Monday, March 19, 2012

Crazy March weather in Arizona

I like the weather in Phoenix for about 7 months out of the year. This weekend was fun in a different sort of way. The winterish weather was a good change of pace. The high winds, the sleet, the rain and the training went together pretty well.

My first open water swim of the year was very nice. The current water temperature at Bartlett Lake is pretty similiar to the average May water temperature to St. George's Sand Hollow Resevoir. I swam a little over a mile in the choppy Bartlett water and then ran up to the parking lot and grabbed the bike for some steady and methodical hill climbing on the bike.

I must be rough on my bike equipment. I mean I always had to roll the heaviest mountain bikes due to my uncanny ability to break things. I am running into a similar issue with my road bikes now. Perhaps I expect too much. Perhaps I am riding incorrectly. I will figure it out.

As of last week, I had committed to the TT bike at St George. After this weekend in the wind and steeps at Bartlett lake, I realized I had better give the Kestrel one more shot.

I spent much of Sunday afternoon riding the Kestrel on the trainer. I managed to ride some intervals and get the bike dialed in to my liking all at the same time. Overall, it was a 2.5 hour effort for about 50ish miles - with ocassional stops to adjust a bar or seat position. I can now ride comfortably in aero on the Kestrel without figiditing for about an hour solid before I have to sit up. I have struggled to do more than 20 minutes on the TT bike while on the trainer. This is a promising step. Now I need to decide if I am going to move the SpeedFill water resevoir over to the roadie. I have gotten accustomed to not using the bottles.

This morning I hit the gym at 5am (because that is the opening time on Mondays). I swam a VERY comfortable and relaxed 1400m in about 29 minutes. This was one of my better swims to date. I rather like swimming now. I still strongly prefer open water swimming though.

After the swim I ran a very relaxed 5 miles on the treadmill. I wore the wrong socks ... I guess. I now own a wee bit of a hot spot on one of my smaller toes on my left foot. Time to ditch those socks. I can't roll thin socks. I need thicker - which sucks for heat. I will take hot feet over blistered feet any day though.

More later.

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