Recovery week. Joy of joys. It's nice to bust your tailfeather for a while, but equally nice to back off and have a week with lower volume and a little less intensity!
I never thought I'd see the day when 2000 yards in the pool made me feel like I was slacking off. WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ME???
I was like, "That's it? I'm done?"
Pretty exciting. I did all of them at a nice easy pace, even threw in some backstroke, breastroke, and pulls, and still managed to finish about 2 minutes faster than my average 2000 yard workouts which felt very long this summer.
Geez, this whole training thing must be working.
Signed up for the St. Malachi 5 miler this Saturday! Any other C-Towners in? Looks like we're hitting 60 FREAKING DEGREES by FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooooooooo excited. See, I know that you guys in warm climates are like, yeah, we have that every day...but Midwesterners REALLY get EXCITED when it finally hits 60. I think it makes you appreciate spring so much more. :)
So the race should be fun, but I'm really not doing it to break any records--it's just sort of a rite of passage to Spring in Cleveland, so I figured why not? It's a recovery week and I don't need to worry about missing a long bike ride, but this way I can do kind of a tempo run and maybe hit the bike after!!! If it's sunny and 60, you'd better believe my ass is on the bike and hitting the road this weekend. So I am already preparing myself to BACK OFF and not focus on PR'ing at this race! Repeat after me, self: This is just for fun. This is not your short-course PR year. This is IM year. You can PR later.
I must repeat 10 times daily. ;)
My PR on the course is 40.02 (blasted hill got me in the end! wanted to break 40) but logistically I'd be quite satisfied to do anything under 45 at this point. Then, I'll meet up with the other peeps at the beergarden afterwards--talk about a fun post-race party!
Tonight I am off to YOGA with Puma the Yogamaster--she is awesome. I haven't been to class in a while and thought it would be a good week to go.
So the sun is a shinin' and I feel very relaxed...I have earned my week, so it's time to get on it.