Feet First

What’s the best way to get into a cold pool at 5:30 am? Jump in feet first, of course.

How do I usually roll? Slowly lower myself in going “ohmygodohmygodihatepoolsohmygod.”

But judging from how Coach Hillary set up my training plan she believes in the feet-first method 🙂  I am back in full swing of things with no time last week to gently ease myself into it. And I have to say, I feel good and all the workouts went really well – so there is something to be said about jumping in feet first.  This is how I did with each of the 3 disciplines:

Swimming: Just a hair over 12 miles on the week! I am measuring my swimming in miles right now because my gym has a “100 miles” competition going. This week I surpassed the 10 mile mark, earning myself a swim cap (that wasn’t ready yet because “they didn’t think anyone would get there that fast!”), and am currently the pool leader for mileage. I am going to hold on tight to this as Ryan and I think there are at least a handful of people who will give me a run for my money in this one. But I have some tricks up my sleeve and big swim days coming yet too.

The bike: This weekend we were lucky enough to have temps up to 67 here in Maryland! And what better way to jump into training on the bike than a good old-fashioned ride on the Columbia course. Andy/Chicken Tender invited me to ride out on the Columbia course with him on Saturday, and I managed to dupe him into 2 hours which meant the lollipop portion of the course twice. In case anyone was wondering….the hills are still there. That course is always a rude awakening and it hit me a little harder than I would have expected, but I had great company and his ride data showed that we were moving at a good clip for the ride. The extra bonus was the 5 miles running off the bike too!

The run:  My stealthy speed work over the holidays is paying off, evidenced by Friday morning’s workout. The Shrimp ‘n’ Grits 5K is this weekend in Charleston and I’m looking forward to see where I’m at.

Beautiful sunrise == reward for Friday's early speed sesh!

And for the first long run of 2012, what do you get?? SEVEN ladies meeting on Sunday morning for the run! It was a great turnout and I’m pretty excited to keep this attendance up. As I learned last year, the best way to get faster is to run faster…and that’s most easily accomplished in a group. While not everyone is running too long yet, the reward for sticking out the whole thing was lunch at the Grilled Cheese Company in Federal Hill. YUM!

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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  1. Chicken Tender, Shrimp n grits, grilled cheese – so many food references! 🙂 12 MILES of swimming? damn. That puts my 20k yards goal for the rest of January to shame.

  2. Food indeed. My dinner tonight will be chicken tenders in a grilled cheese sandwich, with a side of shrimp n’ grits. Lollipop for dessert. Wash it down with some cold pool water.


  3. We also have perfect weather here in Greenville this past weekend. Ran a HM with hubby and friends. LOVED it and all of the crushing hills.

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