In Training: My goals for this week were to put in the time that I was aiming to hit over the past two weeks before I got hit with a bad sickness. All in all, it was a success. It was the best training week by far for the year.
My numbers on the bike are the best they have ever been, run intensity is high and I am able to maintain the best speeds in training that I have ever done. All of this while I am raising the overall training volume that I am able to put in. I am seeing a difference in training and NOT working full time. The added rest and recovery is really allowing me to hit some new highs. I can't wait to test this in a race environment and I'm still settling on if I'll race before Ironman Texas in April.
One other thing that I may be seeing is a boost in overall fitness due to the BIG increase in time I am spending swimming. My overall weekly yardage (converted from meters in Training Peaks) has gone from 5,000 - 7,000 up to 20,000+ yards. Thats quadruple what it used to be. I'm thinking that I am not only swimming faster/stronger, but am getting much more fit from the time I am in there. Oh, and it feels damn good to be swimming like this for the first time in ten (plus) years. Nothing as awesome as being in good swim shape.
In Life: After an epic Super Bowl last Sunday, I spent the majority of free time on Mon/Tues reflecting and drawing some inspiration from that game. I re-watched it twice on the bike and still don't know how the heck that happened. I am quietly becoming a Patriots fan. Don't tell anyone outside of this blog though.
I am able to be dad for Aiden's after school activities - Soccer on Monday, then swimming on Tues/Wed, hangout Thursday. It's becoming a nice routine to get him after school and hang out with him for a little while each day.
I picked him up Friday afternoon, then drove out to Thornton to watch the finals of the Colorado 5A State Swim meet with him and his cousins. We saw some state record performances, all around fast swims, and saw my sister win a team state title as a coach of the Fossil Ridge HS Swim Team. Congratulations Erin. I'm proud to see you do this!
Let the spring like temps continue in Colorado... On to the next week! Like every week, I have a gallery below with a few pictures from the week. Click through for captions.
Weekly Totals: Week #6 - By the Numbers - Week of Feb. 6
Swim: 21,250 yds - 12.07 miles
Bike: 224.25 miles - 9:45 Trainer work
Run: 35.2 miles
Total TSS: 1384.2
Hours: 18:32 (moving/working time only)
Days Off: 0