Monday, April 24, 2017

Week in review April 17-23: A much better showing

Lift, bike, run, not necessarily in that order.
Last week was difficult to review since I didn't have much to log, but this week I made up for it with decent running and trainer riding and even some weight lifting, too.

This was in spite of losing Wednesday to an all-day work event (I mean all day, too: I worked from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.), having a family event Saturday morning and afternoon, and having plans with friends Sunday evening. I didn't run every mile I wanted, but I was pleased with what I accomplished and even surprised myself once or twice.

By the numbers:

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 27.75 miles in about 4:20. I ran way too many fast (I mean, "fast") miles this week with a tempo Tuesday, every other mile speedy Friday, and a fast finish yesterday. My knee that has no cartilage is feeling it today. I am not a spring chicken anymore and need to listen to my body telling me to run fast once per week, max. I would rather be running slowly at age 90 than need a knee replacement before I hit 40.

Bike: Twice, both on the trainer, for what my Edge tells me is 31 miles in about 2 hours, 30 minutes. I doubt very much the mileage is correct, but it's fun to try to push the speed and look at all the data later. I have been making sure to inflate my tire to the same PSI before each ride so even if it's not correct, it's consistent.

Weights: One round of all my heavy/body moves except abs (I just ran out of time) in about 1 hour. Two days later and I am still feeling the pull-ups in whatever those muscles just behind the armpit are. I am definitely regretting the month since my last heavy weights workout!

Overall: 7 workouts in a bit less than 8 hours. Not bad! This averages to once per day for more than an hour per day, and I can't be mad about that.

The last time I trained this much was the week of March 6-12, more than a month ago. The 7-10 hour range takes some finagling but is doable at this stage in my life, with no races on the horizon yet still juggling a full-time job, food prep, family and friend events, etc. Even giving up good-sized chunks of my week I was able to log some decent training.

I'm planning on taking it easy early in the week to recover, but later in the week — barring any day-long work events or family outings — it's on!


  1. Envious of your pull-ups. I am working on them at the moment and they are tough!

    1. Haha, don't be too jealous! I can do a couple standing pullups, and a couple hanging pullups with a resistance band assist, but the full hanging pullup still eludes me!