Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Good Day

I love Sundays because I always have a longer workout planned.  Either a long ride (which isn't so joyous in the winter months) or a long run.  Today, I got to have a little of both.

I spent an hour in the pain cave, a straight zone 2 ride:
Yes, I am a History Channel junkie.

I don't have a lot to say about that, except that I stayed in zone 2 for the ride and learned about when the Pilgrims first came to Plymouth.  I know, riveting stuff, but I am a history geek and kind of liked it.

I followed up the trainer ride with 5 miles of this:
Now that's more like it!
I was really psyched with my run, because I ran the 5 miles in 43 minutes, which is blazing fast for me.  The weather was cool but clear (~ 34 degrees plus some wind), and I really had an awesome run.

I have finally surrendered to the heart rate monitor, and have accepted that it is one gadget that I really need to use daily.  My coach told me to stay in zone 2 for the run, and guess what happened?  I ran that route faster than I had before.  Go figure, all those books I have upstairs collecting dust were right.

Weekly Update
I haven't been very good in posting my weekly numbers, I plan on getting into the habit of that again, starting now.   I mean really, it is only 237 days until Ironman Lake Placid, I need to be keeping track of this stuff! 

Swim: 3000 yards - I have been getting to the pool 1x/week - since it is 75 minutes away, I am happy with that!
Bike: 50 miles
Run: 18 miles
Total time: 7 hours, 50 minutes

Now my buddy Bailey and I are going to hang out on the couch and watch football for a while, and enjoy the last few hours of the long weekend.  I hope you all had an awesome holiday weekend!

26 comments:

Aimee said...

Nice job with your bike and run! That picture is beautiful!!

Colleen said...

Great job with the bike and run! :)

Copychic said...

Sounds like a great bike and run! Congrats on the quick time :) I like your trainer set up.

Julie said...

Hi Mandy,
I am a history junkie too:) Good job on the training ride and run! Your five mile run was blazing fast....nice scenery too!

Luke said...

Sounds like a fun day!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Your run photos always make me incredibly jealous!

TreeMapper said...

I'm glad someone was able to get you to use the HR moniter... you will love the results (sometimes). It really was a nice day today for a run - I did 9 miles.... Good work Mandy - 43 minutes is awesome!

DRog said...

Nice run! and great pic

I know a great DVD that would work well while on the trainer...mine comes this Tue. - Ill let you know how it is!

Derek

LMC said...

A good day indeed! Love the pic of your running route. Beautiful! I'm curious about the HRM. I'm seriously considering it after reading so many positive blog posts about it. Have a great week!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Great workout! Nice running PR :) I almost like my training PRs more than my racing PRs sometimes. I run the training courses a lot more than the race courses, so earning a PR can be a bit more difficult.

Big Clyde said...

I am constantly amazed at your mileage! Sounds like another great day for you. Well done.

Jason said...

Great job on the trainer and gorgeous 5 miler....WOW!!!!!

Amazing how right coaches can be isn't it? Listened to mine and ran 8:38/mile instead of the 8:10/mile I wanted and well....8:38 was pushing it in the end. Smart coach.

She said I need a goal said...

oh the pain cave, I love it!! Gorgeous scenery for the run as well. Totally jealous. I will take scenery pictures for you tomorrow of my good looking spin class instructor.. hahah

Matty O said...

FYI, you will not be disappointed if you follow the HR training. It is solid.

Keep up the good work :)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

The 305 I'm getting for xmas has a HR monitor, might try it out come Spring.

JohnP said...

I love that view! I'm jealous! :)

It looks like you could swim that river and save yourself a trip to the pool!
Just swim really really fast. :)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I am a history geek as well!!!

Jon said...

Thanks for the reminder on how many days are left before LP AND to get my butt back on the trainer. I like your setup.

I have almost ran more miles this past month than biked. Yikes!

Anne-Marie said...

I'm so jealous of that gorgeous scenery!

Great job on the run!

Brybrarobry said...

HR training, glad to hear, only way to go. Nice.

Quinton J said...

Yeah...I'd take photo 2 over photo 1 anyday. Still...nice work in the pain cave.

I'm also planning on dusting off my HR monitor and accepting it as part of my training.

My Life and Running said...

What a gorgeous place to run! Nice work getting to the pool. Plenty of time to isten to some great audio books on that drive? Holy cow!

Regina said...

Nice view for the run.

As for the Pilgrims, my son came home the other day from school and told me he learned about the Maine Flower. The what? OH!! The Mayflower! Made me think of you...with no flowers this time of year.

Shannon said...

any recommendations on a hrm? I've been looking into them...

Gina said...

I just started training with a heart rate monitor too (per coaches instructions) ... we are in the EASY zone right now, which means my runs are painfully slow.

3000 yards on swimming?!! GREAT JOB! I am definitely not up to that amount yet. I know it's coming though.

And, BTW ... I see you are part of Brooks Inspire Daily program ... ME TOO!! :)

gina

Glenn Jones said...

Wow. If I had a view like that (the outside one) I'd be out everyday for sure. Beautiful!