pm on Friday, arrived in San Fran at 5am (local time), 3 hour layover there, then made it back to Edmonton at 12pm on Saturday. Somehow I managed to sleep sitting upright in the cramped seat for most of the completely full 5 hour flight to SF, which made the time go fast! Same thing for the next flight, which surprises me as I've never been one to sleep on planes.
Not too much exciting going on here. Training this week has been good, although the weather here has been anything but. I did 4 bike workouts this week, none of which were outside, so that meant nearly 6 hours on the trainer - including a 2.5 hour ride yesterday. But it turned out great. I had a strong workout and felt good on my 30 min transition run off the bike. Wednesday I made my way over to Stony Plain with Larry and Dave, for my first lake swim of 2011 in Alberta (I did another lake swim in April which was actually the race in Phoenix), second time in the wetsuit! I was expecting the water to be ridiculously cold, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was quite manageable, I would venture to guess about 18-19C. However, lake swimming in Alberta after swimming in the beautiful waters of Hapuna Bay in Hawaii for 10 days is probably not unlike swimming in a cesspool. Hubbles lake is dark and scary, and whenever I swim in it I try not to look down. It's not like you can see anything past your hands, but still... I can't help but wonder what is down there and sometimes my imagination gets the better of me. Anyway, the swim went well and we did 2 x 1km loops and that was plenty. I'd like to get in at least 2 more lake swims prior to the GWN race on July 3.
Thursday's run workout was extremely tough and I went to the well during that one! It was a 50 min tready run, with warm up then 3 x 8 min tempo with 90 sec easy between. Man those were killer! I kept it at 7 min/mile pace for the whole set and the sweat was just pouring off me. It was a super hard workout and I will be revisiting that one mentally for inspiration when things get tough at GWN!
Here's a few pics of some scenery from the Big Island:
Took this one from the car while driving across a bridge on our way to Akaka Falls, near Hilo - the view's not so bad here!Stunningly spectacular...
That's it for now. Another focused week, then taper, then it's race time again! Happy training!