Monday: 1800m swim
Tuesday: TR Matthes +1 (75 min VO2s)
Wednesday: 8k run; 1850m swim
Thursday: TR Petit (1 hour aerobic); 2200m swim
Friday: TR Phoenix (90 minute tempo)
Saturday: 100k ride outside; 6k run
Sunday: 2000m swim; 13.5k run
|Doesn't look like much, but a 25m pool is a 25m pool. Especially when it has lunch hour lap swim. And I'm usually the only one in the fast lane.|
On the trainer this week, I used my webcam to take a few pictures of what I look like at the end of a VO2 max interval.
Doesn't that look fun? HAHAHAHA. Probably not really selling the whole Trainerroad thing, am I? It's painful but it works, I swear!
Saturday I headed outside for my first metric century of the year! Despite it being cold and windy, I had so, so much fun. I had company with Danielle from the club again for the first 20k, which was lovely. Then I rode the rest solo, other than the few km where I was leapfrogging back and forth with a small group of roadies. Got in a little draft zone and passing practice there.
And I finally got a picture of the road sign that cracked me up during the century ride in the fall:
|COME ON. I love whoever designed this so much.|
|The sign is accurate, too. This hill is ridiculous. It's just outside a village named 'Kirkwall' and I swear they must have named the town after the wall-like nature of this hill. Good times. Pretty sure I swore out loud when I saw it in front of me.|
And then I hit a milestone for this training cycle: I fell asleep on the couch for 45 minutes late Saturday afternoon and had a very restorative nap. That's how you know you are really getting into the tough training; I had a few random naps at the peak of Barrelman training last year.
Re running, I saw my physio on Tuesday and he did assorted physio voodoo to get my SI joint to cooperate (ART, mobilization, etc), and it seems to have fixed me right up. My hamstring feels back to normal and my sciatica has cleared up. I did end up having to move my Friday run to Saturday because of life stuff, which was fine. The extra day off running was probably helpful.
|Sitting in the spring flowers, taking a selfie. Totally normal thing to do.|
|The super glamorous 'trail behind the Walmart'. Jealous?|
What's up this week:
Monday: well-earned rest day
Tuesday: swim; TR VO2s* + brick run
Wednesday: easy run; swim
Thursday: TR over unders; swim
Friday: easy run; TR aerobic
Saturday: long outside ride + brick run; swim (?)
Sunday: long run; swim (?)
*both this week and next week have utterly terrifying VO2 workouts on the schedule. 4 minutes at 120%? I don't even want to talk about the over/unders. Sometimes I really do think Trainerroad is trying to kill me.
I'm aiming for four swims a week now, which is easier since I've come around on the whole evening swim thing. It's still tough to talk myself out the door at 8:15 pm, but it's worth it. That said, if it ends up being three swims I have no problem with that, either. And now that my hamstring feels 100% I'm going to add back in the brick runs. Very short on Tuesday (probably 3k or so) and see how that feels.
Two weeks of hard training before recovery. Let's do this!