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Back on Track! – Week 7 Training Update

Last week was a pretty good week of training for the Asheville Half Marathon, the Altamont Mountain Goat Relay, and Raleigh 70.3. I got in a good bit of training time and some high-quality workouts, despite some less-than-ideal weather.

Monday

Monday morning, I didn’t have to teach because of President’s Day, and my afternoon classes were cancelled due to the weather. I took advantage of that break by doing an easy spin on the trainer and getting in some time at the pool.

Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, I woke up to this sight:

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That’s right – that’s ice on the trees and ground! In the South, that basically means that everything shuts down until the ice melts. I took advantage of another day of no teaching by doing a trainer workout – 12 hill 1-minute hill climbs plus some zone 2 work.

Wednesday

All that ice was still there! And it was cold! I waited until the mid afternoon for things to warm up a bit before I headed out for my run. I got through about 2.5 miles before my hands and ears started feeling too uncomfortable for me to continue.

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The cold weather certainly didn’t deter the geese at the lake!

 

Thursday

Finally, the roads were clear enough to go back to work! On my break between morning and afternoon classes, I went to the Y to do a swim time trial.

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Yep – I was glad when that was done!

 

Friday

Planned rest day. After teaching my morning classes, I went back home for lunch and a nap. That night, my parents and I went back to Spartanburg to see Ballet Spartanburg’s DANSYNERGY. What an amazing production!

Saturday

It was still pretty cold on Saturday, but I decided to run outside anyway. I haven’t run on the treadmill all year, and I kind of want to keep it that way. I did a 7 mile run, with 1 mile warm up, 2 miles tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 miles tempo, 1 mile cool down.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, the weather looked fairly okay (despite some significant fog), so I decided to go to Paris Mountain for my run.

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Good thing I wore my reflective calf sleeves! Visibility wasn’t so good on the mountain!

 

If you missed my post about my upcoming races, you might not know that in April, I’m doing the Mountain Goat Relay at Paris Mountain. Each member of my team will have to run up and down Paris Mountain. After last week’s less-than-stellar performance running up a short part of Paris Mountain, I decided it was high time I got in some hillier runs!

I’m happy to report that I made it all the way up the mountain (3.5 miles) without taking any walk breaks! I did stop at the top to take pictures before running back down to my car.

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At the top! Even though my glasses were foggy, I could see the “You Made It!” written in the middle of the road.

 

Later that afternoon, I did an easy spin on the trainer to loosen up my legs a little bit.

 

Weekly Totals:

Swim: 2 workouts, 2800 yards

Bike: 3 workouts, 45 miles

Run: 3 workouts, 16.9 miles

Total training time: 6:55

Up next: my last big week of training before the Asheville Half Marathon. After that, it’s taper time!

How’s your training going? Are you managing to stay active despite the winter weather?

 

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