Tues – 1hr45 turbo, 15min core
Wed – 500m, 20x100m, 250m drills (=2.75k swim. Got too lazy for the last 250?! Pushed the 100’s though – felt deserving of laziness..), + 20min Hill Reps + 10min jog
Training has been totally McGarbled. Why?
Well – I decided to return to Farnham for a few days to revise. Then, of course, it snowed. And now I am stuck here.
However, I have been discovering new capabilities as a result of snow. Due to lack of available swimming pool yesterday, I discovered body/mental constitution is in fact strong enough to manage 1hr45 on a turbo in order to replace normal 1hr swim and 1hr bike.
What is even cooler, is that I re-established my relationship with hill reps. Hill reps have been shelved as of late, partly in favour of track and interval sessions. With running down to three sessions a week: one long, one intervals, one steady/drills, there hasn’t been much space for the little wonder of butt-mobalisation exercise.
Well – today there was certainly no chance of running round in circles, though ice skating clould be a possibility. Being in Farm-Town-Parentel-Ville there is also no gym/treadmill available unless i’m prepared to spend money on the gym (I am not.)
Usually, I would select a Fartlek run in this case, mainly becuase I quite enjoy them. It’s easy not to push myself so hard, because I can set the pace. Today the majority of ground is icy. No chance of getting very far and a good fartlek run would probably result in a fartlek-fall so that idea was down the drain.
The only real safe option is: running on grass, and runnig mainly uphill.
Now, with hill reps on a hill such as that which I chose – there is no easy option. Going slowly will result in falling back down the hill. Avoiding the hill is not possible. Perfect.
Off I set – up the hill, round the field in a little ‘recovery circle’, down a slope, and back up again. And repeat. And repeat. And.. yep.
Not only did I find myself very, very (not so pleasently) warm – hopefully I engaged my lazy-bum a bit as well.
If nothing else, I certainly provided light entertainment for the parents of small children sledging down the hill..
I think hill reps should become a regular session, and it being winter, maybe even replace track sessions as lately they’ve become treadmill-interval-affairs and I don’t think they’ve been all too productive.
Onwards and upwards, as they say.
Let’s all hope the snow goes away soon..