As a Dad, with a full-time day job, in addition to blogging, 60 minutes is usually the absolute max I can spare for a workout and still make a dent in my daily to-do list. In order to get the most fitness return for my time, I lean heavily on VO2 max intervals across biking, cycling and swimming to get me as ready as possible for my races. And this strategy can work really well in boosting strength and fitness, but you need to be careful as there is a dark side to leaning too heavily on interval training.
This lingering cold is petering out like a weak storm front drifting out to sea. Still there but slowly weakening. It didn’t hold me back in any workouts. The actual weather, on the other hand, is just gross. We are now in that month long wet, cold, sloppy, slushy transition into New England spring. It’s not pleasant, no one likes it and we just hope it doesn’t last too far into April. I mostly spent the week indoors wishing I lived somewhere else or could just fast forward through March….Some notes on the rest of the week.
It was a gray, unsettled, sometimes wet Saturday here. In other words, spring in New England! But it wasn’t freezing. And we weren’t over scheduled for what felt like the first time in a month. We had the usual dance class for Cecilia (recital costumes arrived today! – very exciting in the life of an 7 year old dancer), a trip to Costco (free lunch of samples for the kids!) and then some science fair prep (nothing like some Saturday homework).
I’m comfortable saying it now. I’m not a gym person. I know strength training is important for an endurance athlete or runner, but getting in the gym and lifting weights is at the absolute bottom of my list of training activities.
In the last year, I’ve found HIIT workouts to be helpful by mixing in the cardio with the weights, but even then I struggle to get myself to the gym to lift. My preference to improve strength and speed is to actually do it by running and the best way I know to do that is to run hills. That’s what I did yesterday.
In the interest of full disclosure, I made poop pretzels last week. I am not joking, they bore a very strong resemblance to Mr. Hankey. I’m not totally sure what went wrong. Everything was going well right up until the end when I pulled the poop sticks out of the oven. I suspect my second proofing after shaping wasn’t quite long enough.
The silver lining? They were for Cecilia’s school winter carnival so the fact that my proposed pretzel braids came out looking like poop emojis might have actually made them more attractive to first and second graders. The other silver lining? I was planning on making them again for the church bake sale this past week. I’m not sure poop would go over so well there…..
I won’t call it a lost week, but it definitely didn’t go according to plan. The mild stomach virus cleared up but was quickly replaced by a head cold that is still lingering. I’m back to working out, but it was mostly low intensity, off plan things. No panic. I’ve got plenty of time, so I’ll chalk it up to a recovery week….Some notes on the rest of the week.