Polar Performance Report – April
I know, I know. We are almost 1/3 through May and I am only now getting around to recapping April. That is a bit what my life is as the moment, but I did want to share some of the big moments in April with you.
SPORTS TRACKED: Cycling, Running, Swimming, Strength,
RUN STATS: 274.5 KM
Run Elevation: 1563 M
Run Hours: 23.5
Rest Days: 2
Longest Run: 30 KM race
Shortest Run: 3.6 KM brick run
Most enjoyable training run: Mile repeats with Todd and Clare
New/interesting places I ran: Cheering on runners at the Around the Bay course and Niagara Escarpment.
Swim: 27,400 m
Cycling KM: 520.7
Strength workouts: 1 (45 minute strength session) A clear indicator where things can improve for May…
Cross Training: 3 hours – 2 hours of snowboarding if you can imagine and one hour of bouldering
I only did one race in April and it was the second rogaine race of the year. If you missed it, you can catch a video recap here:
Total Month KM – 822.6
Total Month Elevation – 3010 M
Total Month Hours: 52.5
This was my biggest training month in 2016 so far and I was excited to see how strong my body was able to be, especially with a month of high stress in work. My main focus in running was preparation for the Sporting Life 10 KM which I ran this past weekend. I will be sharing the recap this week or next but I was proud of the hard work that I put into preparing. I was ready to do the best I could.
All of my sports went really well and I noticed some big gains in swim speed from just continuing to do volume in the pool.
I began the month with 10 x 1 minute repeats in the local park by my house and finished off the month with a huge training day of 20 x 200m/10×100 m track workout and 2 hour long ride in Toronto.
I used the Polar V800 to track all of my track work, outdoor cycles and runs this month. I used the Polar cadence sensor to help with my indoor training ride. I used the Polar A360 to track all my strength workouts.
I am a Performance Project athlete under the coaching of Dave Galloway.
Well, I will certainly not be logging the running speed that I put in for April. I will be moving my efforts off the track and onto the roads and trail and for the next couple weeks, I am taking time completely off running. I mentioned it in an earlier post, but my shin has been irritating me on and off through training. I have zero time for a stress fracture this season so my coach and I agreed that I would take time of complete rest from running to ensure that all of the inflammation is reduced before I move forward with training.
I am focusing the bulk of my attention to the bike and swim portion of IRONMAN training for May, as well as seriously increasing my mountain biking to prepare for the 72 hour adventure race at the end of the month. I will be increasing my strength training to prepare for the paddle component of the race.
The pressure of speed performance is lifting until the fall so I can continue to focus on my strength as an athlete, which is endurance. The track components of my season are necessary to keep me strong and speedy as I can be but I am welcoming a bit of a breather. May will be a TON of biking, lots of swimming and more strength work. Let’s DO this!