Thursday, August 23, 2012
Yes, I have a "gym season." My main fitness passion is cycling and during the months of May-July it so dominates my free time that I am unable to ride and go to the gym, not to mention that at a certain point we reach peak performance by focusing our efforts rather than diversifying them. The pinnacle of cycling season is always the last full week of July, for that is when The Ride Across Minnesota takes place. Now that that's behind me, and I've had a few weeks of active recovery, I'm ready to hit the gym!
Here's what I plan to do for the first six weeks or so:
1. 30-minute cardio warm-up on the elliptical machine or bike ride to the gym.
2. Full-body workout--32 different machines/exercises, low weight, high reps, one set for each exercise, very little recovery time in between sets. The idea here is to wake my entire body up to the fact that it's time to workout in the gym again, giving it plenty of time to prepare and adapt for the more rigorous workouts that will come later in the fall.
3. 30-minute walk/run. One of my goals for the fall, in preparation for my first marathon next June, is to complete a 5K in less than 30 minutes, so I'm going through the CP25K program again, this time focusing less on finishing a 5K without walking and more on finishing a 5K at a certain speed. After that, I'll work on finishing a 10K in less than 60 minutes.
The plan is to complete this workout three times per week, ideally on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and then to take mellow bike rides on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The ideal rarely becomes real in my life, but I have to have something to shoot for, right?!
Thanks so much for reading, hope you have a great day!