Since I know I have a big weekend ahead with my timed OWS (with Amy and Kristen) and another hilly long ride out at Hagg Lake I thought I’d do the week recap now and save a whole post just for the weekend. Exciting, I know!
Tuesday: 3ish mi Run + 1:15 Yin Yoga
After running, Amy, Jen and I headed up to Yoga Pearl for a Yin yoga class. If you read Jen’s blog she’s getting to be quite the yogi. I go through fits and starts with yoga but with all the tri training some deeper/more dedicated stretching and frankly, some zen-ness is welcomed. Anyway, I had no idea what to expect from this class. Within the first couple of minutes, I actually thought I might bail. It was apparent right away that this was going to be more of a meditation/stretching class than an active yoga (aka get sweaty) class. Those that have been to yoga with me know that “final savasana” during most yoga classes is when I bail. I just can’t lie there and be still. Even after the “voicing of the breath into sound” (which I have to say I held back my laughter) I decided to stick it out. Let’s just say I’m so glad that I did. I haven’t felt that relaxed and devoid of thoughts in a really long time! I will be back for Yin next week and instead of fighting back laughter, I’ll be belting out my “ohmmmms.”
Wednesday: AM 1:15 Trainer Ride/PM OWS at Klineline
Wednesday morning I forced myself out of bed. The weather forecast was RAIN, RAIN and some hail. However, it was actually a nice morning and I wished that I had ridden outside, oh well. I got through 1:15 on the trainer watching Netflix instant play. I concentrated on 3 minute intervals. 3 minutes of “steep climbing” aka my bikes hardest gear and then 3 minutes of fast speed (big chain ring in the front gears and about mid-gearing in the back). I did some abs after, showered and went to work.
Post-work, Amy and I trekked back out to Klineline in Vancouver. It was super duper windy and really quite cold. The rain was coming in fits and starts. I convinced Amy that maybe the water would feel warm since it was wet and windy outside. We got there and braved the pond. I swam one loop around while Amy acclimated. Loop #2 we did together with another woman and Amy was a spectacular swimmer fish! Loop #3 I tried to push my pace a little but still kept it pretty comfortable. In total, 3 loops, approximately 1800 yards. (PS We were right, the worst part of the whole adventure was getting OUT of the water—brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!)
Thursday: AM Swim/PM 1:30 Trainer Ride + 2 mi Brick
Thursday morning, I slowly dragged myself out of bed and hit the pool. I didn’t quite make it all the way through my endurance workout in the Book but almost. 2600 yards I’ll take it. (The total workout was supposed to be 2850.)
Immediately after my ride, I changed shoes, grabbed a long sleeve, my Garmin and headed out the door. Luckily, it wasn’t raining but the sky was still SUPER dark. I actually thought I’d get soaked. Maybe that was motivation or maybe I just felt good but I was flying on my brick. My legs didn’t even feel heavy at all. My first mile clocked in at 9:45 (not fast by most of your standards but that’s FAST for me). I was so happy with my 2 mile brick at the end I took a really blurry picture of Garmin:
That's right 10:10 avg for my brick! Mile 2 was definitely slower but it also had a hill.
When I got home I felt just a little badass, it was great. What was also great was I didn’t get soaked. However, not more than 5 minutes after getting home it POURED. I tried to get a picture but this doesn’t even come close. I’ve never seen rain like that. What’s weird, is that the sky was actually brighter and the sun was shining a little in the distance when it POURED.
This is why things stay green up here, right?
Well, that’s all I got. It’s gray and rainy out today--AGAIN. BLAH! I’ve got a run scheduled for later this afternoon, I hope the weather clears. I might try to get to a yoga class tonight too but we’ll see how I’m feeling.