In California. At Precision Crossfit in Agoura Hills. Once again, I was delighted by the experience dropping into a crossfit box. The ergs work, there are lots of people around, and everyone is really friendly.
I picked my erg and set it up off to the side so I wouldn’t get in the way. I didn’t have time for a full 80 minute session because I needed to be in a meeting by 8:15 and the box opened at 6am. So, I decided on 3 x 20′ + 2 x 1′.
I could tell almost from the first pull that today was not going to be a good day. There didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the erg, but it seemed to take a LOT of effort to pull 180W. Sitting on the erg, my HR was normal before I started, but it climbed fast, and it didn’t stop. I hung in with 180W through the first interval. I brought it down to 175W in the second interval, but it didn’t help. Then in the third, I decided to go as slowly as I needed to so I could keep my HR below 157bpm. Strangely enough this was 157W. 30W lower than I could hold at this HR yesterday.
Then I setup for the 2 x 1’/1′. This was equally ugly. I pushed the first minute hard, but this was still a lot more feeble than the hard minute I did a week ago (319m vs 330m). And I was pretty shattered. I tried to do the second rep, but I bailed out about halfway through. I paddled out the rest of that rep, took another minute rest, and then did a less aggressive minute (304m).
Bad days happen, my wife has a pretty nasty cold. In the past I have seen cases where I have lousy training results before I show any illness symptoms, so that might be it. It could also be jetlag, or some other mysterious reason.
Tomorrow, I fly back home during the day. I guess we’ll call it a rest day.
Edit: I just did a quick check of my training log. This is the first week after my the fitness tests, and it represented a strong shift toward long duration, low intensity work. The volume increase was pretty dramatic.
Maybe I’m just tired!