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Gear, Training

Back To It

I jumped back into workouts today. I’m not 100 percent just yet, but I was getting antsy and feel like I’m falling further and further behind. The cough is more annoying than anything.

I ran about 4.8 miles this morning — I was planning to do more but had to be at a meeting early and couldn’t quite get up the motivation to get up before 6:15. It wasn’t the greatest, but hey, I have to build back up after months off, right?

After work, I spent almost two hours on the bike, repeating the workout from Saturday. There’s a reason we do classes as groups. It was HARD to replicate that workout by myself. I thought I was doing a decent job, but my brand new cadence meter — and a few glances at my heart rate — were telling me otherwise. It’s going to take me some time to figure out how to balance cadence, heart rate and intensity and NOT pass out in the process.

Here’s a look at my cadence and HR from tonight. Not smooth. Not smooth at all. I blame it on being worked up about covering the State of the Union.

More on the awesomeness of my Garmin in another post. But it means I can’t get away with “oh, I worked hard” anymore when technology is telling me that I in fact did nothing of the sort. So that’s both good and bad, I suppose.

I also spent part of my evening planning my training/racing year with the whole periodization theory. More on that in the next day or so.

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