A Great Weekend to Train

Well, I survived Saturday.  I started off the morning with a 6.8 mile run at a 9:00 minute pace.  The temperature was right at 60 degrees, the sun was shining, and conditions were just about perfect. The whole run felt good, and I finished the last mile faster than any of the others.

After about an hour’s rest, I begged a ride to downtown Montreal and rented a road bike from one of the places along the Lachine Canal.  We’d picked up a bit of a cloud cover by then, and the winds were a little stiffer, but that didn’t seem to affect the Montrealers (Montrealites?).  The canal trail was packed.  And me on my pink Arial bike.  Actually, I was fortunate enough to get a Cannondale road bike, fire engine red.  YES!  Even though my Specialized road bike at home is great, I’ve always regretted going for the silver one instead of the red.  I just didn’t want to look too “flashy”.  Well, yesterday I was FLASHY!

The ride was a really good workout.  The canal trail is completely flat, but I had a 10 to 15 mph headwind on the outbound leg.  While it was a tough outbound, the tailwind on the way back was excellent.  Unfortunately, the trail was so crowded that I couldn’t really cut loose for fear of running over one of the 15,000 young children learning how to use their training wheels.  No matter, a great ride.

Really, it was a lot more crowded than it looks.

After a couple of hours off, I hit the weight room for a 30 minute strength session.  It was as much aerobic as strength, though, as I dodged the high school class on a field trip staying in the hotel.  I assume that’s what they were, but they were all speaking French, so I’m not really sure.  At any rate, I got in three workouts in one day.  That put me down by 1.5 workouts for the week- a strength session and the last 30 minutes of a swim.

I got a good night’s sleep, and hit the road again this morning.  Today was a “long” day, a nine mile run.  Because of yesterday’s effort, I kept the pace slow today… nothing more than about 10 minutes per mile.  Again, temps were pretty mild, but the wind had really kicked up.  Lots of gusts, with a fair amount of stuff blowing around.  I’m sure the folks around me thought it was odd that I had on sunglasses with the sky so overcast, but it was more for dust protection that UV rays.

After a few hours of recuperation, and a couple of meals, I hit the pool this evening.  I had a swim planned for this coming Friday, but I am supposed to be traveling.  I didn’t want to miss another swim, and the rest of the week  was already full of “two a days”, so I decided to do an easy swim tonight.  I did a series of 120 yard repeats (15 yard pool X 8 laps), really focusing on form and my kick.  When we were in Florida a couple of weeks ago, my wife watched me swimming while she was on the balcony above the pool.  Her hesitant “…did you know you do X when you swim”, highlighted a series of embarrassing flaws in my technique, and convinced me to pay a little more attention to mechanics.

So now I’m ready to crash.  The great news is that, with all the workouts I did this weekend, I didn’t have any leg cramp issues, even in the pool.  I’ve been drinking a lot more water, and stretching regularly.  It seems to be helping.  The other positive is that, if I rearrange one more workout from Friday, I’ll actually get a whole day off (usually reserved for recovery weeks).  One more thing to look forward to.

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4 Responses to A Great Weekend to Train

  1. Mom says:

    Okay – after reading this blog I put the cookie in the trash can instead of my mouth. Now I’ll go look at a picture of a bike and imagine myself out there with you.

  2. That looks like an absolutely gorgeous ride! I am extremely jealous!!!

    • Chasing Fifty says:

      It is a great route. I ran it a lot in the winter… it looks better without 12 inches of snow. Hope your recovery is going well.

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