Ok, itâ€™s not really party time when everyone has just done three 30 hour training weeks in a row. We are slowly cleaning up the mess weâ€™ve made in the rental house and getting ready to fly out tomorrow. Today was out last workout, a 14 mile run with an hour of the fastest pace we could hold. I was finally â€œchickedâ€ by Kathy Tremblay, who has proven herself as one tough little woman (though it turns out it was Kirsten Sweetland that nearly passed me earlier in the week during the 8:1 workout).
After breakfast we rode for 90 minutes on heavy legs, then piled into the van and went for a hike. Now, I remember going for hikes during hard training camps when I was a collegiate swimmer, but that was different. My legs are much more tired than they ever were as a swimmer, so trying to climb over rocks and weave our way up past a few waterfalls was a difficult task. We were moving quite slowly, but it was still a very nice change of pace from the swim/bike/run of the past few weeks.
Tomorrow I head back to Oahu for another week of hard training (since I showed up late to the camp I decided to just keep this training block going until I leave Hawaii) before I have to deal with winter. From Honolulu Iâ€™m headed to Seattle for a few days, then flying to Colorado Springs where I will be for most of the year. Iâ€™m a little apprehensive about training at altitude full-time, and about being so far away from my family and friends. But I am hoping that putting my head down and focusing on my training with the support of the Olympic Training Center will help me stay healthy so I can make the next jump in my racing this year. My first race is just six weeks away!!