1. I'm starting to second guess my training plan I am using. I don't know why I have started to do this, but I am. My run days have always been wed (speed work) and Friday (hills) along with a short brick and a longer brick run on tues/sat and Sunday as my long run day. Since switching off the half ironman plan I was using to the full ironman plan, they do not have me running as much. Or, I guess I should say all the run days are the same expect for Friday. A lot of the Friday runs are either optional or they are not there at all. Actually a lot of the workouts say optional by them in this plan and I'm like ahhh... what should I be doing? I understand as the bricks increase in mileage and the long runs get longer and longer my weekly run mileage will still be high. Yet it feels like I am doing less since switching to the IM plan. This morning I decided to listen to the plan and not run. Also my cranky hip/back pain that I had last year seems to be creeping back. So I guess a rest run day was welcomed.
2. I am also stressing out about pool time. Currently I swim at the Eastern Market pool. The problem is that they close the pool from 5pm - 6:30 ish for the swim team. I have been swimming right after I get off of work from 4-5, but sometimes I can only get 50 minutes of swimming in. This really isn't enough time for me to fit a 3000 yard and higher workout in. Now, yes one could always tell me to just swim at 6:30pm and that would be the easy solution, but I like having my evenings free like I am a normal person. Plus well I get cranky when the pool is super crowded in the evenings. My current swim days are wen/fri/sun. Sunday was more or less a recovery swim day but I think I'm going to have to switch to this to my long swim day. Haines Point's pool is not open on Wednesday and I'm too lazy to waste the half hour on the metro to/from Wilson's pool. So, Wednesday can be my shorter swim day or whatever I can fit in, in a 45-60 minute time period. Friday, I will either come into work earlier so I can get to the pool earlier or swim at the Haines Point pool and not feel rushed to get my workout in. I think this will work?
3. I went to a real track in the first time in a very long time. On Wednesday evening I ran over to Gallaudet University University's track. It's only about 1.7 miles from my house which makes for a nice warm up/cool down. The track was super nice. It was also a nice switch from trying to do speed work on city blocks which usually just turns into a tempo or mile repeats for me. I didn't want to over do it, so I just did 3 x 800s with a recovery 800 in-between each. I also did just 1 x 400. Yeah I know it wasn't a super long workout, but I have to start somewhere. I also need to learn how to set my watch to get my splits. I basically re-set it after every 800 which was pretty annoying. Now the question is: do I attempt to go to the track on Wendeday morning with the DC Tri group from now on? The problem here is that they practice at Banneker track near Howard. This is a little tricky for me to get to and the area is a little sketchy especially when practice starts at 5:45am. Man I guess it already sounds like I am making up excuses not to go. I don't know. Or I continue to go in the evenings by myself and give up my one free week night that I have. Oh the decisions. Or I guess I continue to do what I have been doing and run tempos in the morning and go to the track every so often.
I guess overall I am stressing about all my workouts ... ugh... I hate when I get like this.
At any rate, I hope everyone has a great weekend and good luck to those racing Eagleman :)