Spring Break Training Camp

Spring Break Oh-Eight! Adelaide and I went on a SICK vacation to Cancun for spring break and got totally wasted and partied so hard, brah. It was epic, and not even like the dried meat type of Epic but like totally sick epic show us your titties epic, brah!

And by Cancun I mean we stayed in Boulder and trained.

Monday:

I ran a slow 17 miles on the open space trails north of us. My lungs weren’t cooperating, and I spent the first 30 minutes hacking up phlegm. I’d been looking forward to running fast but settled for just being able to run period. I’m not sure what’s going on with my lungs, but they’ve been getting worse over the last few months, and years. Adelaide ran long the day before, so she did an hour easy run.

Next up was a 6K swim, Justin–Justin Daer–style, with 3×800, 3×400, 3×400, 3×200, and 3×100 as the main set.

We finished the day off with an hour easy trainer ride watching stand up comedy. It was SICK.

Tuesday:

The day began with a 3K endurance swim. I can’t remember the set. Next was the main beef of the day’s training—3×15 min threshold/V02 intervals. All three were supposed to be done as 30 seconds V02, 30 seconds at tempo for 15 minutes, but I only managed that for the first one. The next two I modified, doing V02/recovery, then just straight 15 minutes threshold. My legs felt better than I expected them to, given the long run the day before. I then did a 20 minute run off the bike. EPIC.

Wednesday:

5 hour ride in the mountains to get things rolling, then a six mile run off, slower than I’d wanted since my chest cramped up. Adelaide rode 4:40 with a 20 minute run later in the day. EPIC PAIN CAVE. Other overused WORD or PHRASE! BOOM.

Thursday:

Thursday was our rest day since the final three days of the week were going to be big. I did a 3K sprint masters set, then another endurance 3K with Adelaide later in the day, who did a straight 6K for time I believe. Throw in about 45 minutes of bike commuting and BOOM. Rest day complete. Single SYLLABLE WORDS.

Friday:

Friday sucked. It started out good with a 75 minute run with Kathy Buttler’s training group. Maybellene and I, along with Kevin, did 3×90 seconds, 4×60 seconds, 12×30 seconds on equal rest. Adelaide did 2×10 minutes and 1×5 minutes.

We had a quick stop over at home before riding to masters.  I started feeling bad on the ride over, noticing that Adelaide was half wheeling me somehow. It was a cold, gray day out so we were both looking forward to the hot tub temps of the Elk’s outdoor pool, yet found that I was still cold after the warm up. Everyone else was already complaining about how hot it was, so I knew something bad was cooking within me.

My right glute, just below where the back starts, also began developing a stabbing pain, and I feared that I’d fucked myself for Oceanside from the fast running earlier in the day. I got out of the pool after half an hour and got myself home and under the covers as soon as possible. I stayed there for three hours, did some work after Adelaide yelled at me for watching kayaking videos, then spent the next 14 hours in bed nursing a cold that I was sure would ruin everything.

This meant that we both skipped the two hour ride we had planned for the afternoon.

Saturday:

We both took the day fully off. My sickness had pretty much gone away, though now Adelaide seemed to have it, and I didn’t want to push my luck with doing a 5 hour ride and 30 minute run off as originally planned, which would have started off in the snow since Colorado decided to be winter again the previous night.

Sunday:

We salvaged the weekend with a BTC group run (Maybellene and I only did 9.5 miles because of my upcoming race) and Adelaide did 11 or 12 miles I think. I felt pretty shitty and coughed quite a bit, possibly from asthma, possibly from the sickness. We did a short swim afterwards.

While it wasn’t the full EPIC SICK SPRING BREAK week we had planned on, since we both got a 24 hour bug, it was still a decent week, or at least the first 4.5 days were. I seem to be gaining motivation slowly this season, and feel like once the good weather is here to stay, I’ll finally be getting into the full swing of things, with Adelaide’s help. While I might not be 100 percent for the spring racing season, I think the slower start this year will leave me fresh and motivated for the summer and hopefully the fall as well.

Oh, and Sunday was Maybellene’s 5th birthday:

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Homemade crust
Steak
Bacon
Sweet potato
Onion
Mushrooms
Tom Dog Gorgonzola Dragon’s Breath cheese
Peas
Carrots
Spices

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Rest day please.

 

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