Legs are JELL-O

My legs are jell-o.  They are wiggly and jiggly.  Why you might ask.....well I am going to tell you. Three consecutive days of hard training.  Not just hard, but pushing and pushing and pushing my speed on the run and yesterday also included the hardest swim training to date along with a time trial on the bike.  JELL-O I tell you. So we start out with the race on Sunday in which both Karen and I place 3rd in our age group.  I ran an 8:03/mile pace in scorching heat and was so dehyrated at the end that I almost lost my cookies, peanut butter protein bar, breakfast burrito.....you get the picture.  I couldn't get enough liquids or carb/proteins in me.  Luckily after a great breakfast at Barbec's with Karen and Barbara I felt 100x better. Yesteray was a three training session day.  Swim, Strength, Brick.....is that a 4 training session day?  Either way the swim was reverse laddering.  Huh?  That's what I thought, but here it is.  Warm-Up with 6x50 of 25 drill and 25 swim.  Then the reverse ladder which starts with a 500 at T-Pace +5 seconds then 5x25 Sprint, then 400 at T-Pace+5 then 4x25 sprint, then 300 at T-Pace+5 then 3x25 sprint, 200 and 2x25, 100.....then you get to cool down with a 200 of steady kicks and swim.  I was beat as there is not a lot of time in between these sets either.  After the long swim you got 50" then 40" then 30" then 20" in between and in between each 25 you got 20".  I would say this was probably the hardest swim training I have had in a while and by that I don't mean the ones where I just don't feel the water, but flat out difficult. After that it was 1 hour in the gym lifting and working out doing supersets and keeping my HR elevated.  TIRED!!!!! That wasn't the end yesterday though.  I originally thought this was a joke, but Coach did not back off because I did send her emails to clarify for me. In the evening it was time for a 1 hour bike that included a 10K time trial at the end followed by a 20 minute run at 10K pace.  It was brutally hot so I decided to do the bike on my trainer and would do the run outside in the neighborhood. After 36 minutes of doing interval training essentially (3 mintues hard, 2 minutes recovery) I went for my 10K.  I figured at 20MPH a 10K would take me a little over 18 minutes so that would get me close to an hour.  I would up doing the 6.2miles in 20:17 which is an average pace of 18.4 MPH.  I was happy with that pace because the trainer is so much harder then the road where you get downhills to get your speed way up so 18.4 I would take.  My buddy Juan says it takes 30% more energy to use the trainer but I'm not sure what htat means exactly in terms of speed, but even a 10% increase in speed puts me at 20 MPH, which is my goal for the next race. The 20 minute run at 10K pace was next.  I covered 2.32 miles in that 20 minutes for an average pace of 8:37 which is slower then the 10K pace I set at The Hottest Half but I also did not have a 1 hour bike ride prior to that run so this pace was perfect for me and I was happy.  I was happiest when I got in the shower though and allowed my muscles to relax and my sleep last night was terrific to the point of waking up at 12am feeling fully rested as if I had slept for an entire night. This morning the alarm went off at 4:00am as I expected to do a very easy run with the Castle Hills Running Club.  Well as I was looking at my emails from Training Peaks I noticed that the run had changed and it was not going to be an easy run.....uh-oh!!!!!! The run consisted of warming-up with 4x strides followed by 4x800 at 5k-5second pace with a 400 recovery after each set.  After the last recovery I was to do a 2 mile run at 10K+10second pace. My times in those 800s and 2 mile run were: 1x800 in 3:21 or a 6:34/mile pace. HR was 171 with max of 175 1x800 in 3:26 or a 6:39/mile pace. HR was 174 with max of 178 1x800 in 3:28 or a 6:54/mile pace. HR was 176 with max of 181 1x800 in 3:32 or a 7:12/mile pace. HR was 174 with max of 180 2mile run in 17:52 or a 8:58/mile pace. HR was 168 with max of 174   That last 2 mile run I was on fumes and my legs were moving on their own as I don't think I was moving them with my brain.  They were just going.  I know that I did happen to see a few laps with 9:25/mile pace so I had to have picked it up at other times but that 9:25/mile pace was terrible to have seen.   My paces at the 800s were tremendous and really only that last 800 was really a 5k-5sec pace as the other were much faster then that.   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am ready to get on the plane to visit my mom, sister, nephew and bill this week.  It will be nice to get away from Dallas for a few days and be around family and while not completely forget about the job search to be around those that love me will be a great big confidence boost.  It has become stressful with each passing day even though I have only been out for a month.   I am hoping to get a 2nd interview with the not-for-profit scheduled for next week by getting a call today.  I have been thinking quite a bit about this job and this career move and the more I think about it the more I believe it to be the right fit at the right time.   In addition to that I have investigated a fitness business that I'm excited about as well.  I think this is definitely going to happen and I have a call in an hour to talk to a friend about becoming a minority partner with me in the business.  I think she would love it as she is a certified personal trainer and combined we have a tremendous passion for healthy lifestyles and that is what this business is all about (even though I just ate a bran muffin in about 30 seconds.)  
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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