Two and a half weeks ago, I started my Intermediate Greek class that I must pass in order to graduate next May. The problem is that I took Beginning Greek 8 YEARS AGO, so you could say that I was a little rusty! This is what has been on my mind recently...
So, because of the super long break in blogging, I'm going to give you a snapshot recap of all three areas just to catch you up. Otherwise, this blog would be the longest in history!
I haven't been swimming a whole lot lately, because I feel so confident in it. After the Bear Lake Olympic Triathlon that had a .9 mile swim, I haven't been stressing about the swimming. 1.2 miles isn't that much further. I have put a couple swims in which included a terrific pool workout. I really pushed it hard! Jenn was there, and we did some Pulling, Kicking, and then just normal swimming. I'm feeling really strong with swimming and feel like I'm where I need to be to put in a strong swim at Steelhead. I'm going to the pool tonight to put in 50 laps, and then Friday, Josh and I will be doing an open-water swim in Lake Michigan. That should be fun.
On the Biking front, I haven't been feeling that great. Greek hasn't given me the time I've wanted to crank out some serious mileage, so I feel like I've lost a bit of bike strength. Josh and I rode the Steelhead course last Friday. I cooked my legs and STILL only ended up with 19.5 average. That sucked because I've been able to do that twice without cooking my legs. Plus, we went for a short run afterwards, but my legs were gone. I was pretty deflated about my poor ride! Yesterday, I went on a ride and realized that I've slipped back into an old habit of pushing too hard a gear. I got that fixed in my mind and started spinning really fast and in an easier gear and ended up going faster. I think I'll be fine if I can do that.
Running is not my favorite thing to do in life. I actually really DON'T like it that much. But it is what I've been working on the most recently. I started using my Ipod when I run to give me a little motivation, and that has helped. But recently, I've been pulling a Colleen and "Running Naked!" Well, sort of....with all my clothes on. Colleen inspired me to not use my Garmin to see how fast I was, or wasn't, going and just run. Here's how it turned out. I had been feeling like every time I glanced at my watch, I would run even slower, and that would demoralize me. So, I went out for a 7 miler still wearing my Garmin, but I promised I wouldn't look at it till mile 5. I JUST RAN! It wasn't too tough, and at mile 5, I 'bout peed my shorts because I was running just over 8 minute miles! Well, this was a great opportunity to go sub-8 on a longer run, so I amped up the pace and finished 7.14 miles at 7:57's/mile! That has got to be my best "long" run ever. Woohoo! It was such a confidence booster. Two days later, I did it again, but suffered because of the heat. I did 10 miles and felt confident about it although they were 8:45's. Yesterday, after having a solid bike ride, I hopped off and went for a brick run. I just did 4 miles, but did them at 8:22's, and I'm feeling better about the running.
I'm sorry that school has taken priority over blogging, but I've only got a week and a half left till my final test. Then, 2 weeks after that, I'll be a HALF-IRONMAN! (It just doesn't have the same ring to it that IRONMAN does...maybe one day)
Thanks for reading.