Ah yes, hello to all of my loyal readers! Last time I spoke to you all I just capped off my highest mileage week ever of 124 miles. That was pretty awesome and I never thought that I would be able to ever hit that high of mileage. But I was able to prove myself wrong this past week. Last week I was able to set a new mileage personal record of 126 miles. Awesome. I was pretty pumped after a week like that but also pretty exhausted. And by pretty exhausted I mean I was OUT. Last week took out a ton of my energy and it was the first week that I really started to feel the effects of my new high mileage. But that’s okay because 1: I don’t really have any races coming up any time soon and 2: this mileage will just end up making me stronger in the end. It’s actually kind of discouraging to think about “suffer now so that I will have an easier time in about 3 months”. Like in my head I’m just thinking “ugh can I even last another week?”
The answer to that is yes. This week I am trying to hit somewhere between 115 to 120 miles. A bit of a “down week” if you will. I know that hardly seems like anything of a down week, but reducing at least one of the easy days of this week from about 15 miles to around 8 miles seems like a vacation to me. I think the real hardest part about doing this down week is to actually do it. There is always that little voice saying “you hit 126 miles last week, why wouldn’t you hit that many miles again?” While that is true, you really have to pick your battles. Sometimes it is best to say “hey, I can do another week at this mileage” and other weeks it is better to relax and take a little breather. It gives you a chance to really let your training sink in and just let your body recover. I know for a fact that I definitely could use that recovery.
So what’s the plan then? What’s the plan for this upcoming week and the next few weeks? I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I am going on a 7 week cycle and last week actually marked the end of my first cycle. So what’s that mean for this next cycle? Well the first cycle was all about building up the mileage and workouts to a point where I could handle. This next cycle is all about consistency. The plan for this next part is to hit between 115 to 120 miles a week for the next 7 weeks. I want to stay as consistent as possible to build up my strength and to just let me body adjust fully to the mileage. I think that after this cycle I should feel fit and ready to go for the last cycle of my training, which I will get to when the time comes. As for today, I will be enjoying the reduction of mileage and letting my legs have a much needed vacation.
Like always, feel free to comment and ask questions about my training and workouts and I will be happy to answer.