Sunday, December 03, 2006

Anaerobic Baby Steps

Is the time flying by for everyone out there!?

Everytime I blink it seems like a few days has passed by. Work is crazy busy, I've been trying to squeeze in my running while promising that I will start the cycling / swimming / weights next week. That seems to be my mantra week...I'll start next week. I'll turn it around shortly.

The running has been going pretty well. I did another V02 max test in the NSRL on Wednesday. I won't bore you with the stats- my VO2 max tested the same although I was able to crank up the pain and hit the next level (5:27 mile) on the treadmill before I threw the white flag up. Funny how you can get to that point anaerobically where everything starts shutting down....5:43 hurt for two minutes, 5:27 my body was revolting big time. I did keep it rolling for 50 seconds though! Also, a bit more rested this time as I hit a max HR of 195. The protocol was a bit different this time with 10 min @ 8:13/mile pace, 10 min @ 7:13/mile pace before the 2 min interval ramp test starting at 8:30 pace and up thru 5:27 pace. Also, blood draws between each 10 min session, another blood draw during a 80 minute rest period, then had to get on the treadmill and run at 6:27 /mile pace for 30 minutes with another blood draw at the end...felt like a human pin cushion. Ok, I guess I better state that the treadmill was on a 3% decline during the 6:27 pace run. Trust me, it makes that pace a little easier to swallow. I also had to show up for blood draws for the following 3 days and I get the pleasure of doing this same test in another week! Yeeeaah!!

or maybe that should be...uuuh, yeah?

Friday, I spent the evening with Steven and his very cool family. Free pizza & beers, great company - doesn't get much better than that! **Thanks Steven!!** He also let me borrow his copy of "Bowerman and the Men of Oregon" and his triathlon dvds: "140.6" & "What It Takes" so looking forward to jumping into all of those real soon. Also, left Steven with enough Kona videos that he should be sick of watching them in the next couple of weeks! ;-)

I had to head to the Lance gym on Saturday for the last last blood draw so I decided to hit the track for a time trial and was very surprised that I was able to maintain a pretty darn quick pace thru 10 miles. 1.6 mile warmup on the chip trail then 8.4 miles on the track with my HR pegged at 178. I was getting a bit dizzy with all the loops there!

Since the marathon is drawing near, I plan on starting to throw in some honest marathon based speedwork and pace runs as of this week. Cross your fingers with me - lets hope these feet hold together. Sunday I ran a 21.1 miler in some pretty darn chilly weather- it was a clear day but probably around 33-34 degrees for the 3 hrs I was out there chugging along. Thankfully, the legs didn't protest too much after the hard run on Saturday.

Run Summary week of 11/27/06
5 Days Running
49.55 Miles Total
Mon Off
Tues 5
Wed 9.7 (V02 Max Test)
Thur 3
Fri Off
Sat 10.75
Sun 21.1

Hope all is well - looking forward to catching up on your blogs in the next couple of days!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been interested in getting VO2 tested, but after reading your posts on the subject, I am loosing a bit of my enthusiasm.

You are definitely on quick fellow when it comes to running. I look forward to future posts when you pick up the other triathlon training parts as well.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...


A quick question. Did u intentionally set up a the 10 miler before your long run? Was it a tempo run?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great to catch-up on Friday, Mike.

Don't trash your legs this week - we want to have a great Eagle Creek Run on Saturday!

3:17 PM  
Blogger Paul Fleuren said...

Thats hardcore Mike doing those V02max tests.

well done.


5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hoping those feet hold up for ya, Mike! I second Paul - you are hard core - keep it up.

7:43 PM  
Blogger olga said...

I like to watch inspirational movies on athletic events. Well, long events that is, and IM qualifies:)
Sunday was a great day for that 20+ miler, still and sunny. Depends on time, of course, as at 6 am it wasn't sunny at all! Hope you got some of it by the time you finished!

5:23 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

21.1 training run to top off your week is awesome! Keep up the good work.

5:24 AM  
Blogger runliarun said...

I cannot forget a line from a song I heard once: "one of these days I am going to stop saying one of these days." At least you did not say you are going to turn this around "next week." But you do an awesome job even without turning it around.

7:34 AM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

I don't think I could keep running after the blood draws. I suppose I am kind of a wuss when it comes to that stuff. It's chilly out there. Run fast and stay warm.

5:22 PM  

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