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It’s funny, if you take a four hour workout and put it on a weekend, it really doesn’t seem so bad. Say from 9AM to 1PM – you’re done around lunch time, and you have the remainder of the day to do as you please.
But, if you move that same workout to a weekday, it somehow seems much worse. Read: It’s level of suck is high.
Of course, while many a different organizations had the day off in the US today…I did not. Though I had hoped to get stuff done early and get a good start on the workout before it got too dark and cold, that didn’t work out either.
So it was 5:16PM before my first pedal rotation was complete. I then had another 1 hr and 32 minutes left on the bike. Oh, and that bike? It was indoors. On a trainer.
(Yes, my workouts are pinned to the wall, and I use a picture frame to hold up gel bottles, and I use a plastic measuring cup to hold remotes/etc off my aero bars, it works REALLY well)
The first 45 minutes were spent with the usual assortment of stuff (warm-up, focus on complete stroke, one pedal stuff, high cadence, etc…), and then the fun began with the second 45 minutes being a single solid block of Z3 fun. Or 267w to be exact. Just simply set the wattage and forget.
Except I couldn’t forget, because I still had to peddle. Though it is interesting in that you can see a very slight slip of cadence over the course of those last 45 minutes. From around 95ish to around 88-89ish.
Once I was done, I had a nice 2 minute ‘easy’ segment on the bike before moving onto my next activity. Kinda feels like running around the playground during a field day at school.
Normally Monday is simply my long run day. I’d go out, knock out 2hr 30minutes @ Z2 (usually around 20 miles) and be done with it. Life was simple.
Except not this week (or two weeks ago for that matter). This time I had just finished a little bike ride before I embarked on the long run.
Further, instead of being just a big block of Z2, I had 50 minutes each @ Z2, Z3, Z4A. Running Z2 is enjoyable. Running Z4A after already having run 13-14 miles…is not.
So off I went into the setting sun. For those keeping track, it’s now 6:56PM, which includes a relatively brief T1.
And then I ran some more.
I ran to a different state. (around 7:30PM)
And then I ran back to my state. (around 8:15PM)
I ran past my house (that sucked, I’m not going to do that again). (around 8:40PM)
And then I kept on running. (around a long time)
The only problem was I couldn’t get up into the higher zones. Not sure why. My legs just wouldn’t go there. They were stuck @ Z2 at a fairly constant pace. And my run cadence was fairly constant too. Too bad I just couldn’t get up there on the HR’s. Perhaps the colder temps had something to do with it, or perhaps it just wasn’t my night.
And finally, I stopped running (around 9:30PM).
So, to put this in perspective, I created this little table:
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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