Catching Up: Thursday to Tuesday

Things remain a bit hectic.  I’ve been focused on trying to squeeze in what I can.

Thursday:  I was down in Austin for a customer meeting, a big “Supplier Day” where a company invites in their largest suppliers and tells them where their business is going and what they need from suppliers.  A useful way to meet a lot of key people, but the whole time I keep thinking about other things that I need to get done.

In the morning, I popped down to the fitness center and did 30 minutes on the treadmill (max incline – 15% and around 3.5mph), aiming to upper end UT1 heart rate.  Then 30 minutes on the stationary bike, aiming at UT2.Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 10.11.20 AM

It was kind of interesting.  There was a huge thunderstorm going on while I was working out.  Lot’s of thunder and lightning and it was raining like crazy!

Friday:  Up at 4:15 to get to the airport to catch an early flight.  Then straight into meetings on the phone once I got home.  No time to work out.

Saturday:  Busy day, rushing around.  shopping.  Painting a ceiling.  I managed to squeeze in an erg session.  I wanted a bit of intensity, but I wasn’t in the mood to go really deep.  So I decided to do a 10K push, but start off slower (at 2:04), and end at 1:55.

It was harder than it should have been, but I actually enjoyed it.  I started with a 2K warmup.

The main event.  Starting target was 2:04 for 1K, then 2:03 for 1K, and so on until I got down to 1:55 target for the last 1K.  Of course, I just went for broke in the last bit.

It stung a bit.

The cool down.  2K slowing down from 2:00 to 2:15 in 500 chunks

Sunday:  I caught a plane at 9AM out to Las Vegas.  We are having an internal team meeting here for a few days.  I arrived around 3PM and headed to to gym, hoping for some fun workout options.  There were none.  I was consigned to the usual treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, etc.  I did 30 minutes on the treadmill at a 2% incline, and a slow trot, maybe 4.5 mph.  I slowed a bit in the last 5 minutes of that to try to stick to a HR cap around 150.  Then I grabbed a drink, and did another 30 minutes on the treadmill on the max incline (15%, around 3.5 mph).

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Monday:  We got back to the hotel around 10 and I escaped the bar by around 11.  I headed straight up to bed, pounded down a liter of water and collapsed into bed.  I woke up with the alarm at 5:30, and then headed down down to  the depressing little fitness center to workout.  This morning the menu was 30 minutes on the treadmill at maximum incline (15%) and about 3.5 mph.  Then 30 minutes on the one of those new, improved elliptical machines that have more independent leg motions

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Tuesday:  On Monday night, I crawled into bed around midnight having had a bit too much to drink and feeling a bit worse for wear.  But I felt pretty alert at 5:30 in the morning when my alarm went off.  This morning, I was certain that I had no interest in returning to the sad little fitness center, so I decided to run the strip.  This was a great decision.  I ran along in front of all the fancy casinos and hotels for about 4 km down and 4 km back.  One thing that made it a bit more interesting and tiring was all of the pedestrian overpasses.  Each of the pace decreases below is me climbing a couple of flight of stairs, and the coming back down.

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Now, I am sitting here at the airport   My flight has been delayed almost 2 hours and I am getting very tired and sleepy.  This could be a pretty rough wait.

Tomorrow:  First priority, enough sleep.  Second priority is a quick erg session.



2 thoughts on “Catching Up: Thursday to Tuesday

  1. sanderroosendaal says:

    The long awaited blog. I know exactly what you mean when you describe this kind of events. Socializing in the bar. Going to bed too late. Early morning workout to squeeze in some exercise before the main program starts. 😦

    When is your next race?

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