Thank GAWD February is finally over. Seriously.
I’m not too pleased Parks and Rec is dunzo, though. (And yes, I’m ignoring the grammatical error.)
Even though the month started on a high note (with me officially “aging up” and all), it seemed like a serious grind. Please tell me I’m not the only one who felt this way.
General training notes: Whew, this week kicked my butt. Coach Pat and I backed off the run volume a bit, and during this mini-down period, the training load from the past three weeks hit me: always sleepy, always hungry. Overall, though, the workouts went pretty well. I’m still feeling great on the bike (FTP testing takes place next week!), I’m still loving the run, and I’m still not dreading the swim.
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. run
Lots of tempo, sweet spot and threshold fun: 30-, 10-, and 5-min. blocks that contained varying intervals. After work, I logged an easy three miles on the ‘mill, plus some much needed strength training and corework.
Tuesday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat Masters
An easy four miler along the super icy Hudson River with some pick-ups sprinkled in. I held my own in one of the middle Bearcat Masters lanes (probably because I skipped the pre-practice happy hour, ha!) and even moved up a few spots during the 2,800m workout. Progress!
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
Loved, loved, loved this workout: Ten minutes of under/overs (one minute below threshold, one minute above), then descending blocks (five minutes, four minutes, etc.) of building efforts.
Thursday – a.m. run; p.m. swim
Easy seven miles in the morning and 1,500 yards in the pool after work. I planned to do 2,100 yards, but my legs were fried. Usually, my body loosens up after 1,000 yards or so, but I could tell that would not be the case today. I considered pushing through, but ultimately decided to listen to my body and shut it down.
Friday – a.m. brick (CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance and run at Finish Line PT)
You know you’re going to spend some time in the paincave when the erg mode workout is called “blitzkrieg.” The first portion of the ride wasn’t too bad—lots of VO2 max intervals of varying times and intensities—but the short, 10-second micro-bursts totally taxed my legs and made the final 10-minute threshold block tough. During that time, the coach talked to us about mindfulness and how to deal with the negative voice in our head that wants us to give up. It was very fitting because I was so tempted to throw in the towel—but was able to mentally regroup, focus on the feeling, and ultimately finish strong. And he called me a machine after, so that was cool.
After a quick shoe change, I went across the hall to Finish Line PT, hopped on their treadmill, and cranked out two miles. Overall, it went really well: the pace felt sustainable (Coach Pat gave me the green light for three miles next time!), and my legs felt fresh. Come to think of it, this may be the first brick ever where the jello/concrete leg feeling never occurred.
Saturday – a.m. run; p.m. swim with Bearcat Masters
Forty-five minute steady run on the West Side Highway …
… and a monster-for-me swim of 3,400m.
Sunday – off
In semi-related news, the Cherry Tree 10 Miler is rescheduled for next Sunday!
What are you looking forward to in March?