I’m 1/2 way through through my “first week back” meaning I’m back to two-a-day workouts and am definitely feeling the effort. Muscles are sore and tight from the weight workouts, and I’m dragging a bit from the tri-specific work. To combat the “first week” burnout, I’m drawing from past experience and telling myself that these sensations are normal, and part of the early adjustments to higher volume training. While getting up and down stairs is a problem and getting up out of my office chair is painful, I’m also seeing that my fitness hasn’t totally fallen off a cliff. During yesterday’s brick workout my legs were pretty sore and tight from Tuesday’s PlyoX workout. However, once I got on the bike, I was able to put some decent power down and finish the 20 mile loop in a bit over an hour. The bonus surprise occured when I got off the bike. My legs were still sore and tight, and I wasn’t sure how the run would turn out. Within 2-3 minutes my legs opened up and I was able to run the full 3.3 mile out-and-back at a decent 9:31 clip. It felt really good to push the pace a wee bit just to see what would happen, and have my body respond positively. It felt like welcoming back a friend from a long separation.