So yesterday, I kinda did a triathlon by accident. I know, accident... how do you do such things? I blame it on over-committment and feeling like I have to follow my training schedule to a T.
I was pretty fried last week from Tuesday's speed workout. Recovery day was Friday, so I slept in, got a 1.5 hr massage, took a nap. Felt MUCH BETTER. Saturday was a 6 mile Z2 run. Didn't feel as good as the previous week's Z2 run (5 miles), but didn't feel awful either. I attribute this to the extra mile, slightly higher temperatures, and a slightly faster pace. And maybe still being tired from the week.
Sunday was my scheduled brick. 2 hrs cycling and 30 min running. I went with two coworkers, did 27 miles on the bike in ~1.75 hrs. Then ran 3 miles in Z2. And it was TOASTY out. 80 degrees.... I am going to hate life in a month from now. Finished that up at 1:30 PM, then I had to meet my swim team friend at 2 PM. She has a new wetsuit and is pretty new to swimming, so she wanted to hit one of the local lakes to test out her suit and get some confidence. We did 2 leisurely laps around the lake (about 1600 m total... maybe). Water was 60 degrees, which felt cold at first, but once you got moving it felt nice. I went moderate - mainly wanted to stay ahead of my friend but didn't want to work too hard, given my earlier efforts. I thought the swim was pretty nice actually - good recovery and psuedo "ice bath". Plus, it was only 30 minutes. To me, that's barely even getting started for swimming.
I post all my workout stats into Training Peaks, and I immediately get an email from my head coach, which consisted of the following back and forth:
HC: Did you do a full tri today?
Me: Nope. I did my brick then met a friend over at 288 Lake. She got a new wetsuit and wanted a small confidence builder swim before Gateway.
HC: That's what i was saying all 3 sports today right? A zone 4 swim after a brick is a lot.
Not quite sure what to make of all that. I didn't consider my swim a Zone 4. Maybe based on my estimated distance and time, which were not wholly accurate. I didn't feel like I worked hard. And I almost feel like he was admonishing me, when really, I was just doing an easy swim with a friend. Which happened to be after a bike and a run. I personally didn't see anything wrong with that.
As a bonus, my legs actually felt good today during swim team. Normally, Monday's are hard - my legs are lead weights after a hard weekend like this. That just makes me feel like the swim was a good recovery and no harm was done. And that I know my body and what its capable of. Plus, it was a beautiful day and I had fun with friends, which to me, is most important.