Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I'm digging the current workout routine that I've been pumping. I'm using a Hal Higdon marathon plan. I've modified it somewhat for MAF. On recovery days, I keep it bottom half of MAF. On hard days, I go to top of MAF. I'm only running on Monday (YEAH I'M RUNNING), elliptical on Tuesday, spin bike on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Piggy backing weights four days a week plus yoga on Thursday and Sunday. Busy but manageable training schedule. It is also flexible for business travel. I'll be making some swaps next week to accommodate a week in Youngstown.
My focus is the bike in order to hit a bucket item this spring - century ride. The training plan hits a four ride in early April. I'll build upon that and drop a century in late May. I'll start riding outside in the next couple of weeks. It's supposed to be 65F next week! I hope it holds for a while. I need some saddle time outdoors!
Additionally, I started tracking my meals. It's not so much that I'm worried about servings during the day. Tracking makes me more conscious about "rewards" or "cheats". What starts as a bowl of ice cream a weeks turns into five or six days a week. Of course, the wings and beer don't help. So I'm using to keep track of things and focusing on eating clean, single ingredient foods. We'll see how things go next week when I'm on the road five days.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
It's been another solid week of training. I've been mostly pain free with only a bit of tightness. After yoga on Sunday, there was zero pain. Woooooo!
Weightlifting is coming along nicely. I started a new six week program and I like it. Four workout days per week with six exercises each day. I was lifting all muscle groups twice a week. The new routine only hits them once which should help recovery.
Cardio fitness is doing well too. I had a great a solid week of elliptical and spin workouts. The peak workout was a two hour elliptical session on Saturday. This was a fatigued workout after lifting heavy legs on Friday.
I need to watch the treats a bit. My sugar intake has been a bit high. I've been pretty lax about sugar for a few months. My waistline is suffering. I need to lose a couple of inches from my waist. Time to tighten the screws.
I think I will add one run this week. I have five cardio sessions planned. My focus needs to remain the bike to prepare for the fifty and hundred mile rides. So I'll run, lipty, spin, spin, spin. We'll see how it goes. I sure do miss running.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I've also been consistent with lifting weights three to four days a week. This has been a weakness in the last several years. I am quite happy with the progress in a short six week period. I'm not Arnie but I'm definitely seeing changes in my muscles. Shirts are fitting tighter through the chest but loser in the stomach. Plus, my strength is improving.
My back is feeling really good of late. I've had a couple of days that are pain free. Sure feels good to sit down and stand up without pain in my left butt cheek and hamstring.
I'd love to be running but I'm embracing the weights and bike.