When looking back at my comments and data in my training log for the prior two months, it’s a mish-mash of highs and lows. Coming off all the holiday travel in December, January started well. I knocked off almost 8 whole days before a winter cold hit my broadside. Despite taking days off (hard for me) and easing back on workouts, that nagging cold pretty much circultated through the house until the end of the month when….we hit Hawaii.
Two days into the trip and the warm air was like an elixir. Colds, coughs and pasty skin were sloughed off like our fleece jackets. After the bitter, sustained cold of the winter, it was nice to get outside and run without 8 layers and keeping my eyes peeled for black ice. Didn’t bring or rent a bike, but was able to get in a number of hour plus runs along beaches, trails and roads.
Of course, the day after we returned, we were hit by a snowstorm and I pulled a muscle in my chest shoveling snow a bit too aggressively. Just now, getting back to any strength work. So yeah, January and February were up and down.
Bike: 18:42 mins / 300 miles approx
(For some reason the speed/cadence monitor on the bike decided it only wanted to display cadence on the trainer. I’ve beat my head against a wall to try to fix it but just given up at this point.)
Swim: 10:25 / 14600 yards
Run: 20:10 134 mi
Strength: 6:30 hours
Only a couple of yoga sessions.
Would really like to get more practice in, especially as I transition back outside for the majority of training. I know from the marathon training last year that the yoga really helped keep me loose when the mileage and the pounding started adding up.
I finished the Old Fashioned Ten Miler in February even though the weather made it the Old Fashioned 5 Miler this year.
Longest run : 11 miles on the dreadmill
Longest ride: 1:30
Longest swim: 2400 yards (that’s a PR for non-stop distance)
This one is a no brainer. Any of the Hawaii runs, especially the one up to the black sand beach at Makena state park (that’s the source of the pictures up top).
No new gear other than a new indoor training tire. Practical, but not very exciting.
Pop culture consumed
Not sure if I could survive months on end down in the basement on the treadmill or trainer without the iPad or Netflix. I watched copious amounts of shows while sweating.
- House of Cards S1,S2
- True Detective
- Life (old cop show with Damien Lewis)
- Premier League on Saturday and Sunday mornings
Really hoping I can start to escape the house of pain and get outside more regularly. For races, I only have one 5k on the docket, a small, local race for some speed work. While I am still trapped inside, I’m very excited that Amazon is streaming all the past seasons of The Shield. It’s been on my list of awhile to catch up.