Slogging Through

Sunday’s long run was surprisingly tough, and it set the tone for the remainder of the week. I don’t know why, but every workout since Sunday has been a challenge. In fact, just getting out of bed for my workouts has been a bridge too far. I’ve shifted most of my workouts to either afternoon or evening, and dialed back some of the intensity. I dropped the intervals from my five mile run yesterday, and I’m debating just doing regular mileage tomorrow instead of a tempo run. I don’t know if my lack of energy is a sign of overtraining or something else, but it has made the week a slog.

The high point of the week has been getting used to the indoor trainer. My first experience last week was awkward. Getting a good workout on the trainer is a matter of finding the right mix of roller pressure, variable resistance, and bike gearing. The first session didn’t have the right mix, but did allow me to experiment with some different combinations. I did indoor rides on Tuesday and this afternoon using a Charmichel Training Systems DVD in the place of psycho spin instructor, and both were solid workouts. Even though I had planned to do the rides in the morning before work, I think I got more out of them by waiting until later in the day.

While I can’t say the indoor rides are as enjoyable as an outdoor on, I can say that I was sweating buckets by the end of each workout. If you’ve ever watched “The Biggest Loser”, you’ve probably seen one of the contestants throw up during an unusually intense workout. I came as close to that this evening as I ever have. The one hour session ends with 3 VO2 Max intervals of 3 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute; that’s after 45 minutes of other various types of intervals as well. I got a good feel for the right settings during the Tuesday workout, and really pushed it this afternoon. The effort had its desired effect.

My last two scheduled workouts for this week are a six mile run tomorrow and a 30 mile ride (outdoors) on Saturday. I know I’ll do them, but not sure how hard I will push. In fact, I may even try to get a swim in on Saturday afternoon. I kind of miss the water.

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2 Responses to Slogging Through

  1. Mariajose says:

    Hey! You are already considering the possibility of overtraining up until this point, maybe just give yourself at least a one day break. Those will do wonders. I’ve been exhausted and I’m actually behind by 3 hour long runs but I refused to work out because the rest I would take today would help me gather energy for the rest of the week. Maybe skip the run tomorrow and do the ride and swim on Saturday. Keep us posted!

  2. elisariva says:

    Catching up on my reading! I don’t take a regular rest day, but I do listen to my body. Sometimes it is hard to tell. Checking your resting heart rate first thing in the morning is a great barometer. After 2 days of an elevated rhr and feeling tired I know I need rest. Also it could be a sign of a coming cold. Be careful!

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