Training Buddies

This morning my alarm went off at 5:30 and I cringed. “Already?!?” I asked myself. I contemplated not going to the gym and pool, but I knew that my training buddy would be waiting for me. I contemplated calling her, but if I’m going to be awake enough to look for her number, call her, have a conversation about how tired I am, and then lay down again, I might as well go to the gym. Am I ever glad I did! Despite my puffy eyes and tired body, I made it through the weights and then the swim workout. How did I ever do this without my training buddy? Oh yeah… I didn’t! My training buddy used to be a weight lifter, so she has mad skills and is totally buff. However, she doesn’t like getting into the pool – so we inspire each other! I love getting into the pool and slicing through the water doing intervals. And since we are both training for Half Ironman coming up in 2.5 weeks, it’s a good match. We are also both doing Ironman next summer. I foresee many good things coming from this.

Today we worked on shoulders and arms and then worked it out in the pool. Last week I thought my arms would be dead after lifting weights, but they weren’t. They didn’t feel any more fatigued than any other time I do intervals. I’m going to talk to my coach about good workouts to do after half an hour of doing weights. Today our pool workout looked like this:

300m warm up
2 x 200m Speed intervals /r4′
500m pace
200m cool down
= 1400m

After the race on Sunday, it felt good to get in the pool. Tonight I’m going to run and tomorrow I’m going to get on the bike. Friday is my day off and Saturday I get to lift weights all day because I’m moving!

The race report from this weekend is coming up.

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