Thursday, March 29, 2007

Boston Taper Week 1 of 3

Every workout I do during this week will have to be repeated when I take the second half of the counterpulsation on delayed onset muscle soreness test at the end of April. With that consideration in mind I'm trying to keep the intensities of this weeks workouts to a minimum. But...

Monday I swam a steady 1000 meters in the long course pool for a nice recovery day. That was good.

Tuesday was my first 15 mile bike ride outdoors for the 2007 calendar year. What a thrill to be outside riding the bike in the park and up and down the hills.

Wednesday I did 8 x 800 repeats on the track with only 1:30 rest between repeats. I wanted to do each repeat at a comfortable 2:55 pace so that I would be able to repeat them again after Boston and the DOMS test. But then I also wanted to push the pace a little to help boost the confidence meter and I managed to average all 8 repeats at a 2:48 pace. Confidence meter went up 2 points from 6 to 8.

Today I swam 500 meters at an easy pace and then 1000 meters with hand paddles and alternating with fast/slow laps. In the evening I did 18 miles on the bike trainer with an average speed of 18.4mph.

I have been getting blood tests everyday this week and the results are showing a slow recovery from the damage done from the 20 mile run this past Sunday. I'm hoping by Friday all repair is done and I'll be able to run 13 miles this Sunday. I'll post the numbers and types of tests after I get them from the lab.


GP said...

How exciting is it to follow your road to Boston! And Salty One's too.

Great swims and great runs for you. I hope all gets healthy for you soon.

Brian said...

I can't wait for you to experience Boston, although I hate to wish it was the middle of April already! You're more than ready for a solid race.

DaisyDuc said...

It is interesting to hear how long it really takes the bosy to repair from some runs. I look forward to hearing more about all of these tests.

I can't wait to see how awesome you do at Boston!!

The Salty One said...

Mrp would yell at you too for running your 800's too hard--heh! It's definitely a confidence booster to smash your goal pace isn't it! Just 16 more days!!

JeffM said...

I'm in awe everytime I read your speed numbers!!
That's very cool that you're going to meet up with Deb and Mike.

Kewl Nitrox said...

Wow... you are so scientific and precise in your approach to taper. Looks like you will really rock Boston. Have fun!

Deb said...

Interesting testing huh??

Beantown....Here you come!!