Week 9 was a good week. It was one of my higher volume weeks and felt good. I really think keeping my protein intake up helps with my mood and my tiredness. I did skip dinner one night and woke up in a bad mood. More anecdotal evidence of the link between low protein and a bad mood for me.
So the week was good for several reasons.
The swim: I got two decent swim workouts in. That is the first time in a long time I got two decent swim workouts in. I decided to do a long continuous swim for one of them just to see how the shoulder would do. I swam 2500 yards straight and while the shoulder ached, it reached a certain point and didn't keep getting worse. I really focused on trying to take it easy on the shoulder to see if I had a chance at swimming 2112 yards in New Orleans. The answer is yes!
The bike: Nothing too exciting but I did get 3 solid work outs in again. Cut my long ride 30 minutes short Sunday to get the house ready for visitors for the football game.
The run: I managed to get up early one day, had a nice run in the snow on another and a long run Saturday.
Thursday we got about 11 inches of snow. I had a doctor appointment in the morning then planned to run on the treadmill then go in to work in the afternoon. Well, with the snow, I planned on a treadmill run then working from home in the afternoon. Before heading to the Y, I was reading some forum posts and ran across one about running in the snow and decided to give it a try. It was beautiful but brutal.
|Where are my feet?|
Like I said, the run was brutal. It was like doing intervals with leg weights on. I would run until my heart rate hit mid zone 3 then walk until I hit zone 1. I almost quit after 2 minutes, but the thought of changing again, going to the Y and changing again, running, changing again, motivated me to keep going.
For the first part of my run, there was one set of tracks, then none.
|My tracks looking back up the trail.|
I was bored during the recovery period, thus the cool pics. And a bonus video :-).
After running, I decided I didn't feel like working, even from home, so I relaxed and got my trainer ride in early enough to have a cookout. Grilled chicken breasts, grilled asparagus, and grilled mushrooms. Yum! First I had to clear off the grill!
s/b/r hours this week were 1.75/5/3.1
Oh, and to cap the week off, Go Steelers!
Running in the snow was soooo fun! Of course, I wasn't the one breaking trail. Nice job on the workouts. I'm glad your shoulder seems to be behaving.
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