If Week 1 was a bit of a bummer due to blizzard and illness, then Week 2 was the aftermath. With my cold feeling less severe, I was resolved to get back on the horse with workouts. Lingering fatigue made me come to the decision early in the week that I wasn’t ready to get back into strength training, and some schedule shuffling left me with a skipped swim and skipped bike. Even with that, by Friday I was not feeling great. Saturday consisted of four hours of watching television, a four hour nap, and going to bed at 8pm. All the extra sleep must have been what I needed, as I felt far more refreshed on Sunday than I had in awhile.
By the numbers:
Swim: 2 sessions, 1:37:27, 4200 yards
Wednesday was my first time back in the water since the blizzard, and I didn’t have a particular workout planned. Friday it was back to freestyle workouts, and it was a tough one with very little rest. My times weren’t great, but neither were they far removed from where they had been. I had been afraid that taking more than a week off from the pool would hurt me, but it seems that I’ve finally built up enough of a base that I can take time off for being sick and not have to pay the price too badly.
As a fairly gross aside, blowing my nose in the shower after my swims was one of the highlights of the week. After so many days of congestion, those few minutes in the locker room with easy breathing were like little spots of sunshine!
Bike: 2 sessions, 1:10:27
Indoor stationary. On Wednesday I did a tough Pyramid workout, while Sunday was easy resistance but longer on time.
Run: 3 sessions, 53:22, 4.88 miles
All of my runs this week were on the indoor track at the REC. I was afraid of running outside with the remnants of my cold, so decided that being inside was the better bet. That meant super speedy times all this week, due to running on the flat track.
Looking toward next week, I’m excited to get all my planned tri specific workouts in. There is a little bit of snow in the forecast on Tuesday, but accumulations are only supposed to be 1-3”, so hopefully nothing that will interfere. The return of strength training is something I’m feeling apprehensive about. I’m pretty sure it's going to hurt, and not in a pleasant way.
Week 3 is the last build week before my first stepback week, and that feels a little strange, considering how these last two weeks have gone. Next week I’m also getting back on the weight loss horse, which is something I haven’t really talked about or worked out since about Thanksgiving. Onward!