Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Yankee Springs back in the swing

Memorial Day weekend didn’t prove as productive as I had hoped as far as home projects went, but I did have some fun in the sun! I got my grass cut, cleaned out a clogged gutter and went tubing down the Thornapple River.

I also eased back into my training schedule, which feels very strange considering I missed all of my long workouts last week due to a minor cold. I decided just to pick up with the schedule and not worry too much about what I missed. I’m sure I’ll be ready for the race in two weeks whether I do a couple more endurance workouts or not.

Saturday, some coworkers and I drove down to the Yankee Springs mountain bike trails. It was the first time any of us had ridden them. We rode 7.3 of the 14 or so miles of trail available, and it was pretty nice! The difficulty of the loops closest to the trailhead are comparable to what I’m used to riding at the Cannonsburg State Game Area – maybe even a little less technical. However, there is a lot of sand at Yankee Springs, which made some areas more challenging than they otherwise would have been. Overall, it was a hot, sweaty, fun ride followed by Mexican food and tall beers!

Sunday, I skipped my workout again, simply because I was busy with other activities. Tsk tsk!

But Monday I ventured out into the heat for my first run in over a week. How weird is that?! I was a little nervous at first that my pace was suffering, but I must have gotten warmed up after a couple miles, because it ended up being fine. I ran 10k in 50 minutes (8:04 average miles) and then continued on for another 5 minutes of “cooling down” – if anyone could cool down in the heat and humidity that we had yesterday!

So, I feel like I’m back in the swing of training and haven’t lost too much to my lazy week. This week’s plan is to maintain my current fitness level, and next week I taper to race day! I can’t believe it’s almost here!

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Mountain Bike 7.3 miles
Rode at Yankee Springs for the first time, and enjoyed it despite all the sand!

Monday, May 31, 2010
Run 55 min, 5x100 strides (approx. 7 miles total)
Ran 6.2 miles in 50 minutes for an 8:04 average mile pace. It was so humid that it felt like running through water. Yuck!

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