So I wasn’t really planning to run yesterday during national running day. It was my off day for running. I did 45 minutes at the pool and then in the afternoon after work I was planning to do a bike ride. I figured that was enough. But then I realized that my new tri singlet was still untested and I really wanted to ride & run in it at least one time before my next race to see how it felt. On went the singlet, which looks pretty ridiculous I think, and off to Flatwoods I went with bike and running shoes in tow! The ride itself was actually pretty mediocre. I don’t know why but I’ve really struggled with the biking since I picked it back up. Usually I average around 17.5 mph but yesterday I managed 16.7 which is just horrible. I have been going pretty hard for a few weeks so I probably need an off day here soon (such as today while Tropical Storm Andrea blows through).
It’s been a good start to June so far this week. When summer hit the first thing that happened was my runs got both shorter and slower. I was a little worried that the heat was going to really impact my running like it has in previous years. But this is the best shape I’ve been in since I started running and seems I’m acclimating to the heat pretty well. I really struggled with my runs since I got back from Europe. Even though I did several 6 – 8 mile runs while I was there, as soon as I got back I really struggled.
Well, I’ve been overall very happy with my consistency this year. With May just ending I’m at 278 miles. This is good and bad. I wanted to be closer to around 400 by now but I’m still on pace for a great year and my best totals ever. My ski injury was the biggest obstacle I’ve had and that was several weeks of training interrupted.