It was another good week of training. The weather this was warmer than the previous week and I felt good training all week.
I started off the week a little slow to recover from the previous with only two 15 miles rides. Both of these rides were commutes to masters swimming. On Wednesday & Thursday, I hit the hills a little more. The Wednesday ride was an out and back twice on Old Military Rd. The route has a few rolling hills. I hit about the same times on each 5 mile interval. On Thursday, the wind and the clouds returned. The wind was coming out of the south, so I decided to go down Sturgis Rd to climb Scenic Hill. This hill is a tough hill, there are few parts that over 20% gradient. This would also be the first time I've climbed it with my tri bike with a 53x39 crank and 11x25 on the back. I usually climb with my road bike which has a compact and 12x28. I was able to make the climb. Although, I was out of the saddle the whole time. I finished up the week with a ride down in Little Rock on Saturday from 2 Rivers Park to Kanis/Ferndale. I knew the route would be around 36 miles. The other reason I chose this route was I wanted close my heat map on Strava. I have now connected some more roads! On Sunday, I went out with a group here in Conway. We did the Tour de Loop and it was a pretty fast pace ride. My legs were feeling good throughout the ride, but the fatigue set in on the last 4 or 5 miles. A great week of riding!
Running was a little slack this week. I was able to get 8 miles of running on 4 runs. The best run of the week was on Saturday after my ride. I did a 2 mile run and was able to increase the pace throughout. I finished with 2 miles @ 7:57 mile/min. All the other runs were uneventful.
Another good week of swim training was completed. The masters swim coach was out of town this week, but we had a choice of 4 workouts to do. I did a 2400m, 2000m, and finally a 1900m workout during the week. The 1900m was the last of the week and the fastest. The main set was 6 x 100 @ 4:00. It was an all out effort. I was happy to maintain around 1:27 for each one. I can feel the water better as the weeks have come and gone.
Week 2 totals
Ride - 169 miles - Long ride of 55 miles to Diamond Bluff!
Run - 10.96 miles
Swim - 3.98 miles
Ride - 168.4 - Long ride of 46 Tour de Toad Loop Group
Run - 8 miles
Swim - 3.91 miles