Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Yesterday, after taking a 3.6 mile recovery walk, I rode my bike for about 12 miles and completed the same workout I did at this time last week: form sprints. The idea of this workout is to develop and improve sprinting form rather than to go full tilt, that comes later. But at the end of the ride, after seven sprinting efforts, I just couldn't help myself.
The ground was almost completely flat, the road was wide open, and I was feeling good--so I put my hands in the drops, shifted to a harder gear, rose out of the saddle, and sprinted as hard as I could sprint for about 15 seconds. I hit 26.9 mph, which I will eclipse within a few weeks, but which for now is a decent speed for me.
The most important thing I have to work on if I'm to hit 32-35 mph in a sprint this year--which is a stated goal of mine--is to deal with my fear. This will come with time and practice, but the bottom line is that it takes guts to rise out of the saddle and give 100% when you're already traveling at a decent speed. Thoughts go through my head like, "What if my chain breaks or slips? What if I put too much torque on the cogs and they give way? What if my 10 year old frame decides it's had enough and cracks? What if? What if? What if?"
It's easy to deal with these thoughts when I'm sitting around thinking about it, but try sprinting as fast as you can when you're already traveling 18-20 mph or faster and you'll see what I mean. It takes guts. And unlike the pros, I don't have a support vehicle and ambulances around to scrape me off the ground if I do go down!
So anyhow, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I plan to just stick with the plan, keep working on my sprinting form, and slowly add intensity over the coming weeks. As I combine this with weight loss and increasing fitness levels, I'll reach my goal--of this I'm sure! I'm determined! I hit 30 last year, so 32-35 ain't nothing! It's mine!
Hope you all have a great evening, and thanks for reading.
(Here's a pic of me and the old beast from a couple years ago)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Over the winter I got a bit undisciplined and put on about 13 lbs--ouch! But that's behind me, I turned the boat around some weeks ago and as of today I've dropped 8 of them. It was sure nice to see the scale back in the neighborhood I lived in last year, and given some changes I've made to my diet and exercise regimen I feel hopeful that I can lose even more this year. I'm at 210 now, I lived at 205 most of last year, and I hope to get down to around 200 and stay there.
We'll see how things progress, but again it sure feels good to be shedding those winter pounds!
Have a great day!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Okay, okay, that's the best I could come up with--further proof that I should not be a comedian!
Point is, I jogged with walking intervals for 10 miles on Saturday and expected to be sore, and I do feel it a little bit but not much. I feel very good about this, and am now setting my sights on this week's training plan. Here it is:
Tuesday: 3.6 mile jog/walk--plan to work on technique--10+ mile bike ride
Wednesday: cycling--recovery ride
Thursday: 3.1 mile jog/walk--plan to work on speed--10+ mile bike ride
Friday: cycling--recovery ride
Sunday: 11.2 mile jog/walk--still thinking about how to structure my intervals this week
Hope you all have a great week!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
In preparation for my half marathon on May 12, I completed a 10 mile jog/walk today. After warming up with several intervals of 3.5 min jogging and 1.5 min walking, I went to 4 minutes jogging and 1 min walking up to about mile ten. It was about 15-20 degrees warmer today than it's been in a while and the heat started getting to me so I slowed down near to the end and did several intervals of 3 min jogging and 2 min walking. That was just what the doctor ordered and I was able to finish the last 0.1 or so at a fairly quick speed--quick for me, at least, I was probably running at about 8 mph.
My goal was to keep a 12 min/mile pace and come in at 02:00:00 or better, as the course was exactly 10 miles. I ended up coming in at 01:58:11 with which I was quite pleased! If all goes well from here, I should be able to complete the HM in 02:40:00 or less. Given that this is the first time in my life--I'm 45--I've jogged beyond a 5K, I feel pretty good about this.
After the workout was over, I did a couple of things around the house and then hopped on the bike and spun very easily for about 3 miles. This really helped my legs to loosen up and so far it's reduced the mild soreness I've had in weeks past after my long jog. A little later I was troubled by two of my splits and wondered if my mile measurements were off, so I took the bike out again and remeasured the last four miles of the course, and I'm sure glad I did. I had inadvertently marked mile 7 at 7.05 and mile 8 at 7.95, which explains why mile 7 was a little slow and mile 8 was a little fast! So I came home and made the necessary adjustments to my splits and felt better about my mile by mile consistency.
All in all, 10 miles of jogging/walking and 6.2 miles on the bike today--not bad for an old fart! Now, it's off to bed to pray and ready myself for church tomorrow. I love exercise but I love Jesus Christ 10 million times more simply because He's loved me with an infinite love!
God bless you all!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Well, it wasn't exactly rest. I spent the day in the city, Minneapolis, walking around with a friend who serves an immigrant population there. It was fun, inspiring, and very informative. Plus I got to ride the new train that goes from my area into downtown!
Tonight I rest as well as possible and then tomorrow, after eating and working a bit, I'll be off for a 10 mile jog/walk. I plan to start with intervals of 2 min walking, 3 min jogging, followed by intervals of 1.5 min and 3.5 min, and then settling into intervals of 1 min and 4 min. Hoping to finish in 2:00:00 or less--I'll let you know how it goes.
Hope you have a great one!
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