Two weeks ago I invented a new type of Tuesday. It's a particular day of the week that will see training increase in difficulty, above all others, over the coming months. It's what I like to call Tough Tuesday!
All joking and catchy names aside, I've always wanted to have one day in training stand out from the rest. This is the one day where I eventually hope to simulate the tiredness and fatigue (not to mention the calorie burn) that I will be experiencing for 100 days in 2011. I hope to learn a few lessons along the way, particularly with regard to recovery. More importantly, though, I'll be putting myself to the test on a weekly basis. It should serve as a useful benchmark.
Last Tuesday and the one before both saw me do a 6 mile run at lunchtime followed by Spinning and Body Pump after work. Not bad for starters. It was interesting to see how I coped with a steady 8.4 mile run on the following days. The first 8.4 miler was done in 01:17:36. Last week was 01:26:14. What a difference!
For tomorrow's tough Tuesday, I'll be doing my best to get 5 miles in before taking Jack to school. There'll be another 5 miles at lunchtime followed by Spinning and Body Pump after work. It's all well and good to turn up and do these things. I'll always be looking for as high a quality workout as possible. For example, I'll not be looking for excuses in Spinning. I'll be looking for my average heart rate to be 160+, as per usual with a decent resistance on the bike. Mind you, I'll just be looking to hold back the tears in Body Pump!