This weekend, I only had a couple of short workouts.
Saturday, 1/23 - Swim, 30 minutes
Saturday was just a nasty, drizzly day...my desire to run from the previous day was gone, so instead I headed to the pool. Only 30 minutes, but I figure every little bit of practice helps. It's soooo awesome that the new gym is less than 10 minutes from home and the lap lanes are actually open! I had the entire pool (4 lanes) to myself! This is much different than the Y where most of the lanes were being used for lessons and swim team, so I had to share a lane with 4 people. Not to mention I had to drive 20-30 minutes to get there (depending on traffic). I love it! I was playing around on swimplan.com and decided to do a 100 yd time trial. In fact, I did 4 different time trials - on the first two, I did nothing but freestyle and my time was 2:23 each time. SLOW! Oh well, at least it was consistent, lol! On the next time trial, I did my trusty side-stroke. You know, just for grins. Wanna guess my time?
I was almost laughing out loud at that. Yes, I am consistently sucky at any stroke! But this time I noticed that the sidestroke took much more effort than freestyle. I was actually out of breath! Could it be that I'm finally getting more comfortable with the whole freestyle thing? I think I am - hallelujah and thank the baby Jesus!
After swimming more and doing some drills, I tried the time trial again. This time around, I managed to finish in 2:14. Oh well, at least I know what I am working with and can track my progress every so often.
Sunday, 1/24 - bike, 10 miles
Sunday the weather was awesome! Highs in the high 60's, gorgeous blue skies...just awesome! However, there was one little problem....the wind. I don't know how bad the gusts were, but as we were driving to church the hubby commented on how the flags were standing straight out. Good for surfing here in Texas, but sucky for riding a bike!
After church, the Kiddo had a birthday party to go to - seeing 12 5-year olds trying to bowl was pretty hilarious. Next up, we went for a walk around the 'hood and played in the backyard a bit. Finally, it was time to ride. My expectations weren't high because this was the 1st real road ride I've done in about 4 months, but I did hope to maintain a respectable pace and at least get in 10 miles. Riding with the wind at my back was fun! Max speed was 21.9 mph. However, riding into the wind SUCKED! My pace went all the way down to 10.4 mph at one point. It was brutal. But, I figure the wind could be like that at any of the upcoming triathlons...better suck it up and learn to deal with it! My average pace for the 10 miles was 15 on the dot.