Cycling (trail) 48:00 8.77 km (11.0 kph) +104m ahr:157 max:176
Family outing to Sweetwater Preserve, probably a little later in the day than was wise. We kept the visit on the shorter side.
I mountain biked while Lukas and Melissa went for a walk. I've been here several times but I don't think I've ever biked here. If I have it was before AP and obviously that would hardly even count.
The plan was to get in a bit of a ride, of course, but I also wanted to scope out the trails to see where to take Melissa if we get out here together for a ride. The answer to that is not to take her to where I went first, up to the northern loops, which are in the rockier section. They don't have sustained technical sections but are rocky enough here and there that it would be frustrating for a nybegynner. The southeastern trails are nice, easy, smooth desert riding, and probably just what the doctor ordered.
Running (road) 1:39 0.2 km (8:23 / km) ahr:139 max:156 shoes: Doloriel (Mizuno Wave Rider)
Felt little niggles after the last run but they seemed to be gone by last night, so I was eager to get up this morning and run on a totally empty stomach. Unfortunately, the niggles were back in the morning and no amount of sticking could undo it. I'm pretty annoyed at myself for being able to aggravate my adductors (or whatever) in my sleep, even sleeping with a pillow between my legs. Anyway, I dutifully did a full round of exercises, foam rolling + sticking, put on the serf strap, and set out.
Everyone (two PTs and running coach) insists that I should run a bit, as long as I can keep the pain very low (a 2 or less). Using my tendons and muscles a bit is supposed to help them recover, and running small amounts throughout means I'll be less likely to injure myself when I'm able to ramp back up. I don't know exactly what the cutoff for 2 is on the pain scale but what I'm feeling is very mild. Hard to even call it pain, it's more like an ache and an annoyance. In other words, I don't think I'm pushing it at all. But it's not fun. I hate it. I ran around the corner with an ache in my pelvis and just stopped and came back home with a very strong "fuck it" attitude. I'll try again another day when I'm feeling less hateful.
XC Skiing (skate, road) 33:41 5.01 km (6:43 / km) ahr:138 max:163
In the afternoon I brushed off my death sticks (skate rollerskis) and took them out to The Loop from the north end of Columbus. I had no real workout plan, I just wanted to see how it was to use them. I was a little shaky to start but got moving okay after a few glides.
Unfortunately, what I remembered as very smooth pavement from biking along the Rillito is actually very smooth pavement interrupted quite frequently with cracks that go the entire width of the path. The first few freaked me out a bit but my wheels just went right over them. Of course this made me overconfident and shortly after developing this massive self confidence I hit a much wider crack and bit it. I was very thankful to be wearing knee and elbow pads, no damage done.
The actual skiing was okay, for me. I at least felt kind of close to what I feel like on snow (i.e. awkward but making forward progress), though I was always on high alert because of all the cracks. I feel like if I were more confident I'm just hop over them. I sort of managed by skiing over them with skis parallel but with one foot in front of the other so I could unweight the one going over the crack, but it would probably be even safer if I managed to completely lift each foot instead. Or something.
No more spills, though right before I was ready to turn around the tip of one of my poles broke right off (the rubber just cracked all the way through) so for the entire way back I had to pole very gingerly else the pole would just bounce. Probably good for me to use my legs more.
In any case I think this is a nice thing to do every once in a while and the best next move is to try The Loop along the Pantano instead, which is one of the newest sections to be paved. Same distance from home, so still fairly close. I think I could relax a lot more without the cracks and get a bit more of a workout.
Running (road) 24:42 3.61 km (6:50 / km) ahr:150 max:162 shoes: Doloriel (Mizuno Wave Rider)
Another session of 3x[PT+1km loop]. It didn't feel awesome but it was hard to tell if maybe I had some food or beverage still in my belly that was causing an ache. If I sped up and lengthened my stride then I could feel the pain higher up, so that seemed a bit distinct.
Other Cardio (downhill skiing) 32:21 0.86 km (37:37 / km) ahr:105 max:138
Today was downhill day at the Snowbowl and it was a great day for it—tons of new snow, sunny skies. Only downside was that lots of others had the same idea and we made the mistake of renting on the mountain, which meant we stood in line (in the sun, at least) for a long time waiting to pick stuff up.
By the time we all had equipment I only had enough time to take Lukas down one run before his lesson. He loved it, and the magic carpet back up, so he was happy to be dropped off at the ski school. I got in a couple of runs during his lesson and then watched a bit. We figured he would be done for the day after the lesson since he’d only had a snack, no lunch, and it was very sunny, and he’d spent a long time on weird slippery sticks attached at the heel. But no, he wanted to do more!
Took him down (holding on to him between my legs) another four or five times. I would tell him when we were switching directions and he would try to weight the same foot. He definitely gets the concept but still shaky on the execution. He definitely loved all of it and wants to go back.
I snuck in another solo run just before the lifts closed. Not much actual skiing for me, but both Melissa (who had been scared and skeptical before her third alpine outing) and Lukas ended the day very happy, so I did good work.