Tuesday, February 25, 2014

No posting but still exercising

I think this is the longest I've gone not posting and the only excuse I have is that I was busy helping put on a race, take care of a dog, and had a case of laziness.  The last couple of weeks have been interesting and disappointing as far mountain biking goes.

So starting back up: Saturday Feb. 1, I did a hard and slow mountain bike ride of Sludge and Rocky Road. It was still a little slick and muddy and it was a slow ride. I think Rocky Road took 1.5 hours and the rest took another 1.5 hours so about 3 hours start to finish with rest stops included.  This was my first RR ride of the year! I hope to get another one in before the end February.

Then it was back to the gym on Monday 2/3:
Presses 55, 65, 75 lbs 4 reps
Back Squats 100, 110, 120 lbs 4 reps
It just felt awful, I am regressing on my strength and I'm not sure why.  I don't feel like I've overtrained but Jason told me to finish out the week, no strength next week and then start a new program - The Russian Bear.  So that is what I did and will explain it in a new post.

Tuesday 2/4
21 cleans 65 lbs
21 box jumps (step ups 20" box)
15 cleans 75 lbs
15 box jumps
9 cleans 85 lbs
9 box jumps
Time: 14:51
I liked this workout, they based it off a Crossfit competition that took place in Durham. So each round, you have to change out your plates.  I do not think I could have done the Rx weights! This was tough enough for me.

Wednesday 2/5 Rest day

Thursday 2/6
Deadlifts 5 sets of 10 reps @60% I did 135 lbs, not bad
Run 400M
12 Thrusters 45 lbs
3 rounds
Time: 9:20
I went easy on the Thurster (front squat to push press) weight and that was a good thing.

Friday 2/7
Front squats 65-85 lbs for practice
Row 200M
200M sprint
10 rounds

I could only finish 8 rounds in 19:15.

Saturday 2/8
I helped set up and mark the course for the Beaverdam/New Light Challenge, this took 3 hours in some really cold weather.  After that I was too tired to actually ride my bike. Not a good sign for Sunday- race day.

Sunday 2/9
Sunday was our big mountain bike endurance race at Beaverdam/New Light, and I participated in it but would not really say I raced it since I was doing so poorly.  Still, I'm glad I finished the entire race- last year I couldn't even imagine riding all of New Light (one of the harder trails in the area) and now I can ride all of Beaverdam, 12 miles of road and 8 miles of New Light!  Next up- learn to ride it faster. I did learn that I am terrible on the road, a bunch of people passed me and although I was in my big ring, I could not keep up.  That being said, I'm not going to be road riding anytime soon! I do think I probably need to do some fast intervals and learn to keep a high steady pace. 


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