BUSY WEEK AND TRIATHLON TRAINING.
The last 3 weeks at work have been extremely busy. One of my bosses actually was retiring at the first of the year, explaining some of the extra work, plus year-end wrap-up of work, etc. But for some reason, he has also been around more in the last 3 weeks than he has been around in the last 3 months, so go figure.
Anyway, I've gotten a little behind blogging and reading blogs. I do as much as I can get away with every day though! :)
Friday, it worked out perfectly to do a spinning class, rather than outside run, since overnight we had again been hit with another wintry mix of rain, sleet, and snow. But with my indoor tri coming up in two weeks, I also had planned to start this week doing at least a 15 minute run after both spinning classes. Monday, I was too tired. So Friday I had to be determined to hop off the bike and get on the treadmill immediately after.
The spin class was one of the hardest I have done in a year. I am finally able to put some real effort into the classes, putting more resistance on than I was able to last year, and still keep up a fairly decent cadence. Last year, no matter how hard I tried, I found it nearly impossible to get better than a 75 cadence. I think I am closer to 85 now, so there is a noticeable improvement. Anyway, it was a good workout, with long seated and standing climbs. Immediately after, I hit the treadmill. The plan was to do 15 minutes as fast as possible.
I still hold back some on speed, so I only started at a pace slightly faster than my usual, but after realizing my legs felt okay and my breathing was pretty much under control, I bumped the speed up every 3 minutes. After 15 minutes, I felt I had put in a decent effort, where I was out of breath but not totally done in. It was just the right amount, considering I still had to go to work for the day.
I've also been collaborating with one of the attorneys in the office who is somewhat involved in marketing and events. She asked if I had done a local triathlon event that her husband did. I said I did and she was impressed with that. ! Anyway, I also mentioned a bunch of us were doing the indoor tri and how nice it would be to get some firm team shirts. She jumped on that idea immediately and surprisingly for the bunch of fact finders I work with who are excruciatingly slow in making decisions, came up with an okay to get shirts.
I asked that I then be in charge of the fabric, style, and logo on the shirts. Good thing too, because what someone who doesn't know came up with would not have cut it. Anyway, this is leading down a whole new path. I'm not sure exactly where it will go, but I am hoping it gives me a chance to use my experience as a runner and triathlete to mentor some others in their training.
I always said I made a better coach than athlete.