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.
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.