Ironically I know I’ve been going on and on about how much I love the sun, but this week I started getting up earlier and training earlier in the mornings and later in the afternoons to avoid the hottest part of the day. I was loving the warm Spring days, but now that the mercury is sitting on 30C most days I’m feeling like a turkey in an oven roasting away! My body clearly isn’t use to heat and at times I feel like I’m running around like aqua man, I’m that hot and sweaty (too much info?). Hydration has become pretty important and so I’m like a baby with a bottle constantly carrying one around after each hot session.
I often talk about training but don’t actually say what I’m doing. I guess I worry it will get a bit boring, but I thought I’d give it a try. This week was an intensity week, which meant not too much volume, but lots of intervals. I will have done 260 minutes of intensity this week, plus a light couple of distance sessions and a few gym sessions. The week has been successful and I’ve really enjoyed the intervals. I love doing intervals over distance sessions normally. I really feel like I get a lot out of intervals and that “destroyed” feeling after going out and running up and down a hill like a mad man is awesome. I am partial to epic long runs. I just really feel like I get so much out of intervals.
That being said I have questioned my sanity at times. After running up and down a hill for 75 minutes hard I do feel a bit loopy! Perhaps that’s dehydration kicking in, or I am just cracking!
Like most of the past years of racing, this winter is going to be huge! I’ve included a timetable of races I’m expecting to compete in this year for anyone interested. At this stage it stands at 28 races. So we’ll see what happens, depending on how I’m feeling and performing that might go up or down a bit.
|28/11/2014||West Yellowstone, Supertour||Skate Sprint|
|29/11/2014||West Yellowstone, Supertour||Skate 15km|
|6/12/2014||Bozeman, Supertour||15km Mass Start Classic|
|7/12/2014||Bozeman, Supertour||Classic Sprint|
|13/12/2014||Rossland, NorAm (Canada)||Skate Sprint|
|14/12/2014||Rossland, NorAm (Canada)||15km Classic|
|4/01/2015||Houghton, US Nationals||15km Skate|
|5/01/2015||Houghton, US Nationals||Classic Sprint|
|8/01/2015||Houghton, US Nationals||30km Mass Start Classic|
|10/01/2015||Houghton, US Nationals||Skate Sprint|
|23/01/2015||Steam Boat Springs||10km Skate|
|24/01/2015||Steam Boat Springs||20km Mass Start Classic|
|30/01/2015||Craftsburry, Supertour||30km Mass Start Classic|
|1/02/2015||Craftsburry, Supertour||Classic Sprint|
|14/02/2015||Ostersund (Sweden) World Cup||Classic Sprint|
|15/02/2015||Ostersund (Sweden) World Cup||15km Skate|
|19/02/2015||Falun (Sweden) World Championships||Classic Sprint|
|21/02/2015||Falun (Sweden) World Championships||Skiathlon 15/15km|
|22/02/2015||Falun (Sweden) World Championships||Skate Team Sprint|
|25/02/2015||Falun (Sweden) World Championships||15km Skate|
|26/02/2015||Falun (Sweden) World Championships||4x10km Relay|
|1/03/2015||Falun (Sweden) World Championships||50km Mass Start Classic|
|7/03/2015||Lathi (Finland) World Cup||Skate Sprint|
|8/03/2015||Lathi (Finland) World Cup||15km Classic|
|21/03/2015||Sun Valley Spring Nationals||15km Classic|
|22/03/2015||Sun Valley Spring Nationals||Skate Sprint|
|24/03/2015||Sun Valley Spring Nationals||Team Relay|
|26/03/2015||Sun Valley Spring Nationals||50km Mass Start Skate|
I’m still eagerly awaiting that elusive visa. My ski bag is now completely packed and my duffel is almost ready to go! The delay is extremely frustrating, but on the positive I have been getting extra jobs done.
Train hard, rest easy, Live for the moment.