Monday, April 21, 2008

Gettin' It Done

HUGE week both training and school wise. No pics, but I figured I'd provide a glimpse into what it's like being me and why the 'blog is entitled what it is: I'm always moving.

Really tired from the long training weekend. Class at 11 and 1 followed by weights from 2-3. Studied the rest of the day.
8-9:30 Class
10:30-11:30 in the pool for 2200 yards
1:40 -2:40 1 hour VO2 Max workout. I have this every week and it's always an ass kicker
Class from 3:30-5:30
8:20 Long run (1:45)
Class from 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6
Recovery ride from 6:55-7:30. Thank you, daylight savings...
8-9:30 Class
10:00-11:15 in the pool for 2600 yards
1:15-2:45 Bike Hill repeats.
3:30-5:00 more class
No class today! My professor was at a conference. I watched a mandatory film instead: "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez". Mildly interesting; it did have a VERY young Edward James Olmos in it.
I spent the rest of the morning running a bunch of errands I had been putting off for a while. Took me almost the entire day, but I got in a 1 hour run working on foot speed. I spent the rest of the day prepping my bike for Saturday's ride since it still had mud on it from Xterra Real. I broke my seat rail and the race bike sat waiting for my parts to come in. Thankfully, they did.
Bike test set on San Juan Trail. This kicked ass: 0.25 miles further and an additional 100 vertical feet over 20 minutes. This would have been more impressive if I hadn't gotten stuck behind a 6 person freight train the last two minutes. I still chopped 5 minutes off my total time for this route and ran into some racer friends I hadn't seen since November. Cool.
1:30 run with a 1:00 zone 2 interval in the middle. My coach began prescribing more zone 2 work (high aerobic) since he's been incorporating that into his own training with some success. I'm definitely seeing improvements in the areas of increased economy and in my comfort zone: paces that previously challenged me seem less so.
In between all that, I manage to squeeze in transit time to and from school, meals, hygiene and studying. It's not easy and I frequently find myself rushing from one task to the next. It's easy to get burned out on everything. My focus shifts from training to school depending on when my next race is: closer to a race I'm less likely to focus on studying. I have midterms Thursday and AZ Xtreme on Saturday. Let's hope everything turns out like I want it to.
Last thing: I bought a bicycle trailer for shopping trips and for commuting to work. I already ride to school and this is just one more way for me to stick it to the gas companies. Four bucks a gallon my ass...



jameson said...

I know the feeling man...

kick some ass in AZ this weekend!

Luke said...

good luck this weekend bro!!
throw a stick in james spokes and to give the rest of the 30-34 class a!!