Triathlon training is officially in full swing.
Yesterday, my mom and I went for a swim at our local pond again. It was gorgeous- the water was warm, the birds were singing, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It was very serene.
Probably nothing like the swim I’m going to experience 1 week from Sunday.
BUT I REFUSE TO DWELL ON MY FEARS!
After coming home, my mom whipped up some stuffed zucchini for dinner, using a leftover stir-fry of tofu, pesto, sundried tomatoes, chicken, and onions, which we mixed with some breadcrumbs, and topped with parmesan cheese. [Recipe to come!] It was the perfect post-swim workout meal.
Today, I continued the triathlon training with a long bike ride. We’ve been in a heat wave for about a week so far, and the forecast was calling for a high of 99 degrees today. Absolute craziness for New England! I made the best of it by getting up at 6 am for my ride. It was great! There were next to no cars on the road that early, and I got to see at least 4 bunnies at one point on my ride! They were nibbling away at their breakfast of grass, looking super adorable. I really wanted to scoop one up to bring home to be my pet, but I resisted the urge.
I did 15 miles total, not too shabby for someone fairly new to biking! When I was done, I was a sweaty, quivery mess. My plan is to try a “brick” workout tomorrow- meaning, I’m going to try to run after biking 8 or 9 miles to get the feel of what it’s like for my leg muscles to switch to running after biking. The best I can hope for is that my legs will adjust after 10 minutes or so of running, and I will be fine. The worst that could happen is that I fall flat on my face. So we’ll have to wait and see!
After coming back from my ride, I cooled off with a tall glass of half Gatorade/half water and a bowl of blackberries and strawberries topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Nothin’ like a little Greek yogurt to celebrate a good bike ride!
Now I am relaxing in the air-conditioning, happy that I got my workout in before the heat of the day. You know what they say- “the early bird gets the worm!”