Back Home and Maximizing Training

Well I just arrived back last night from my week and half in Europe and I’m exhausted already.  As my training has suffered while traveling and will likely continue to do so in the next couple of weeks, training hard this weekend is paramount but still second to spending time with my family from my wife and sons as well as my brothers and parents.

The schedule might appear brutal starting with a Turkey Trot this morning and a 2 hour bike session on the trainer, tomorrow’s swim and gym and the rest of the weekend is likely to be just as busy.  In an odd way my body is craving the workout and needs to feel the endorphins run through my body.  The trip was hard but I’ve learned some and know that I need to plan better for the next two weeks if I want to ensure training doesn’t suffer.  Of course, people in Europe don’t take Thanksgiving off and are still calling and expecting me to handle e-mails.

When I first woke up this morning, I weighed myself and so far so good, I didn’t appear to have gained too much weight while on the road.  I managed to run a 5K Turkey Trot with my brother from France with a PR of 27:30 and felt generally good though my pacing wasn’t ideal.  Despite my best intentions to start slow and attempt negative splits I kicked it off too fast of course.  The good news is that I know I can do better and I think I can break 27 minutes.  My knees felt strong and I tried my new cw-x stability tights which felt great (particularly in overcoming the 40 degree weather).  Thanks to Kingstowne Striders for setting up this inaugural 5K!

Pretending Not To Be In Pain During the 5K Turkey Trot

Pretending Not To Be In Pain During the 5K Turkey Trot

Later in the day, I put my Orbea on the trainer for a 2 hour session watching a movie and focusing on short drills (Speed and one-legged).  The session was painful I must admit not only in terms of muscle fatigue but also in terms of mental toughness.  It’s obvious that I haven’t been on the bike in a while and my back, shoulders, not to mention legs, grew tired quickly. I’m hoping to go biking another couple of times before flying back to Europe next week.  Being inside for two hours was also particularly painful from a mental perspective, but the roads were wet and I can’t afford an accident.

The rest of the day was focused on preparation for our own Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow (Friday) along with joining my brothers for tonight’s festivities and our parents’ house.  In doing so, I’ve managed to spend quality time with family, I trained hard and even handled a few e-mails.  All in all, it’s been a good start to my weekend and I’m thrilled of the balance I’ve achieved. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I have much to give thanks for, I hope you do as well.

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