Snuck in a half hour on the stationary bike last night before company came over and I can say, without a doubt, that time slows to a crawl when on a stationary bike. I listened to 3 songs and somehow only managed to burn 2 minutes, when I know for a fact that one of the songs was over 7 minutes long… How does this happen? I can’t wait for more sunlight and a little warmer temps so I can bike for REAL. If time is going to go slow, I might as well be GOING someplace. Stationary bikes are an exercise in futility.
I got up at my normal time (4:45am) this morning, dead set on getting back into my routine. Got to the gym and was pleasantly surprised at having my own lane to swim in. Too bad I didn’t have a better result! I could only swim a total of 550 yards and could never get more than 50 yards in at a time.
I timed myself for a 50 yard lap and then multiplied that out to the 440 yards that will be my first triathlon distance. It came out to about 9 minutes. I compared that to last year’s results for the same race and this time would put me somewhere in the middle of the swim time range. The best time was somewhere around 7 minutes and there were people swimming up to 15 minutes, with most being between 8-10 minutes. I think if I swim consistently between now and then (at least 3 days a week) I can swim somewhere between 8:00 and 9:00 which would be fine. I still really just want to survive this part of the race, anyway. Any time will work as long as they don’t have to drag my soggy butt out of the pool.
I’m torn when it comes to running though. Realistically, I can’t run 4 days a week. I “might” be able to do 3 days, max just due to time and the fact that I have 2 other sports to train for and, oh by the way, I have a job, family and life… But my runs are my fun time and I can’t decide what to give up. My Tu/Th runs are convenient for time and just about the right distance. My Wed. track workouts are perfect for the sprint distances. And my “long” run on Sat. is just fun. I get to see my friends, relax and just enjoy a 10 mile run. I’m really torn. I don’t want to give up any of them. But if I’m going to set a training schedule of no more than 6 days a week and I need to train 3 days a week swimming, 2 days a week on the bike and keep 4 days of running I will have to combine a couple of workouts. I don’t know if I have time to do that. This might take some thinking…