Monday, November 23, 2015

Base training week....ummmm.... let's say 3. Sure, that sounds good.

Week 3 sounds good since it was week 3 of my Trainerroad plan. Why not!

Last week's workouts

Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 1400m swim (morning)
Trainerroad - Virginia (evening)
Wednesday: 45 minute low heart rate run
Thursday: morning swim
Trainerroad - Virginia (evening)
Friday: low heart rate run easy 45 minutes run
Saturday: Trainerroad - Virginia
30 minute brick run
2k swim
Sunday: 90 minute low heart rate run, 15k easy run
2k swim

Total: 11 hours training, 165km

Random info of the week. Almost two hours on the trainer is kind of long. I mucked it up on Tuesday when I didn't eat enough at dinner and didn't consider that I might need some fueling during the workout, which led to me yelling at the kids halfway through to bring me some candy from whatever was left of their Halloween stashes. Not exactly ideal fuel but it did the job! And I was much better prepared when I repeated the workout on Thursday and Saturday. Although the power goal on this week's trainer workout was easy, I was pretty tired by the end each time. But at the same time, each time through got a little easier - progress!

Getting tips on how to relax from the master. Ginger is an expert sleeper.

Thursday morning I hauled myself out of bed and to the pool for lap swim, only to find the parking lot oddly empty and the pool dark. I mean, it's always pretty empty at 5:30 am, but no cars at all was definitely not right! A little googling and bingo.

Would have been nice to know that BEFORE I got up early...And by the time I figured it out it was too late to head to the Y for their lap swim, as I'd only have had about 20 minutes before I would have had to leave to come home. #swimfail

Then Friday things took a U-turn. I forgot* my heart rate monitor. But when I got ready to run, I was glad I had, since I was kind of dreading the low heart rate runs. Although I was working really hard to maintain a positive attitude about it...I was pretty much failing. So I went out and just ran what felt easy and I loved it.

*it was in my bag the whole time. Maybe I just chose not to see it?

So that's the end of that experiment. If I'm not enjoying running, then what is the point, really? This is my hobby, after all. I'll stick to easy paced runs for the next few weeks, but the easy pace will be by feel instead of heart rate. I don't regret trying the low heart rate experiment (it was a much needed mental break from training for intensity, and now I have a better handle on what 'easy pace' really means for me right now), but I'm much more excited about running now that I'm declaring it over!

My post-run selfies were even more disastrous than usual, so here's some rocks.
The other big news was we got a second trainer for the #paincave courtesy one of my husband's coworkers. This means we can go on date rides in the basement! Which sounds kind of sad, now that I type it out, but honestly it's nice to be able to do indoor rides together, if only because it makes the logistics simpler. So yay to that!

His 'n hers trainers. Awwwww, aren't we adorable.

All in all, it was a great week. I'm feeling super energized and like I'm on the right track with things right now. Keeping it rolling! I'll probably talk a bit more about my swimming next week since things are getting interesting there - but I want to get in a few more solid workouts before I get too excited.

Next week's workouts. Last week of my Trainerroad plan, so a reduction in volume which will be enjoyable. Run will stay about the same. And the whole family is home on Friday for a PD day so I can hopefully sneak out for a swim!

Monday: rest
Tuesday: morning swim, evening 60 minute trainer
Wednesday: Lunch run, 8-10k
Thursday: morning 60 minute trainer
Friday: 7k run, lunch hour swim
Saturday: 60 minute trainer, 30 minute brick run
Sunday: long run, 2k swim


  1. YAY. Basement date rides. HA! Great week. That's a lot of hours training for Off Season! I also see a morning trainer ride in your future - are you coming over to that dark side too?

    1. Only by necessity. Kid activity stuff Thursday night so I probably won't have time to get in my ride in the evening!

  2. Basement date rides?! That's a new one!
    But, as you said, this is your hobby and leisure time, so whatever you can do to make it enjoyable, more power to you!!!