Golden Bear Open last week with the 3000m on the Friday and the 1500m on the Saturday. Felt strong in the 1500m pushing for speed but in the 3000m felt like I was just hanging on to the finish. At the end of the meet, felt as if, if I had done two more laps my achilles may have gone up with the blinds:-)
Next up the Alberta Indoor Games where I will look to get into the 9's for the 3000m and the 4:20's for the 1500m.
There will come a day when we look back on these past few days and say, "it seemed like a good idea at the time", but more on that for another time.
In terms of training, things are in full swing and the calendar looks a little full. Balancing all this with the shop will be a thing of beauty :-)
At the Dino Classic 1500m last weekend I posted a 4:38-:39 not entirely sure. Was a wee bit of a smacked ham at the end. Felt in it to win it with four to go but someone handed me a piano. Seventh for the day in open and top master. Well only master. Result and time being secondary was able to go into the pain cave for the first time in a long time without my back holding me back. Feels good to have access to the cave again.
Next up the GBO 3000m this Friday night and the 1500m on the Saturday.
A few posts back I made mention to shortening workouts to keep quality high while reducing load on back muscles, well this has evolved over the weeks taking the focus off the actual running and skiing and putting it squarely on the strength aspect of training.
At present each workout starts in the gym with a few key exercises focusing on functional movement followed by a very short period of running, finishing off with a final round of strength.
The functional strength involves a few key olympic lift styled low rep movements working max weight possible with good form and quickness.
It is early days but the the strength has allowed some very strong workouts with a shift to stronger technique allowing faster speeds with less effort than in the past when I used to muscle through to attain desired speed which would compromise back stability and quick loss of speed.
With strength levels increasing the speed is easier to attain and can be maintained longer, the long term goal will be to have the speed last longer but for now the main focus is strength and increasing speed.
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