To keep things interesting, I’ve been getting more creative in how I complete my workouts. I needed a change of scenery. So over the holiday weekend, the fiancée and I spent some time in Rochester. Instead of driving home and proceeding to bike for 3 hours, I just brought my bike with to Rochester and biked home on Sunday. It was a 51 mile route from Century High School to my house, and took me just over 3 hours. I traveled through Elgin, Elba, Altura, Rollingstone and into Winona. Since I wasn’t very familiar with the county roads, I wrote out the directions all down my arm. I was able to get in lots of rolling hills, and one decent climb between Elba and Altura.
There were at least a dozen swimmers out at Lake Goodview taking advantage of the day which made the morning even more fun. Someone even brought out a kayak to swim alongside some of the swimmers. Well, as soon as the fiancée saw this he instantly decided that we needed to get him a kayak so that he can come out on the water while I swim.
This being said, if anyone is selling a one-person kayak… We are interested! (Ahem, cough, cough… this would make a great wedding gift)
Lastly, I decided that it was time for me to finally take a trip up the well-known Garvin Heights hill. I have to be completely honest, this hill has scared the crap out of me and I’ve pretty much avoided it the past 3+ years I’ve lived in Winona. So on Friday morning last week, I attempted the hill and managed to travel about 3/4 of the way and ended up stopping and turning around. I felt so defeated. While I love my new tri bike, it doesn’t have as many gears as my road bike which means that I really have to hammer it up steep hills such as Garvin Heights (about a 9.5% grade hill).
Yesterday, I decided to take a friend with me for support. My trusty training partner JS and I were able to conquer the hill. I’ll admit that I barely made it up there. I had to stop at the turn off and bring my heart rate down as it was beating about 183 bpm (the highest I have seen my heart rate this year on the bike has been 170 bpm). It was brutal. After much thought, the plan is to swap out the rear cassette on the bike to something that provides a harder gear for the down hills (heck yes!) and an easier gear for going up hills.
It’s a little over a week until Trinona! While I’m a little worried about the weed situation in Lake Winona (last year, the weeds were really bad) I’m very ready to kick off the summer racing season.
Here is this week’s training plan.
Monday: Open water swim
Tuesday: 3,000 yd swim + weight maintenance + core workout
Wednesday: 120 min bike ride
Thursday: 115 min run
Friday: 2,900 yd swim + core worktou
Saturday: open water swim + Trinona bike course 2x + 23 minute transition run
Sunday: Bike ride – details TBD
T-101 days until Ironman Wisconsin!