Monday, June 10th:
Another open water swim in
Of course, the wetsuit didn't solve all my open water problems - like my inability to site worth a damn. I think the picture below sums it up better than words ever could.
Tuesday, June 11th:
The Iron Cheerleader's plan called for a bike/run brick tonight, but in all honesty I'm still a little sore from Sunday's bike ride - if you know what I mean. I decided to move Friday's rest day to today in order to recover a little more before tomorrow night's 5k and to do some long-neglected grocery shopping. I desperately needed to restock my cabinets and freezer - or risk succumbing to the siren song of the Qdoba up the street.
Wednesday, June 12th:
Super(Soaker)Run 5k - This race was ridiculous enough to deserve its own post.
Thursday, June 13th:
Tonight I had the opportunity to attend a bike clinic put on by my favorite bike shop owner/fellow tri team member/former Olympian, Brent Emery. As it turned out, myself and one of my fellow newbies were the only ones able to attend, so we got a lot of one-on-one time with Brent. We rode a lot of slow loops of a local playground, learning to control our bikes one-handed (accomplished by riding with one hand stretched out and touching Brent's shoulder), riding very close to another rider, group riding skills, and a whole lot of other good stuff. I also learned that I'm not starting and stopping correctly. After a little practice, one near tip over from a dead stand still, and multiple chain tattoos, I started improving. If I learned nothing else tonight, this little gem alone was worth it. He also took each of us out individually on a little jaunt through a neighborhood with a massive hill to work on our gear shifting techniques. I've never felt that good going up a hill and it was fun riding with someone who is so talented. I'm grateful that he was willing to give up his time for a couple of newbies.
Friday, June 14th:
It was back out to the lake today to test out another wetsuit - and this time Mr. R&R came with me! After I got all suited up - quite the project - we did a short swim together so I could see how the smaller wetsuit felt compared to the one I tried on on Monday. Honestly, the smaller suit fit better in some ways (around my torso/hips/thighs), but not as good in others (felt kind of bunchy in the arms and legs and pulled a little across my shoulders). Ultimately, I went for the medium. I'd rather have a suit that's a little too big in a few spots, but allows for greater freedom of movement. Here's hoping I made the right choice because it was a final sale! Funny enough, when I first started looking at wetsuits, I said I only had 2 requirements: I didn't want any pink on it and I didn't want the word Orca printed across my chest. Go figure which one worked best for me!
Saturday, June 15th:
Mr. R&R were going to go for a run, but it started raining buckets about two seconds before we were going to leave. My only thought was "Oh hell no! I just got my shoes dried out after Wednesday's insanity." We parked it on the couch. I did download Triathlon for the Every Woman by Meredith Atwood to my Kindle. So far, it's really good - which doesn't surprise me since I'm a huge fan of Meredith's blog: Swim. Bike. Mom.
Sunday, June 16th:
I was supposed to meet some teammates at the beach this morning and we were going to ride the 14 miles of soul crushing hills that make up the Pewaukee Triathlon bike course, but somehow I managed to oversleep and couldn't quite get it together fast enough to meet them. Rather than writing off the workout completely, I loaded my bike up and drove over to the trail that Mr. R&R and I rode 2 weeks ago. I realized that I had never gone on a solo long ride, so this ride was long overdue. I started off nice and easy, just spinning easy and letting my legs warm up. I'm glad I was going slow too, because within the first mile or so, a crazy deer kept running back and forth across the trail! I wasn't messing with that, so I stopped my bike, stopped my watch, and waited until he was done with his little game of Frogger since I'm pretty sure that in a deer vs. bike collision, the deer would win.
After that, I picked up the pace and was thoroughly enjoying myself - taking in the scenery and feeling unbelievably grateful just to be out there.
|If you look closely, you can see a family of geese on the water|
Swim: 350 yards
Bike: 22.13 miles
Run: 3.1 miles
Total Time: 2 hours, 59 minutes