Saturday, April 16, 2011

Over Plan

You go through all the trouble of writing a training plan but then do not sick to the plan. Go figure.

I haven't followed the plan over the past few days. I don't mean that I haven't been meeting the requirements, I mean that I have exceeded them by a significant amount. Maybe too much.

Thursday night's run was supposed to be an easy 12Km. Instead it turned into a long sprint. I held a 5min/km for almost 5km to get to the gym to meet up with the rest of the running group. While they stood around talking I made a rush trip to the bathroom since the salami sandwhich my wife made me for lunch was likely expired. It wasn't pretty. Needless to say everyone had already left without me so I had to pull a 4:20min/km for a few kilometers in order to catch the lead pack. By the time I caught up to them they were feeling good and picked up the pace back to a sub 5min/km average for the most part. I dug deep and got it done. No injuries to report of, but clearly well outside the realm of the planned recovery run. Ooops.

Friday was supposed to be a scheduled rest day. No Training. Instead I took my planned long bike on Saturday and swapped it with Friday because I wanted to avoid the bad weather on the weekend. I went out on a 4hr mountain bike ride that followed trails best described as suicidal. It was one heck of a workout. I had a tough time, probably because my bike was not setup properly for those trails and I am coming off 17hrs of training over the last 7 days. I should have taken the break. It's OK to shuffle workouts around, but that was a bad idea to move a scheduled rest day. I paid for it with a tough time on that ride. I got it done and injury free which was a miracle considering the type of trail I was on.

Which brings me to Saturday. This does not feel like a rest day. I woke up puffy eyes and exhausted body. I was too tired to sleep last night. I didn't have obvious soreness in my muscles but there was definitely a background 'burning' sensation to them that kept me up all night. I couldn't get anything to relax, thus I didn't sleep much.

Mentally I'm in a good place. I am getting it done. I enjoy the challenge of training hard but there are scheduled easy days and a method to the madness of intensity & duration. I'm not following the plan intelligently. I am having a hard time toning it down. I am a bit worried I may pay for this later in the plan when the workouts get crazy long. In the meantime, I am kind of enjoying it actually. I am getting an adrenaline rush just thinking about how hard it is. Yup, I'm addicted.
MTB can be safer than Road. Sometimes.
I'm a bit short on 'hours' of training since I swapped my road bike ride with a hardcore mountain bike ride. It wouldn't be unfair to say that my 4hrs MTB ride converts at a rate of +20% to the road equivalent. Its safe to say that my scheduled 3hr road ride was replaced with a 5+hrs ride. Full body workout to boot.


Run - 1:00hrs Speed
Bike - 4:00hrs MTB Super-Technical


  1. You need to drink more beer then you'll be able to sleep!

    Seriously, you need to back it down on the rest weeks

  2. Easy there fella

    actually I think ur doin great...enjoying the workouts and having fun is what its all about. 4hr mtn bike suicidal trails sounds awesome:)


  3. Not that I know anything about this really but sometimes you just gotta have fun even if it means not sticking to the plan.

  4. I tend to just do whatever I want and sometimes pay the price. Three days before IMWI I was doing an "easy" ride before flying to Wisconsin when the peloton group I ride with zipped by... so what did I do? Latched on and did a threshold ride and felt horrible for the first 30 miles of IMWI. It's hard to do the right thing, but in that moment I decided to do what I loved, not what I was supposed to do. Just enjoy yourself and listen to your body, it will all come together!

  5. wicked picture. That is just wrong.

    Keep up the good work man. Don't stray from the plan too much or then you aren't following any plan.

  6. sounds awesome to me. And WTF !!! with that picture ? That is crazy.



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