Hey there everybody, good to see so many different perspectives as far as training goes. I guess we all have to adapt to what works best for us at this age (even though I still feel like a youngster). I’m starting to see my limitations for the really hard stuff though, and realize speed work in January is very hard.
At any rate, I never complain about the weather here in the NW (at least not all the time), but when it goes from 50 degrees to the high 20’s, it’s a little of a shock to the system, especially when I’m trying to do a little more speed oriented stuff. My lungs burn pretty bad. Such has been the case this week. I guess it’s something to complain about right. Thankfully no rain; that would just be a double whammy of death for me. I’m not insulated enough to keep warm out there for too long; though I should just suck it up like everyone else.
Not too shabby of a week though, as I managed some speed and strength stuff despite some windy and colder conditions. There has been morning ice around here as well.
Tuesday was a track workout with my brother which consisted of a
mile: 4:55 (relaxed pace) 800 recovery
800: 2:06 (hard pace) 800 recovery
600: 1:36 (hard pace) 600 recovery
400: 1:02 (hard pace) 400 recovery
200: :29 (hard pace) 800 recovery
Mile: 4:59 (relaxed effort)
I’ll say right now it wasn’t as easy as it looked on paper (if there is such a statement), but I was happy to get through it. My calves really felt tore up afterwards, and I wasn’t even in spikes. It was good to finally get on the track and roll a little bit, haven’t done that since the summer.
Thursday was a 600 time trial, and I had no expectations. It was naturally cold and windy, but I had two other guys to run with thankfully. I didn’t look at my watch until I finished and was pleasantly surprised with a 1:27.8. I wasn’t all out, but I don’t think I could have made it to the 800 mark in under 2:00. I was starting to lean back with 50 meters to go and my form was starting to slip. Probably would have swam it in for a 2:03 or something, but I blame it on the earlier workout from Tuesday and the cold weather that evening.
Finished the week off with an 8 X 1mile workout with 90 second recovery between each. 4:59—5:00—4:59—4:59—4:59—4:59—4:58—4:56. Again, I didn’t think the workout looked all that hard until I attempted it. Last year I actually took 3:00 recovery between intervals, so that’s probably why it felt so hard this time. There is definitely a big difference between doing this workout in the warmer months, then in the chilly 28 degree mornings around here. I was pretty bundled up and restricted.
All in all, I think my training for this year is going stronger then last year, and I felt pretty good about last years results. I don’t want to overdo anything though, so I’m cautious about getting too greedy with my training. We’ll definitely see how things go in the next several weeks. A few indoor races to dust the rust off, and then XC Nationals.
I even started lifting weights again to see if that might make a difference this year. That’s a whole other thing in and of itself. I’m sore all over now.
Sad to see the Seahawks come up short this year, but it sure was fun to watch. I guess I’ll root for the 49ers now. Until next week,