The first workweek and training week of 2017 is officially in the books!
Cold, snowy miles in the park. Hello, winter!
The office has been quiet the past few weeks, and fortunately, I’ve been able to make some progress on my long-term to-do list. I’m also back on the 4:45-5 a.m. alarms everyday, which means the season is underway. That has also meant I’ve needed an afternoon coffee three days this week, whoops.
General training notes: let the 2017 season begin! Like last week, I feel like a triathlete again because I did all three sports. (I even rode twice!) For the next four weeks, we’ll undergo phase one of base building on the bike while maintaining my current swim (three-ish days a week/9,000m) and run (four-ish days a week/30 miles) volume. I’m really excited for this upcoming season because it will see new challenges across the disciplines. (More on that later.)
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
No work meant I got to “sleep in” and take the 7 a.m. class instead of the usual 5:30 a.m. Since official training has started, we will be doing this skill-building ride every Monday for the next four weeks: thirty minutes of drills/tech work with some tempo efforts sprinkled in.
Tuesday – a.m. run; p.m. run with Achilles
Double run days are my favorite. Two loops of the Reservoir before work and four miles guiding an Achilles athlete in the evening.
Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
So. Much. Kicking. After Tuesday’s high-for-me mileage day, my legs held up surprisingly well during our kick-heavy 3,750m practice.
Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
Tension and pedal work was on tap. After a longer warm-up, we focused on tempo and threshold efforts in which cadence decreased as effort increased and finished up with a few sprints.
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Even. More. Kicking. If my legs still work at the end of this week, then I will be shocked. We did a fair amount of IM work during this 3,700m practice as well.
Saturday – a.m. run with Achilles
Five easy and snowy miles guiding one of my Achilles buds. We have some exciting race plans for 2017—can’t wait to share!
Sunday – a.m. run
Solo snowy long run: twelve miles in 17-degree weather. Even though I stayed in Central Park for two loops, I felt like I was at home in the tundra!
Do you enjoy running in the snow?