Yesterday, I just could NOT get myself onto the bike. I was hurting from the hillwork (so much for easing in) and had a throbbing headache all night long. But perhaps the strongest aversion to the bike was a severe lack of interest - it just happened to be the least thing I wanted to do. So I listened to myself and actually just took the night off, and sat on the couch beside my wife all evening.
Today, I forced myself out the door on my lunch break. I may have skipped that bike ride, but I was bound and determined that I would not throw away a run - especially on a day as beautiful as today. Sunny, warm, and a slight cool breeze to keep things moderate. Add in an ex-coworker who was available for the run and I was in! Sean used to be a UI designer where I work, and now fills contracts in similar roles. He happened to be working from home today, and opted in for a lunch hour run. He brought Molly (his dog) and headed out, nearly filling my planned run at 11km (where the plan said 12km).
Now Molly is a well-trained dog, and was a pleasure to run with. However she's used to being on-leash while Sean is "on-inline-skates" and pulled us along steadily. I was Zone4 (Z4) pretty much for the full hour I ran. Now I think Z4 is for shorter intervals, so either I'm pushing it too hard in Z4, or my interval lengths have greatly increased, or I need to recalibrate my zones. Need some thought on that one, but I suspect its the latter of the three. :)
Cardio Kickboxing has returned! There was a break due to March Break, and today we returned with vengeance! Brian, the instructor, did as well, and setup a 14-station circuit for us. Twice through, 1min per station, with pretty much no breaks between. We got a minute between full reps, though. I managed to quaff my bottle of Perpeteum in about 40min! There was some tough stuff in there:
- Pushups with feet on an inverted Bosu ball
- Squats on an inverted Bosu ball
- Plank (always tough)
- Nearly-excessive ab work.
This is such a great class. I really didn't know how I'd do after today's longer run, but once I warmed up, I was able to push through well. I even managed to do 10 pushups with my feet on the Bosu - I could never have done that before!
My wife and I kicked it up hard in that class, and we had an absolute blast working out together (as always). It's a great workout, a great outing, and the people at the class are great to workout with (they actually try).
Now I recover, check bus schedules, and get ready for tomorrow's swim back at Ottawa University. Sean will be joining Peter and I tomorrow, which I'm excited about. Sean's not the most comfortable in the water, but he's a kick-ass athlete that's not afraid to push himself to the limit. I've told him that with a mix-up of drills with the pull buoy and kickboard, we'd have him comfortable with freestyle in no time - and he took me up on it. So Sean's doing 25m repeats, Peter will be working on drills and base, and I think I'll work on base as well.