After a mid-season “break” of 3 weeks reduced training, the build for Ironman Arizona has begun. The first week transitioning back to the higher volume/intensity definitely put my body in hurt mode. The heat and Arizona “monsoon” season humidity have added to the hurt factor. Makes keeping on top of hydration a full-time affair. During my break time I got to cut back to 8-9 workouts a week..about 10-12 hours of training. A 17 hour week (15 workouts) to transition followed by 18.5 hours last week. 10 20+ hour weeks will follow and then 3 weeks to taper. Throw in 4 races (a 1/2 Ironman, 2 sprint tri’s and a duathlon) between now and then and that makes for a busy schedule! 13 weeks seems just around the corner.
…but, from a strange source. XBox Kinect boxing. Who would have known how sore you could get from a video game. 3 rounds of flailing fists and woke to sore arms and shoulders. Apparently there are some unused muscles in there! Definately made my swim workout interesting today.
Today was the first day of 2011 and the last day of my unstructured workouts, a 2 hour ride in 32 degree sunshine. The last 5 weeks have been spent just getting back into the swing of things. Going by feel, doing whatever I felt like when I woke that day. Monday the structured workouts start, building the base for the upcoming season.
After my “winter” break, my first week of training is coming to an end. This has been a very easy week just to get things “working” again. The workouts would be considered easy recovery workouts during the season. However, after 3 weeks of play station, these short easy workouts have left my leg muscles sore. Fortunately they will get a reprive this weekend…camping in the southern Arizona back country!
Silverman on 11-7-2010 was my last race of the 2010 season. 3 weeks of zero workouts was a well earned break. 3 weeks of PS3, Thanksgiving feast and those leftovers! During my down time I also volunteered at Ironman Arizona. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. So today I ventured out for my first workout for the 2011 season. It was a cool (by Tucson standards), windy day so I “bundled” up in my running shorts and long sleeve shirt. Then it was out the door for a 30 minute run. It felt good but at the same time the legs just weren’t the same as they were 3 weeks ago. One workout down…many, many to go!