Yep, all too soon the Christmas break ended and I’ve been back at work, although a 4 day week went some way to making the transition a bit easier.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you may notice that the picture looks a little different today. Normally I try to get a good shot during my warm ups (or turn rounds) on at least one run of the week but because I got the chance to paddle last week I managed to get some shots while I was in the boat. The one above is from the limestone rock formations in the Raglan harbour. As you can see the weather was fantastic even if the rock gardening was a little tame in the harbour. Strangely enough I was a bit busy paddling in the rougher stuff at the harbour mouth and didn’t manage to get a decent picture, I’ll have to work on something to make that a bit better.
It’s been quite a good week for exercise too, I managed to get out on my bike again for the first time since starting the couch to 5k series and I can see the improvement in my bike times just from the additional fitness. Who knew, getting fit in one area has benefits in others, its almost like its a conspiracy 🙂 I managed to drop a couple of minutes on my round the block time and did it keeping my heart rate in my training zone.
Which is a nice segue into a change I have made to my training. I’ve been reading quite a bit around endurance training and different methodologies and came across Phil Maffetone who is a proponent of purely aerobic training dictated by HR and keeping it in a specific zone. Once I got my Garmin watch with Heart Rate I decided to give this a try and see how it worked for me. It’s early days but it seems to be showing some promise and I will keep using it for the time being, and write a more in depth post about it in the near future.
I have found it invaluable on my longer run, I’ve run around the block twice now which is a nice even 6k and have managed to run the entire distance (YAAAYYY) and more importantly have done so without hurting myself or feeling like I was dying, which is probably more important at the moment.
- Monday – Run 5.24k
- Wednesday – Run 5.34k
- Thursday – Bike 17k
- Friday – Run 6k (the block)
We’re off on holiday for the next two weeks so posts will come when I can get to the internet. Have fun and I’ll talk soon.