|Training Distances for 2013 (so far)|
1) Swimming is starting to pay off: Although it's only April, I'm already close to half of the total amount of swimming that I did during all of 2012. I will probably pass the halfway mark in the next few weeks, and we haven't even gotten to the summer yet, which is when most of my swimming occurs. The work in the pool seems to be paying off as I feel more efficient at the same level of exertion. This week it was also nice to be back in the pool at a "normal" elevation after a couple of days of swimming up at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. The swimming highlight this week was on Tuesday morning when I did a main set of 10x100 at a pace between 1:40-1:47. This was a good 10 to 15 seconds faster per set than I'd been doing previously. I believe that the progress has been largely due to improved technique. I've been working on keeping my head down, proper rotation, high elbows, and especially the "pull." My hope is to continue swimming 1-2 times each week through the rest of the month and into next month. By the time the pool opens in June, I should have plenty of swimming under my belt.
3) Good Beer: Nothing makes for a great week like some great beer. I enjoyed a lot of fantastic beer this week. On Tuesday evening, Melisa and I went to Shamrock Brewing and enjoyed a couple of beers. One of their beers was a double hopped Irish Red that although isn't my favorite style, was still very good. It had a sweet taste like brown sugar or maple syrup, and a nice boozy finish. It was about 9% abv which was a little rough the next day, but still, very tasty. Later in the week, I "accessed" one of my Crank Yanker IPA's from the Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista. It has all of the hoppy aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA, but it is well-balanced. I will definitely be purchasing some more of their beer when I'm up there again next month. Last night, we were up in Parker and prior to dinner, my brother offered me a pint of his home brew Chile beer. Let's just say that he did a great job. The chile flavor came from Jalapeno and there was also a hint of lime in the beer. The chile wasn't overpowering and the finish on the beer was pleasant and warm. And for a lighter style beer it had a medium-bodied mouth feel. Not too heavy, but not so light as to feel inadequate. Well done, Brother! I told him that we should think about turning the abandoned Applebee's in Parker into a craft brewery! And now it's Saturday. As I write this, I'm into my second beer of the evening. The first was a Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing in Durango. It was a nice copper colored ale with a pleasant, hoppy, bitterness. A strong hoppy flavor for a pale ale, which was nice. At this very moment, I'm enjoying a , I'm working on a Shift Pale Lager (my favorite beer from 2012). I'll finish off the evening with a Colorado IPA from Fort Collins Brewery that I picked up this afternoon, while I cook a pizza on the grill.
|Strava Map and Data|
Well, my glass is empty, and there's pizza to make. Hope your past week was as good as mine, and if not, hope your next one is! Thanks for reading!