It started on Sunday with a solid 18-mile dirt road tour on my mountain bike in shorts. That's pretty good for mid-February riding.
I kicked off Monday morning with a reasonable run just under five miles.
My alarm went off at 4:30 AM on Tuesday and by 4:55 AM I was in the pool for 2050 yards of swimming.
On Wednesday AM I managed four miles at just under 8 min. pace and followed up with 45 min. on the trainer. That evening it was back to the pool where Jason pushed me to 2250 yards in an hour flat.
I should have rested Thursday but was having too good of a week so I got up and did 60 min. on the trainer.
I was going to save a longer run for Saturday but changed my mind at the last minute and got up at 4:30 AM for seven miles.
On Saturday Tony and I had planned a dirt road ride, but due to technical difficulties with his back it couldn't happen. Instead I decided to attempt my first back to back run since May of 2011. I was excited to see the mercury hanging just below 7 degrees F and to see the North wind whipping across the field. My original plan was to do a short three mile run, but under sunny, crisp skies I couldn't help myself and pulled off just under 5 miles. I didn't intend to run fast, but once I saw my first mile at 7:45 I went for it. It was a huge breakthrough run for me and felt so good in the process. I should have called it a week after that, but was so jacked up about my run I decided to do 60 min. on the trainer.
Last week helped me remember that there really are no excuses; 4:30 starts, two-a-days, bricks and frigid icy conditions, all in a weeks work. MAKE IT HAPPEN!