Last week was solid with that personal-distance-record-breaking ride of 104 miles plus another short ride with Jenn, a couple decent swims, and two good runs of 4.5 and 6 miles at 8:25's. But I wanted to start this week off a little different.
Instead of a long long ride and only a long ride on Sunday, I started out with my "long" run of the week. Now keep in mind that this week is a recovery week, so my long run was only 7 miles. But, it was some of the best mileage I've run. I left around 10am with the temps already hot and humid and headed out on one of my favorite 6.2 mile loops. The plan was to just add .8 mile on the end to make it a full seven. I don't know if it was because I had fresh legs, or if I was just happy or what, but I felt good the whole run! I ended up stopping my Garmin at 7 miles @ 8:09's. That's really quick for me. I followed that up with an easy 20 mile ride averaging 17mph. Not a bad start to the week.
Memorial day, Jennifer and I had decided that we were going to do a long ride. Her longest ride so far was around 30 miles, so I convinced her to go big! Monday was REALLY hot, so we packed a couple water bottles each with plans to stop and refill a couple times at gas stations. We got three miles down the road into downtown Berrien Springs and ran into a parade. So, we stopped and watched the local high school drum down the street with the sousaphones and flutes in toe. We saw John Deere tractors, an old Ford Model ?, and of course the town firetrucks. Here we are right before we slipped through and continued our ride.
|I know we always wear the same thing, but that's my most comfortable jersey for long rides!|
This little incident didn't deter us from continuing our ride, so back on the road we went. Josh and I found this sweet stretch of nice pavement that has a big shoulder that we call our "Time Trial Road," so Jenn and I headed there. We did an out and back and finally made it home, ready for showers! Jenn set a new distance record at 43 miles. Way to go, babe! It was a great day that included a cookout with a bunch of friends and then an evening full of moving boxes and furniture for some more friends.
All in all, I've had a decent month, and although I usually don't throw my monthly numbers around for fear of embarrassment, here's what I did in May.
- Biking: 336 miles
- Running: 57.15 miles
- Swimming: 11,400 miles
- Weight Loss: (Since December 26) 35 pounds
So far, the training is going super well. Jenn and I have 4 weeks till our Olympic triathlon, but I've got my mind set on bigger things, like the Steelhead HIM! August 14, here I come, baby!
Thanks for reading.