First week officially with the coach, which means one thing. It’s testing week!
Monday – today was supposed to be a strength session, but when I got to the gym, they were closing in 20 minutes because of the holiday. So I took a quick look at my schedule and made the on the go decision to switch to my Run Lactate Threshold Test which I was supposed to do on Saturday. Super humid and hot at 3:45pm, and I hit the paths in Sunnybrook which were full of families trying to squeeze the most out of their last day of summer. A little crowded and had to keep dodging the same family on bikes, but got it done. Average 180 heart rate at 5:51 pace for 20 minutes. This means things. Important things. Mainly about heart rate zones. I’m just thrilled that my Zone 2 is slightly higher than what my heart rate monitor defaults to. I can almost run that slow at that heart rate, which is better than not being close at all.
Tuesday – Critical Swim Speed Test day! My regular pool was closed for yearly maitenence so I headed down to Regent Park Aquatic Centre for the first time. Gorgeous little facility with lots of people swimming. Critical speed test was a 400 timed from a push, followed by some easy swimming, and then a 200 timed. It was a little rough because it was crowded in the lane, but got it done. 400 – 6:27. 200 – 3:06. Not fast (at least not to ex-swimmer me) but lots of room for improvement. 1:41/100 critical speed. I would like to apologize to the lady in my lane wearing a Open Water Swim Series cap and IMMT backpack – I showed bad swimmer form and passed between the flags and the wall during my timed swim.
Wednesday – Strength workout at the gym. Short, but strong. Lateral lunges are hard
Thursday – Bike Lactate Test Day! My bike is in the shop getting repaired and geared up for a winter of riding inside, so I did this on the stationary bike at the gym. Same set up as the run test,and heart rate ended up being a little lower (157). Did about 18K
Friday – Gym day. As I didn’t get my Monday strength session in, I did both the Monday and Friday weights. Loved the gym on Friday night. It was empty and awesome.
Saturday – Foam Rolling. I hate foam rolling when I’m doing it, but always feel awesome after. Made my sore glutes and IT bands go away. I need to remember not to skip this.
Sunday – Off Day!
Time Total – 5:02