hill. repeat. hill.

“What goes up – must come down. And then go up and come back down, again.” 8 x :30 uphill surge (fast, focus on powering with your butt)/ 3:00 easy There may be something wrong with me.  I loved everything about this workout. It was cold. (34 degrees) I needed to layer up in my […]

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Breaking Good

Rest day = Time to reflect on my first week with my new coach. Right now, what I’m most aware of is the impact of change on my routine.  My training volume hasn’t really increased, but the amount of time it takes me to complete a training has increased, noticeably. On the busy days when there […]

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Running Mittens

Workout : Endurance Run Planned Duration: 1:20 Keep your pace exceedingly easy throughout “Exceedingly easy”is not my favorite.  I find it exceedingly hard to run exceedingly easy. For at least 5 of the 9 miles, I rationalized that this fact negated the entire assignment . I hate not following my coach’s directions more than I hate […]

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“Does your neck hurt when you do that?”

…asked a young high school swim team member as I finished my first 100 yards of backstroke, ever. “No, not really.” I replied. Then realizing  she was being incredibly polite I asked, “If I keep swimming like this, will it?”  “definitely.” I think I modeled my head position after this otter.  It seems reasonable.  These little […]

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Swim – Cruise Finder #1

The 1st step in any good planning is to figure out where you are. My coach, being a really good planner, needs to know where I am with my swimming.  So today’s swim workout was geared to finding my baseline.  Kelsey tells me that this will be my “cruise time”. Today’s cruise-finder workout: warm-up (my […]

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