Swim: 51,300 yards, 14 swims (3600 avg), 1 race
Bike: 7 miles, 1 ride
Run: 75 miles, 11 runs
Yoga: 10 times
Obviously there was a swim focus in July, but running 75 miles is pretty good too after only getting 40 miles in June. 51,300 yards actually ties my largest swim volume month ever, which is actually kind of crappy because I took 5 days out of the pool and missed my long swim last weekend. If I had actually been able to finish out the month it would have made for a nice volume pr. I'll have one more chance to knock that out in August before tapering for the 12 mile swim in September.
Yoga has taken a backseat this month. It shouldn't, but it is. Since I turned 40 on the 7th everything has started hurting and I know yoga will help that. But the motivation is right on running in the mornings instead. I also think it's time to scale back the strength training. Right now I'm in a heavy endurance build for swimming and running so it's only making me sore and making the swim practices less effective. In the morning, I'm given the choice to run or do yoga, and need to run minimally tuesday and thursday, but should run monday through thursday and save the long run for the weekend.
The weekends have a new trend as well now, getting a long run and a long swim on saturday then resting on sunday. This leads to a lot of eating. The first time it was 15 miles running in about 2:24, followed (not immediately) by 6000 yards swimming. This was also followed by camping out at a baseball field (more on that later) and all of the stadium food I could get. July is HOT in NC! So freaking hot that I have to run first thing in the morning or not at all. My hip still isn't letting me use the treadmill, so if I don't get out by 7 am it's all gone horribly wrong. and August surely isn't going to be any cooler. Come on fall!
Here's some other cool stuff that happened in July
|Ella's first concert! Got to take her to the Rolling Stones|
|The Avett Brothers opened up|
|Giant Mick Jagger|
|She's slept in that shirt every night since then|
|I also got to take her out for an ice cream date before school started|
|4th of July we were at the lake with Kelley's mom|
|and a bunch of family! Uncle Henry brought coconut moonshine|
|Beautiful weekend at the lake|
|Homemade peach ice cream|
|Actually got a picture with Cousin Leigh!|
|First day of school was on my birthday|
|The 40 year old me with my girls|
|we got there early|
|marching in the parade|
|I couldn't get both of us in the shot with the field in the background|
|Waiting to get down to the field with all of our camping gear|
|On the bullpen pitchers mound|
|They roped off part of the outfield into Tent City - notice the bar above the jumbotron|
|Caught EG asleep the next morning|
|still got my cute shot|
Overall July was a really solid month. Probably the most solid July I've had in the last several years. Don't get me wrong, my Seasonal Affective Disorder is still kicked in and I'm trying to just bear down and stick to the plan until cooler temps arrive. but there was a lot of highlights this month.