Last week was a busy week of work and travel, so there wasn’t much working out. Coming off of a race weekend (even though it was an Olympic distance race) I was feeling pretty exhausted. So, the week looked more like a recovery week. Which is perfect because I’m 8 weeks out from St. George – which makes for two really nice build periods. Woohoo! I will write a post specifically on La Paz itself, but this post is a recap of my workouts for last week. I think one of the easiest things to do is to get back into training right away after a race, because we are excited to keep improving, or if we didn’t do so well, we want to make up for it by getting right back after it. But, I’ve realized over the years (6yrs of racing – this year is my 7th), that recovery weeks are super important to prevent burn out and to keep the body and mind healthy and strong.
The first 3 days of the week were focused on work, because on Thursday, Topher and I left to head down to Mexico to photograph a wedding about an hour outside of La Paz, in the Bay of Dreams at Gran Sueño. It was going to be a busy week, and I was already feeling pretty exhausted from the race and the week before. In addition, Toph and I were both fighting a bit of a stomach situation we think was caused by the water in Lake Cahuilla. Needless to say it was a light week.
First stop the beach…
It was nice to have a few easy runs in there, and really fun to get some open water swimming in! On Friday, it was my first swim since my panic attack in the water at Desert Tri, and so I was a bit nervous, but knew that I just needed to pretend like I was swimming in a pool and take it easy. No reason to try to race today, I thought. Toph, Meghan, Tyler and I all went for an open water swim, and it was AWESOME. The water was so clear and blue. I mean seriously it was picture perfect. We saw tons of cool fish, and it was warm enough to not wear a wetsuit, but not hot. I’d guess it was about 74 or somewhere around there.
We had so much fun on Friday that we had to go back on Saturday for another swim. It was a perfect bay to swim in because it was calm in the mornings, and crystal clear, and it was a mile from one end of the bay to the other. I realized how I need to do more open water swimming, if I want to be faster in the open water. haha. I live less than a mile from a big batch of open water – I really need to make it a priority to get out there at least every other week. So, that I can work on going fast in the open water, to the point where I’m not scared to go fast. 🙂
It was a short and sweet week. Here’s a teaser of the photos Toph took at the Wedding. <3
Now, I’m 8 weeks out from St. George 70.3! So, it’s time to really start dialing in my training. Stay tuned for how this week plays out. 🙂 Happy Training!
Total hours for the week: 2 1/2 besides the fact that I did at least 20 miles of walking while I was there. I just didn’t wear my Garmin, but I did wear my Misfit activity tracker. 🙂