We are now less than two weeks away from IM Brazil.
In 8 days, we fly to Florianopolis.
In 6 days, we pack our bikes.
My "to-do" list is still in process, but I should have it ready to go by the end of today.
But, enough about those logistical details, let's focus on the workouts.
Last week, Karen mentioned something about doing a 3-mile swim. What? "But we only swim 2.4 miles," I outwardly whined to anyone who would listen. No one listened.
So, there I was late Friday afternoon - swimming for about half a day (okay, maybe not quite that long). Coach Mark and I swam back and forth, back and forth, back and forth...
It wasn't pretty and I wasn't smiling the whole time - but I did knock out my longest swim ever.
On Saturday, I was unable to join my peeps at the Cap to Cap ride due to a small work conflict (known as graduation ceremony #1 of the weekend). I did pack my car on Friday night with my bike, cycling gear, running gear & nutrition, so I was able to get to West Creek by 11:30ish - just in time to watch Mark and Rick finish their workout.
I was jealous that they were finished - but what could I do?
Some kind of strange weather system seemed to roll in right as I began my ride. It was cloudy and windy - and altogether kinda cold and eerie. I definitely did not dress appropriately - and was actually cold for most of the ride.
I focused on a few tidbits of cycling advice I picked up from stud cyclists Mark, Cyndi and Shelly. Cyndi and Shelly both talked about how they focus on making themselves "small & aero" on the bike. Cyndi talked about envisioning yourself traveling through a little hole in the wind. Rather than fighting the wind, you try to travel with it. Mark mentioned to me how he gets into a rhythm and just rides on.
I tried all those things - and I also really focused on staying as relaxed as possible to avoid muscle pains in my shoulders. As per the instructions of the coach, I definitely took it easy for the first 20 miles.
All things considered, it was a decent ride.
After the ride, I completed the brick with a 6-mile run over the rolling hills of WC.
One long swim and one medium brick accomplished.