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After yesterday’s FTP test I expected to be tired today. My legs felt a burn every time I walked up a set of stairs so the gym session that I planned during lunch was scrapped.

Later in the evening I felt restless so I went to the gym. Got there a little after 9 and did an easy 40 minute run to get a feel for how much stress I could take. 13.8km/h felt very easy throughout and I was unable to resist the temptation to go faster at the end. The last 4 minutes I ran at 3:56/km and it too felt very easy.

On to the strength session and the legs started to strain under the workload. I had 5kg less than usual on the squat rack and found it very difficult. Very nearly couldn’t do the last set; the third of 3 x 8.

Because of the leg stress I decided to go over and do the chin-ups. That went extraordinarily well… 4 x 7 switching between palms out and palms in on alternate sets. Did some more legs and normal and raised bench press (machine) and finished out with seated rows. I was shaking after that. Total time of 24 minutes.

Tomorrow I plan to run outside.

Easy. Just get out and feel the cold fresh air.

Swim – Bike

Took the plunge and went swimming with the club last night. I usually try to get a few solo swims before I go back and shame myself but last night I just decided to go. No real swimming since last May. Turned out to be the right decision. I was ok until the last ten minutes… even then I wasn’t too bad. I did feel my form slip for the second half of the set. I’ll get that sorted pretty quickly though.

Today I did a lunch time MTB rode with Richie. He pretty much left me for dead on anything resembling a hill but I enjoyed being out nonetheless. Lovely Autumn day.


I forgot to mention – I tried out my new Garmin Swim pulse band. It records your HR while swimming. In principal it works – I had a HR curve on garmin connect after I swam. Unfortunately when I overlay HR and Pace (HR and any other metric actually) the HR graph is about 30% shorter than. My guess is that the HR is not being recorded during the rest intervals and the other metrics are. I’ll have a read around and see what I find.