And now that I'm into the bulk of the season, you can expect more workouts and recipes.
With that out of the way, I'll tell you a little bit about my first week back in the flow.
It's been an interesting week. I didn't get in all of the workouts I've scheduled, and a few that I did get in sucked. It's okay, though; this is also the first week of full schedule for the Genesis Multisport Club--this means that I'm not only up at 4:30 every morning, but also that I'm teaching a total of 25 hours, between GMC classes, water aerobics, and spinning. Honestly, the 4:30 wake up calls were getting to me, by Friday. After a weekend of sleeping in and resting, I'm feeling quite a bit better, but my weeks are going to be loooooong. I hope that my body will get used to this new regimen; otherwise, the lack of sleep will be one more element keeping me on the line between training and overtraining.
My long runs have been the highlight of my week--long swims, too, for that matter--so much so that I'm really looking forward to doing my endurance swim; in fact, I wish that it were scheduled for tomorrow instead of Tuesday. And both of my long runs (both 6 miles) have felt so wonderful! I've felt strong and fast and completely capable . . . I can pick up my leg speed or extend my stride at any point during those 6 miles with minimal effort. My heart rate goes up, of course, but it's not like I'm barely shuffling along. And I'm having no trouble keeping my heart rate in zone 3 (although I have been debating exactly where zone 3 is . . .)
For bike volume, I'm primarily on a spinning bike. I know, I know . . . far from ideal. But I got a flat on my long run at 18 miles last week and now I can't find my tire levers! So even though I have spare tubes and a pump and everything I need, I can't change my tire. And for crying out loud, today was a lousy day to have my bike be inaccessible! It was absolutely perfect out today . . . warm enough that I rolled my windows down on the way home, with absolutely no window and a beautiful, big, blue sky . . . but no bike for me. Sad face. I'll buy new tire levers this week and change my tire and go ahead and get in a long ride . . . but the weather will probably be crap and I'll have to do it all inside watching TV or listening to Endurance Planet or something. Sigh . . .
In the meantime, I teach five cycling classes a week. I've finally done Group Ride enough that I've trained my heart rate to stay low. The first time I did the class, I think my max heart rate was 181 or 185 or something (too lazy to whip out the training log right now). Now I keep my heart rate in zone 3 the whole time, without a great deal of effort (although I do cheat on adding resistance). Bottom line, I'm getting plenty of saddle time (like upwards of 5 hours a week), if not in my actual saddle (or on an actual road).
That's been my week. I'm loving it, now more than ever. I can't wait to see the adaptations my body makes in this 2008 season.
Thanks for reading!