Today was the first real two workout day I’ve done in a while. There have been a few morning runs followed by evening strength training, but those aren’t terribly taxing. Back in the summer, during the peak of my triathlon training, a standard day started with a morning run and finished with a 2000 yard evening swim or 20 mile ride. Today started with a morning interval run and finished with my longest swim in quite a while. I am really feeling it, but in a good way.
My interval run started at about 5:30 a.m., so still pretty dark. Fortunately the Garmin beeps and squeaks to let me know when to start and stop each interval. The backlight automatically comes on for a few seconds, as well, so that helps interpret the screen messages. It sounds silly, but after four or five intervals at near max pace, it’s easy to get a little disoriented and forget exactly what’s coming next. Oh, the burden of being simple-minded (and half asleep when you’re doing a hard workout). I beat my planned interval pace, so I’ll change the program a little next week to accommodate.
It’s been a stressful couple of days at work, so I was really looking forward to the swim tonight. I tried to swim on Monday, but the pool had closed early, thwarting my plans. Class last night ruled out a swim then, so I was pretty determined to make it to the pool tonight. The temperature was still in the mid 70s at 6:45 when I got in the water, and I was able to do a full 2500 yards in 150 yard repeats before the lifeguards started looking at me with that “you are the only thing keeping me from going home” look. My feet and calves started cramping about that time, anyway, so I decided to call it a night. It was a good workout. It’s hard to believe that it was almost exactly a year ago that I first stepped into the 10 yard hotel pool in Montreal and couldn’t make it to the other end (after 2 or 3 nights of just practicing turning my head to breathe while standing in the shallow end!). Seems like years ago.
Tomorrow is my last spin class for a while, and I’m debating getting up early in the morning to get in a strength workout as well. Strength training in the early morning is one of my least favorite things to do, but I’m travelling later in the week, so I need to squeeze in workouts whenever I can. I’ll see how I feel when the alarm goes off at 5:30.