Prep Week #10 In Review

The entire East Coast is caught up in a pretty big blizzard, and Friday through Saturday brought high winds and about 30 inches of snow outside my door.  While I love snow, it is a bit of a bummer for working out.  Perhaps this is how Canadians feel all the time?  Or those in Minnesnowta?  Although I imagine both of those groups are far better prepared for snow than we are here in the Mid-Atlantic.

This was the day after the snow stopped, but before too many people started digging out.

This was the day after the snow stopped, but before too many people started digging out.

 

This is the last week of Prep before the Sprint specific 16 week plan begins, so let’s see where my cautious base building has gotten me.

 

By the numbers:

Swim - 3 sessions, 2:27:17, 6000 yds

Looking back, it seems my focus in the pool this week was really pushing myself.  I’ve gotten past the point where I need to think so hard about breathing, and with my lessons I feel confident about my stroke and know how to keep working on it.  Now I feel ready to begin feeling tired in the pool.  That means faster sets, longer sets with shorter breaks, and general breathlessness.

I had a workout on Monday with 100 sets, and, as my goal this year is to get my 100 time down from 1:46 to 1:35, I was keen to see how I’m doing.  A bit of a bummer to have my fastest 100 still clock in at 1:46.  I had hoped with all the dryland work perhaps I would get to shave off a second.  The hard part about goal setting for something you’ve never really done before is you don’t know if it is reasonable.  But right now, 1:35 still feels like something good to work towards in the allotted timeframe, and we’ll see what happens down the line.

 

Bike - 3 sessions, 1:27:12

Stationary recumbent for all of these.  I was supposed to get my third workout in on Friday night, but I was feeling a bit down from work that day, so moped on the couch and rode on Saturday instead.  In retrospect, while I’m glad I had a workout on Saturday while the blizzard raged outside, it may have been better for my mood to get on the bike Friday night.

 

Run - 2 sessions, 32:07, 2.75 miles

Tuesday’s run was my first of this cycle featuring a windchill below zero.  -5* F, actually, and except for my face feeling the wind, I was quite comfortable.  I busted out the mittens and the jacket, rather than my usual vest and light gloves.

The downside was back to those Winterproof Stealths from Vivobarefoot.  Last week I got a few blisters from them, and this week I tried a go with socks and whatnot to see if that helped.  No joy, and I sent off an email to customer support about getting them replaced.  There is some exposed plastic around the seam of the tongue that was cutting into my foot pretty badly.  They had a quick response time, which was awesome, but they also want a picture of the defect.  How am I supposed to get a picture that deep inside the shoe?  I need a spy camera or something. 

Hopefully this works for them.  A good note: these laces were really tough to get out, so I feel like snow would indeed have a hard time getting in!

Hopefully this works for them.  A good note: these laces were really tough to get out, so I feel like snow would indeed have a hard time getting in!

Thursday’s run came in the early evening, and as I had fought off a migraine earlier in the day, the fresh air was a wonderful balm.

Sunday’s scheduled “long” run was 18 minutes, just like last week.  The apartment complex gym was closed, so this had to be done outside.  I slipped on my ice cleats and did a quick circle around my complex and out and back through the neighborhood up the hill.  It was nice to see the state of the roads, breathe some fresh air, and enjoy my first snow run in quite some time.

 

Strength - 2 sessions

I got my leg press up to 175 and am starting to feel the struggle, which is great.  Previous to this I was just building up slowly each time, and now I seem to have gotten to a place where all gains moving forward will have to be earned.  I’m especially feeling is in the seated row and chest press, as my upper body has never carried much muscle.

So that brings us toward the future, and Week 1 of Sprint Training.  On the one hand, I’m really worried about the snow cleanup, and how that will impact my ability to get my swims and strength training in if the REC is closed for awhile.  On the other hand, I’m really pumped to be diving into actual training, as it has felt like before now all I was doing was building up from nothing.  Now that my registration fee is in for Reston Sprint Tri, and Week 1 of the plan starts MONDAY, excitement is starting to set in.