I learned a new training technique this week called the "stepback week". I didn't pick up any of this great stuff as a swimmer. My recollection is that we pretty much went hard at it all year except for December when we went *really* hard and August when we surfed the whole month. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention and this week necessitated a little rest. I forced myself to sit out a couple days, caught up on sleep and cut my overall mileage ~35%. Probably could have cut a little more than that.
Here's how it broke down...
- Mon: 10 miles (pm: 10)
2 sets of stairs for 40 mins each. Weights - lower body.
- Tue: 8 miles (pm: 8)
Stairs and weights again - more upper body.
- Wed: 18 miles (am: 18)
First 13 felt okay but ran out of gas the last 5. Fell twice in the last mile and called it quits.
- Thurs: 6.5 miles (am: 6.5)
Stairs and lower body weights again.
- Fri: REST!
- Sat: 21 miles (am: 21 mi)
- Sun: REST!
Good to get some rest. This week - continued focus on stairs, weights, and higher mileage.