Tuesday, January 27, 2009
An uphill battle
Things here have been ridiculously busy for me in the past week. I will leave it at that because it is all due to work and I don't want to ramble on about that topic. I haven't had time to write blogs, or even read others blogs, so I have some catching up to do.
On the weekend I had some really good workouts. My swim on Saturday morning was great and I put in a good effort. The main set was 1500m and I was able to finish the set with a hard 200free with a good time for this point in the year (2:32). I went to the gym in the afternoon and did some upper body weights, for the first time in months, then I ran on the treadmill for 45 mins, building up to a good tempo pace. It was really freakin cold out (i.e. -25C) so I thought i would stay inside and out of trouble. I did a longer run on the treadmill in our basement on Sunday, building the pace for the last 20 mins. I actually felt really good during this despite battling exhaustion and unmotivation prior to starting.
As it turns out, the treadmill in our basement is actually evil. When running on the tready on Saturday at the gym with the incline at 1%, it seriously felt like I was almost running downhill. On our tready at home, even putting the incline at 0% makes every workout super tough, and it feels like you are running uphill the whole time. After some careful inspection and problem solving (on Geoff's part), it appears that the mats the treadmill is sitting on have sunk down at the rear, causing a permanent incline, even with the belt at 0% grade. So basically you are always running uphill. Which makes the treadmill workout, which is hard enough as it is, even more challenging.
I am going to brave the evil machine tomorrow morning to do a set of 6 x 3 min intervals at 10k pace. Then I drive to Calgary for just the day, which is why i have to fit the run in early tomorrow, as I won't return home till 9pm. But while running, I will probably be wishing I was wrapped up in a soft blanket like Hugo, and I'll probably also be thinking this while driving to and from Calgary.
Bye for now...