Sunday, July 26, 2009


Productivity and endurance training do not tend to go hand in hand.  Sure, you get a ton of workouts done, but sometimes other things tend to suffer!  Let me round out my week of activities first though.

This week was my biggest volume of training done this year to date.  Probably my biggest week of training ever!  This morning I was finishing the week off with some hill repeats and a swim.  Angie has moved my long run to the middle of the week so I’m not doing a long bike and a long run back to back.  I’m a huge fan of this, although I have to admit it feels a bit odd to be waking up to run hill repeats on a Sunday morning. 

I had meant to get started early but lying in bed and hitting the snooze button seemed just too tempting.  I made it downtown just after 9 am, dropped my gear off at the Y and got started.  I had 4 x 2:00 hill repeats on tap.  As I started in on my warm up I could tell that my legs had biked 120K yesterday.  They just didn’t seem to have a lot of…vroom vroom in them.  Oh well, this was only going to be a 45 minute run.  I could do that for sure, right?

The entire run was embarrassingly slow but I got it done.  After I finished running I checked out the upstairs portion of the Y where the weights were.  I was supposed to run through some post-run exercises after Wednesday’s long run, but I didn’t have enough time before I had to get to work.  I decided to run through them today – assorted lunges, squats and push-ups.  I also got some core work done too.  Then it was time to hit the pool for what was supposed to be a 2400m pull focused workout.

By this time I was tired…  It’s been a long week of workouts and my brain turned off and wasn’t really into the swim.  I made it through 1500m and called it a day.  It was getting close to noon and I was ready to move on to other things.

Not that I had anything really exciting planned, but let’s just say that with all of this working out my poor house has really been suffering.  Apparently it has been so long since I vacuumed that it took me quite some time to find the stair attachment for my vacuum cleaner.  Today I managed to run through all of my laundry, vacuumed, cleaned my carpets (thanks Finlay for making that a necessity!), and dusted my furniture.  You would think I was tapering and had all of this extra time on my hands!  In actuality, here’s what happened this week:

  • Running – 17.1 mi, 2:58:35
  • Biking – 114.8 mi, 6:59:46
  • Swimming – 5800 m, 2:45:00
  • Stretch, core and strength – 0:25:00
  • GRAND TOTAL = 13:08:21

If everything goes as plan this week I may be setting a new record…  I’m starting the week off with a rest day tomorrow though!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!


audgepodge said...

OK, I just don't know how you do it. Seriously - you're like a machine! Great work on all your hard work.

Your facebook updates make me exhausted though.


Downhillnut said...

Way to go Leana! Life goes on around workouts, that's just the way it is.

Thanks for blogging all your efforts. Every time I get grand ideas of large distances (say, beyond olympic) I'll come here to read how much work and dedication it takes to do it justice.

Keeeeep going!

Marci said...

That is some serious distances!! I guess I better up my swim distances! Are you on the taper now? Well done with the hard work, I'm in awe with your dedication!

Missy said...

NO, productivity with house crap and working out do NOT go hand in hand! Good job on getting it in and cleaning. I've got a layer of dust I need to address.

ShirleyPerly said...

That doesn't look like a taper week to me!

Good job on getting everything done. I've heard that some training programs split the long brick and long run but I think I'd rather do a long run than a hill workout the next day :-)

Keith said...

So, has the iphone revolutionized your life? Have you taught it to make smoothies for you? Are you the envy of your crowd? Do you bring it with you on workouts, no not the swim, I know. Have you figured out Facebook updates using it?

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Amazing week Leana! You're amazing! lol @ the housework stuff, i'm starting to see the effects of more training too :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Your picture should be next to the word in the dictionary!

KAT said...

Woww you're my hero! Haha, no really, amazing job with training. It sucks to always be crazy tired from it, but its worth it in the end :)

lindsay said...

so true! it's definitely either workouts or life/responsibilities for me... and obviously i tend to pick workouts :) lol. i don't know how all the mom's out there do it - whether they are training for races or not!

that's a LOT of working out girl. enjoy your rest day - well earned!

Wes said...

one would think you were training for Iron on that schedule ;-)

Marlene said...

I hear you on falling behind on things like housework. Mine is sorely neglected and you are training far more hours than I am!

Enjoy your rest day today - you've definitely earned it!

joyRuN said...

That's ONE week's worth of workouts?! Geez, chick - you're a machine!

I hear you about neglected housework. UGH.

k said...

Enjoy the rest day- you deserve it.

RoadBunner said...

Awesome job! You are a machine!

My place is also in disrepair after the marathon. You'd think in taper week I would have gotten stuff done. Now I'll be a hobbling vacuuming fool!

Aaron Cunningham said...


That's a load of training time.

good on ya for actually getting chores done. I think I'd bee sleeping every hour I wasn't training or at work.

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Glad to hear you finally had a bit of a sleep in :)

Again, another week to inspire the masses!

Guess what... I went into a bike shop today to get my bike fixed and started eyeing off some racers... maybe a reward when I drop 10 more kilos??

Alexandra said...

After a morning workout like that, I don't know where you get the energy to do the house work! My place is in desperate need of a vacuum job but I can't be bothered, I get so lazy!

Brian said...

wow.... thats all i can say. you makin us look bad over here! haha. Awesome week!