so it’s been a hectic week and still is. i depart tomorrow for the south. clemson, south carolina again. mixed feelings about the location just because of the water quality last year and the prevailing crosswind. i hope that the wind was as exceptional as locals claimed, but fear it was not.
both logistics and training have been jam packed this week as we attempt to empty the bucket list. makes for a lot of challenges. i’ve been pretty run down since the birkie and frankly since the craftsbury marathon. our weekly schedule is peppered pretty steadily with high intensity workouts, and consequently, i don’t know that my body has ever recovered from the depletion of these ski marathons. skiers say the “birkie bonk” is common, but i think it’s only been intensified by our day-to-day schedule. i also stayed pretty consistent with my lifting even when my physiological back was against the wall.
we did a 2k on monday on dynamics. i broke six, which is pretty much a mandatory thing at this point. overall though it was a weak test. i do not own the dynamic erg yet and still perform better on a stationary (which is not true for everyone), but evenso, it was a lackluster piece. most of this winter i’ve always been able to call upon ample raw power at the end of a piece no matter its length. since the birkie, the well has been dry when i go to tap into it. this morning we did a VO2 step test. my overall numbers were worse than they were in the fall when i was significantly less in shape. surprisingly my numbers at the lower level were quite efficient, which seems odd since i rarely train that zone during our current plan. anyways, abolute value was lower, but so was my heartrate. i frequently get up over 190 during hard work, but simply touched 182 during thie test. i think my muscular system was just too depleted and drained to really fully stress my aerobic system.
i purposefully have done a lot this week despite feeling tired and stressed. also despite having 2ks and step tests thrown at us. i’ve done this cause the change of seasons is manually upon us. i have a three day drive south. i just want to stress the system, then get in a car and take a big, deep relaxed breath.