As an engineer and a triathlete I definitely fall into the type A category of personalities. I love to plan!! When I first started training for endurance races I had an Excel spreadsheet that mapped out my entire training plan for the year. Workouts were colour coded and I had every workout planned..to the day. Since I hired Angie and joined Team Tri Life I’ve given up that control. I actually now really like that I only know what is happening within a 4 week block. When my new training plan arrives there is so much excitement. What’s next? What does Angie think I’m capable of? Invariably there are little changes here and there too. It feels a little like Christmas when I get that e-mail in my inbox.
With my new training block I’m now running on Tuesday’s over lunch, then spinning at Bow Cycle in the evenings. My runs are specifically 30 minute runs with 0:30 strides every 5 minutes. We’ve had some ice frost in town these last few days (check out Keith’s blog for pictures) that has left our city looking like a winter wonderland. All of the frost on the trees looks so beautiful! Finally the sun was set to come out today though…and just as lunch hour approached the temperature started approaching 0C. I went with capris, a short sleeve tech and a long sleeve tech top. It was a bit windy out but I still found it really comfortable to be dressed like this out in the sun. I wasn’t the only crazy person out there dressed like that either! Granted, most folks were really bundled up but there were a few people out in shorts too. There was still some ice and snow on the pathway which made the strides fairly interesting…but the run went well.
I stopped in at Bow a bit early to get my squeaky bike looked at. All I needed was to have a bit of lube on the derailleur and it was good to go! Class was a good one tonight as we really focussed on power a lot. Angie explained that she really likes to use our indoor training over the winter to work on our power. We can work on endurance when we get outside, but this is a perfect opportunity to improve our power. Trying to work on both endurance and power is tiring and it is easy to burn out quickly. I love these sessions because every week I wonder how it can get harder and how could Angie possibly push us further…but then she finds a way!
All in all it was 1:40 on the bike, followed by stretching and core. Wednesday is only a swim out in Cochrane so it is going to be a bit of an easier day!