It actually called for it last week and continues through next week. Last week I missed my run, so I tried to throw down back to back 10+ mile runs both with varying degrees of Z3+ efforts. I know that a missed workout should be left behind - but I really wanted to run. It wasn't a good idea because it then caused me to push my bike interval day out which didn't give me enough time for recovering before my race. Lesson learned and I'm focusing on not missing a workout to being with - if I do, it's gone. The rest of May is also focus on good eating and nutrition. Seems silly but if you say out loud 'this month we're going to focus on good eating' - it seems to make it work.
I got in a good 1.5 hour run yesterday with about 50 mins of fartleks ranging from 5 mins (easier) to 3 mins (harder). My legs were pretty tired by mile 10 since I had only 1 day off since racing - but I still gutted it out and was happy I had. I clearly didn't put in much of an effort on Sunday - so my legs weren't in as bad a shape as they were after previous races. It's considered an easy week which means less volume but the volume that I do have is jam-packed with a lot of thigh roasting efforts.
Today was the first swim for me in the Belvedere lagoon. It's a man-made body of salt water (they flood it from the bay). It's about 7 feet deep and I'd guess almost .75 miles long complete with fish and I'm sure in time I'll find the dead person that I'm convinced every body of water contains. It's very different swimming this version of long-course than you get in the pool. I think we end up swimming about .5 or .6 miles one way and then back. End to end for me is about 35 mins or so. I definitely will be using this venue to do more race simulation where I need to start much faster and hold on for dear life. I know I can make up a handful of mins on both my bike and run - but nothing quite like I can on the swim where I am leaving a good 8-10 mins on the table. With likely only a fraction of the effort in my training.
Here is the lagoon where we swim the body on the right from nearly end to end.
I know I'll get faster 1) because Ben "Lat Boy" Collins will point out a few obvious things I'm doing wrong when he arrives next week (which has garnered 15 secs alone / 100) and 2) because Ben refused to do any coaching until I got his required 'wunderpants', I now own a sweet pair of those and they must make me faster than the hole-filled, see-through fabric 'tri suit' I've been seen in. I've also tossed the Zoomers from my swim - I was required to wear them last year in order to get from one end of the lagoon to the other, otherwise I was about 5 mins behind the group and they follow the pirate-code and wait for no one.
Ben's required 'WUNDERPANTS' (that's water+underpants).