Holiday break & training

by Matt | December 30, 2012 5:47 pm

In total, I will have been off work 11 days for the holidays. I had totally intended on doing some intense training with my time off, but that didn’t happen. I wasn’t totally lazy, I did work out almost every day but just at a low to moderate intensity.

Christmas eve: Woke up in my home town of Girard, Oh and ran 3.28 miles on my old high school cross country course—well, what I could remember at least. I ended up running in circles until I got around 5k. It was nice to sort of relive some good and not so good memories. My very first jr high race was a disaster. It was only 1.5 mi, I felt like I was going to die, I cried to my coach on the sidelines and finished dead last.

More running: Yesterday I ran in the snow at Edgewater. It was a slow pace and I blame the snow on the ground + dodging kids sledding. I really hate the winter (you’ll probably see that as a re-occuring theme). I have to wear 50 layers to keep warm and it slows me down. Can’t wait to get back into shorts and a tank top.

Cycling: Really slacking here. I’ve only done one trainer workout so far. I plan to do at least one or two more this week to make up for it.

Felt B12 on trainer
Felt B12 on trainer

Gym + swimming: I’ve spent most of my training time in the gym lately (it’s cold out!). Being that it’s the off-season, I’m trying to do more strength training to prep for next year. Everything I’ve read says off-season strength training can greatly help next season.

Most of my strength workouts were also followed by a swim workout (except today since the pool closed early, which I didn’t plan for!). I’ve spent a lot of time in the pool the past couple months and it’s starting to pay off. I did a 0.4 time trial a couple days ago @ 11:30, which is about :30 less than I was averaging a few months ago. I also plan on competing in a non-tri swimming event in GG9 (perhaps 100m free?). One of the requirements to register is being a member of a Masters swim club. This is a good thing because it will force me to actually do that. I had planned on starting last week, but practices were canceled due to weather & unexpected high school swim meets therefore I’ll go this week. I totally expect to get my ass kicked—and that’s a good thing.

Speaking of GG9, I completed my general registration last week!

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