Friday, March 11, 2011

In Sickness and in Health

Hi, blog. It's been a while. Too long, I'd say. Some days, I feel like a lot has happened since I last wrote. Other days, not so much.

At some point, the weather went from warm and sunny to cold and rainy, and around that point, I stopped forcing myself out of bed and into the elements. Sucking wind at the back of an SF2G paceline in six layers at 6:45 in the morning just wasn't fun enough. I wrestled with myself for a few days, and eventually convinced myself to wander down to the ol' spin studio and sign back up.

Interval workouts, especially spin classes, make for manageable time commitments - a huge plus, especially when you factor in just how crazy my work schedule has been throughout the quarter. Now I have a few weeks of consistent intervals under my belt. Three to five hours a week of high-intensity sweating on a stationary bike isn't going to win me any triathlons, but it has provided the jump-start that my fitness (and my motivation) really needed.

I've also been running a bunch, and - knock on wood - it is going surprisingly well. I started running 5Ks every other day and slowly increased the mileage over the course of four or five weeks. Now I'm averaging about 8K per run and 32K per week. For those of you who aren't keeping track, that's more than I ran in any one week at any point during my six-month Ironman training program.

Now comes the hard part; I have a hard time holding back when I have good running legs, and that always leads to injury. I definitely feel like I could take the mileage up a few more notches - and perhaps start incorporating some longer 9-12 mile runs - but I have to throttle back and build up in smaller increments.

This morning, I decided to knock some dust off my trusty TT bike by joining the SF2G ride down to Mountain View. It went well - well, better than expected, anyway. Like I said, three spin classes per week won't get me through any big races, but I am definitely stronger after three or four weeks with M2 than I was back in early February. I should also mention: I forgot how fun it is to ride that bike. It just feels so fast. And it's so comfortable.

It's almost not even worth mentioning at this point, but I came down with something fairly nasty last Wednesday and it almost knocked me off my feet. I kept myself moving - I managed a couple runs and a pair of spin sessions, despite the misery of illness - and came out of it without losing a whole lot of fitness. If I missed a beat, my body hasn't noticed yet. Good stuff.

What's on tap for March? I have a "rest week" next week, but at some point, I've got to start putting longer hours in on the bike. So hopefully by the end of March and into April, I'm able to start doing that. We'll see how it goes!