After day 1 and day 2, I was actually feeling great by day 3. I knew I could at least “hang” with the girls which was a relief. I was a little low on sleep but still managing to feel good! On deck for day 3 was a swim, a 2-3 hour ride and an optional run after.
We started the morning with another great swim set coached by Cliff. We did a lot of drafting work and swimming on hip/side-by-side which is so perfect for me. By day 2 and 10,000 yards into swimming, my shoulders and lats were pretty tired by the last set we did – 3 x 300 in pace line with rotating leaders for every 100 but we cooled down shortly thereafter and I had officially survived swimming with the fishies!!
|Some of the girls at the pool|
|A fun under water shot!!|
I was getting anxious sitting around in between the swim and the run so I opted to go to the fitness center with Sarah and do some functional stretching and a little bit of core work. It felt so good to stretch really well and feel strong again.
Our ride a bit later was originally scheduled to head up 8-10 miles up Mt. Lemmon again, but Cliff decided to change that….I was not that disappointed. We opted for a 40 or so mile ride around Tucson at a moderate pace. It was nice to feel good on my bike after 3 days of riding and running.
I chose to do the optional run by myself after our ride so I could go at my own pace and do some exploring. I was glad to be alone. The altitude again really started to get to me and I was hardly able to breath…even while running downhill! I was disappointed that I was the only one who seemed to feel the altitude. Nonetheless, I did some walking and some running and enjoyed seeing some of the big houses in and around Ventana Canyon. The weather was absolutely beautiful and I was loving feeling the sun on my shoulders in December!
Day 3 wrapped up with a road trip to Tempe with the girls for the Run for Sal 5k on Saturday morning. We had a good time on the 2-hour ride there and shared tons of laughs!
|Amie, Sarah and I at dinner on the way to Tempe|
Day 3 in the books and time for the Run for Sal!