Yay! I Didn’t Drown!

After a morning of failed garage saling with my kick-ass neighbor, I suited up in my fancy tri-suit for my first open water swim. I met the Ambitious One & Mr. Pi at Blue Lake, and after a bit of chatting, we got in. We swam 3 “laps” along the back swim area boundary, and practiced sighting & navigating around children. 🙂 I felt a lot more comfortable in the water than I had anticipated, and that makes me happy. It felt harder than laps in the pool, but I really had a good time – which just goes to show me that I’m definitely an outdoor person. I hate the gym, and have decided that I will be doing more lake swimming now!

After the swim, I hopped on my road bike (I’d rather ride that during the tri, but it has issues – so I was giving it a go) and road 6.2 miles. I averaged 13 mph on my ride, even including the 3 miles into the Marine Drive headwind. After I got my bike back in my car, I went out for a quick run. Since I took an unscheduled detour yesterday during my run, and since I have 14 miles planned for tomorrow, that would have left me at 29.7 miles for the week – and I really want that 30! So I went out for a .3 mile run! My legs felt dead, and I felt like I was running through molasses, I was so slow! I was starting to feel a bit warmer by the time I quit (I’m not a super overachiever – I went exactly 0.3 miles!), and my pace was a not-too-shabby 9:20 for that very, very brief run.

I was super thirsty after all this – it’s still pretty warm here in Portland (although not as bad as it has been), and we got started about 1:30 this afternoon.

Overall, I’m feeling a LOT better about my upcoming triathlon (in two weeks!) and even starting to think about next year – and longer tris….

I hope you’re have as good a weekend as I am! I’m off to do some homework now, and then head down to the Jazz Festival.

Recent Comments

  • cindy
    July 19, 2009 - 2:09 pm ·

    i’ve gotta disagree–you ARE a super overachiever. your run/swim/bike stats look awesome!
    p.s. noticed the onion in your sidebar. love that. the delicacy monkey article is one of my all time favorites.

  • Jen
    July 20, 2009 - 6:06 am ·

    Jazz festival?! I missed it.

    Great job on the swim!! And bike. I think you are definitely ready for the triathlon. How exciting!

  • kristen
    July 20, 2009 - 6:40 am ·

    I knew you would love it. Totally agree with being an outdoor person. I mean there’s only so many spin classes and flip turns a gril can handle. I’m glad you were so much more comfortable than you thoght you would be.

    .3 miles — you have a sickness 😉

  • Alisa
    July 20, 2009 - 8:19 am ·

    Haha, I love that you ran that .3! Great job on the 30 mile week. I think even during my marathon training I hit over 30 only a few times. You’re going to kick ass in training and on race day! As I’ve said before, you are so inspiring.

    You did great in the lake too. I sent you an appt for Wednesday the 29th, we should see if Zach and Jen are going.