7 weeks to go…
I like to think that I am pretty good at figuring out a way to train, even when I am traveling. This week was no exception, until Sunday. Prior to that I was so proud of getting my workouts in despite the craziness that the week brought. I wasn’t able to borrow a bike this time like I did last year, but luckily my hotel has a decent gym so the stationary bike would do.
Monday – 2800 m Masters Swim + 2:30 ride, 43.2M, 17.3 mph
If all else failed with planned workouts in Hamburg I wanted to get one good swim in plus my long ride for the week before I left. Fortunately a later evening flight + flexibility of working from home allowed me to do that. But wow…it was HOT on the ride. I managed to miss a few spots on my shoulders and back with sunscreen and I was reminded every time I moved in my seat on the 8 hour flight.
Tuesday – OFF
Traveled over night and landed midday in Hamburg. Good time for a rest day after a big day on Monday anyway.
Wednesday – ~60 min Run, 6.9M, 8:39 min/mile + 2600 m Swim
Hamburg remains one of my favorite places to run. I was smiling the whole time I ran around the Alster Lake. It wasn’t fast and there was nothing particularly special about it, but it was a beautiful morning and I just really loved being out there.
I was originally hoping to get in a swim as well, but the pool doesn’t open to the public until 9 a.m. and I was at the office till after 7:30 p.m. so obvi a no go.
Thursday – 1:25 Stationary bike w/7×5 min “hills”, 20M, 15.6 mph
Of course a stationary bike isn’t ideal, but certainly better than nothing or a recumbent bike. I was feeling sluggish and it was hard to wake up, but it was humid as hell in the gym and got a solid sweat in and my legs burning before a long day of meetings.
Friday – Brick: 1:10 Ride w/9×1 min sprint, ~19M, ~16.5 mph + 30 min Run, 3.55M, 8:21 min/mile
Despite even less sleep than the night before, this was really a solid workout. My butt was sore from riding such an awkward seat 2 days in a row, so I was more than happy to get off and run when the 1:10 was up. I have felt really, really good running off of the bike lately.
Saturday – ~2000 m Open Water Swim
My coworker, Maxine, and I met up at Stadtpark at the swimming pond. It is about 100 m across and a great place to practice open water swimming. Not very deep, clean water, lifeguards, etc. but you still get to practice sighting and being in a wetsuit as if it were truly open water.
I wish we had something like this at home! Especially since it also sits in the middle of a beautiful park that has miles and miles of hard packed running trails and a beautiful track.
I was so sick, but still held on to this little glimmer of hope that I could run later in the day. Things improved throughout the day, but not at the pace I wanted and eventually I gave into the idea that it would be a complete rest day.
- Swim = 4800 m
- Bike = 82 miles
- Run = 11 miles
- Time = 8 hours, 10 min.