Sunday, April 6, 2008

Weekly Summary

Great week, I feel like I am making progress and can get out most days without any consequence. The warmer weather is helping to keep me motivated as well. Ready to start adding some harder efforts and more specific workouts.

36 miles total for the week
13,715 vertical feet


~4.5 miles
~1,600 vertical

We were again a bit lazy about getting out. We waffled, but what the heck, it is a nice day. I was intending to run up Flagstaff somewhat hard, but after a quick start, I decided I was not really feeling motivated or fresh and that I would rather hike with Allison and Sierra.

After several minutes, I recalled reading in Matt Carpenter's Pikes Training guide about the minute on/minute off workout. I figured this would be a good way to get in some workout and not totally ditch Allison and Sierra. I ended up doing 8 seperate minutes on, with a minute rest in between, with one of those rests being 2 minutes (due to the dog and a road crossing).

These were the longest minutes I have experienced since going to visit my grandparents as a kid. By the 7th one, I was feeling a bit tired and on the 8th, I just knew I was done. I think I have to build up to it and maybe eventually work up to 15 or 20. I see the benefit though, not only is it a great workout, I don't think I have ever gone uphill so fast (even if only for a minute at a time).