Last Sunday I hopped on a plane and flew to Austin, Texas, to hang out at Lake Travis. I stayed at an unbelievably nice house on the lake. Here are a few pics:
|View from the street looking down at the house|
|Balcony overlooking the pool w/ Lake Travis in the background|
|I made a new friend and as you can tell, beer was involved - not on the training schedule|
The rest of the week was a blur. I ended up logging my longest bike ride to date on Wednesday night with almost 52 miles. It was so unbelievably hot (temp of 104) and I completely bonked on my nutrition. I only had gels that were caffeinated so I tried to get all of my carbs from my PowerBar endurance formula drink. The reasoning was that I rode after work and I have a tough time sleeping if I drink caffeine after about 2 or 3 in the afternoon. No gels = bad idea. You can only drink so much. I was so tired and ready to get off that dang bike at the end of my ride. I love the extended daylight during summer because it allows me the flexibility to do some of my long workouts during the week. However, the heat is just a killer. Nothing about riding, running, or even walking from my car to the office is fun in this heat. Go away summer! You are not wanted. The great news : we are supposed to have a "cold" front come through Sunday night. Highs are only going to be in the 90s next week!! Woo hoo!
Thursday I had an industry association luncheon and then a customer appreciation happy hour after work. I had to get in my run so I opted for a late evening run after schmoozing for a few hours at the happy hour. I was the lame guy drinking sprite and water and trying to stay away from the enormous buffet. I knew my 7 miles was going to be brutal enough because the temps were in the 100s. I didn't need any added difficulty from drinking alcohol or eating bad food. Sure enough, at 7:45 PM when I laced up my shoes, the temp read 98 degrees with a heat index of 104. Ugh. That's the only way to describe that run.
Friday I decided to actually put myself in the pool and do an easy swim. I actually had a pretty intense (for me) swim workout scheduled, but I just couldn't bring my body or mind to do it. I was completely out of it mentally and my body was ready to quit the minute I hit the water. I ended up just leisurely swimming 1000 meters and chalked it up as a success since I actually made it into the water.
Today was my turn on coaching duties with Team-in-Training so I met our group for their scheduled 10-miler before heading out for my 1-hour bike ride. I rode with a few TNT staff/coaches and took it easy since I will be doing my long run in the AM. It's a stepback week on the run for me, so I only have 10 miles on the schedule for the morning. After my run, I will be going to cheer on the TNT triathlon crew as they use one of our local tri's as a warm-up race for Nation's tri in DC and the Half-Iron here in OKC in September. I almost signed up for the sprint distance tri last minute, but decided I should take a chill pill. I have way too much time and money invested in Chicago and NYC marathons to screw something up now. I will still go out and provide moral support though. Maybe watching a tri again will motivate me to swim more. OK, probably not.