|Solid week for running and cycling.|
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
|Not terrible considering ... everything.|
Ugh — I am already behind at everything and it's only Tuesday. Last week was rough, even with the extra day off, and I think I'm still feeling the effects.
The weather also started to turn last week, which is nice for running, but sad for me who really likes summer. I'm just not ready for fall — am I ever? Kids are back at school, and I'm stressed thinking about COVID numbers rising at local colleges and my alma mater. Plus, the sun rising later and set earlier had really started to be more noticeable in the last few weeks. Dark, chilly, pandemic, stress, no days off — it was a lot to handle.
PT: Three sessions of my prescribed moves plus rolling.
Total: 12 sessions in a hair less than 12 hours.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Last week was definitely interesting. I started off strong with my usual Monday recovery swim, Tuesday run and PT, and long Wednesday of a bike ride followed by weights and another swim. It was gloomy and wet to start Wednesday, and I almost gave up on my ride and headed home. But within a few miles, the skies had cleared, and I settled in for a nice long ride.
Until about mile 32. I'm still tentative on the downhills so I was braking gently, and I heard a loud pop behind me. UGH. I do OK with flats (I was a nerdy kid who used to take my bike wheels and tires apart for fun just to put them back together again) but I think this was the first flat that I was too far from my car to just coast back. I found a picnic table and got my tubes and tools sorted, only to realize... I didn't remember ever having practiced with a compressed air cartridge before. Well, I was about to find out.
|Every time I've flatted it's been the rear tire. Ugh.|
And then, to add insult to injury, I popped my spare. You have to be REALLY careful to get every bit of the tube in the tire before you hook up that cartridge, I discovered. Sigh. I was about four miles away from my car and didn't want to hoof it so I just pedaled very slowly back. Probably a dumb idea, but my husband was an hour away at least and I didn't feel comfortable hitching a ride. I made it in one piece, which is about all I could ask for at that point. By the time I got home I was fine to do my usual afternoon strength session and evening swim.
I had good intentions for the rest of the week, but I had to attend an evening work Zoom on Thursday, and my husband is facing another hard deadline at our business he manages and needed any and all extra help he could get. I spent Friday evening and much of Saturday and Sunday working with him. Not the way I wanted to spend my long weekend, but I did manage to fit in a run Saturday and a trainer ride Sunday so I could at least do SOMETHING.
One little bit of good news is my 7-mile run on Saturday, which was my longest run in 3 months. I have really been focusing on running with high knees and that seems to be making a world of difference with the hip flexor that was irritating me. I have nothing to train for, really, but I feel good about building my mileage back up to have an actual long run once per week. Maybe there will be a virtual half marathon with my name on it this fall, who knows?
Anyway, last week's totals were:
|Not a shabby week, considering.|
Bike: One 32.5-mile road ride and one 25-mile trainer ride, for 3:52 total.
Run: Three times, all on the road, for 19.5 miles in about 3:17.
Weights: One online barre class of about an hour.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
|A lighter week, but still not a bad week.|
Bike: Twice, once on the road for 37 miles and one trainer ride for 23 fake miles for 4 hours almost exactly. The outdoor ride was hot but I had some new gloves and a new jersey, so that part balanced out the heat.
Run: Twice, both on the road, for 12.5 miles in about 2:07. Nothing out of the ordinary here, either. It was hot. I brought water. The end.
PT: Twice through my homework routine for about 1:10.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
I've been pretty fortunate during this pandemic that I'm able to work from home, have access to an outdoor pool, and haven't, to my knowledge anyway, been infected. I've been swimming, biking, and running pretty regularly and have racked up quite a few "quarantraining" hours.
It's ironic that I have this extra time to train and races have been cancelled (rightly so), but I'm trying to make the best out of it. Lately, I've been doing things I *want* to do and trying to squeeze in as much summer as possible. Like, I'm less comfortable breathing on the left side swimming, and since I won't be racing in a lake for a while, I really don't see the point of practicing. Also, I never got the hang of flip turns and I just get frustrated when I work on them. Maybe I will revisit flip turns when and if I have access to an indoor pool this winter, but for now I don't need to waste the mental energy.
|I'm going to enjoy this view for as long as possible.|
There have been a few days when I would have loved an air conditioned treadmill, but our home treadmill is on its last legs so I have been sucking it up for the hot runs. I take ice water with me, take a quick break to drink every one or two miles depending on how hot it is, and call it at two laps around my neighborhood. I won't have any fall races, so there's really no need to push it on the hot days.
I thought about really trying to work on my FTP on the bike trainer, but I decided to hold off on that for now. Right now, my "big" bike workout of the week has been driving to a nearby state park with some actual hills and doing a few laps. It's safe, I can leave extra water in my car, the bathrooms are open (I pack a mask every week!), and my parents are a few miles away if I need to take an emergency shower or something. I figured I would make that my bike focus until the weather turned, since I'll have all winter to work on getting that FTP up.
I have also been doing weights pretty consistently twice per week, mixing up my own heavy routine with online barre classes and some tried-and-true videos. My quads and back muscles are as big as I ever remember them being, and I can do more chinups and pullups than I ever could in my life. Yeah, it's some extra work, but since I have the time so I might as well get a good strength base going, too.
One more thing I have done to keep pandemic training interesting is order a LOT of toys, clothes, and gear over the last few months. I got new running shoes from my local running store, and took advantage of some deals on running tanks and some spiffy shorts with phone pockets built into the legs. They are my new go-to! I bought a couple swimsuits, bike gloves, and a couple bike jerseys, thanks to the Facebook algorithms targeting me with sales until I couldn't take it anymore. But really, these jerseys were a steal.
|I got a couple of these at deep discount. I'm cheap, so I love a bargain!|
A couple of other random things I ordered were some new handlebar tape for my bike, a book on building good running form, and some tennis balls. I figured now is the time to take a hard look at my running form and break it all the way down if necessary. And if and when I no longer have access to an outdoor pool, hopefully the tennis balls can be another sport to keep me in shape. I used to play in high school and college, and have been on a few rec leagues in my adult life, so I'm looking forward to hitting some balls again.
|New handlebar grip to spiff up my bike and a book on running form.|
I think my next purchase will be one of those percussive muscle massagers. Any recommendations? I am probably looking in the $150 range. My coworker bought an Achedaway and loves it, but I am looking for something a bit smaller and cheaper right now.
I'm not sure what my pool situation will be after Labor Day, or how long the weather will hold out for outdoor biking. Knowing how terrible Michigan weather can be, and how this pandemic is progressing, I'm going to assume I'll be stuck inside all winter. So for now you can find me quarantraining outside as safely as possible. Hopefully you all are staying safe, finding some good deals, and getting in some extra hours, too.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
|Not a bad week -- solid and steady training is about all I can hope for right now.|
Bike: Three times, twice on the trainer for 41 fake miles and a road ride of 35 miles, for 5:13 total.
Weights: We had a fun homeowner issue on Saturday so I had to skip my heavy/body routine, but I did do a video earlier in the week and an online barre class Sunday for 2:05 total.
PT: Three rounds of my homework for about 1:45 official.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
|Still a decent week considering the lower-than-usual volume.|
Wednesday ended up being an intense 12-hour day and my brain was completely zapped on Thursday. I managed to get through the work day but I was too exhausted to do anything else. I laid down in bed and ended up sleeping for an hour. I was obviously exhausted. I remember hearing on a recent podcast that sleeping is never time wasted if you're fatigued and need to recover, so I justified it to myself that way. Haha.
I was able to rally to finish the week off strong, with an easy trainer ride Friday after work, my usual run and heavy/body weight routine on Saturday, and my usual long trainer ride plus PT plus evening yoga on Sunday. So, the week wasn't terrible. I did a bit of training across the board, had a rest day, enjoyed some sunshine, challenged myself, and had some fun.
By the numbers, it was:
Bike: Twice on the trainer for 39 fake trainer miles in about 2:41. The small victory here was getting on the bike at the end of a long work week before kicking off the weekend. I also finished The Office, so I think I'll start Parks and Rec from the beginning again.
Run: Twice, both on the road, for 11 miles in about 1:53. Nothing special here, just two easy runs to keep the legs moving. Both were HOT and I didn't want to overdo it heat-wise and letting my form slip-wise.
Weights: Just one of my heavy/body routines for about 1.5 hours. I am actually seeing decent progress here. I managed more pullups and chinups on Saturday than I have ever have before. I am also thinking I need to work in some new moves or do a different routine every other week. I need to do some research and see what I have in some books I already own.
Since there are obviously no races coming up any time soon, I'm OK with my little routine here. Sure, I can shake things up at a micro level, but I feel like I'm doing enough to stay busy and relatively fit without overdoing it.