*apologies for the long post. busy week. or too much twitter time. maybe a mix of both. i’ll do better this week!
January 21st: pukezone run 35 minutes 3.58 miles
One of those runs where you ask yourself “can i give more?” you push. body says “fuck you” and you question it all…
Maybe it wasn’t the smartest to do this after swim. I don’t know. I do know it wasn’t ideal during sprints in the pool and then running this; I am looking at it as a learning experience.
It was “feels like 0” so I ran it on treadmill. 5 minute warm up. Started run at 10:30 moving speed up every two minutes. Could never get lower than 9:30. Held most of run at 9:40 pace which is faster for me but felt defeated on this run. Though HR was in upper 5s, lower 6s, I just didn’t have it.
January 21st: swim 2200 yds 50 minutes
Swim was good today. Felt strong. Drills and more drills. This little set was a bit of an ass kicker but that’s part of it, yes?
swim 6×200 25 easy/25 hard for first 3 200s then 75 easy 25 hard for last 3 200s. Angry Poseidon joined my lane, splashing fiercely so I got some nice wave training. And he was a faster swimmer so it really pushed me on this 1200.
Note to Skibba: you are not competing against anyone except yourself. Yet. There is always that one person I pick on the course I will take down..
January 20th: swim 1800 yds 32 minutes
Ok. I know I am not supposed to track time on swim. Still feeling drained but not running fever, moved pukezone run to Saturday morning and decided to try this in its place. Wasn’t up for drills (yes, I deviated from plan) and just swam. Focused on form, rolling of the body. Apparently shutting my freakishness off and relaxing works. Swam fastest swim yet. And didn’t even know it. Now to translate that to every swim : )
This aqua joggin mofo got into the lane next to me with 150 yards left. He was keeping up with me the entire length of the lane. Either I was swimming that slow or this guy was thinking he was a Meb/Phelps combo. My competitiveness kicked in and I totally kicked his ass. I am sure he will be tortured by it all day…
January 19th: rest day
“luckily” the flu tried to invade me on my rest day or I wouldn’t have handled this well. I spent the entire day in bed, sleeping most of it and hydrating when awake. Totally drained of energy. Whatever this is, it is not in my training plan.
January 18th: 30 minute brick run 2.67 miles
I ran. My legs are like bricks. I am beyond tired. That is all.
January 18th: 1:15 trainer ride
I don’t know how she does it but Coach always seems to outdo herself on drill work. Tonight’s “pleasure” was fully loaded bike with 15 minutes of standing/sitting work. Yeah, my quads were *loving it.
There was some other mean stuff mixed in. The 45 second intervals of one legged drills were a treat. Or maybe I am just starting to like them…
January 18th: big leg day 1 hour
htfu fueled, this big leg day was tough but that’s the point, right? trainer had all her favourite torture tools ready. the vertimax is bad enough alone but throw the bosu in with it? oh, yeah…and there was some trx in there, too.
bosu round the worlds of 10/8/6/4/2 then switch legs while doing overhead press and side raises tested my coordination. nothing like having my white girl moves come out.
got some extra credit of jump squats with holding squats because workout partner wasn’t finished with her self. note to self: extra credit does not raise my grade! : )
the leg sled/one legged power runner intervals of 1 minute, 45 seconds, 30 seconds and 15 seconds are going to be a real pain in my ass…
January 17th: hour treadmill run 4.23 miles
One window treadmills in use, other two were broken so I had to use a TV one. I guess no one has ever asked how to turn the TV off before as the Y guy seem perplexed why I would want it off. “No music either?” Explained to him there is no TV or music allowed on course so why would I train with it. He just walked away.
Couldn’t keep heart rate down. Had to keep lowering speed. Even walk a few times. It’s about time and heart rate, not distance and pace. Repeatx1000.
Did get some odd looks wearing my calf sleeves. Guess that’s not part of the norm there but after Sat, Sun and this morning’s cycling, my calves needed all the help they could get! Lingerie for athletes, baby. It works for me.
January 17th: 1 hour trainer ride
When the “funnest” part of this class was one-legged drills, you probably get the gist of its intensity. With all the standing drills today, I looked forward to the one-legged, even fully loaded.
So frustrated with Garmin. Either heart rate was at 0 or 40. Someone said maybe I am a zombie now…maybe he is right because I sure as hell feel like one
January 16th: 1500 yd swim
Had just enough time to get this “baby” swim in. Wanted to work out the arms before the pain from the morning brutality set in.
January 16th: upper /core strength training 1 hour
So so tired heading into the gym this morning but didn’t see “tired workout” on my plan so sucked down a shot of HTFU and went.
Upper body and core day and man, was it ever. The feet in TRX pushup position, pushup with one hand on ground, one hand on ground/one on Bosu, both on Bosu, one hand on ground/one on Bosu and back again x8 were the “oh, are freakin’ kidding move” of the day.
This horrible thing I can’t explain but weights involved while kneeling on Bosu. ’nuff said
Overhead press kneeling on Bosu
Lean against Bosu and push 12 lb medicine ball up
Cable bicep curls
This other arm cable thing that was good
Overhead Tri pulldowns on cable
One arm pulldowns
Swimmer pulldowns standing on Bosu
Overhead press kneeling on Bosu
Side raises standing on Bosu
Overhead press standing on Bosu
TRX chest press
Chest press on bench
Squats on TRX rip cord (little movements can be so brutal)
(I think this was everything…)
January 15th: 2:15 trainer ride
What is it about adding those last little 15 minutes to two hours that made me want to quit? I was good until 1:45. That’s when my mind went to the “why did I think I could do take this on” place. Coach must have known as she gave the “this is just as much training our mind at times as it our bodies” talk.
The trainer is my biggest challenge. It is difficult. It is tough. It is not like riding outside. It will make me a better cyclist. It will prepare me for Vineman. I just need to settle my head and learn to at least like it a bit!