Thursday, January 22, 2009
Training, training, training...
I have been logging the miles and yards lately. Feeling good in all three sports but certainly feeling the effects of high training volume. My body just needs to get used to these high loads again. The last time I put in 20+ hr weeks was back in May so the longer sessions are wearing me out. It is a good tired though and one I haven't felt for a while. I am feeling more fluid in every discipline, which is exactly what I want and need right now. And, I am eating a ton now...I had a couple pretty serious bonks over the weekend and earlier this week, which tells me my metabolism is going like crazy with the increased training stress. I was trying to drop a little of the winter weight but that will happen naturally now that the volume is going way up. No more going light on the calories b/c I need the fuel to make it through my workouts. I love eating so I can handle this ;)
The swims have been pretty tough with long distance sets making up the bulk of the swimming. For instance today at masters, we swam 200, 4x50, 400, 4x50, 600, 4x50, 800, 4x50, 600, 4x50, 400, 4x50, 200, 4x50. The longer distance were all on base 1:20 so it wasn't really hard swimming, just long steady aerobic swims. So, no joke and tons of repetative yards, which is pretty boring but one of my weaknesses so I just bite the bullet and get it done. Yesterday, I swam a test set in this new long course pool in Coronado (thanks for the heads up Tom!)...sweet facility and I am fired up to have it so close b/c UCSD is short course until March. I can't say my test set went great but not really bad either. The first one of the year and it will be interesting to compare my times and heart rates to tests later in the season.
We are set to get some rain today and I conveniently have a trainer session and some weights scheduled for the afternoon so I will stay nice and dry =)
This weekend it looks like we should have more sun so I will get in some long base miles. That's it from here. I am beat from my 5k swim workout this morning so I am going to get some rest.