It’s been nearly five months since Ironman Canada. I have no 14 in 2014 race goals, no ‘A’ race on my agenda, and no races even on my calendar.
I’ve been throwing around tons of ideas but have yet to land on anything concrete.
Don’t let that fool you. I’ve been a training machine! I’m switching things up and loving it.
After my six weeks of strength and speed, I’ve made an effort to keep up some faster/anaerobic training. I use the bike for speed work. I try intervals (a variety of times/distances) and ladder workouts.
I am still thoroughly enjoying strength and although speed workouts are crazy hard for me, I feel really good once I’m finished them.
I’ve been on the bike trainer and running to keep up my endurance. I love to run outside and used to run in any condition, including ice. Not this year. I don’t want to risk falling and hurting myself! So I’ve spent a lot of time on the treadmill and actually don’t mind it. It takes me about 30 minutes to get into it, but then I can go for a while. (On Saturday I ran 13.1 miles for #megsmiles, and so did Kelly!)
I focused on endurance and endurance alone for a long time. It’s my true running love, but I know I need to diversify.
I’ve still been doing circuit work with explosive and fast movements. Sometimes I incorporate treadmill speed and other times I stick to more of a HIIT session.
One of my newest things is barre in our bonus room! Kelly rearranged that room and moved our computer into it. Turns out wainscoting is a perfect barre replica! I just find a video on YouTube and have my very own class.
After last Saturday’s race, I discovered a few more things I need to work on. My hamstrings were so sore, like bordering injury. I think it was a result of faster running, running outside (lots of treadmill lately), and snow underfoot. Although the conditions were good, even running fast on tightly packed snow can be tough.
My hips, and in particular my left hip, still need a lot of TLC. I do physio exercises a couple days a week but could bump that number up.
I also realize I need to work on racing and not simply running! After doing major endurance events the past couple years without time or placement goals, I’m just not that competitive. If I want to run shorter races, I need to get that edge back!
So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately!
What’s your cross-training of choice now? Does it change with the season?
I really miss cross country skiing but the conditions just haven’t been very good this year.