With triple digits in the forecast, I was not going to let my laziness win on Monday. I didn’t hit my snooze alarm, but instead pulled myself out of bed at 4:15 to attempt my first “brick” workout. It helped that I had everything I needed laid out the night before. Even Laney was by the front door and ready to go.
I had no real plan for mileage since I am not following a training plan. To be honest, I am just winging it and I am perfectly fine with that. I have no idea what I am doing for the most part, but I am having fun which is important. I figured I wanted to ride at least 10 miles and run 2 miles. That sounded like a good start to me.
I ended up with 12.3 miles on the bike because I over estimated my loop. The ride did go really good. The temperature was perfect for 4:45 am. I was shocked at how many people were out and about- running, cycling, walking and even doing yard work!
I got back to my house and quickly switched out my shoes and put Laney inside. My first couple of steps running my feet and brain were not in synch. I think that my legs were slightly confused as to what was going on. They felt heavy for about a ½ mile, but then I felt pretty good and got into my groove. I was easily able to maintain an 8:00 min pace for my short neighborhood loop.
On Wednesday I did a triple whammy of a workout: Rode to FGF, worked at FGF & rode home and then ran 3.15 miles. My legs felt pretty good and I feel like practicing the running after biking is good for me. Of course, who knows what will happen on race day.
I probably should look up some type of plan online, but I am trying not to get serious for my first race. I think that actually trying to train for a time on my first attempt will take a lot of fun out of it. I love all of the advice that you have given me over the last week. It has been AWESOME!!! You don’t understand how much it has helped me, so THANK YOU!
This weekend I had planned to attempt my first OWS, but I changed my mind because FGF is putting on a "do-whatever-you-want-a-thon" on Tuesday night. I might feel more comforting to me to have other "first timers" in the water with me. Of course, I could change my mind before then and head out to the lake later this weekend.....
What is the earliest you have woken up to workout?
How did your first OWS go?