Polar Performance Report – November 2016
I hope you had a fantastic weekend full of rest, friends and fun!
I added a new member to my bike family on Friday night.
I have some big triathlons on my radar for 2017 so it is time to get cracking! I am going to be buying Alto race wheels when I decide which ones I want but for now, I am using my road bike training tires to get comfy and acquainted with aero riding.
Before I talk too much about December training plans, let’s look back at November, shall we?
Distance covered: 519 KM
Training hours: 43
New/interesting places that I trained and raced: The Niagara Escarpment for the Raid the Hammer orienteering race and the biggest hills that Toronto can serve up for the Marquis de Sade half marathon challenge.
Most memorable run: Actually, it happened on the last day of November – it was approximately 10C and I wore shorts to do a tempo session in my local park. It was all lit up with Christmas lights and it was surreal to do a workout surrounded by Christmas lights while I was sweating in shorts and mild weather.
It was the last month of my offseason so I didn’t really race. I did the Raid the Hammer event to practice my navigation skills and you can read about it here.
I used the Polar V800 to track all of my track work, outdoor cycles and runs this month. I have been wearing my Polar M200 for a few workouts which is the new watch from Polar. I have tracked some of my training in the pool with the Polar A360.
I have been loving the New Balance 860s for base mileage training during my off season.
I am a Performance Project athlete under the coaching of Dave Galloway.
A lot of this month was setting the groundworks for hopping back into training. I started back into the pool. I did a few bike interval classes. I kept my running base up. I did strength training. There really isn’t much to report in terms of gains because that wasn’t my focus. I was a bit boring in this regard in November.
I started getting anxious to get back to training and I really felt slow and out of shape. Without that top gear which I tend to loose when I am not doing any interval training, I feel a bit like I am constantly slogging. I used this time to read about inspiring people and start priming my mental game for 2017. One of the biggest things I want to do away with is excuses. There is no such thing as a perfect race. There will always be unforeseen conditions to deal with. Getting tripped at the start line. If I want to be successful, I need to do away with any excuses and just get the job done the best I can.
I’m back at it! I already have one full week of training under my belt and I am thriving on the structure and the challenge of everything. This month is establishing the framework to build on so there is lots of easy base work alongside time trials and FTP tests in the sports to see what my current fitness levels are and to use as a metric for as I improve.
December is always a month of decadence for me – I am planning on fully embracing the holiday parties, the treats and the special times with family. Is it super great for my training? Of course not – but the people in my life are my first priority.
Race-wise, I am planning on doing a fun trail race in Florida on Dec 31 to close out the year. I look forward to using it as a benchmark to see where I am at.