Thursday, July 10, 2008

just like lance

It's been freaking scalding hot outside all week (seriously, as hot as 112 degrees), so I've been having some indoor fun on the trainer. Monday I just watched some cartoons while riding but today I gave ol' Chris Carmichael's CTS Train Right video a shot. As it happens, I worked out "just like Lance!" That's right, Chris had Lance do that same program leading up to the Tour. You know, Chris Carmichael was the coach of the legendary Lance Armstrong. Did I mention Lance Armstrong? Basically, since I was watching Chris Carmichael (that's Lance's former coach, in case you didn't know) pace around a stuffy old barn (seriously, where did they film this thing?) with some fit looking guys on stationary bicycles, I am essentially doing Lance's training and basically I am as good as him. :)

All kidding aside, it was a kick ass workout. But Chris Carmichael is kind of a dork and the barn was weird. The video was an hour and I sweated lots. I will be doing it again! And I will make fun of it for the duration.

I've had a great week. I did get outside for one bike ride, and I've had decent runs. I have been swimming a lot and continue to improve my tan, I mean stroke. I'll stop talking about it and just list the damn workouts already:

Monday am: bike
1:00:00 on the trainer
est 15 miles

Monday noon: swim
2750 yards/1:05:36

Tuesday am: bike
25.0 miles/1:38:44/15.2 MPH
Road loop solo
followed by T-run:

Tuesday am: run
3.0 miles/28:30/9:30 average pace

Wednesday am: run
8.0 miles/1:15:30/9:26 average pace
Iron Horse Trail, it was already hot, I felt slow but good

Wednesday noon: swim
1400 yards/34:44
Open Water Swim at Shadow Cliffs with my mother-in-law. Fun!

Thursday am: bike
1:00:00 on the trainer
est. 15 miles
I am Lance Armstrong

Thursday noon: swim
2700 yards/1:02:46

Even though I haven't been able to enjoy the outdoors as much due to the extreme heat and poor air quality, I've continued to enjoy the Summer of Jen.

Here's a short list of things I've done that this week are very Summer Break-y:

-Swam in a lake while looking for neato fishes

-Investigated a bird's nest outside my apartment and found a baby bird egg on the ground

-Took lots of naps

-Ate Fruity Pebbles for breakfast nearly every day

-Drank a lot of beer

-Wore cute comfy summer dresses and no make up

-Finished a book

-Showered approximately once (hey, swimming gets you pretty much clean!)

That's all for now, I have to go eat some watermelon and read a magazine on the porch.

Oh ya, I have this stupid Half Marathon on Sunday and in case it's not clear, I'm not excited. The fact is, I be slow. I have been running less than 20 miles a week and it's not been quality mileage. I'm just doing it as a "training run" which is my blanket excuse for not doing well. But I promise to do my best, accept the medal (t-shirt, whatever) and wear it proudly. And I'll write a little race report. Have a great weekend everyone!


KK said...

I love your list! Naps rule and Fruity Pebbles are highly underrated. Keep up the good work on your tan-I mean stroke :).

I hope the air quality gets better too, trainer rides are NO fun.
P.S. Was Kate Hudson in that training video???

*aron* said...

sooo jealous!!! of your naps and your double workouts and your no make-up!

awesome job on the work outs... its been so yuck so great job on getting them in anyways.

good luck on sunday and have fun!!!

oh and i am doing your 20 mile SF route saturday! cant wait :)

kelsalynn said...

Well, good luck in the half-mary...try to make the most of it.

Your workout video seems pretty funny. I might have to check it out on YouTube just to see this beautiful barn!

I'm glad you're enjoying your summer break-y!

miss petite america said...

this post made me laugh and love you even more!

yeah summer of jen(n)!

KellyH said...

Good luck this weekend! Yay summer of Jen!!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Sounds like a very fun Summer so far!

My husband did not like Chris Carmichael's workout videos because he said the same thing about him being too dorky. Coach Troy and the Spinerval workouts are pretty good.

Have fun on your 1/2 marathon. I usually do race 1-2 races a year hard ... the rest are training races :-)

Judi said...

Lucky dog. You are getting in lots of fun and training! Have a good run on Sunday - :)

Paul said...

Good luck this weekend. Take a camera on the race and just enjoy yourself ;)

Gotta Run said...

All right .. you had me until you said that you have only had one shower this week. LOL!!!

I am amazed at how much I sweat on my trainer. What a workout!

21stCenturyMom said...

I ride down to Danville starting at 6:15 every Tuesday and Thursday. Maybe you should meet me and ride back to Walnut Creek. It's not that hot that early in the morning and you can always take a nap when you get home (like I do!)

N.D. said...

Sounds like you are taking advantage of the free time. Good stuff, it is good that it is summer!!! Good luck on the 1/2, just try to enjoy the scenery and take in the crowd!

Ewen said...

Have a good one in the half. Just go for it - run hard, just like Lance! Show off that wicked tan.

44C is seriously hot. Serious beer weather :)

Ryan said...

I am jealous of your newly found freedom - especially if you are drinking more beer than me these days. Good luck on the 1/2. Go kill it! (then drink more beer... and fruit pebbles).

Phil said...

Training run "my ass". I predict that 30 seconds after you cross the start line, you'll be up to your usual HM pace and passing the pretenders left and right after 6 miles.

What's a Fruity Pebble?

Michele said...

I like the spinerval dvd's better too. try one of those.
sounds like your summer is going perfect.
good luck at the half mary. look foward to the report.

ncrunner12 said...

Looks like you're getting a lot done Lance, can't wait to hear how the half marathon went.

Steve Stenzel said...

WOW!! What a week! Nice workouts!!

And Boo-yah for the naps and beer!!