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Training Log: iansmith

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Cross Training3 3:40:0047.5
  Biking2 1:55:00 40.89(21.3/h) 65.8(34.3/h)19.8
  Total3 5:35:00 40.89 65.867.3
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Wednesday Feb 19 #

Note

I have decided for 2020 to not log my cycling commute; I have biked in to work a handful of times because Toronto's snowfall has been relatively low. My commute is short enough that it scarcely counts as physical activity, and while it has some benefits, it's not enough to bother tracking. Hopefully I will have more actual training this year, especially cycling.

Tuesday Feb 18 #

6 PM

Cross Training (Squash) 1:20:00 [2]

Squash at Hart House with Katie and Petr. This was my first time playing with Petr, and I was impressed with his athleticism. His serve is erratic - and he drops the ball from near his waist when serving instead of throwing it up tennis-style like me. I think my serve gives preferable angles.

We rotated partners, but I probably played 12 games in total. I won them all, though some got close. Petr had a lot of trouble with my serve, and the games with Katie were much closer.

Biking 1:00:00 [1] 34.8 km (34.8 kph)

After squash, I hopped on the upright stationary bike for an hour. I chose the light hills workout at a difficulty setting of 12 (out of 25), and I kept a cadence of 90-110. As usual, I'm not sure I believe the distance values - they're a handy way to track effort, but probably don't translate to the real world because wind resistance, road friction, and so on.

Sunday Feb 16 #

5 PM

Cross Training 1:30:00 [2]

Marathon squash session with Katie. We played 15 games over 90 minutes; I won 13. Losing scores were (Ian in parentheses):

11 6 9(I), 2 7 4, 7 6 8, 8 4 4, 4 9 6 (I).

We played a total of 262 points, not including a handful of faults and lets. Our amortized cost is 20s per point, including transitions to recover the ball. We also took quick water breaks every third game. A fun but challenging session.

Katie and I each have shots we have named after ourselves; Katie's shot is a return where you first hit a side wall before hitting the front wall, and the ball also hits a side wall after. The result is that the bounce is very far forward and quite weak. It takes a lot of speed to return it if you're playing far back and results in many winners.

My shot is a very fast, low, hard return off the service. This "bullet" is often best executed before the serve has bounced. It tends to land behind the service box, and if you're unprepared often results in winners. This return requires a lot of precision to execute.

Biking 55:00 [2] 31.0 km (33.8 kph)

I hopped onto the stationary bike for a quick spin. It's time for a montage. I stayed at 95-110 rpm at difficulty level 10 (of 20) on the recumbent bike. I felt pretty good.

Thursday Feb 13 #

Cross Training (Squash) 50:00 [1]

Squash with Laleh.

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