Yesterday, I did my first spin class at the new Striders store. What a great training ride. Because it is hosted at the store, you have to bring your own bike and trainer which is a bit of a hassle, but I would rather ride my own bike than a spin bike at a gym. The class was led by a local pro triathlete and she did a great job. Structure-wise, it isn’t much different than a Spinervals DVD, but it is much more fun and motivational to do the workout with 10 other people.
I also found out that the new store has a tri training group. They are hosting a kickoff party in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll probably go to that and check things out.
The Pfitz Plan is still keeping me plenty busy on the running front. This week will be my first 70 mile week so hopefully I am still alive at the end. Today’s workout is 6x1200m intervals with warmup/cooldown to total 11 miles.
Winter has finally arrived (sort of). We got our first big snow of the season – a whooping 3”. And of course everyone panicked like it was the end of the world. Seriously? We go through this every year.
The first few days of snow were absolutely gorgeous. Fresh, clean white snow draped the landscape and it was an absolute pleasure to run in. On my long run last weekend, I had the roads nearly to myself. Everyone else seems to have begun their hibernation period or migrated indoors to the dreadmills. 15 miles in to the run, I paused and realized that it was completely silent. I stood there taking it all in and watching watching the snow fall for a minute before continuing on; the squeak of my shoes in the snow the only sound. Now, the snow is a dirty, slushy mess. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.
I started on a project last weekend and hope to have it finished up this weekend. Basically, I started to finish off one of the last areas of our basement. Once I wrap it up, I’ll post some pictures.
I absolutely love my Kindle and I’ve been continuing to read whenever I have time. I just finished up Long Distance. It is about a writer who decides to take a year and train full time as a Nordic skier. It is a great book for any endurance athlete. A couple of my favorite quotes from the book:
“At every endurance event, there comes a time when you’ll say, ‘What the fuck am I doing here?’ And you’ll say, ‘This is what I do.’”
“‘If you’re going to expand your comfort zone, you’re going to fall on your keister pretty often,’ said Lamb. ‘And if you just keep it in that safe zone, you’re going to go through life living in suburbia, and you’ll never know what’s in your heart and soul.’”
Now, it is back to getting my zombie fix in with Zone One (which follows up my reading of World War Z). I may have a problem, but not nearly as much of a problem as some other people… (you know who you are).
Finally, if you are a local reader, the Y is putting on some free triathlon clinics starting this weekend. Saturday will be a Tri 101 clinic and Swim – Technique & Training clinic. Both are classroom style so no need to wear your swim suit (unless you want to of course). For more info, and to sign up, head here.