I’m not sure what’s wrong with me right now. I feel like my highest gear has been taken away. To put it another way, I can’t seem to really dive into the pain box. I’ve felt this way in today’s workout and also in the previous 4×8′ workout. A couple weeks ago, I felt like I could push and my HR would eventually rise up to above 180. In these past two workouts, I feel like I’m hitting a wall with my HR around 170.
Today, I pushed through the first interval on target (<1:48), but I couldn’t hold the pace during the second interval, and needed to downshift about a third of the way through. I eventually pulled it back together and ended up with a 1:50.7 pace. For the third interval, I reset the target to 1:49 and just pounded it out and finished at 1:48.8. But it felt like the longest 2K of my life, and I was spent at the end.
So, I’m not all that happy with the workout. But I have noticed this kind of thing before in my training. I go through a week or two where it is really hard to work at high heart rates, and then eventually I push through. This meso-cycle is also a really tough one for me. These long interval workouts are a bitch and trying to pump myself up for 3 of them each week is challenge. But the end is already in sight. Soon, I will be shifting gears to the sprint and power mesocycle. I’m looking forward to that in a twisted and perverse way.
I think I will do a 30 minute recovery row this afternoon, and tomorrow morning will be a normal 4×20 L4.