I’ve had such a busy weekend that I’ve not had enough time to even take photos!
I asked Coach Ant whether I could swap my planned sessions for this weekend, as I’ve not been able to catch up with many friends recently. He agreed, so I was able to do my ‘long’ run on Saturday morning. I call it ‘long’ as it’s significantly shorter than I’m used to. I was meant to do 60-70 minutes at 6:12-7:08/km. It feels incredibly slow, but I’m sure it must be doing me some good.
I got up a bit late, so had to drive to parkrun. I didn’t really fit in as much running as I had planned to beforehand as I was so busy chatting to people who I hadn’t seen for a while. My plan was to run with Kim, but she had volunteered to be a tail runner. I then saw Teri and Kate, so I had a bit of a catch up with them. I assumed that they would be whizzing off, but they agreed to run at my pace. We started out quite well, but I ended up averaging 6:06/km for parkrun. This was faster than I was meant to do, so I guess I’ll get a slapped wrist from Coach.
I went off for a lazy jog after the run, but I haven’t really got my pacing figured out. I ended up going really slowly and having to keep reminding myself that I needed to move faster than elderly people walking!
Today’s training was a 3 hour bike ride ‘however feels comfortable’. I agreed to meet with Roelie at 5pm, and also received a message from Pete asking whether he could come along. He’s a lovely guy and I haven’t seen him much recently. He’s a butcher who had a horrible accident with a mincing machine, meaning that he’s not been allowed to train for a couple of months! It was nice to have him along. We managed to cycle just over 61km in 3:04, so the route that Roelie had planned was perfect. I’m also regaining some of my confidence when it comes to hills. My best pace today was 48.1km/h, which would have been unheard of a couple of weeks ago. I think it will take me a long time to get back to my best ever pace of over 70km/h.
I’ve also started to think about what’s coming up next weekend. I’ve entered Big Cove Swim, which is on Sunday morning. It’s a 1.5 mile sea swim. I’m terrified. I have swum in the sea before, but I’m not very experienced. I swam in Portugal, in a very safe cove and did a harbour swim in Cornwall, but that’s my only experience of sea swimming. I’ve also realised that 2000m is the furthest I’ve swum (1.24 miles). Perhaps I’ve been a bit foolish in entering an event that is further than I’ve ever swum before in conditions that I’m not used to. Does anyone have any tips for me?!
What did you do this weekend? How flexible is your training schedule? Do you analyse your stats after training? Do you have any tips for sea swimming?