Monday, May 13, 2013
Well, Friday started out the weekend badly but it actually turned in to a not so bad weekend. I ended up skipping the gym on Friday since I was pretty frustrated with my son for failing to turn in another assignment. It is not so much the failing to turn it in that bothers me. It is more that Thrusday I asked where he stood on his homework and if everything was up to date and he said he was in good shape with everything. Then Friday it didn’t get turned in. So I had to deal with that on Friday and while the gym is a good stress relief, I just didn’t have it in me to go.
So, I had a rest day in there that wasn’t planned, but I did some intervals on the bike on Saturday, so it is all good. They were pretty tough. Sunday was a nice easy cardio day with the final 30 seconds on level 23. I am trying to end on a really hard 30-60 second burst. I am not sure of the overall benefit in the end if it helps, but I crank up the tension and try to keep the RPM above 90. I am trying to get that burst up to level 26 which is as high as it goes. My intervals now are on level 20 for 50 seconds 5 times out of a 60 minute workout. I am going on 2 weeks in a row of being good on stretching after the workout and I am starting to add core work in before hand. The core work just started on Saturday though and I am taking it slow and easy on that for awhile. Although I also am adding 5 minutes to each workout to walk on the treadmill. I am going to start slowly building that up and putting the stress on the legs and joints to build up to running. Not going to rush that though. I need to figure out how to avoid shin splints. So I figure 5 minutes 3-4 times this week. 8 minutes next week. You get the idea. And wait till I am up to about 30 minutes then slowly start adding in running. Eventually I will cut down time on the bike but for now, I am just adding to it.
Anyway, not much going on I guess. Although I did purchase a bike for my daughter. Got her a nice little road bike so we can ride together. I am sort of scaling back my riding plans for the summer to focus on the trainer at the gym. But I am planning to incorporate some outdoor rides with her and hopefully get used to the seat again and stretch things out and actually get some distance in there with her. Going to take it slow though. She can easily do 4 miles and there is a park close by with a nice 7 mile loop we can ride. So I am thinking the 60 hard minutes on the bike at the gym and then 7 every so often with her ought to start making things right to complete my century ride by the end of the year. There is a nice flat 100 mile century about 2 hours away. I want to get my son out too so we can ride that one together maybe. I am just trying to find the balance of indoor and outdoor. Even though I have only been outdoors once so far.