This weekend John and I took the convertible up to WI, which made bringing back our usual beer order a little more difficult. But have no fear, I am the Master of Trunk Tetris and we easily fit 5 cases of 6-packs in the trunk. Ah, delicious microbrews from the land of beer and cheese.
And yes, I have been working out. Other than the trip to WI, I've been pretty consistent lately. Tonight was the first 10 mile run I've done in months. It was probably a little more than I should have done. By mile 8, I was getting pretty fatigued but I stuck it out. I have a feeling I'll be sore tomorrow. Until I'm back to my comfortable weight and usual cardio base, I'm going to try to get 4-5 workouts in a week that are at least 90 min. My blue jeans will thank me.
So what next? Any suggestions? I've been talking with a few friends about a 12-hr adventure race in northern WI in July. A friend suggested a Oly-distance tri in July as well. Since starting the Run Less, Run Faster training program, I'm thinking about a 5k or 10k to try to set a new PR since mine are old and crappy. I'd still like to try a road bike race at some point, but my biking base is embarrassing. I'd also be up for a mtn bike ride/race, but I'm probably not technically good enough for that yet.
I'm still undecided. I'm hesitant since I'm still getting back into shape. I'll admit I like to race for PRs and knowing where I am now versus where I was last year is disheartening. But I'll get back there eventually. Maybe a 5k is a good starting point.
Until I rode Moxie around, I didn't realize that my neighbor's bike I had been borrowing was a men's 17.5" bike. I bought a 17" women's bike. Here's the differences between a men's and women's bike.
- Dropped top tube - lower stand over height
- Reach to the front end is shorter
- Handle bars are narrower (for narrower shoulders)
- Smaller grips (smaller hands)
- Women's sized shocks (require less force to activate)
In short, she's a whole helluva lot easier for me to handle. And since she was on sale, I actually bought up a model and got an extra gear, hydraulic disc breaks, and a lighter aluminum body compared to the Myka Disc Sport. I am a true believer in the benefits of a women's bike. I could go on and on, but I'll spare you. John and I went up to Smithville to ride this weekend and I had a blast. I can't wait to get back out on the trails!
I set a workout in my Garmin, but I need to manually adjust it. The pre-set paces had a 7:00-9:00 category, but it kept telling me to slow down and we did all the intervals between a 7:13 and 7:47 pace. The 7:47 was a fluke, I was still listening to the Garmin and slowing down. After #2, we decided to ignore the "Slow Down!" warnings and keep running. Other than the one 7:47, the rest were between 7:13 and 7:21. That pace was about perfect. The first few were fairly easy, but by #6 - #8, I was really pushing to keep the pace up. The last one was 7:15 exactly and got my HR up to 180 bpm.
I like the HR graph from the workout. I can clearly see the 8 intervals with the rest in between. Pretty cool. We did 6 mi in 51 min and there was even a little walking. After the last few intervals, I walked until my HR dropped below 170 bpm. So far, so good. We'll see how I fare on my tempo run tomorrow.
Tonight was the first day of the plan. 5 mi tempo run with 1 mi warm up, 3 @ pace, 1 cool down. Since I could barely do a mi at an 8 min pace last week, I thought I'd set my sights fairly low. I was hoping for 3 @ 8:15 min/mi pace.
I managed 8:06/8:17/8:08 and when I finished, I had to walk a little just to let my HR recover. It went better than last week but it's still slower than the pace I ran for my current 1/2 PR. Ouch. Oh well, it is what it is. And it was a much needed kick in the pants.