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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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Weekly Workouts – April 24 to April 30

Weekly Workouts – April 24 to April 30

Weekly Stats: Swim: 13750m, TSS 315.8 Bike: 233 km, TSS 550.5 Run: 27.6 km, TSS 236.5 Total Duration: 14:22 Total TSS: 1102.7 CTL: 127.2 ATL: 171.2 Form: -39.3 A very odd week. Monday & Tuesday were non-training days, so I tried to cram in lots of work through the rest of the week. I’m not really sure where to begin, or how to feel about this. Just a strange week. Unfortunate that I missed my TSS goal, but next week is…

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Nuts Week….

Nuts Week….

This has been a crazy nuts week. Honestly, I have no idea how to feel about it. Monday & Tuesday I wrote about a bit here. Short version – took two days to spend with my wife and not train, with the exception of a Tuesday morning FTP test on the bike (with excellent results, so points in the plus column). My weekly TSS goal was 1310, which is a lot. As of right now, Saturday evening, I’m sitting at…

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And Now for Something Totally Different!

And Now for Something Totally Different!

Monday & Tuesday of this week were a bit different than typical this week. My wife has been working hard in grad school, and finished up the term on Saturday. I decided to take a few days off from work to spend with her before she gets going again, so Monday and Tuesday of this week were busy! We decided on two day trips. Monday, we took a drive up to the Bruce Peninsula to do some hiking. Of course,…

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Weekly Workouts – April 17 to April 23

Weekly Workouts – April 17 to April 23

Weekly Stats: Swim: 4600m, TSS 103.1 Bike: 261 km, TSS 760.7 Run: 43.9 km, TSS 363.3 Total Duration: 14:39 Total TSS: 1227.1 CTL: 121.2 ATL: 177.9 Form: -37.5 With the pool closed again this week, I had to make up some TSS in the other two disciplines. I also had a really lousy swim on one of my workouts, and I bailed after just 1400m, so really didn’t do much of anything in the pool this week. My arms were feeling…

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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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