Unrelated note: Read Lauren Fleshman’s post from yesterday on Keeping it Real. Love this honest piece about body image.
Now back to the post…
I had a couple goals after a summer of endurance with two Ironmans: enjoy activity and try new things. I’ve tried a few different fitness classes and my husband and I are going strong with Toughen Up Tuesdays.
I’ve switched it up even more in the last few weeks.
I’m nearing the halfway point of a six-week program to work on my weaknesses. It includes a lot of strength and …what’s it called again? Oh yeah, anaerobic conditioning, which is something so foreign to me.
I rarely train anaerobic. Sad but true. I haven’t touched a track since my track days over a decade ago and I like running and biking for enjoyment, which is almost always at a conversational pace. (Minus some hills I did when training for IM Canada this summer.)
This program has really thrown my body for a loop. And I love it. A strength and conditioning coach created the program for me, so it’s well-balanced and expertly planned.
I have four anaerobic workouts a week. They range in length from 10 minutes to 45 minutes with the work, or hard, time always changing. They’re made for both the bike and the treadmill. Regardless of how long the workout is or whether I run or ride, I am drenched in sweat by the end.
Nearing the halfway mark I feel like I can go faster and for longer periods than before.
During anaerobic training, the muscle cells improve the energy pathway resulting in the production of less lactic acid at the same intensity so we can exercise harder for longer. Cells also become more efficient at working with lactic acid. That is why it is important to do a variety of workouts when training for something, including endurance events.
I also have four strength workouts a week, focusing on my weak hamstrings, hips, knees and shoulders. I hope these help prevent my recurring knee issues from arising and keep my stubborn left scapula in place.
I am also keeping one long run in a week. I still have a little over three weeks left. It hasn’t been easy by any stretch of the imagination.
But it’s fun, and overall it’s going to make me a lot stronger.
Do you follow a strength program? Do you work both your aerobic and anaerobic systems, or do you always train at the same pace?