Overall: WOW! This is time consuming and tiring, but I feel great. I had two different life guards tell me they didn't recognize me because of weight loss. However, I am still at 190. No weight loss since December, I thought that I would see a faster loss now than when I started training last year. hmm..... I hope the weight starts to drop soon. I was 186 after my long run but 190 the rest of the week. I want to start counting calories again, partly to make sure I am not OVER-carbing, but more so because I want to make sure I am getting enough calories. Never thought I would have to make that distinction in my life.
Swim: 7000 meters! That may be more than I swam all of last year. Thursday was my long swim and was 2750 total. Monday was speed work and the first time I have ever wanted to puke while swimming. Not do to the speed, but I didn't eat first and my tank was empty. In the past my long run was the only workout I made an effort to fuel before, TO ME it is a cool place to be where I have to start thinking about things like that. I have come a long way from last year. My shortest workout this week was longer than my long workout last year (3x300m).
Bike: Took my long ride at a business park that people rave about as a great training site. I see how it could be great for interval work. I did like that I saw about 50 other cyclists and probably over 50 runners and walkers, however 2 hours going around a 2 mile loop to tedious. About an hour into it I rolled up on a group ride that was going much slower than me, I pulled up and talked to the clean up rider and asked if i could Cling on for a few. I rode with them for about 15 minutes and as their group started to spread out I pulled off and left them. It was nice to have the company.
My mileage was a little short for the week. My two non-long rides didn't yield the miles they should have. I did a power test for one,riding harder for short intervals then resting always leaves me short, and on the other I planned to ride a local loop for an hour then turned it into a time trial after 2 miles. The good news is I made a new PR by 16 seconds. However, I thought when I finally time trialed on it I would do better with the lighter bike and improved fitness. OH WELL A PR IS A PR!!
Run: Although it was not my first time running a 15 miler, it was the first one I ever had pain for. I am going to take the advice of Chris K and try the Jeff Galloway run-walk method on the next long run and see how I feel. My shoes also crossed over 400 miles on that run. That is when I typically replace them.
At the end of my first month, although some of my workouts take longer than the plan says they should, I am HAPPY with the fact that I can completed them. In the next month I hope to pick up a new saddle, aero bars, trainer, and start working with a coach.