Friday I swam 2000 meters and today, Sunday, I ran* 13.1 miles. Tomorrow I hope to bike at least 56 miles. That will complete my 70.3 weekend, albeit out of order.
As I finished my swim on Friday morning it started raining here, and it was glorious. Thank you hurricane Isaac for gracing us with your presence. It rained Friday and Saturday, but not a big gully washer. It was just a good steady rain, and we needed it bad. So because of the rain on Saturday I elected to lift weights, even though I haven’t touched them for about a month. I did squats, bench, and chin-ups, 5 sets each, all high reps, and immediately got sore.
I was feeling it this morning, but decided I’d get the run in today. So right after church I started in on my half marathon. I basically did 4 5K loops around my hood. I’d pick up Powerade and nutrition as I looped around my house.
And this is why I’m The Pretend Triathlete. It started out well, Garmin said I was doing 7:30 miles, but by the end it was closer to 10:00 and I was feeling it. As I ended my last loop, the longest loop as it worked out, I saw that we had visitors at the house, friends of the family. They were just getting ready to leave as I arrived. So here I am wanting to sit down, or die, and I need to engage in a little small talk and chit-chat. At one point I leaned up against the house to catch my breath. They drove off and I’m sure wondered why I was so tired. It was obvious I’d been out running, they could plainly see that, but they probably thought that I was seriously out of shape. They may be right.
Tomorrow I’ll try to get out early and ride and complete my 70.3 weekend. I need to get some good training in this week, because next week I have a very busy schedule and it may be tough to work out. Then on September 23 I’ll be in Branson at the 70.3 race. On that day I have to do all 70.3 miles in one day.
*I had to walk a couple of times. Hey, my knee started hurting, give me a break!