Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Training Updates

by Meghann on January 22, 2014

CrossFit

I’m on my third week back in CrossFit and, let me just tell you, I am SORE all the time now. I’ve basically been limping my way around the office for the last few weeks. My body is slowly adjusting to using muscles it hasn’t used in months and man it’s been a wake-up call for how weak I’ve gotten.

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I’m basically starting from scratch with all my weights. We did bench presses last Friday lifting 90% of our 3RM. Just for fun I checked my old weight card (we keep track of RMs/times on index cards) and saw my last recorded 3RM bench press was last February at 75#. I had a 5RM bench press in April at the same weight. I told the coach that and he suggested trying for a 5 RM instead of doing the suggested workout. He was convinced I could do more than 75# on a 5RM. Ha! Clearly he underestimated how weak I’ve gotten. I ended up maxing out at 65# for the 5RM and that was a big challenge for me. Wah.

I’ve also scaled back all of my go-to weights for kettle bell swings/medicine ball slams/etc and had to go back to using a thicker band for assisted pull-ups. The good news is I’m still good with hand stand push-ups (HSPU), but I blame my gymnastic background for always having a talent with those.

I’m also not letting any of that deter me. We all have to start somewhere and I’m fine starting at the beginning again. I’ve been there before and I know I can only get stronger from here. I’ll see results (I’ve seen them before!) it just takes time and dedication.

Running

Eh. I’m running.

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From tonight’s run with the office.

Do as I say, not as I do, because training for a half marathon (I’m running Best Damn Race on February 1st) in a month is a stupid idea. Not sure what I was thinking with that one. I started with a base of 6 miles for my long run the first week in January and have been building that by a mile or two each week, keeping an average of 20-25 miles per week. So I ran 7 miles for my long run on January 11th, 9 miles last Saturday, and I’m aiming for 10 miles this weekend. Race day is next weekend and my goal is to finish. That is all.

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I need to get back into speed training – and I want to get back into speed training – but I’m struggling to find motivation still. I’m (hopefully!) running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon in June (CAN’T WAIT!) and am going to work with a certain run coach on getting an awesome training plan in place. I run better with a real training plan. Otherwise I just run without much rhyme or reason on my own.

Cycling

Nada.

The XP crew has been riding every Saturday and Sunday, but I’ve been enjoying my weekends too much to join them. They leave later in the day, drive far to ride, and are too fast for me to keep up with. Yeah. I think I’m good for now.

I did go on a ride a couple of weekends ago on my own, which was nice. Since I’m not training for any triathlons at the moment, I’m going to continue to take the casual approach to riding. Who knows – I may try and squeeze an afternoon ride in on Sunday.

Swimming

I really need to buy a new pair of goggles. My other pair is lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. A wave took them at the end of the Ironman Florida swim in November and I’ve been goggle-less since.

Swimming is more of a logistical issue. Our favorite pool is closed for the season and the other option closes at 7. I’ve been working past 6 lately so by the time I leave the office it’s not worth the drive. Plus, it’s been chilly and I’m a wimp.

I do miss swimming and am hoping to join a swim practice again soon.

I’m looking at 70.3s for a goal race in September or October. I’ve still got a couple of months before I make any decisions. We’ll see how training for my marathon in June goes!

How’s your training going? 

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