2006-12-31 Indoor Brick

felt great on the bike trainer (30 minutes, all on the aerobars, all strong, which is a first... the powercranks really make it tough to stay aero for too long, as they overwork the hip flexors when aero). so i decided to make a brick out of it by hitting the treadmill after the bike. horrible run! i can't believe how high my HR was for the speed i was running. i don't know if i should blame my weight (up about 5% since the last time i was running regularly), the powercranks wiping my legs out (i suspect this is the primary factor), or just that i'm out of shape for running. whatever the cause, the run was a total disaster. i effectively had no "zone 3", so i had to allow my HR to spike higher than i wanted. HR recovery was adequate but not spectacular (30 bpm in the first minute)

i've been thinking about 2007 goals... not sure what they are yet. last year i managed to take home some hardware in a race, but i don't expect to repeat that feat this year. my age group is going to be particularly hard this year, as nearly every fast local athlete is going to be in the same age group. i signed up for one race in september, but i'm not sure which races i will do before then. i have a two week whitewater rafting trip down the lower half of the Grand Canyon midsummer. i'll have to see how that affects my training.

i want to get my weight back down to 160, which i should be able to do without too much difficulty if i keep my diet the same, but ramp up my training. if i'm doing my math correctly, i can lose 1 lbs./week without changing anything except my workout volume, which will have me at my target weight well before the race season begins.