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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 30 days ending Nov 30, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cross Fit5 5:11:19
  Running9 4:57:26 30.44(9:46) 48.98(6:04) 961
  Cycling3 2:30:58
  Hill Walking1 1:50:00
  Total18 14:29:43 30.44 48.98 961
  [1-5]18 13:53:10

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Saturday Nov 30, 2013 #

10 AM

Running 43:04 intensity: (14 @1) + (1:17 @2) + (25:57 @3) + (15:36 @4) 6.76 km (6:22 / km) +183m 5:36 / km
ahr:170 max:182

Whew, first actual exercise in a while! The trip so far has been a whirlwind of fun and friends, with plenty of walking, be in Oxford Street Shopping or Peak District prancing with the family.

This morning I managed to wake myself up enough to put on some running shoes and do a quick tour around St Ives. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and warm, and I was huffing and puffing like a mad woman, but it was good to be out.

Now on feeding the ducks, back to York for a fancy meal, and then up to Edinburgh for a few days!

Saturday Nov 23, 2013 #

12 PM

Running 19:36 intensity: (3:05 @1) + (4:56 @2) + (11:35 @3) 2.8 km (7:00 / km) +245m 4:52 / km
ahr:157 max:181 shoes: X Talon 212s

A mixture of jogging and walking and exploring at Lover's Leap State Park. Beautiful day, a nice bit of sitting down in the sun. Very warm out of the breeze.

Friday Nov 22, 2013 #


Who needs training when you have 12 hour days where nothing works?! I threw away my remaining neurons in disgust yesterday, and now only a day of meetings (mostly fun ones) stands between me and home. Yey!

Monday Nov 18, 2013 #


In London this time next week. Eeeeee!
7 AM

Running 31:15 intensity: (11 @0) + (2:54 @1) + (31 @2) + (17:38 @3) + (8:58 @4) + (1:03 @5) 5.4 km (5:47 / km) +90m 5:20 / km
ahr:167 max:191 shoes: Pink cohesions

Ran into East Rock. Had to chase the orange shuttle at the end which was fun!

Sunday Nov 17, 2013 #


Today I did lots of useful stuff round the house and pretty much no exercise. It was actually very pleasant.

Saturday Nov 16, 2013 #

9 AM

Cross Fit 1:05:27 intensity: (41:38 @1) + (2:03 @2) + (13:23 @3) + (8:23 @4)
ahr:153 max:187

Bring a friend day! Rob and I have no friends, so we paired up. Some strength stuff first, split squats and toes to bar, then a really fun workout. Increasing in 10s of clean & jerks, Sumo deadlift high pulls, power snatch, box jumps, goblet squats, burpees, kettle bell swings, lunges, sit ups, double unders between you. We had to use the Rx weight of kettle bell because so many turned up, so Rob did extra swings while I did extra sit ups and lunges. It was really fun. 23.44 for it all.
12 PM

Running 30:01 intensity: (39 @1) + (15 @2) + (9:35 @3) + (19:32 @4) 5.55 km (5:25 / km) +77m 5:04 / km
ahr:175 max:187

Such a glorious day and I absolutely had to go food shopping, so stopped at Racebrook Tract for a quick easy run on the way. Seriously warm and sunny, but a few too many dogs.

The food shops were crazy - I had to queue for a space in the Whole Foods car park and Trader Joe's was epically horrible. Are people shopping early for Thanksgiving or something? Certainly not the weird lady next to me who bought 8 packets of swordfish, 4 bags of brown pasta and 2 cartons of fish stock. Mmmmmmm....meals at her house must be fun! Or maybe she really likes her cats?

I know Trader Joe's do 50% of their business at weekends but still, it was grim. Huge accident on the 15 on the way home, luckily my phone warned me and I went back the other way.

Friday Nov 15, 2013 #

(rest day)

Rest day. I used up all my infected neurons, and the next batch isn't ready till Monday. So at least I get the weekend off. Yey!

Thursday Nov 14, 2013 #


Want to leave work. Can't. Only have myself to blame after excessive kitchen tidying was more appealing than running to work this morning. Will be very happy to reach about 6pm tomorrow. What a week!
10 AM

Running 30:43 intensity: (2 @0) + (1:06 @1) + (2:03 @2) + (18:05 @3) + (9:27 @4) 5.36 km (5:44 / km) +91m 5:17 / km
ahr:167 max:182 shoes: Pink cohesions

Finally got it together to run into work. Felt better than I anticipated, but not sprightly.

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013 #

Cycling 30:00 [2]

Power cycle. My brakes have now screwed up to an unfixable level, so I need to try to go to a bike shop. But they are open at silly times. So I pushed against my brakes pads the whole way. Great for the bike, I'm sure.

I want to tell scary Russian Man that JJ is absolutely right in the money for orienteering thread, but he is too scary. Go JJ!
5 PM

Cross Fit 1:01:26 intensity: (14:11 @0) + (29:48 @1) + (1:36 @2) + (4:03 @3) + (11:48 @4)
ahr:126 max:185

Very tired today so did the Function workout as a recovery type effort rather than all out. 3 5 min AMRAPs of airdyne, kettlebell swings and burpees. Today was the first time I felt particularly lacking in the glycogen store area. Still pushed through and was consistent if not energetic.

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013 #


First CT snow of the season! I am already at work :(
5 AM

Running 43:58 intensity: (3:10 @1) + (8:27 @2) + (28:19 @3) + (4:02 @4) 7.47 km (5:53 / km) +39m 5:44 / km
ahr:161 max:181 shoes: Pink cohesions

Ran into work! Fun at that time in the morning, and beat the enormous temperature drop. Worked from 6am till 6pm. Totally whacked now. It was hopefully very productive, but I'll find out tomorrow.

Monday Nov 11, 2013 #

8 AM

Cross Fit 1:03:30 intensity: (1:00:00 @1) + (3:30 @4)
ahr:82 max:111

Looks like I forgot to start my watch but managed to record the trip here. We did back squats, then technique practice on clean squat jerks, then a super intense ring row and box jump short finale. Good to start the day with a workout because work was non stop (but productive).

Sunday Nov 10, 2013 #

11 AM

Cycling 50:58 intensity: (31:22 @1) + (16:55 @2) + (2:41 @3)
ahr:133 max:170

Neither of us were really up to running today, so we skipped the O' to do something a little lighter. Unfortunately, cycling the Larkin State Park Trail was not this - awful surface meant we were moving as slow as a run, with a lot of strain on the upper legs to keep moving. It wasn't much fun, so we bailed at half an hour and came back. Ended up being just in time, as then it started to get windy and piss it down.

Guess we probably should have just gone to Ansonia after all! Nevermind!

Saturday Nov 9, 2013 #

Hill Walking 1:50:00 intensity: (1:40:00 @1) + (10:00 @2)

Hiking on Lamentation Mountain, not quite at the State Park, but ssssh. It's a great place - some very steep trails but also some lovely woodland and great views. Enjoyed this a lot.

Feeling headachey from the lack of bread and pasta type carbs when we set off, much better by the end. Running might be interesting tomorrow.

Friday Nov 8, 2013 #


Today's beauty, from New Haven Green.


No filters/manipulation at all!
9 AM

Running 30:04 intensity: (1:15 @1) + (1:55 @2) + (18:33 @3) + (8:21 @4) 5.28 km (5:41 / km) +76m 5:19 / km
ahr:168 max:184 shoes: Pink cohesions

Into work. Felt bad at the start, pretty good by the end. I'm waiting for the lack of glycogen to kick in. Trying a food experiment at the moment, as I am piling on the weight and really can't figure out why.

Thursday Nov 7, 2013 #

4 PM

Cross Fit 1:00:46 intensity: (19:39 @0) + (31:27 @1) + (4:02 @2) + (5:24 @3) + (14 @4)
ahr:114 max:177

To Cross Fit early! Because it was so warm outside the lab was a sauna - heating on full and air con on full. The heating won. So I escaped. We did some snatches, which were less disastrous than the last time, and then deadlifts and ring rows. Hard work, fun.

Wednesday Nov 6, 2013 #


Today's "Connecticut looks glorious," commute to work photo:



Every time I have felt sad or overworked this week, I have looked at this and it made me feel better:
9 AM

Running 38:44 intensity: (18:05 @1) + (20:18 @2) + (21 @3) 5.03 km (7:42 / km) +74m 7:11 / km
ahr:143 max:157 shoes: Pink cohesions

Rob had the car for a meeting at silly o' clock. I wasn't planning on running in but that didn't leave me much choice, so I did it below 70% max HR. Very sedate, but at least more fun than walking. Ridiculously warm today - short sleeves and short tights compared to the full cover and gloves of yesterday!
6 PM

Cross Fit 1:00:10 intensity: (2:30 @0) + (37:53 @1) + (4:59 @2) + (13:25 @3) + (1:23 @4)
ahr:133 max:179

Really good long warm up today with lots of drills and flexibility work. Then a 90 seconds side plank each side, which I struggled with as my whole shoulder area is stiff from doing too much bench work in hoods. Then the WOD, which was supposed to be 10 sets of 10 toes to bar, 10 box jumps, but my shoulders weren't having that. after 5 of my best toes to bar yet they were done, then I did leg raises off the bar, then when that didn't feel nice, I did strict sit ups. Just good to get out, because work is mega at the moment.

Tuesday Nov 5, 2013 #

7 AM

Running 30:01 intensity: (8 @1) + (2 @2) + (15:31 @3) + (14:20 @4) 5.33 km (5:38 / km) +86m 5:13 / km
ahr:172 max:181 shoes: Pink cohesions

Ran in for the teaching course. Not particularly fun but not particularly bad either. Today I was on time! And I got an egg sandwich!

Monday Nov 4, 2013 #


Exercise fail today!

Sunday Nov 3, 2013 #


Have you Northwestern CTers been to the Steep Rock Preserves? We were at Hidden Valley today and it was glorious. Also, the Hidden Rock Eatery on Route 47 is a wonderful place for lunch afterwards. Go go go!


Friday Nov 1, 2013 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Commute. Bleh on the way in, lovely on the way back, mostly because it was the mid afternoon as our lab meeting was cancelled at the last minute. Spent the rest of the afternoon leaf raking and house making. Nice and relaxing.

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