Friday, March 27, 2015

March's 1000-meter time trial

January, February, and March 1000-meter time trials.
I'm calling it a push.

I was thrilled with the improvement from January to February -- dropping a full four minutes to go from a 2:33/100 pace to a 2:09/100 pace -- considering I was just regularly getting back in the pool, adding meters here and there, adding an extra day here and there, etc.  I was hoping for more of that awesome improvement from February to March, but I'm not disappointed to see that I slowed down by 26 seconds, which works out to a mere 0:02 per 100. I mean, that's only half a second slower per length.

I've been swimming more than ever this past month, but I was on vacation last week and didn't even look at my suit. Did that affect me? Probably. Would I have given up vacation to get those 2 seconds back? Heck, no!

All in all, I'm happy with the results. If nothing else, I'm consistent, and my work is holding me at a steady pace in the water.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

100 running miles and a new treadmill show

I hit 100 running miles today doing my easy treadmill run. Woo! That means for 8 out of the last 9 months, I've logged more than 100 running miles. And I still have five running days to go yet in March!

Also during my run today, I finished Arrested Development. Good-bye, Bluth family. I enjoyed the first three seasons but only watched the fourth because I was already committed. I just didn't think season four was as good or as funny. But with the end of every show comes another show, and I've decided to start on...

I wanted something quick and enjoyable before I took on another multi-season show commitment, and I'd heard this was funny. Plus, I almost fell off the treadmill laughing when I realized one of the geeks was Gilfoyle from Silicon Valley. There are so many young faces!

Ideally, of course, I'd never have to run on the treadmill again because I'd be outside every day in perfect weather, but, alas, we're supposed to get more snow and cold temperatures tomorrow. Barf.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Back in the saddle -- and tired, sore and crabby

Lots of training these past few days.
I hit the ground running this week to take advantage of the last bit of free time I'll have during the day before my new work schedule kicks in next week.

Sunday: Long treadmill run. I miss Florida weather.

Monday: Trainer ride followed by a swim.

Today: Long day -- trainer ride, followed by a weights video, followed by a short/easy run, followed by my plyo moves. Whew!

As a result, I'm tired, sore, hungry, and generally crabby. Hitting the bike twice in two days after a week off has left my quads pretty tender. And I probably shouldn't have swum a full 3200 meters yesterday, but I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. Lord only knows how I'll feel tomorrow after the muscle soreness from my first weights workout in two weeks kicks in.

I've also don't think I've been eating enough. Sweets don't even sound good to me after mainlining ice cream all last week, so I've been fueling with bananas, sweet potatoes and orange juice in addition to my regular meat-and-vegetable meals. I was playing the blood sugar dance before I finally got to eat dinner tonight, and that's never a good idea.

But, I love doing all this work, even if I'm tired and sore as a result. And I'm hopeful all this hard work will pay off come race time.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Week in review March 16-22 -- Run, baby, run

Welp, I knew that being on vacation would -- enjoyably so -- get in the way of my training schedule, but it's still funny to see the overall numbers of my week. I got in a few wonderfully hot runs while I was in Florida but nothing else.

Swim: Nothing this week.

Bike: Nothing this week.

Run: Four times, three outside in Florida and one on the treadmill back home, for 26.5 miles total in just less than 4.25 hours. That works out to three easy-ish runs and a 10-mile LSD.

Weights/plyo: Nothing this week.

Yoga: Nothing this week.

Pre-hab: Nothing this week.

Total: Just those 4.25 hours of running.

My work schedule is going to take a drastic change next week so I need to get as much training in this week as I can. And that includes getting to the pool and on the bike trainer!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hot and humid vacation runs

Nothing like humidity in the 90s before sunrise.
I'm at the airport waiting for my flight home to board -- sad face.

I ate a ridiculous amount of ice cream and loafed around quite a bit this vacation, but I did manage to go for three runs -- two of 5.25 miles and one 6-miler. All three times, I faced the dilemma: Do I run when it's humid and cool, or hot but less humid?

My first run was when it was hot and less humid. Of course it was hot, but I felt fine and managed a 9:25 pace -- not too shabby for me. The second run was the day of my sister's wedding, so it was morning or nothing. I don't mind running in the heat, but this was borderline miserable. I was soaking wet instantly and never really got into a groove. I was about 15 seconds per mile slower. I learned my lesson for my third run and headed out in the heat but low humidity again and managed a 9:26 pace for the full 6 miles, pretty darn good for me this early in the season.

Of course, I didn't swim, or bike, or do my weights video, or do yoga, but it was an amazing vacation and the fact that I got a few hot runs in was just icing on the cake.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Week in review March 9-15: An even balance

A pretty even split.
I knew I'd be pressed for time this week, so I focused on hitting my main workouts. If I got anything else done, I'd consider it a bonus. Considering all that, it turned out to be a pretty darn good week.

Swim: Three times, all in the pool, 3200 meters at a time. This means this week's 9600 meters in just less than 4 hours is the most I've ever swum in a week. EVER.

Bike: Three times, all on the trainer, for 4 hours and 40 minutes. One of those was an early-morning Saturday session before I headed out of town.

Run: Four times, all outside, for 24.5 miles total in just less than 4 hours. That works out to two easy runs, an MMD, and a speed run. I didn't get to my long run this weekend because of vacation.

Weights/plyo: One heavy/body weights session of about an hour followed by plyo moves.

Yoga: Nothing this week.

Pre-hab: Nothing this week.

Total: 12 workouts in just less than 14 hours.

It's about what I expected and I'm happy with how it turned out. It's interesting to me that swim, bike, and run time were all so similar, and I actually swam more minutes than I ran. I don't think that's ever happened before. And, it's good to see some speed in the water and on the run. As for the bike, well, I just have to keep working at it.

I'm building that base, one swim, bike, and run at a time.

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's in the 80s and humid...

Shorts and a tank top! YES!
I'm on vacation in the Sunshine State, and today I went for a 5-miler around the island. It was great! Hot, but great. I even managed a surprisingly fast pace considering the heat and humidity.

In case I don't post for a bit, enjoy this pic of me sweating to death after my run... and loving every second of it. =)