Yesterday’s severe winds caused my Internet to go down. Currently blogging and posting from a café on my lunch break …
Let’s sum up the last seven days of training: super, super solid.
General training notes: things clicked across all platforms this week. I’m settling into work well, and that definitely impacted my training in a positive way. Biking always feels good, and I was really happy with how I felt swimming and running this week. It’s coming together!
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance
Another Sufferfest set of 15×1 minute at VO2 max with one minute recovery. Last week, I struck around 85-87 RPMs, which lead to lactic acid build-up after seven or eight intervals. So this time, I aimed for a higher cadence (95-100 RPMs) and felt much smoother and stronger.
Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Well, this run could’ve gone better. I faced 3×12 minutes at my desired Olympic-distance pace, which I decided to do on the treadmill. The first two felt fine (three minutes of easy running between), but on the third repeat, I got stir-crazy and wanted off the ‘mill ASAP. Again, the pace felt fine, but it was bizarre how quickly my mind turned. Maybe it was because I can’t remember the last time I’ve been on the treadmill and this ended up being almost an eight-mile workout? I don’t know. I pulled myself together and completed my strength training program afterward though.
After work, I hit up my first nighttime Bearcat swim workout in months—and everyone asked what I was doing there, ha! There were about 35 folks split between four lanes, so we did a lot of shorter, 50m, 75m, and 100m repeats. Every time I get in the water, I feel better, so hopefully I can find that top-end speed soon. In total, we logged 2,400m.
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance
The final ride at the downtown Tailwind Endurance was a toughie, but a goodie: 2×20-minute builds with the opening five minutes going from tempo to threshold, then holding steady there for 15 minutes. The facility is moving uptown, so until it’s back in business sometime mid-month, I’ll be spending a lot of quality time on my trainer (especially since the NYC weather refuses to cooperate for training purposes).
Thursday – a.m. run and strength train
Blissful five-mile shakeout and strength training
Friday – off
Saturday – a.m. trainer ride; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
As said above, I hoped to ride outside, but that didn’t happen thanks to the rain/wind combo. So I took it to my trainer for two hours. Not glamorous, but it got done.
Later that afternoon, I spent 1.5 hours of quality time in the water. We faced longer sets this practice—think 300s and 400s—and I was pleasantly surprised with how smooth everything felt.
Sunday – p.m. run
A wind advisory warning prompted me to push my run to 3 p.m., and those 10 miles felt amazing—absolutely blissful.
How did your workouts go this week?