Here are this week’s workouts:
Bike Speedwork on the Trainer
This was a frustrating workout. It was based on hitting and maintaining a heart rate goal over a series of intervals. I was in the hardest gear in the range for this workout, at the highest revolutions per minute, I was dripping sweat, and my legs were totally exhausted by the end – but I was still 10-15 beats per minute under the goal. I thought that maybe I was slowing down when I wasn’t counting my rpms so I even turned on my metronome to make sure that I wasn’t cheating the rpms, but I was dead on for each of the intervals.
Rest Day Woot Woot!
This was a frustrating workout. We switched it to intervals that require me to hold specific paces for specific times. So I can tell you that one of three things is happening:
- I don’t know the difference between slower and faster
- My Garmin is possessed or otherwise compromised
- The pace function doesn’t work like I think it does
I would get faster, the Garmin would say I was getting slower. I would slow down, it would say I sped up. At one point I had to take a bathroom break (more on this in a minute) it said I was holding between 13 and 14 minute miles, suggesting I would have been better off had I spent the entire workout in the restroom.
Seasoned runners have told me that, as someone who does a lot of my training at night in urban areas, there would come a time when a bathroom was desperately needed but not available. Tonight was that night. I was about 17 minutes from the nearest bathroom, in full view of a bunch incredibly expensive ocean side condo when the gastrointestinal distress started. I made it to the bathroom, so there’s a major victory right there. The rest of it went well pretty well.
Once this IRONMAN is done, I don’t know what my next challenge will be, but I know it will:
- have clothes in my size readily available
- be indoors with air conditioning
- Have constant bathroom access
Hard Ass Ride
Fucking finally, I’ve been getting faster and this ride I finally did the whole thing another mile per hour above my starting pace! This was an interesting ride. My legs felt pretty trashed from my speedwalk last night so I was a little worried, but I had already decided that since the goal of this is to work hard (and not efficiently) I wanted to push a harder gear than I would doing a normal race pace ride, so I pushed a much harder gear.
This ride is actually the most comfortable I’ve ever felt on the bike, and I was able to maintain a relatively high cadence, even in the harder gear. My legs felt great but it definitely taxed everything else in my body more than usual (core, arms, even my butt was more tired/sore than normal.) My legs factually felt better at the end than the beginning. Then I got off the bike and they were definitely trashed.
My pace was pretty consistent, my only slowdowns happened when I passed some skateboarders who told me they were making a documentary (and using GoPros and selfie sticks to do it.) They were doing amazing tricks and if they didn’t kill themselves the movie is going to be awesome.
Swim Long Sets
This went fine. This week it felt super slow (which was a bit of a shock because last week it went by so fast!) But it went fine, nothing exciting to say. Just keep swimming…
I would like more strength workouts and less running please!
Bike Speed Workout on the Trainer
I cannot get my heart rate up on the trainer, it was even lower than last week and when I went to my easy spin it was dropping through the floor. It’s interesting, my legs are burning and when I get off the bike they are definitely tired but it’s not that much of a challenge cardiovascularly. (I continue to be concerned with my Garmin’s accuracy since it says that I traveled .3 miles during this workout when, in fact, I was sitting on what is literally referred to as a stationary bike, but that’s a whole other thing.)
Running Speedwork – Treadmill
Wow, did this ever suck. The idea was to do 4 miles alternating 2 minutes at 3mph slower than my current mile goal time, and then 2 minutes at 2mph faster than my goal mile time. Last week’s attempt at this (on the road and not the treadmill) was made difficult by the fact that I had trouble pacing using my Garmin (I think because it’s possessed but whatever.)
Using the treadmill was supposed to help me keep the pace without dealing with the Garmin problems. It wasn’t long before I wanted my Garmin, possessed or not. The slow speed is usually an easy walk for me, but not on the treadmill. I had to change my stride length and seriously increase my cadence. It was all but impossible to keep up during the faster intervals without running. Irritatingly, my heart rate wasn’t up where we wanted it to be. Also while my little legs were moving fast, there weren’t nearly as tired as they normally are (and they never cramped up which was nice.) But my knees and hips were killing me. I almost never have joint pain and if I do it’s always directly related to something else being tight and goes away with a little foam rolling or tiger tail rolling. In this case it’s hours later and I’m still hurting. I am not a fan of the treadmill experiment.
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