To sum up this week in one photo:
My secret cold-fighting weapon. Guess it’s not a secret anymore, though …
It seemed like everyone was sick this week, and unfortunately, I succumbed to the congestion and coughing for a few days. Toward the end of the week, I was on the mend, but relapsed today and cut short my scheduled long run.
General training notes: as week four of structured training, this span served as a recovery week, and it was perfectly timed. Thanks to a nor’easter and a head cold, my workouts were affected a bit. Granted, almost everything got done (we missed an Achilles run due to the weather), but I was feeling only 75-80 percent throughout the week.
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
I kicked off Monday with our normal technique-based ride. My coach also announced we’re power testing next week, and I’m strangely excited—probably because it’s been one year since I’ve done a proper test. Bring on the pain!
Tuesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance
Due to the nor’easter, I opted to ride indoors. This session contained three, 10-minute blocks filled with threshold and VO2 max efforts, plus a five-minute FTP block at the end. On Tuesday evenings, I normally run with Achilles, but my bud and I decided to skip it since it was still raining and pretty windy. (He’s visually impaired so any type of precipitation is a factor.)
Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
This freestyle-focused swim contained a lot of cruise and build efforts, and I’m really excited I can finally tap in to distinct speeds in the water. I logged slightly less than 3,000m before heading to work.
Thursday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. run
Wow, lots of time in the saddle this week. We repeated the ride we did last Thursday that centered on cadence. Since I didn’t run at all on Tuesday, I was itching to lace up so I logged four easy miles in the park after work.
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Why I swim with a masters team: I can lead my lane during freestyle practices, but I bring up the rear during IM sessions—and that’s very humbling and motivating. Our “normal” lanes saw some changes again, and a few folks who swim in the fast lane joined my medium-speed lane. Per usual, I took my place in the caboose and hung on for dear life, but I executed the workout as prescribed (i.e. not reverting to freestyle) and did not get lapped. Both I consider huge wins, ha.
Saturday – a.m. run with Achilles; p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
I met up with my Achilles bud for one loop of the park in the morning and managed to survive distance-freestyle day in the pool.
Sunday – a.m. run
I planned to do eight miles today, but since I was coughing and congested, I shut it down after five. Womp, womp. A super early bedtime is in order tonight.
How do you decide if you should work out when you’re sick?