Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Heat is On

It's officially hot here in the east bay. It is nice for morning workouts and open water swimming. It's a pain for afternoon workouts and, you know, sleeping. Ugh. It's ok though, hot weather means beers on the porch and that makes up for everything. :)

I'm feeling good today, but the week has been off and on for me. I was feeling really tired, so I shortened a couple runs and skipped a workout and it helped. I was feeling "heavy" - do you know what I mean? Not like heavy-fat, although that too a little, but just heavy and sluggish. Like I was carrying someone on my back. The heat and the poor sleeping didn't help. I decided I needed a little rest and to take a closer look at my diet. I'm slipping back into the "eat whatever I want" cycle and it's catching up to me. I need more fruits and veggies and less crap. I also need to not eat until I'm super full which I do a lot. I'm going to try writing down my food for a couple weeks and that should help. Not counting calories or anything, just admitting what I'm eating! Yesterday went well, I devoured a ton of watermelon and made a healthy dinner on the grill with a big salad.

Here's my workouts so far this week.

Oh, first, let me summarize last week. Since it was a race week, with one 1 hour 11 minute workout for the whole weekend instead of 1-2 hours running + 2-3 hours biking, my volumes were small compared to normal (well, compared to the previous couple weeks).

TOTAL miles run: 19, miles biked: 29.1, yards swam: 4350

TOTAL training time: 6 hrs 30 minutes

Onto this week

Monday pm: run
3.0 miles/27:43/9:14 average pace
quick solo run before Master's
hot, hot, hot. legs sore. supposed to be 6 miles.

Monday pm: swim
Master's class

Tuesday am: bike
25.1 miles/1:41: 35/14.8 MPH
Crow Canyon loop with Zach
felt tired

Wednesday am: run
6.0 miles/54:27/9:05 average pace
Iron Horse with Zach
felt tired/heavy. was supposed to do 8.

Wednesday pm: skipped swim class and rested

Thursday am: bike
25.5 miles/1:41:54/15.0 MPH
Crow Canyon Loop with Zach
felt much better!

Going to master's tonight. Then I think I'll do a short run tomorrow morning to make up some of those miles, and we're planning on going swimming in the lake tomorrow after work. Saturday is a long run (12 miles) and Sunday is long group ride (50+ miles?). I can't believe it's already almost the weekend again. Have a great day everyone! :)


*aron* said...

i TOTALLY know what you mean... sometimes my legs feel so heavy like i cant pick them up... but then it feels amazing when they get light again!

Gotta Run said...

Remember that you did just race tis past weekend. Recover needs could be why you are a bit tired.

Enjoy your cold beer... cheers!

Judi said...

It's getting hard to squeeze in all the workouts. My HIM is 8/24 and I freak out a bit if I don't get it all in. You are doing well, taking breaks and that.

As far as eating goes - I usually eat well 5 days out of the week and then eat junk for 2 days. Helps some.

KK said...

You are doing so awesome with your training that you deserve to take a break, especially if you feel like you need it.

Yes, totally know what you mean about feeling "heavy." My legs have felt like that during Monday-Wednesday workouts this week. I guess that's what the beer is for. Cheers!

P.S. I hope it cools off for you guys. I don't know if you know this but Colorado has been a balmy 70 and Zach should REALLY think about moving here :)

Bob Gentile said...

Jen Said :hot weather means beers on the porch and that makes up for everything. :)
hmmm does this apply to people who live in FL?? I am going to assume that this is a national policy, thanks!!!

and I soooo hear ya on the food thing, crap in and yes feel like crap... seems like I can handle less junk like I use to, it's just makes me feel like a friggin slug.

and lastly CONGRATS on you and Zach's TRI last weekend, awesome job...u guys rock!!!

ok catch ya later I have to go get some beers it's going to be a hot day today :-)

kelsalynn said...

I know exactly what you mean by "heavy" and it's not a good feeling- it's how I felt when I returned from my trip this past week. It's always good to use it as a reminder though to watch what you eat and make sure you're getting your fruits and veggies. Nice job!


jahowie said...

My legs have felt very heavy lately. We have had very muggy, and hot weather here too. You probably just need a little recovery time from your race and I'm sure that you will bounce back.