Wow, what a week this was. My plan going into this week was to focus on running. On my long during week 10. I was not happy with the amount of effort it took to run the pace I was at. Most likely it was the humidity, but I was heavy on the cycling that week and I didn't want to leave anything to chance for that being the reason. So, I primarily just ran this week. It also was my first 20 miler of my training. Each day the weekend grew closer, the more I began to worry about it. My training this year has been going much better than last year, but I was still worrying. I started out my run at an easy pace running the first 16 in the 9:40-9:45 range and decided to run the last 3 hard. The last 3 miles I managed 9:24, 9:11, and 8:35. The best news is that I finished the 20 miles with an average pace at a full minute faster than my pace during last year's marathon. Needless to say, I've been floating on cloud 9 ever since.
This week I will be mixing it up with running, riding, and swimming. I have a light long run of 13 miles this week and will probably add in a few 8 milers.
5.01 mile run at 9:23 pace
6 mile run at 8:55 pace
8 mile run at 9:25 pace
30 minute private swim lesson
3 mile run at 9:12 pace
20 mile run at a 9:38 pace
25 mile ride with an average speed of 17.6 mph
Time: 8 hours 1 minutes
Cals burned: 6,544
Weight loss: 0 lbs lost. YTD loss is 16 lbs.