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Post-Guelph Recovery

Post-Guelph Recovery

I’ve just finished a short, low-and-slow run. And I mean just – I’m still dripping and haven’t taken my shoes off yet. Today was a 30-40 minute low intensity run. My third workout since the race on Saturday. I’m surprised at how long it is taking for me to feel recovered. Monday I took a short swim – about 2000 meters, low intensity. Tuesday did ~30 minutes just noodling around on Zwift, low intensity. And today the run. I’ve been feeling…

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Recovery Week is for Sleeping

Recovery Week is for Sleeping

Two days this week I’ve decided to hit the snooze and sleep. This is likely a good decision. Monday is a no-morning-workout day, but I was up at 6 anyway to try to stay in the rhythm of getting up early. Tuesday was a snoozer, since I was going to ride outside Tuesday evening instead of on the trainer in the morning. Wednesday I was up at 5, with a leisurely morning run at 6. Thursday I had every intention…

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If there are Recovery Week Gods, they’re either on my side or firmly pitted against me.

If there are Recovery Week Gods, they’re either on my side or firmly pitted against me.

This was the oddest, best, and worst recovery week I’ve ever had by a wide margin. First the bad. It rained. For the entire week. Non-stop. Cold, wet, rain. The temps outdoor sat right around 5ish degrees or colder for just about the entire week, and once the rain started on Tuesday, it didn’t stop until Sunday in the wee early hours of the morning. The ground is absolutely soaked even with a full day of (relatively) nice weather. I…

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Learning lots about how much intensity is too much this week

Learning lots about how much intensity is too much this week

After another up-and-down week (with last week also being up-and-down), I’m starting to figure out exactly what is going on. This week I’ve learned a few important things. Primarily, I’m starting to narrow in on how much intensity is too much. It doesn’t seem to matter how strong I think I am, or how well a run goes, or how large my aerobic engine is getting. If I do a hard run workout that goes really well, guaranteed I’ll feel…

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Waking up at 5AM to workout is especially fun when the workout involves coffee and not working out

Waking up at 5AM to workout is especially fun when the workout involves coffee and not working out

This morning’s workout is… coffee! I swear I got up on time and everything, made it downstairs with my workout stuff on, and then clued in that I could work out after work. This immediately seemed like a great idea, and I promptly hit the coffee maker and grabbed my track pants. Yesterday was my least favourite workout of the week – the long run. I actually had a pretty great run, so this is not a complaint at all….

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Hard Recovery

Hard Recovery

Yep, Blargh. The long run from yesterday tapped me a bit. Feeling drained today, so much so that I even have my compression socks on. I should have had them on last night post-run but didn’t think about it. Hard recovery. My 5 AM ride today was supposed to be 80 minutes with 4 x 15 at sweet spot intensity (75% to 90% FTP today) – Trainer Road’s Glassy. I managed to get the first two done but after that my…

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A bunch of things happened today!

A bunch of things happened today!

A bunch of things happened today. Here’s what’s what!           1. My race tires finally arrived! Got home from work to a package I thought would never arrive. My new race tires are here! This season I’ll be racing on a sweet set of 60/88 Blade Carbon Wheels. I thought I needed some excellent race tires to really take full advantage of the carbon wheels, so I ordered a pair of Continental Grand Prix TT 23c tires….

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Recovery Week! Just in time…

Recovery Week! Just in time…

Well, yesterday was the first day of Base 1 Week 4 – aka recovery week. This is my first recovery week of this training block, and it is much needed! I was pushing a heavy form score at the end of last week – a whopping -65.6. With this week’s plans, that will move back to a much more manageable -39.3. Erm.. manageable? hmm.. Joe Friel suggests that good progress is made between -25 and -45. A “higher” negative (e.g….

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