Last entry was on March 12th. Holy cow, that’s a long time ago.
Monday, March 13th: No Training, Doctor’s appointment in the morning. My BP is running higher than it should be, and he increased the dosage of my meds.
Tuesday, March 14th: Apparently no training, but I have no idea why. This is why I need to do this daily!…. Oh wait. It’s coming back to me. We had a blizzard and I slept in instead of training. I did shovel the walk for about 20 minutes of light aerobic exercise, but otherwise I didn’t have time to train.
Wednesday, March 15th: I had an 8 am meeting, so I needed to be quick. I just did a 10K at 180W. The ANT+ interface on my HR monitor gave up during the row and took down ergdata with it. Luckily, I still had the the wahoo app running on my phone! Hooray for redundancy.
Conclusion from this row. I need to turn down the intensity for steady state.
Then On Wednesday evening, I headed off to the airport to fly on the redeye to London, and then on to France for a meeting. I felt quite ill on the flight, and a bit under the weather the whole time I was in France.
Thursday, March 16th: Arrived in Marseille around 11am, internal meetings all afternoon. Conferece calls until 2:30am. No Training
Friday, March 17th: Up at 7:3oam to head to meeting at customer site. Meeting concluded around 12:00pm. Straight back to airport, caught a flight to London, and then back to Boston. Arrived home at about midnight. No Training.
While I was on the road, and a bit unsettled by how bad I felt on the flight over to France, I decided to take a step back from my current training plan. I was not happy with how my HR has been so high in my endurance sessions. I am also traveling too much to keep pace with the plan right now. Finally, my job stress is basically through the roof.
I decided that I will bring the intensity down a notch. I think it is critically important to my stress level and health to workout as many days as I possible can. But I want the workouts to be more relaxing and less demanding. I think it could actually be quite beneficial to focus on building my aerobic endurance for a few weeks, and then hop back on the plan. The plan would be to row with a strict 155 HR cap, and turn the pace way down to 2:10. I should be able to see incremental improvement in the power that I can hold with this heart rate constraint over a period of a few weeks.
Saturday, March 18th: My Birthday! I turned 54. A relatively non-descript birthday. Not much of a milestone. Very weary from the travel. Slept about 10 hours. Late afternoon, settled in for a very easy session.
Plan: 3 x 20′ / 1′ rest @ 2:10 (160W)
It was a very pleasant workout.
Sunday, March 19th: More low intensity stuff. I slept like a log for another 10 hours.
Plan: 4 x 20′ / 1′ rest at 160W
This was the opposite of the Saturday workout. It felt like hard work and my HR was very high. I slowed down like a good boy and just ground out the meters.
Workout Summary - media/Import_29209848.csv
Here is the comparison of Saturday and Sunday.
It’s like I’m two completely different people.
Monday, March 20: Back to work. Back on a static erg. Only about 6 hours of sleep. I did about 90 minutes of emails before I hit the gym.
Plan: 3 x 20′ / 1′ rest at 160W (2:10)
This was very a nice easy coast. I’m letting my rate float a bit higher these days and it makes for nice fluffy strokes.
Almost the same as the Saturday session. My HR response was a bit better.
Tuesday, March 21: About 6 hours sleep. 2 hours of email and then hit the gym around 8am. Feeling pretty energetic.
Plan: 3×20/1′ rest at 168W (2:08)
I decided to push the power up a bit since my HR was nice and low, and I decided on a HR cap strategy for these rows. I will try to cap the first rep at 145, the second at 150 and the third at 155. Seems like a reasonable allowance for drift.
Another good workout. Higher HR with the faster pace, but a nice plateau in the last 20 minutes. I feared I would have to slow down, but I didn’t.
Comparing Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 22: Whew, we’re up to today. 6 hours of sleep. 90 minutes of email, then hit the gym at 8am.
Plan; 3 x 20′ / 1′ rest at 168W (2:08)
Same deal as Tuesday. I’d like to see the HR plateau a bit lower before I ratchet up again.
I really enjoyed the workout. Just nice easy strokes. I can feel my aerobic endurance returning a bit (probably entirely in my head)
This was bit better than yesterday.
Now I am off to San Jose for an all day meeting on Thursday. Fitness center triathlon for me tomorrow, then a red-eye tomorrow night.
I think this is a good change. I could feel myself burning out. By focusing on base aerobic endurance, I feel like I have more energy and I’m more focused at work. I’m also sleeping well.