Lovin’ the feeling.

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.

A good week

23 miles running, with some fartleks and hill work tossed in, plus three P90X workouts (Chest/Back, Plyo, Arms). Next week I’ll be stepping up to big-boy work: 31 miles running w/more fartleks and more hills, 5 P90Xworkouts (Chest/Back, Plyo, Arms, Kenpo, Back/Legs). I’m anticipating a very sore and tired Greg this time next week.

I’m also hoping that my shock/fork will come back from Push Industries soon. Conditions were excellent this week for winter MTB. I don’t want to pass up more great opportunities for off-road, off-season riding.

School started back up yesterday. Two management classes this semester. Leadership in Technical Teams, and Strategic Planning. Both instructors are very engaging and are leaders in their field, the texts look pretty good and our classes are now split up into two smaller groups. Our team was adjusted a bit. There are three original team members and one new Spring 2010 student joined our group. So now we have two women and two men in our group, and appears to be a solid group.

Winter is here

Uggh 18F this am. Winter is finally here. Every year it gets harder to accept the onset of winter. Once the colors of October fade and fall to the ground I fall into a serious funk. My fitness wanes and I fall into a funk. It usually takes me about 6 weeks to finally pull myself back and just deal with the fact that it’s going to be colder, and darker for the NEXT 6 weeks.

Yesterday was a bit of a bright spot. I went moutain biking at a park near my home. While is was only in the low 30s it felt a lot warmer, especially since we did a lot of climbing and technical riding.

So I suppose the key to beating the blahs is to get up, get out and get moving. Exactly the thing that I least want to do. But once I’m out of the warm bed and moving just a bit, pushing through the workout isn’t all that hard.

This AM was P90X legs and back. I’m now a quivering pile of soreness, but in a good way. Tonight is abs, then a short swim set. It’s been months since I’ve been to the pool. I hope I don’t drown!

No Philly for me

I pulled the rip cord, and bailed out of the Philly Marathon. My 20 miler on Sunday told me that trying to pull a sub-4hr 26.2 was not gonna happen. Sub-5hr would be questionable. Sure, my legs weren’t fresh, but it still hurt way too much to run that slow on a flat forgiving terrain. I’m bummed because this means that I didn’t follow through on my goal of a sub-4hr marathon in 2008. Most of my other goals were met, in that I set PRs at all my races, and really improved some times in my 10k and 13.1 runs.

So now it’s officially the “off season”. I’m not doing any coached, structured training, but I am planning on some new routines. LOTS more MTB this fall/winter. Maybe some ‘cross if I can find some group rides or some classes. If not, I’ll put together a barrier and practice mounts/dismounts in the back yard.

And this: P90X For Nov/Dec/Jan.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this workout. I’ve got no idea where I’m going to hang the pull-up bar, but I’ll figure out something. Since each workout is an hour long, I’ll do them in the AM before work. I’ll still try to get out for at least one swim/bike/run each week and then go long bike/long run on the weekends.  

It’s a new day!