I don’t usually adjust my workout schedule very much before race day. I favor 10 mile races, and usually am in shape to run that distance whether I’m training for a race or not. Since I’m also a slacker at training for specific race goals, I usually head into race day ready to accept whatever the day brings. I do try to eat right and hydrate in the days leading up to a race, and I try to take two days “off” before race day, but that’s about it. But this week was different, because the event on my calendar was going to be more of a challenge than I’ve faced in a while.
The PA Dutch Farm To Fork Fond Start/Finish Line
My husband and I were doing the 65 mile route of the Fork To Farm Fondo in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (Full sponsored review to come!)
After we did our 40 mile ride a few weeks ago, I realized how far 65 miles was going to be and how long we would be “in the saddle.” I also starting
worrying wondering about the “rolling hills” of Lancaster farmland. (Or as a fellow rider put it on twitter, #rollinghillsmyass). So I dialed back my workouts last week, canceled, my Orange Theory Fitness class, and even asked my son for a rain check when he asked me to go climbing with him again. I had to keep my eyes on the prize and adjust my workouts to help my legs get rested and ready.
Monday: 45 minute strength routine at home, focusing on upper body and core to give my legs a bit of a break.
Tuesday: 4.5 mile neighborhood run
I was tempted by cooler temperatures (in the 70s) but it was still very humid.
There’s a layer of mist on top of the grass in this picture.
Wednesday: Vinyassa Flow Yoga program from Amazon Prime.
My body was telling me it needed yoga more than a strength workout, so I downloaded this program from AmazonPrime.
I couldn’t figure out an easy way to skip through the long intro/tutorial section, and then only had time for the warm-up and not quite all of the first 20 minute segment. I’m hoping I will find it more satisfying when I can do a full series.
Thursday: 4.5 mile neighborhood run
Finally cooler weather and lower humidity–
and pretty clouds reflecting the sunrise!
Friday: 60 minutes Core Power Yoga 2
I hadn’t been to CPY since I snuck in a class during my business trip to San Francisco in June and it felt so good to be back.
It was only after I was dripping with sweat that I realized that taking a hot yoga class the day before an epic bike ride probably was not the best way to “stay hydrated.” Oops! 😉
Saturday: 67 mile Fork To Farm Fondo ride!
Much, much more to come!
Sunday: 60 min Core Power Yoga 2
I thought an hour on the mat would be a good way to stretch out all my muscles after our 4.5 hour bike ride and 2.5 hours in the car–and before my 3 hour train ride to NYC on Monday. We did some great hip-opening moves and spent a long time in relaxed pigeon pose which both felt so good.
Do you cut back your workouts before a big event?