A little go, and a little no go

In a tale of two workouts, last night I went over to the usual spot for the start of the hill ride and patiently waited for the chatter to die down so we could finally get going.  I blew through 15 minutes of my alloted time (my DW has a planned mommy break on Tuesdays that I try desperately not to interfere with) waiting to start and by the time it was on the route had changed to a grueling two hour slog up some really ugly hills that I really didn’t want any part of, so I just headed to a close local hill that was tough enough to give me a good workout and banged away on my own.  This was the “no go” part of my workout.

I just felt sluggish.  Like I had no power.  My middle chain ring even seemed too hard (granted, this is a STEEP, albeit short, hill) and I thought I might even have to drop down into my granny gear (a convenient feature on my Kona…!).  I managed to slug through 7 repeats in about 30 minutes (the hill is about a third to a half mile long from stop sign to stop sign) but felt aweful.  Just weak and slow.  It was definitely a workout I was glad to see the end of.

Then I jumped in the pool this morning for the “go” portion of the workout.  Six hundred yards of drills, then 3 X 4oo back to back (30 seconds rest), then finish with some 50 yard sprints.  I felt surprisingly good.  In fact, I timed my last 400 and it was 30 seconds faster than my fastest time ever!  …yes, I counted my laps properly… ;p  And my 50s were: 52, 51, 50, 48!  The times themselves aren’t great by swimmer standards, but the fact that the splits were negative pleases me.  It means I’m getting stronger in the water.  I doubt I will ever be “fast”, but better is always good.

I have too many choices tonight for workouts.  I’m overwhelmed.  I can either go to Traknight and run hills, go to the Wednesday ride and RIDE more hills, or I can go to Stephen’s Lake and swim some more in open water for the first time EVER!  I’m leaning towards either swimming again or running hills.  I know I need the bike time but they are doing the same hill I did last night and I just don’t know if I have the heart to do it again.  Decisions… decisions…


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