checking in on: June Goals

Man, how did it get to the middle of July already?  I meant to check in on my June goals way before this!  Not to mention, is anyone else in complete denial about the year being half over?  Time feels like it is flying, especially now that race season is in full swing.  The halfway mark of the year also makes me think about my goals in a different way.  Were they reasonable goals?  If not, the arrival of July makes it seem like now is an excellent time to reevaluate.  That can be so hard for me, as no matter how reasonable it is to adjust a goal, there’s still a feeling of failure that accompanies that change.  I know that’s just me being extra hard on myself, but it is a tough habit to break!  So let’s see what’s going on.  

This blue tailed skink has nothing to do with my July goals.  But it is So hot outside right now, and this little guy seems to be enjoying it.

This blue tailed skink has nothing to do with my July goals.  But it is So hot outside right now, and this little guy seems to be enjoying it.

Swim:

132,665 out of 325,000 total yards

2500 out of 3000 yard workouts

Average sub 2:00/100yd in races (1:56/100 yards)

Get a 1:35/100yd set in a workout (best on 2/21/2016 = 1:41.4)

I enjoyed my pool time in June, just like in May.  Ever since I scrapped my pace based goals, I have been so much happier.  I have crossed out my 1:35/100yd goal from my main list  Well, I say "crossed out," but Squarespace removed strikethrough, and I can't be fussed to create a separate code block for listing out my goals.  I will keep my race pace goal on the list, so I can track my average for improvement next year.  I will continue to increase my workout distances as the year goes on, with my focus for the remainder of 2016 being building endurance.  Next year will be about gaining speed.  Lesson learned: you can’t improve endurance and speed at the same time.

Bike:

36.16 out of 300 miles on Peggy the City Bike

147.79 out of 500 outdoor miles on Sadly Unnamed Road Bike

Road Bike Skill work - one handed (in progress), drinking from water bottle (in progress), easy mounting/dismounting (in progress)

My distance goal for Peggy was simply too big, but I think the road bike goal is doable.  Just pretend it's crossed out, okay?  (Squarespace, give me back my strikethrough!)  The overarching theme bringing me through the back half of 2016 will be handling and general comfort.  As often as possible I will continue to get out on the road bike and work on all the basic skills listed above.  My rides will begin taking me further from home, and I’m looking forward to the new things that each ride brings.  Little things that more seasoned riders take for granted still need to be added to my experience bank: S-curve descents, figuring out an eating strategy, riding on the street, and more cornering.

Run:

147.43 out of 385 total miles

Track HR for all workouts - check

Build up to 7 mile long run (currently 4.42)

Once I started Olympic training, I moved my long runs to Saturdays in June.  I look forward to continuing that through the rest of the training cycle.  My big change in June for running was switching to Zone 2 training.  I still think I’ll get a long run up to 7 miles before the end of the year, though it may not be before my next race.  And that’s okay!

My June goals involved cycling and auxiliary work.  Once my training plan started back up, I started doing twice weekly focused trainer sessions, and they were great!  How did I not do this sooner?  I wasn’t able to work on drinking as much as I wanted, as I’m not able to climb/descend and drink at the same time at all.  I think I need to do some work in a flat parking lot in the future.  I implemented my new strength training plan, and am ready to move up to the next level of that program.  Foam rolling has always been hard for me.  I feel so much better when I do it regularly, so I can’t for the life of me figure out why I seem to have a mental block around getting it done.  Maybe because there isn’t any fun data to analyze?  I have foam rolling scheduled now, for Friday evenings.  J knows this, and he’s a pretty good nag about things like this.  From his perspective, the more I foam roll, the less he has to hear me whine about being sore.

Between taper, racing, and a week off, I didn’t have much time in June to put towards my goals.  Then I didn’t even get to looking at June goals until July was half over!  For that reason, I’ll be repeating the same goals.  That means:

  • 2 interval focused bike trainer sessions per week
  • Recovery week ride will take place in a flat parking lot of quiet street, to work entirely on handling skills.  No worrying about getting in distance that day!  Just time spent getting the work done.  
  • 2 strength training sessions per week, moving up to the next level.  This means a slightly longer pedestal routine, and the addition of some leg work.
  • Foam roll once a week

There’s only half of July left, but it's going to be good -, I can just feel it.  There will be plenty more heat and humidity to acclimate to, bike strength to gain, and fun to be had!