Oops, the title is not something I claim I am right now. It’s actually a tagline I read in an article shared at Crossfit Manila’s facebook page. Click here to read more http://www.scribd.com/doc/47067859/Tri-Athlete-Mag-Feb-2011-Crossfit-Endurance-article.
It really caught my attention and woke me up back to my senses.
Fact No. 1 —- Running has taken a backseat since April.
My last speed workout at the Ultra was sometime before the Holy Week. It was supposed to be the start of a program I am to follow. My last long run was Easter Sunday, April 23 — not even a long one — is 16K considered a mini-long run? (or is there such a thing)? A 5k the following weekend followed then things just seem to go on a holiday in running. For the month of April, though, I was consistently attending Crossfit for at least two -three times a week. It should have been enough to maintain my fitness level…until mid May came and I found myself returning my packed water bottle and Gatorade back to the fridge everyday.
I guess I can claim this title —– To Hell —– For a workout addict like me, who defines Sweating and Aching as I get pushed by the coaches during workout as heaven, then I’ve been to hell.
Fact No. 2 – I am not yet Back!
I went back to Ultra for speed workout on May 12. To check how frozen my legs have become, I did 10x200meters with 200m-jog intervals. Target is about 10 seconds less than my previous average of 39-42. It helped that I was pacing with someone who has the same target, I wasn’t tempted to go all-out as I start. I think I’ve kinda matured in following target pace, a 50-second finish time was maintained for the first four. Then, I picked pace at 47 seconds on the next two. Knowing that, it’s only 10 reps and since Ultra is getting hotter and hotter, I pushed the last 3 and finished all at 42 seconds. I feel slow but happy knowing that I am not that far from where I used to be at.
The weekend which used to be packed with fitness activities was spent moving to a new place. I wonder if that counts. So, I made it a point not to miss my Tuesday sched. It was my good friend Nam’s birthday so we did an easy 3k-warmup, Stairs workout 5omx10 and drills. I’m scheduled to do 200mx15 but due to lack of enough time (birthday breakfast is waiting!), I finished 3 and called it a day. I did the workout after office and wohooo, got the average of 42 seconds. I felt my legs needed to wake up some more, so I just did a 50m speed-50m jog for 5K two days after.
Crossfit workouts was still done once a week, though I’ve planned to do 3x a week. Traffic, rain plus an erratic schedule caused me to miss it several times.
So, did I really make a comeback? Nah, I am scheduled for a comeback race last Sunday. It was for 10 kilometers around the hilly roads of Ultra. Except for the heat, I am quite confident I can do it at my target pace, probably not a PR. But, lo and behold. I tripped as I exit Ultra, 400 meter in the race which made every landing of my right foot painful. I changed stride and landed flat without push as I leap throughout. Being in the lead pack, pushed me to hang on. After all, it’s just 10K. The pain won’t subside though so I started to slowdown. About one kilometer on the last loop, I decided to DNF and started to walk-break. I entered Ultra and finished almost 6K in about 32 minutes. First DNF – CHECK!
Fact No. 3 – Faster? I am not really sure if I am ready to break any PR. I haven’t done any regular speed workout. I haven’t done any long runs consistently. I haven’t been crossfit-ing for weeks.
We’ll see. As far as running is concerned, I feel though that it was easier to hold on to the fast pace of 42 seconds and was able to do it without the suka-feeling (throwing up at the end). For my crossfit workouts, I did the Cash-out last night and was able to max-out at 95lbs for the front squats. (10lbs heavier than last month!) Have I mentioned I am also 10lbs heavier now? (You won’t see as much trace though…wink…wink…)
Haysss, I only wish I can be consistent with my schedule again as I used to.
I told Ferdie Catabian (Crossfit coach and Elite Triathlete) that I would want to be able to say that soon, “To Hell, Back and Faster”…….after some chit chats, free advice and consultations (yes, it goes with my Crossfit memebership hahaha; just corner the guy), he asked – what are you preparing for? And, ohhhh….I have actually forgotten. It’s too late to prepare for the 60K PAU Ultramarathon (meaning, if I joined, it will be a just-to-finish race), no plans to do Milo, no plans to do MIM…!!!! I g o t t o c h e c k t h e r a c e s c h e d u l e s !!! and start plotting.
I probably had too much blahs already. Let’s just get this started. I’m set to go back to the heavenly feeling of working out consistently and consciously, and yes, I plan (dream) to come out FASTER!