Friday, July 16, 2010

A New Day

Dee Dee continues to provide the motivation. I don't know how she manages to get out of bed at 4 AM like she does for work, but she is an amazing cookie. I'm doing a pretty bang up job following after her, although I do get to check my eye lids for cracks while she is in the shower.

After careful consideration, I have decided to reorganize my workouts along the lines of the training plans from Endurance Nation. My basic week will look like this:

Monday: swim, technique
Tuesday: brick (bike, run)
Wednesday: run (tempo, speed, hills), swim
Thursday: long run
Friday: long swim
Saturday: long bike
Sunday: medium bike, run (short, brick)

This just fits my life style better. Being home on Saturday and Sundays before noon is appealing, and I still want to referee during Ironman training this year. I will use the guidance from my many triathlon training plan books to build individual weeks and workouts.

With this thought in mind, I was out the door at 5 AM for my long run. The plan was 25 minutes in Zone 1, 15 minutes in Zone 2, 10 minutes in Zone 3, then back down the ladder. My legs were feeling my Wednesday night tempo run, but I managed to hit all my zones in my hilly neighborhood. I even had to walk at times to keep my HR in the proper place. While tiring, it was great to have all my workouts done by 6:30 AM!

Today, I got to sleep in until 6:30! Dee Dee is off this morning and no summer school for Matthew. I was able to take my time getting to the gym and getting my long swim on, 2700 yards in fifty three minutes. Despite the bonus time, I still forgot my boxers :-O So much for being prepared!

This weekend, I have two bikes and two runs planned, one of the runs just being "extra". It's time for my annual referee recertification. That's always fun. In the past, I've used this test to calculate my magic mile. My best mile time on this particular track is like 7:21. I'll decided in the morning if I am "feeling it" or not and go for it, or just run to survive.

Have a great weekend, y'all!



teacherwoman said...

I don't see any complete REST days in there... hmph. :)

Backofpack said...

Thanks for the encouraging words Wes - you are right, 1 out of 365 is pretty darn good. I've been feeling frustrated at having to miss all the fun summer races, but today reminded me that it's all good.

And, isn't it funny that now-a-days sleeping in is 6:30?

Carolina John said...

what happened to the rest days bro? got to have some time to recover.

Jon Gilchrist said...

I told Richard about Endurance Nation...for those same reasons you mentioned. I am interested in hearing your "take" on their approach.

Jarrett said...

Thank God for the women who motivate us!

Stuart said...

It's funny how 6:30 seems like a lie to an athlete and to the rest of the world it's dark oclock!

JV said...

Early morning w/os are the best! Good running!

Scott Keeps Running said...

i sleep while i'm at work.

challenges2010 said...

They're pretty serious on the referee re-certification,eh?
Guess they want to make sure none of you will croak during a game?