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Recap – Week 4

Steady as she goes.

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Swim – 3:00:00 – 7600m
Bike – 2:00:21 – 62.4km
Run – 1:24:17 – 16.7km
Strength – 0:45:00

Total – 7:14:38

Not to run a cliché or quote the Raconteur’s (Jack White rules by the way), I have been pretty consistent with my weekly average. About 7.5 hours is what fits into my schedule and I am okay with it.

Fins have made their way back into our swim workouts and for now, I am okay with it. I saw ‘now’ because my feet have yet to develop blisters, operative word, yet. Either my feet are tougher, I am more efficient with my kick, or my fins fit better. One chap in my lane had to tape his big toe with three layers to fend of the blister after only the second day. That sucks.

Our swim workout this morning looked like this:

Warm Up
400m Swim/200m Kick/400m Drill
Main Set
with fins
400m Kick ‘Around the World’
200m Side by Side
200m Swim ‘easy’
without fins
200m Kick ‘Around the World’
200m Side by Side
400m Swim
Cool Down
4x50m (25m Catch Up/25m Swim) <40 seconds
200m Swim 'easy'

No one in my lane caught on to the 200m ‘easy’ at the end of our fin set; that took a lot out of me. I am finding out however that all this kicking is helping my swim but hurting my run a bit. I have had a couple of back-to-back runs that have been less than stellar. I reckon that a decent massage and reducing my pace for this upcoming week may help shake out some of the bad mojo. Stay tuned.

Speaking of runs, I headed out this weekend in shorts and a t-shirt. Now like any good runner, I should have a selfie to prove it, but I am not a good runner. Sorry.

Weather is crazy here in Calgary; 11 degrees and sun in the middle of January? Yeah, that happened. The only problem is that with the melting snow comes puddles and ice. Two things can slow a run down, or worse, end it prematurely. I am glad to report that I made it home safely, albeit with mud between my toes.

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Registration for the Mother’s Day Run and Walk opened over the past week. This is a race that my family will do every year in support of not only the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units here in Calgary, but in memory of our little Oliver who didn’t make it long enough to need the NICU last year. This year will be a little different mind you, instead of me and my brother running the 10k together, my entire family, including my daughter, will run the 5k.

I have a feeling that I will be walking for at least 3k with her on my shoulders and I am looking forward to every minute of it.

Question: Do you have a race you do just for the fun of it?

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2 responses

  1. Another solid week in the books. I an eager for race season to get here, don’t know about you.

    January 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

    • Thanks. We still have a way to go here in Canada so I am not too eager yet. Throw in a half marathon and a swim meet and I can hold off until May.

      January 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

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