My first goal for the new year is to complete all of my scheduled workouts in January. I have been pretty consistent with my workouts in that I usually miss about one per week. So I want to focus January as a time to get in a better rhythm. I have two trips planned so it will be important to look ahead, know what workouts are coming up, and plan accordingly.
First--I will be in Chicago at the beginning of the month. My parents have a stationary bike and a treadmill so there should be no problems getting my workouts done.
Then I am headed to the Cayman Island which will be a little trickier. I will have to rearrange the workouts to make my rest days the days that we are traveling, but with some planning, that should be easy. I just looked up the hotel that we are staying in, and there is a recreation facility. If the picture is not deceiving, it looks like there are some treadmills. I know the island has bike rentals and of course there is open water swimming...although I am really intimidated by that!
I have always found that running or biking around a new place is the best way to get to know it and see some of the local color, so here's to hoping I stay on track!
Since Josh was home for the holidays we decided to do my hour and a half training ride together. When we took inventory of the bikes in our garage, we found only 1 road bike and 1 mountain bike, but we had 2 beach cruisers. We chose to bike from Pacific Beach in San Diego to Ocean Beach for breakfast at our favorite vegetarian friendly, Mexican joint--Ranchos!
Note: The entire ride took a little over an hour and a half and I was unable to finish my breakfast burrito. Also, it was not until after the ride that I read Gale's notes about max heart rate--see comment in previous post.
The rest of the week it was difficult to maintain my training schedule. Other than a short walk with the dogs on Christmas day, I was unable to make time for the workouts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I am picking it back up today and I am hoping to do better over New Years--even though we will be leaving sunny San Diego for the cold climate in Chicago.
I just got a new training toy--a Timex digital transmission heart rate monitor. Although it already defaults to a maximum heart rate of 165, the directions suggest I determine what my maximum heart rate really is and set it to that.
What is the best way to determine my max heart rate?
follow up: I just remembered that a few weeks ago you directed me to several introductory documents, one of which covers the topic of training intensity. I will read that and see if I still have any questions.
I was in the Santa Cruz mountains this past weekend visiting my boyfriend. He lives across the street from an open space preserve with lots of great trails so we went for a trail run instead of doing the shorter run I was supposed to do.
I was supposed to do a timed 1-mile run on a flat course at heart rate 9-11 beats below my lactate threshold heart rate. Gale, What does that mean and can/should I still work this in.
I am starting to learn that running or swimming or biking for 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week, might keep me active but it does nothing to improve my fitness. And the ActiveX strength workouts I do twice a week have been a reality check for me.
Today our circuit went like this: run 400, 20 push ups, 15 Box Jumps, 10 pull ups; repeat 3 more times.
I felt like my lungs were sealed shut and I was sucking air in and out of a small opening, my run pace got slower and slower, my arms felt like rubber and I once again felt like I have never worked out before.
These workouts are notoriously difficult but I am consistently falling behind the rest of the group even though I thought I was in pretty good shape.
I realized after the workout that I have always been active but I haven't pushed my limits in a long time. I trained for some 24-hour adventure races a few years ago but even those workouts were pretty low intensity and by my own design. I was focused on building my enduranceand was able go for 24 (or 36 hours)but I neglected the other components of a total body workout.
The longer I sit here writing, the more my lungs are opening up, my breathing is getting less labored and the more excited I am to be replacing my lazy workouts with a total fitness routine. It still stinks to be the slow one but at least I have something to shoot for.
-I swapped Monday and Tuesday's workouts, and Wednesday and Thursday's workouts, so I am swimming on Mon/wed and running / cycling on Tues and Thurs.
-I did ActiveX on Friday instead of resting.
-I did not get the chance to run on Saturday.
-My bike workouts were longer and more intense than they were supposed to be.
Week Three workouts (12/3-12/9)
-I missed my Wednesday swim
-I rested on Thursday as well
-I did my bike ride and strength training on Friday instead of Thursday.
-I plan to do the Saturday run and the Sunday ride as planned.
Thoughts and Questions:
Swim: I like having my swims on Monday and Wednesday so I would like to stick with that.
Strength: I am still trying to fit ActiveX into my schedule but I am not sure how that will conflict with climbing in the future. Plus one of the ActiveX days is Friday, which is supposed to be my rest day.
Bike: I ride with a lot of people who are better than me, when should I go alone and when is it OK to push myself on what is supposed to be a low intensity ride?
Yoga: Finally, If I wanted to get in on an occasional yoga class, what would be the best day for that?
On another note: I signed up for Wildflower over the weekend--even though every time I mention it, people tell me it is one of the most difficult triathlons out there...and even though I read this article about the race.
Looks like I will have to do a lot of hill training to prepare. Bring it on!
Belle is a little active but she wants to get more active. Follow her through videos and blogs as she works with help from Active Expert Gale Bernhardt to prepare for the wildflower triathlon next May.