Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday and Tuesday, Whew! Is It Sunday Yet?

So, here it is in a nutshell. Some really good training sessions. I'm seeing some gains on the bike. Running is still an issue, but not sure what to do. Not running is not helping. And running isn't making things worse and pain is, well, here and there. Literally. So what does that mean? As far as running goes, I ran back to back days Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's 45 minute run was flat and at an average HR of 135. So it was easy and I talked the entire run. That was followed up by a 3 hour bike ride. Average HR was 124. Going out was a breeze. Coming home into the wind, well that was a little more taxing. HR hit 130, I think. I also managed a 20 minute time trial in the middle of the ride for good measure. Great day to be out on the bike. Truly it was.

So Wednesday began with boot camp where I focused on legs, plyo, and some yogic style core work. Then came the 2 hour nap, followed up with an appointment to see the acupuncturist. The day ended with a very hilly 1 hour run where I found out just how strong my legs were.

Did I mention there were 1 arm pullups this week? Yep. Somewhere along the way I figured out I can do one arm pullups... Sweet!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Well it was hot. About 88 degrees, though it felt like 90. But I got in a 45 min run which was quite hilly. I think for the first 20 or so minutes I was really suffering. I'm not quite sure why but I really wasn't enjoying what I was doing at all. But this was definitely one of those days that running with someone helped a lot. I was able to focus more on our conversation which thankfully was less about the heat and the hills and more about things we had experienced in college. The fun stuff primarily. But at some point after the last "insanely" steep climb I started feeling much better.

Earlier today I did my normal yoga class at Dharma with Sanieh. This class was all fire and strength and I really needed a nap after it was done. Apparently I needed a 2 hour nap. That's why the morning run I planned didn't happen. And it is also why I skipped the bike ride too. I wonder if the intensity of the yoga class didn't have something to do with how I felt on the afternoon run. The class was really strength based which probably challenged my muscles more than I needed. Also I was very thirsty from the time we started. And I was conscious of my hydration both today and yesterday, but I think the intensity of the yoga class may have compromised my hydration too. Oh well I'll have to look into that. Tomorrow I'll focus on the bike and get in a swim. I think I've done enough for today.

Monday, May 11, 2009


No Miles today. Just Boot camp with a kick butt pushup/pullup and accessible core workout for 60 minutes. With a bit of jump rope and stairs for good measure. I'm feeling stronger and more confident. I topped the day of with yoga. Tomorrow is looking like a 2 run 1 bike sort of day. We'll see how that goes with a yoga class thrown in for good measure...