#118 – Mother Nature’s punching bag
It’s almost gotten to the point where I find myself wondering “what’d we ever do to you?”. I honestly can’t remember this many accumulating snow storms all in one season (it’s snowing as I type) – I mean, this is Northwestern NJ, where we have actual seasons most years…..but it’s not exactly known for its powdery winters – it’s just not wonderful for training purposes. But, maybe it makes us all a little tougher. Maybe.
After putting the blog on hold last week so I could watch the Seahawks, um, dismantle the Broncos (ouch!), I decided I’d sit down to take a look at my training data and see where things stood.
Last week was my final “up” week of the 4-week training set, with this past week being my “down” week. The stats were not where I wanted them to be, but not terrible.
- My swim distance is steadily climbing w/o any hint of cranky shoulders (although my pace still has a way to go).
- My cycling miles are creeping up and my steady-state power is up about 20% since my last test……and, maybe the best news, I feel like I finally might be settling into a few weeks that can help me boost those miles up where they need to be.
- On the run my pace is at or ahead of where it should be, but my legs are still not all the way “hardened” to the task. Last weekend I did 2 hours on the bike trainer and followed that up with a steep 20K run and by the final mile my left knee and left foot were both barking some.