Sunday, July 11, 2010

Weekly Recap

Swim Training
On the swimming front, I feel better about the time spent in the water this week.  I am making a point to spend an hour in the water each time I go out.  I had some great point to point swims for distance followed by some speed intervals.  I am only using a wetsuit one day a week now (in case we can't suit up at Timberman) and I really feel a difference when using the wetsuit now.

The only thing I can think of that was really interesting was another swim across Wyman Lake in 2 foot whitecaps with my sister-in-law.  It was more of a fight than I have had before in the water, and I could only breath on one side because I was getting smacked around by the waves.  I think I like a fight or something, because I always get this weird, "BRING IT" attitude when the going is tough.  I swam without a wetsuit and it was a real confidence builder for me in the chop. 

Bike Training
I have been climbing a lot lately on my rides, and although I think it is a good thing, I decided to change it up today.  I did a 38-mile loop through the towns of Solon, Madison, and  Norridgewock.  This ride has a few nice flat sections, and I haven't trained on a lot of flats.  There is a good 30 mile section of the Timberman course that is flat, so I just wanted to see how I felt on them.

I guess I feel pretty good, but I do need to work on my spinning and cadence.  I have been doing a lot of climbing on steep hills and I am not spinning up them, which I am OK with because they are some pretty steep grades I just want to get up.  But I would like to get a smoother spin going on the flats.

Anyway, there is something to be said for changing it up, it was a nice ride.

Running
Sometimes it is great, mostly it hurts.  That is all I have to say about that.

This weeks numbers:
So I reviewed my week in hours and realize that when I reported training about 9-10 hours a week sometime last week, I basically pulled that number out of my butt.  I generally don't know what I am talking about I guess.  I was undershooting my training time by a few hours.  I am averaging 12 hours of training a week right now, and have been for a while.

Swim ~ 4 hrs (OWS as usual.  I am recording time instead of mileage since I am working on speed intervals between docks, party boats, etc after I swim to a certain point and back.  Point and back swims = 2 miles).
Bike ~ 111 miles - 7hrs
Run ~ 9 miles - 1.5 hours

21 comments:

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Awesome week Mandy, some great volume!

Christi said...

Great work on the training front! You are doing so well with the swimming. The chop will definitely make him stronger!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

OMG! You are too funny girl! Most people overestimate their weekly training hours! See? You've been kicking ass and didn't realize it. Great weekly numbers. You should have no problem putting in the time needed to do 140.6 next year.

Ron said...

Nice week. Keep up the good work.

misszippy said...

Yeah, you're a bit under on that estimate! Great volume there. Love that you are getting out there sans wetsuit and fighting the elements--that'll make you so strong!

Emz said...

AMAZING job on all the training!!!

awesome.

Brybrarobry said...

Nice riding mileage. good job

Regina said...

What else you got in that butt of yours? All kidding aside, nice numbers. I hope your leg works itself out. I smell apple pie jam!!!! (too forceful?)

my verification word was "cation", is that the new slang for 'vacation', as in the one I won't be taking this year, cuz I am too damn poor paying for all this racing stuff? ha!

DRog said...

Nice training all around...great biking great swimming BRING IT! I'm with you on the running...hoping it turns around for us soon.
-D

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

I'd kill to have ~4hr of open water swimming a week. nice..;-)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

hey, also I just looked at your blog,and i know you didn't ask but, you should have a button for ps to click to enter your jam giveaway;-)...

Big Clyde said...

Nice job, tough girl! Keep it up!

The Green Girl said...

That shot looks so perfect that it looks fake.

Congratulations on all your training, girl! Whoo hoo!

Patrick Mahoney said...

you are on fire. awesome...

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Caratunk Girl said...

Jeff, Christi, Ron, EMZ, Bryan, Clyde, Green Girl, Patrick - THANKS. I was wondering why I was starting to feel tired!

KC - I know, I am a dope! Thanks, figuring out I have been training more changed my perspective on things

Zippy - Thanks! I hate to go without the wetsuit, but I can tell it makes me a better swimmer training without it.

Regina - you really don't want to know! Ha. Yeah, I wish I could buy all the stuff I want.

Derek - I hear you. Thanks, I hope you and I are running strong again soon.

Anne Marie - GOOD IDEA. I did it. Thanks. Duh, so obvious! Thanks!

Josh - done!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

All that hill work is making you super fast on the flats, high cadence or not, your faster on the flats because of it

Luke said...

great job training!!!

Glenn Jones said...

Nice week! And yes once you get a Garmin - life changes forever. The only problem is the 305 isn't waterproof, so doesn't cut it for triathletes. The 310XT is, but is quite expensive ($400) and has a tendency to lose satellite sync when it goes underwater (even just a few inches).

Matty O said...

Agree with BDD, you will be strong like bull!

Hills by us have made us pretty damn fast on the flats and riding the flats feels like a joke, I typically spin out (out of gears) when I am on the flats :)

Keep up the solid numbers. You have put us to shame with your volume :)

Jon said...

keep at it on those flats! Looks like you have those hills down...of course you will be doing ALL hills in a few weeks up @ Placid!