Yesterday I got in a great 5 mile run in the morning. hell the weather has been perfect for training recently. I am looking forward to this weekend's run on the Colorado Monument and I have started getting my stuff together for the trip. I know this is going to be a real hard run. I talked to several runners who have done this run and they all rave about the support and the course.
This morning I decided to give my running legs a break and I got in a nice swim. The water was A little warm for training but beggars can't be choosers. I swam a 200 meter warm up and then swam a freestyle 700 meter followed by 200 meters of pull and kick drills. I finished off with 4-5 100's. I do feel better in the water but still not to the point where I could swim 2000-4000 meters non stop as in a 1/2 Ironman or full Ironman. I am trying to get my off season training set up and feel that I should place an emphasis on swimming at some point. This will not happen until after January 14th since I will be going to Phoenix for the Rock and Roll Marathon. I don't plan on a PR down there but instead I am going to go just to have fun for a change.
This afternoon I took my faithful training bike "Athena" for some hillwork. We rode west of town up the highway which is an 8 mile climb to the top. I was able to maintain my speed without having to go to the smallest chainring. Today is the first time I have been able to do that. Then on the the way down I detoured and started up the very steep "Skyline Drive" route that I usually run up. I had never tried it on a bike before. WOW, what a workout. I will need to do that again. I did notice during my ride that my back started hurting again. something that I did not feel on my new race bike. I am going to have to look at my position on the bike and try and figure out why I am having so much back pain with the old bike. Tomorrow is a rest day. i am looking forward to it tooooooooo.