Monday, January 27, 2020

The only way is UP!

I had been sidelined for about 2 weeks now as my right knee has been showing signs of aging, no thanks too much basketball (but I love you Kobe, RIP!). Slowly, I'm inching my way back to regular training, being careful not to exert too much effort so that I don't injure it again.

I can feel some 'looseness' on my right knee which constantly prompts me that I may have to see a doctor (ortho?) if there has been any serious damage, but my busy work/family sked is just getting in the way. I will have to allot some time for this before it gets any worse.

But definitely, I may have to stop playing basketball, sadly, permanently.

My CTL is at it's worse (27!) so I really have to get back into training. I'm trying to look for a race to sign up to, whether a 10k or 21k run, a duathlon, or a cycling race (there's a bike race in March so I'm looking into that one) to keep me motivate.

Hopefully all goes well (training and knee-wise) on my next post...

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Vacation's Over

And just like that, it's the year 2020.

Happy New Year....

...and my TP CTL is STILL at 35. I managed to get a few workout streaks here and there last month but, coupled with the holiday feasting and vacations, I couldn't keep it consistent.

So here I am again, at the start of the year, trying to get out of this losing slump and get back in (racing) shape.

Need to focus. Come on man!!!

Tsk...

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Craving for Motivation

Almost 2 months since my last post, and my CTL has dropped miserably to 35.

My goal was to reach 60 by the end of 2019 so I guess that's already out of the picture no thanks to laziness, lack of motivation, late nights due to work (and recently: xmas parties).

My annual medical blood work came out last week and it has supported the fitness drop as my cholesterol levels are very high.

Not. Good.

I need to stop this endless drop to the abyss of laziness and demotivation, and start working out more regularly again.

Ahhhhhgggggghhhh!!!! Nakakatamaaaad! Ahhhhgggghhh....

Monday, October 21, 2019

46

It's been a long time (yet again) since my last post, but I'm still here running and riding whenever I can.

Work has been stressful lately (late nights coming home from work) such that there's always that time of the week wherein I have to favor sleep/rest over working out in the early mornings. But for the last two weeks I've managed to keep my TSS (run+bike) above 300 for the week which is a big win I might say.

Along with the heavy work in the office, I was saddled by the flu for a couple of weeks, a by-product of Bike2Work which I found physically demanding (as I don't normally workout twice a day). I borrowed my son's 27 MTB which is a lot heavier than my BMC ---compensated by the big cassette at the back. It's more comfortable as I'm sitting more upright vs my roadie which makes it safer for me to ride vs metro traffic. However, the bike is still heavy overall thus pedaling is a task. I still would love to make bike2work more regular but I may have to get used to this "2 a day" workout from time to time.

No races scheduled but I'm eyeing the SunlifePH 40k ride next month. Well, that is if I'm up to the task of waking early on a Saturday morning. :D

As I turn 46 today, my body is not as fast to recover as it was 10 or 15 years ago. I have DEFINITELY slowed down on my runs (is a sub60 10k still possible?) but I think I have yet to reach my full potential on the bike. Probably being more faithful to my scheduled Trainerroad workouts will help ---probably. But training will still continue as much as my body is still able to do so.

All in all, I'm still thankful to God that I'm still able to run and bike whenever I can....at this sweet age of 46. ;-)

Well, that's it for now muna. Gotta get back to work....

...and training, of course.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Alviera Duathlon 2019

Came into this race after a bout with the flu days before (ikr!), possibly due to overtraining when I should've tapered 2 weeks before. It was due to panic of not having enough in the bank that I resorted to a heavy weekend a week before race day and boy, I suffered badly that week with office sick leaves and lack of training.

The Alviera Duathlon 2019 route was a killer course, with Run1 starting IMMEDIATELY with a climb(!) ---which we had to loop twice. Took a gel in the 2nd loop as I was battling the temptation to walk. Finished that in 6.36/km average pace which was great considering the form, or lack of, that I was in.

The bike was the usual 2 loop ride from Porac exit to Floridablanca and back...with the famed 'makunat' 2k climb to Porac exit. This was my first time to race my new BMC TMR02 AND new 55mm wheelset ---with the latter bought and installed just 2 days before the race (yep, a definite NO NO when racing).

The result? The unfamiliar new gear combined with sporadic Trainerroad workouts (ftp crashed from 180 to 140watts whyyyy) resulted in 1 of my most dismal race performances yet: a 24kmh average ride for 60kms. I took 4 gels, one on each end, but that didn't help as I found everything just difficult. Dropped my chain 8k before the bike leg ended which I may have lost 2mins. Will power wasn't lost as I just kept spinning, albeit slow, in the climbs and put my head down in the descents for aero gain.

Alas, Run2 will be a 1 looper of Run1 with the same unforgiving elevation for someone who already ran 6k and rode 60k. It was one of my most difficult Run2s in a while, with my quads threatening to cramp on the downhills. HR was quite elevated (171 max) on the uphills but I kept on trudging ---slowly. Took a gel at km3 to mentally hopefully keep the cramp threat off (worked btw).

A few walk breaks here and there but when the downhills came I took advantage to finish Run2 at 7.20/km average.

Total race time: 3hrs 47mins. A 28min lapse from the 2018 version. A lot of learnings from this one, surely:

1. Seriously do your TR workout plans
2. Taper 2 weeks before
3. Dont overtrain
4. Lose weight
5. Dont use anything new on raceday
6. Lose weight
7. Lose weight

Until my next race....