Day 47

I had a week. It had to happen, right? No workout for a week. Finding the time just… didn’t happen. 

Today, though, I had a great swim at the pond. I did at least a half-mile, at a good pace. 

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Day 46

Just a pretty simple 4.5 mile bike today. I only had 30 minutes to burn. But taking the time to install the bike pump, clean and pump the tires, lube the chain — time well spent. My pace on the trail was really good, once I got through the traffic in central Arlington, where the trail crosses Mass Ave.

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Day 45

My partner had a sick day today, so I took full advantage (thanks, hon!). I didn’t KILL my workout, but I did 1-minute run intervals for the entire 30 minutes, which still gets me to a 2-mile run in 30 minutes. The 1-minute runs are getting easier and easier. I can’t wait until I can do 5 minutes continuously! It might take me years!

Another 30-minute bike at 15+mph for 7.5 miles. Still trying to fit a lot of workout into one hour because I’m busy. But … progress!

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Day 44

I didn’t really have it today, folks. I’m feeling the stress of this election, the tension between my family members. It’s hard to put that aside to focus on a workout. I tried. Still kicked some ass.

I did 2 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill, which is still pretty good. But it’s frustrating that I can’t do the entire 30 minutes at 2-minute run intervals. I did about 5 intervals before holding on to the rails for dear life. I switched up to 1-minute intervals for the remainder of the run. I followed the 2 miles on the treadmill with a 7.5 mile 30-minute bike.

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Day 43

Today was an awesome swim day! Eight of my fellow Arlington Tri Moms group showed up at Walden today. I had a 1/3 mile leisurely swim, followed by a rocking 1/3 mile return, doing mostly freestyle with some breast-stroke “rests” in between. I’m working on pacing myself much better lately. Long distance open water swimming is all about endurance, so I’m re-learning my stroke, and my breathing patterns, so that I can go longer without getting winded as much. We then turned around and did a second lap, probably 1/2 mile round trip, followed by a lovely few minutes of floating and taking in the beauty. I’m pushing myself more and more every week in my swims. Longer intervals of freestyle, smoother and more consistent strokes. Still have to keep myself from sprinting, but I use that sprint mentality when I’m doing the “cool downs” of breast-stroke. Feeling good about the swim!

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