Friday, April 22, 2011

Recovery is coming along.... other random thoughts....

I don't really have a theme for this post. Just a little catch up on the week's training and thoughts. I don't blame you if you don't make it through this whole post. I wrote it mostly for cathartic reasons - just to recall a successful week of injury recovery / rebuilding. I don't think it's going to be that entertaining ;-)

I've been able to run pretty well this week. Not blazing fast, but definitely faster and longer.

Tues - 10 miles w/hills in Bear Creek in the early morning. I forgot how much I love running and getting that behind me first thing. It's fun to leave the quiet house when everyone is still sleeping (or just stirring), and then to come back into an awake household. Luke is always so excited to see me back from a run. Toast before the run and a big fruit shake afterwards - yeah!

Wed - 4 miles on the treadmill and lifting. I dropped my $70 bucks for 3 months at the 20th St. Gym downtown. I used to go there all the time back in the late '90s / early '000 - it hasn't changed. Funky downtown gym with a boxing ring that looks and feels like a city gym should. I had investigated the high zoot gym in my building and the Athletic Club Tabor Center. They are beautiful gyms, but a little pricey for my usage patterns (as I've said before - I'm an outdoor cat). But $23 / month at the 'Y' - I can live with that :-)

Thur - 8 mile route downtown at lunch. I have a bunch of routes downtown that go 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 10 / 12 - and could probably mix something up in between. I like the 8 mile route that heads off the Cherry Creek Trail down past Denver CC and to the mall. Hangs north past the Whole Foods to 7th and then back to where Broadway intersects the trail again to the office. It's the perfect length and I like running through all the neighborhoods. Felt really good even though I ran a 7:50 average pace and was doing some light Fartlek play down to 6:45's and even 6:30's. Stopped at Quizno's for my $5.50 turkey sub with cheese, no mayo and all the veggies doubled down. I always have to explain it and they look at me funny. I think most people ask for extra meat and cheese ;-)

Friday - Road bike commute. 17 mile route in / 19 mile route (bike path) back. On the way in I decided I'm going to retire / sell the Can-O-Swill. It's been a good bike for 13+ years now, but since I've been riding my newer Tarmac Pro - I've realized just how squirrelly the 'Swill is. It's a criterium geometry (do they still even make those?) which means the head tube is a little steeper (i.e. - it wants to turn quicker than you might want). It's also always been a little small on me - so I hang out a little too far over the front wheel, and on descents, it's just a little hairy. Did I mention the brakes don't really work very well, such that you have to 'plan ahead' (either by braking early or picking your bail-out exit). When I got downtown I finally rented one of the bike lockers in our parking garage. It's nice now because instead of locking my bike to the crowded rack (something I'd be a little nervous doing with the Tarmac for theft and banging into reasons), I can just open up my locker door, and wheel the bike in. It's totally enclosed, meaning I can leave my helmet, bike pump and tool bag on it as well as not having to carry the stupid U-Lock (which accounts for half my pack weight) on the commute. We used to be able to leave the U-Lock lashed to the rack, but the garage started cutting them off at random times. Anyway - with the locker I can now also leave a spare pair of work shoes in the locker - no more stocking feet up to the office (or sliding around on cleats).  $25 / month - I think it's worth it even if I only commute in 5 or 6 times a month.

Oh yeah - the ride in and back was nice too. I love riding in and traipsing into the Starbucks in my bike gear. Ordered a Grande Americano with soy milk and the Perfect Oatmeal - yum.

Ride back was good - a little windy. Rerouted through Bear Creek, the climb up from Homestead golf course wasn't as bad as I recall and it's more pleasant that riding up Kipling with all the traffic noise.

Saturday is 6 miles running easy / Sunday maybe 10 or 12 with some hills. Probably do a lifting session on Sunday as well - although I'm guessing the gym won't be open. Will need to break out the Chuck Norris Total Gym.

And that's all he wrote.... for now.

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