One of the more identifying signs that I am definitely getting older is the fact that almost daily I comment on the date. As in “February 19th! WHERE HAS THE MONTH GONE!” My clients at the gym almost always agree with these sentiments, and thankfully haven’t pointed out the fact that I’ve been doing this for over a year now.
But…it’s February 19th, which is practically March. I’m still writing 2018 on everything.
Where has the month gone?
The first of my two “A” races for the year (yes, you can have two, if they are far enough apart), the Georgia Death Race (68ish miles, 40Kish feet in elevation change), is in 5.5 weeks. My last big training effort is in two weeks, Conquer the Rock Foothills 50K (31 miles, 15K ish feet in elevation change) in Pickens, SC. As such, this last week, into the beginning of this week, was one of my last big pushes before GDR. I’ll cut back/taper before the Foothills 50K, then use the 50K as a springboard for the last two big training weeks before a two week taper.
Then it’s race day. WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?
I’m going to be 100% honest, I have a really hard time really honing in on the details of a big race when I have another race coming up first. My brain can only focus on the details for one event at a time. Sadly, I really don’t even know the rules of the GDR , I have no idea what town it’s in, and I’m not sure where we’re staying.
(No trekking poles, somewhere in Georgia, and if I can’t find a hotel room, I’ll sleep in my car.)
All I know is that I’ve been climbing as best as I can here in no-elevation- Myrtle Beach. I’ve been strength training relentlessly, and I’ve been putting in my miles. Of course, there’s always “more” you can do, but I truly feel like I’m approaching “as much” as my body can currently handle, before pushing the burnout/injury/you’ve done too much threshold. I feel strong, and I’m hopeful that it’s enough.
Here’s what last week’s training looked like:
– Treadmill incline hike: 15% for 90 minutes. I watched a few good documentaries, and a few not so good ones. I also racked up nearly 4,000 feet in elevation gain, so that was fun.
– One hour of leg and lower body strength training. Also photographed/wrote/shared “6 Lower Leg Strength, Stability, and Balance Exercises for Trail Runners“, so if you missed that post, check it out.
– Full upper body strength training workout.
– Tabata plyometrics class. I haven’t been doing a ton of traditional “speed work” lately, because I’ve been so focused on climbing. This Tabata class helps challenge and strengthen those fast twitch muscle fibers!
Wheew, Wednesday kicked my ass. Ready?
– 2 miles of hiking on the treadmill @ 15% (about 1600 feet of gain)
– 1 hour spin class, with a heavy focus on climbing (hello, quads)
– 1 hour of lower body/leg strength training
-2 hours on the stadium stairs, with my trusty 20-25lb ish (depending on how much water is left in the bladder) ruck(just under 3,000 feet / 101 flights).
– Nearly fell asleep on my dinner plate. But check out this sunset! No filter used, the sky was on FIRE Wednesday night.
– Back / biceps (pull) strength training
– NO cardio (rest day!) But, since it was valentines day, I was certain to make sure that everyone knew who my crush was:
– Chest/shoulders/triceps (push) strength training
– 2 hour long-ish run on dirt roads. It was 70 degrees and absolutely PERFECT running weather. Miss you New England, but…SEVENTY DEGREES IN FEBRUARY. And this guy joined me:
-24 mile long run on pavement. These long runs on the roads always remind me how much I loathe road marathons. It’s always an adventure of wondering what’s going to hurt the most from pounding the pavement. Some days it’s my knees, but this particular run it was most definitely my hips. They are spoiled with the softer impact of trails, not to mention the constantly varied movement. Roads tend to be hours upon hours of the exact same movement over, and over, and over again. OUCH.
But, I was joined by two awesome ladies, and the company made the miles pass by quickly.
100% rest. It was glorious. I sat on my butt and penned a post titled “The ‘find the time’ comparison trap, and why I hate it” that kind of blew up far more than I expected it to. Which is awesome. As a writer, it’s always a very rewarding feeling when you can publish content that really speaks to your readers. So thanks for sharing all of the love over the past 48 hours with that one you guys. I appreciate it!
As you can see, once again my focus was on climbing versus mileage. I only “ran” twice, though I had 7 separate cardio sessions logging over 12.5 hours (not including about 5.5-6 hours of strength training) and 45 miles. I have zero doubt there’s going to be a TON of hiking up hills (vs. running) during the Georgia Death Race, so, specificity for the win.
Holy cow I’m grateful I balance work between home and a gym, and make my own schedule.
I’m coming for you, Georgia Death Race. Wherever in the state you may be, I’m not sure, but I’ll definitely look it up after March 2nd.