So I turned the big 2-6 on Friday. Actually, I shouldn’t say “big” because it’s not an important birthday; I didn’t age up, and I didn’t turn 30.
Although it’s scary to think I am closer to 30 than 20 now! Does this mean I’m an adult?
An early birthday present from my parents. Are they trying to tell me something?
General training notes: overall, this base building period has been really effective—I can tell I’m becoming fitter, stronger, and more efficient—and everything seems to be clicking, especially this week. Biking and running comprise the majority of my training time, and I feel rested and recovered for each workout, which is an aspect my training last year lacked. Swimming is still coming along. I’ve said this after avoiding the pool during the past two off-seasons, but I really shouldn’t spend for four months away from the water.
Monday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance
Just another Monday morning Goldilocks workout (while some Iron-distance training buddies power tested, sigh.) One of the benefits to doing this workout every week is being able to see and feel progress. For the first few weeks, I struggled to get my cadence above 120 RPMs simply because that isn’t kosher by triathlon standards. (Bike racing, yes. But triathletes rarely need to “let it fly.”) But I’ve become more comfortable with giving up control and letting my legs spin furiously.
Tuesday – a.m. run and strength train
I don’t want to jinx it, but running is feeling great lately. After a 15-minute warm-up to Central Park, I completed 2×20-min. efforts at marathon pace with three minutes active recovery between. There were moments during this workout when it felt smooth and effortless. Granted, it could’ve been because I was running in shorts, and it was 41 degrees, but still. These moments are hard to come by in terms of the run (the bike is a different story), and finding that feeling validated the plan is working.
Wednesday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance
Nailed this crisscross interval workout: we tackled two, 18-minute sweet spot blocks with 30-second surges to VO2 max every two minutes.
Thursday – a.m. run and strength train
Easy hour-long run in the rain, plus full body strength training and corework
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
“Please enjoy this birthday cod.” My tri buddies get me.
Birthday swim, birthday swim! As the actual swimmers know, a birthday calls for a monster 100×100 set, but there was absolutely no way that could happen. Instead, we did some IM drill work, lots of pulling, and a few 200m sets for 3,800m.
Saturday – a.m. CompuTrainer workout at Tailwind Endurance
Nothing glamorous: 3×30 minutes with 15 minutes at zone two, 10 minutes at Ironman-distance effort, and five minutes at sweet spot/FTP. Luckily, the coach gave me the green light to hang out at 80 percent during the Iron-distance blocks because I “don’t have an Ironman pace,” ha! This workout challenged me mentally more than physically; simply having the focus to remain engaged and execute a 1.5-hour set was tough.
Sunday – a.m. run
Hello, Harlem Hill repeats: I tackled two sets of three that followed the same progression as the Cat Hill repeats from a few weeks ago. (Cruise up the hill on the first, build to a solid effort on the second, and attack from the get-go on the third.) With warm-up and cool-down miles, I logged 10.21 for the day.
… and now it’s time for some Super Bowl fun!
What are your Super Bowl plans?