Weekly training review - September 3rd-September 9th

Ahhhh, a cutback week, training-wise. Probably others deserved it more than I did, but I appreciated it as much as anyone. 

Once again, I enjoyed spin+yoga with Ai, a very fun track workout, and some miles in the saddle with Mark. Once again, Ai put on a great spin class followed by a very relaxing yoga session that really helped to open up my hips. I tend toward tight hips, not least because my job is fairly sedentary and I do a lot of cycling. Yoga helps tremendously. Now, if I could only train myself not to sleep through my alarm and miss her Friday morning yoga class...

Track was excellent once again. Hard work, but rewarding. After a 15-min warm-up and some drills, we did mile repeats with 400m recovery intervals. I am not fast on the track (but, spoiler alert, since I am writing this blog post after my next track workout, you'll see next week that I am getting faster!). But I really, really love the track. I think I will keep track workouts, along with hilly runs, as staples in my training year-round.

Saturday's long run was limited to 2hrs (as distinct from 2:45 last week and 3hrs this week). I ran slowly with Tricia, talking the whole way. We managed 8.25mi in that time. So I guess we ran really slowly! This weekend we are back at South Mountain, and I am hoping to get a solid 12.5mi (or more!) in during the allotted 3hrs. Tune in next week for the update!

Finally, on Sunday, Mark and I rode up through Tempe into Scottsdale, and played in the hills on the south side of Camelback Mountain. In particular, we took on the very challenging hill along 56th up Camelback Mountain. Then we went down the other side, to Arcadia, and came back up to the top. Craziness. I'll admit, near the very top on the way back, I had to dismount and walk about 20m. But otherwise I felt really good. The last time I tried this hill, I quit about 2/3 of the way up Camelback. This time, that prospect never crossed my mind. Sunday ended with a lovely birthday dinner with Wanda. Now we're both 40!


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I MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY???? What's your favorite dessert? ;)

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