Base training started out very well and I was able to get in 11 of the 12 scheduled workouts. Overall I was surprised at how easily my body seemed to jump right back into training after being off for a month. The 12-hours of volume was a nice starting point but I am already itching to crank it up and wreck myself. Good times ahead for sure!
Here is the breakdown (copied from BeginnerTriathlete.com logs):
Total Time: 12h 05m
The one workout missed was a 25 minute recovery run on Sunday evening. It got scraped because of a head and chest cold that has taken up residence in my torso. It was okay to miss this one because my Wednesday run was 30 minutes longer than scheduled which is how I hit the scheduled time goal of 12 hours right on the head.
Sunday morning's long ride was an adventure on the bike for my buddy Mike and I. There was a local 1/2 Marathon going on and they needed volunteers. Since we had a bunch of friends running and Mike's wife was a sponsor we decided to ride from Kingwood to the race, volunteer, then ride back. In theory, this was a great idea. But we should have checked the weather. When we left Mike's house it was 38 degrees. Not too bad - Not much wind, yet. We rode pretty slow in the 18-19mph range just trying to keep warm. We got to the race and we were volunteering at the Mile 3 Aid Station. Luckily, Mike's wife Jennifer, was smart enough to suggest we pack a bag with warm clothes and she would leave the bags in her car for us. I say "luckily" because the wind started to really pick up as the cold front moved in and the Aid Station was in a shaded area of the woods - it was cold!
After handing out drinks at the Aid Station and cheering on all the runners it was time to head back to Kingwood. With the warm clothes back in the car we were both freezing as it was getting colder and colder as the morning went by! We should of hitched a ride back because as we turned to head back north we were greeted with about a 30mph COLD headwind putting the wind chill in the low 20's. I was still cold as I went to sleep 10 hours later!!
- My lovely wife Annie has finally started a blog. It is called Retail Runner. She actually started it many months ago but never posted, but she was inspired by everyone's favorite Belt Buckle wearing hardcore runner EMZ to finally get to it! So go check it out!
- If you haven't joined Patrick's Endurance Athlete Project social site I suggest you jump on over and do that now. Go ahead, I'll wait!
- And from the Potty Humor section (my favorite) of today's Shout Outs - Go read the hysterical post on Carole's Blog on whether to Bidet or not Bidet?
- Kati from CoachKatie's Blog has entered her Gluten-Free Gingerbread House into a contest and she could win an iPod Toch. Please go over and vote for her awesome Ginerbread House - She is GBH #10. Click Here to vote.
- Aaron Rodgers of the Packers go a concussion in the first half of yesterday's game. Why is this notable? He is my fantasy football QB and this was the first week of the playoffs - or my last week of the playoffs. Damn concussions.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and all of my Northern buddies who are getting dumped on with snow enjoy some hot chocolate and snow days from work!
Thanks for Reading,