Anyhow, prep has been going well. The 5km will be just another good workout, but the change to get fueled by some race excitement. I’ve been doing some solid workouts with 2008 Olympian Colin Jenkins (it’s still cool to say). We have a good time smacking each other around on the waddling dog. He got attacked by a bee last time around, which was funny (for me).
Other than that, lots of swims in the lake. I love swimming in the open water. It’s hard, and I get my ass handed to me a lot. A LOT. But it’s still fun. I feel like I’m swimming better in the open water as a general trend, which is nice. Still in the wetsuits as it hasn’t warmed up a ton, but it’s start to get warmer tomorrow. But I don’t know that I’ll get to swim no wetsuit open water before LTF. Swimming in the pool is good. Colin made me lead the lane. Coach Joel has been on me more about technique lately. I don’t have the swim background of the rest of the crew, so Joel has been working his magic, making sure I don’t get short, which is the killer for me stroke. I shorten up the back end, then shorten the front, and then the wheels fall off. It helps to swim next to someone with a good long stroke, so if I can stay next to someone, I try to match their stroke length. Forces me to stick to my rotation and long glide. Then I just focus on holding on through the back end.
Running has been going well. Smashed two loops of Elk Lake, which then smashed me back for the rest of the weekend. But I seem to have bounced back nicely. I’ve ben trying some new shoes that Mr. Q gave me, and I like them a lot. Not sure which I’ll choose for the races. It’s between the Saucony A2 and the Nike Katana Rac3r (as in Racer 3, which I think is clever).
Regular icing in the evening. Brrr. But it’s good for you. Had a massage earlier in the week, which was also awesome. Some ART on the lats tonight to help with that swimming. Keep those loose to make sure I can get my length.
So that’s the typical flow around here. I fill the rest of the day yelling at Colin, interwebbing (yes, that is a word), sleeping, and fiddling with my bikes. Yes, sameness is good.
Eat. Sleep. Train. Swim. Bike. Run. Repeat…