I rode outside for the first time on Saturday. I only went about 20k, but I averaged 28km/hr and more importantly felt stronger than I ever have for a first ride of the year.
Clearly, the trainer wasn't a complete waste.
Then again, I had some pain in the outside of my left hip for about 2 days after the ride, especially when standing up to walk.
I took it easy on Sunday.
Monday's swim was hard, but not in the way I expected. I expected speed work, but what we got was big mileage with a lot of "50 build kick". The kick work added up, and I was pretty winded.
Today, I was back on the bike trainer. I sweated a lot, but I felt like I could have kept going, probably the first time this year I've felt strong and competent on the trainer. I kept it to half an hour, mindful of the hip discomfort from the weekend.