Hiya, friends—and happy final few days of 2013!
Seriously, where did this year go? Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Things over here are up in the air, but my coworkers and I plan to do a resolution run together on New Year’s Day. (Hey, we’re runners who work at a running store; what do you want?) Here’s a look at the final full week of 2013 in workouts:
Sunday – off
My parents and I hit the road early and beat the traffic home to Upstate New York.
Monday – a.m. 45-minute run
Strange things happened on this run: it was 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Central New York. In December. And there was some precipitation. It was rain. In other inexplicable news, I found myself at my high school track and did some 400m repeats
and promptly wanted to die.
Tuesday – a.m. 30-minute run and 50-minute swim
There was some serious #rage when I arrived at my local pool only to discover the lifeguard had called in sick. Making the most of the situation, I drove home and headed out for a short 30-minute run—and then bummed around until the next lap swim time frame. Luckily, a lifeguard showed up, so I spent about 50 minutes in the water. (I also saw one of my old basketball coaches in the fitness center. Gotta love being home for the holidays, right?)
Wednesday – off
Christmas Day nap won over a Christmas Day run. (I blame the Christmas Day breakfast mimosas.)
Thursday – off
Another travel day back to NYC.
Friday – a.m. impromptu brick—30-minute indoor bike trainer ride and 20-minute run; strength training
I know, right? My first official bike-run brick since September—and it went pretty OK. First came some easy spinning on the trainer, and instead of immediately hitting the weights, a novel idea crept into my head: Hey, why not run a little bit first? I braced myself for the inevitable pain train, but it didn’t really arrive. That’s a surprise—let’s push it! During the 20 minutes on the ‘mill, I progressively worked my way down to what will hopefully be my default “off-the-bike” pace in 2014. Yes, I know spinning (as opposed to hammering) made it easier to hit this pace, but you can’t have a good run without having a good bike—and this was the strongest I’ve felt during a brick in a long time. Perhaps I’m getting more efficient on the bike. One can only hope, right?
Saturday – a.m. easy 20-minute run
The endorphin rush after Friday’s brick made me feel invincible—and brave enough to attempt the previously impossible: changing my tires. One hour (and zero swear words) later, I successful removed my trainer tire from my road bike, installed its normal tire, removed my normal tri bike tire, and put on the trainer tire. This means in theory I should be a-OK if I flat during a race (minus the 15-minute “rest period” if you will).
Anyway, I planned to make my maiden indoor voyage on my Slice Saturday morning, but I woke up to a flat tire. And after 30 minutes of struggling to remove the tube (and breaking a tire lever in the process), I threw in the towel and went running instead. Don’t worry—a trip to the bike shop happened after work, and the problem was solved.
So … here we go: The last week of freedom the offseason. Let’s Write It Down, Do It Up!
Sunday – a.m. indoor bike trainer ride … ON MY SLICE
Monday – a.m. swim; p.m. indoor bike trainer spin-out and maybe upper-body strength training
Tuesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class
Wednesday – Resolution Run with my coworkers
Thursday – a.m. swim; p.m. run and strength train
Friday – a.m. run and strength train
Saturday – a.m. indoor bike trainer ride
Will you complete a resolution run for the new year?