Monday, July 7, 2008

The Uphill Battle

It was a great weekend. Beautiful weather, couple of great meals with the kids, actually got a few little jobs done and managed a couple of quality workouts.

Saturday was a good hill workout. Now for me, a hill workout is finding a hilly route (which is not a problem) and not just doing repeats on a section of hill. I prefer the former as I don't have the attention span to do the same thing over and over. The choice I have when I want to do some decent hills is do I want them now or later. I can climb north and get the break on the way back or I can go south which starts downhill, but of course finishes uphill. Saturday I wanted a sustained climb so I chose the northern route.

So as you can see, I got my work out of the way early and did the long climb at the start. It was a good run and the weather was perfect. Climbing is something I don't really mind. Once you kind of get in the groove and zone out it doesn't seem like work at all. This workout ended up being just shy of 14 miles in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Sunday I got up early and since it looked like it was going to rain a bit, I decided to get on the trainer and get my ride done. Riding on the trainer is great from an efficiency standpoint. There is no wasted time and your workouts are comparable since you can repeat everything exactly. My ride was 25 miles at a steady pace (around 20 mph) and despite the legs being a little cranky at the start, I settled in and rode well.

This week we have my in-laws coming on Wednesday for 10 days. We are looking forward to having them and it gives them a chance to see the newest addition to the family. My brother-in-law, Don and his wife had a new baby on June 25th. Her name is Brooke Paige and she is a cute little thing, but so tiny! The timing of the visit is good as well since it will force me to taper and limit myself to shorter workouts.

Have a great day!


Grellan said...

Garry thanks for the feedback on running PB's versus Tri running PBs. BTW I think i'm hooked (great buzz)

Good time on the hilly 14 miler.

Tri to Be Funny said...

Great catching up on your posts! Your new guitar is beautiful!!! Your talents never end, right?

Wish I had the hill speed that you have. Actually, I'm in a bit of a quandry because my legs tend to just give out when I'm pushing hills or even big chain ring stuff on a bike. I can do the high cadence stuff, but tend to suffer on the big gears. Still working on it...

Love2Run said...

That's quite the 3 mile climb. The downhill must have been fun.

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