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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 31 days ending Jul 31, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Strength6 4:28:03 2.35 3.78 43
  Running4 1:51:04 10.52(10:33) 16.93(6:34) 116
  HIIT4 51:43 2.97 4.77 138
  Orienteering1 29:08 2.1(13:54) 3.37(8:38) 58
  Total13 7:39:58 17.93 28.86 355
  [1-5]13 3:40:32

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Sunday Jul 31, 2016 #

9 AM

Running 1:30 [0] 0.25 km (6:03 / km) +3m 5:42 / km

Running 25:02 intensity: (19 @0) + (10 @1) + (1:09 @2) + (23:24 @3) 3.85 km (6:30 / km)
ahr:154 max:162

Off the plane in London, slept through breakfast which is some kind of inverse win. Got to Cambridge and went for MIIC as it felt like the right thing to do. It was.

Saturday Jul 30, 2016 #


I have not been training, but I am still alive. It is hard to move out of a big house and into a smallish apartment. I've spent all my free time throwing things out and packing. I am exhausted! Now I'm on the train on the way to Newark, to fly back to the UK for a conference. I am very much looking forward to my return so that I can live a normal, boring life again.

So this morning, I had to get a Zipcar to take Rosie and Clem to a cattery while I'm away. I didn't want to leave them in a brand new place, and I'm sure they'll hate a cattery, but I had very few other options. We donated the car to charity on Wednesday, so it's Zipcars from now on.

I got to the car this morning, opened it with my card, and the alarm went off. I closed it, opened it again, and the alarm went off again. By this time I'm worried I'm waking people up, and I call Zipcar to get them to deactivate the alarm. Only it doesn't work. The guy gets me to try the handle again, even though I can see the warning light on the dashboard is still flashing, and it goes off a third time. He puts me on hold for ten minutes, then his manager appears, goes through the problem at excruciating slow speed, and then tells me to unlock the car and open the door. I tell him the light is still flashing and it's going to alarm. He tells me it won't. You can guess what happens next right? After the fourth alarm and 20 minutes of faff I tell him I want a new car. Only I can't take any of the four cars right next to it, the only one available is 2.7 miles away at the University of New Haven.

So they pay for my Uber, and I get to UNH and make some kind of joke to the Uber guy about something else going wrong, and there is a smiley girl and a warning tape across the car park the Zipcars should be in. And obviously, no Zipcars. Uber guy asks if I just want him to drive me, but he's understandably not keen on cats in his very swanky car. A different nice lady then walks me around the campus for 20 minutes, calling security who moved the cars so the car park could be resurfaced, but didn't tell anyone where they moved them to, and don't seem to remember. I call Zipcar, but they have no active GPS tracing on the car (which seems a weird business decision for a car sharing company). Eventually I hear it honking (you can honk the horn remotely with your phone), and I find the car. It's now an hour after my booking was supposed to start, and I am regretting ever getting rid of our leaky car! What a palava!

I go home and put the cats in their travel bags (which involves prising them out from between the spare mattress the bed and the bed frame, a place they haven't hidden since I first brought them home, and then come out to find someone pranged the Zipcar mirror, but luckily it's just a flip back job.

I really hope I have more luck on the plane tonight! What a palava! As a result I'm now still not fully unpacked in the new place, but it's getting there.

Ugh! Normal life please.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2016 #

7 AM

Strength 36:33 intensity: (32:41 @0) + (2:44 @1) + (1:08 @2) +16m
ahr:102 max:144

Upper body banded workout - gelt much better this time once I had everything figured out. It's tough!

HIIT 17:36 intensity: (14 @0) + (5:46 @1) + (2:31 @2) + (8:17 @3) + (48 @4) 1.9 km (9:14 / km) +81m 7:37 / km
ahr:148 max:178 shoes: X Talon 212s

Used my adrenaline from watching the Middle in my HIIT for today - 8 x 20 second hill sprints, off 1 minute. Ow.

Tuesday Jul 12, 2016 #

4 AM

Orienteering 3:51 intensity: (16 @0) + (7 @1) + (12 @2) + (3:16 @3) 0.37 km (10:18 / km) +3m 9:54 / km
ahr:157 max:168 shoes: X Talon 212s

Started out on the middle model then found Austin who had turned his ankle. We sat for a bit while he got a sense of whether it was bad or not, then he set off again.

Orienteering 25:17 intensity: (11 @0) + (13 @1) + (4:26 @2) + (17:31 @3) + (2:56 @4) 3.0 km (8:26 / km) +55m 7:43 / km
ahr:161 max:181 shoes: X Talon 212s

The rest of the middle model. Beautiful forest, tricky to spike things on the downhills. Very slippy without dobs after the big storm last night - wish I'd have had them!

Monday Jul 11, 2016 #

4 AM

Strength 1:02:40 intensity: (57:00 @0) + (2:27 @1) + (1:05 @2) + (2:08 @3) 1.15 km (54:32 / km) +9m 52:29 / km
ahr:95 max:166

Did my bodyweight/banded leg session during quarantine. It was harder than I thought it would be, am pretty impressed with the plan!

Saturday Jul 9, 2016 #

2 AM

Strength 33:05 intensity: (9:08 @0) + (7:43 @1) + (10:22 @2) + (5:52 @3) 0.98 km (33:50 / km) +16m 31:16 / km
ahr:130 max:167

Post breakfast total body strength.

1a. 1 arm bent over band row, 3 x 12 each side
1b. Bodyweight walking lunes, 3 x 10 each side

2a. Band leg Romanian deadlift to row, 3 x 10 each side. This took me a while to get the hang of.
2b. Side planks, 3 x 3 x 10 secs each side

3a. X band walks, 3 x 12 each side
3b. Bear crawl, supposed to be 3 x 8 fwd & back, accidentally did 12. Surprisingly difficult to co-ordinate!

Felt good to get this done, things are starting to get busier now.
4 AM

HIIT 17:04 intensity: (11 @0) + (6 @1) + (7 @2) + (12:15 @3) + (4:25 @4) 2.71 km (6:18 / km) +57m 5:42 / km
ahr:170 max:186 shoes: Neon sauconys

Didn't want to miss out on awesome old village O', and had a final HIIT session to do for the week, so did one control slow, one control fast for the test course. My flow was TERRIBLE, I am out of practice. The town was fantastic. I enjoy campus sprints, but coming somewhere like this really reminds me why I used to love them best.

Friday Jul 8, 2016 #

8 AM

Running 32:00 intensity: (1:14 @0) + (3:58 @1) + (16:54 @2) + (9:54 @3) 3.91 km (8:11 / km) +111m 7:10 / km
ahr:143 max:165 shoes: Neon sauconys

MIC time - in Switzerland now! This run was essentially the polar opposite of my runs in Copenhagen - and the sun is shining! Scuol is a beautiful location!

160 mac HR doesn't give me much in the way of ability to run up steep hills. Shuffle is probably a kind way of putting it!

Thursday Jul 7, 2016 #

10 AM

Strength 42:32 intensity: (40:52 @0) + (1:40 @1) 0.82 km (52:04 / km) +1m 51:45 / km
ahr:90 max:129

Strength session. Took me a while to figure out how to use the bands I have with the new exercises, and then it was surprisingly hard! I am very tired.

Wednesday Jul 6, 2016 #

3 AM

Running 25:01 intensity: (23 @0) + (13 @1) + (1:24 @2) + (23:01 @3) 4.24 km (5:54 / km)
ahr:155 max:164 shoes: Neon sauconys

MIC in Amagaer-whatsit. I am tired and achey from too much standing around carrying heavy things this week. Glad today is the last day of the conference!

Tuesday Jul 5, 2016 #

11 AM

Strength 48:52 intensity: (48:46 @0) + (6 @1) +1m
ahr:86 max:119

Strength workout with bands. Jen (another different Jen!) still hasn't sent me my band workout, so subbed banded versions of all my exercises. It got a bit boring.
1 PM

HIIT 8:00 intensity: (2 @0) + (6 @1) + (1:56 @2) + (5:56 @3)
ahr:163 max:173

Finishing with some HIIT -

- Jumping jacks x 15
- Squat thrust x 10
- Squat x 15
- Push-up x 10
- Glute Bridge x 15
- Mountain climber x 10

But as an 8 minute 20:10 tabata. It was much harder like this than 10 mins straight through. Forgot to start my watch but after the final burpees HR was at 173 - better rate than the previous HIITs I tried.

Saturday Jul 2, 2016 #

10 AM

Strength 44:21 [0] 0.83 km (53:18 / km)

Put together a miss mash bodyweight and band whole body session. Not ideal as Anja's house doesn't really have anything solid enough to attach a band to, but it worked.

HIIT 9:03 intensity: (2:00 @0) + (10 @1) + (1:25 @2) + (5:28 @3) 0.16 km (56:55 / km)
ahr:144 max:166

Finished off with HIIT. 7 minutes of burpees then 5 m bear crawl. 10,9,8 etc burpees, then 30 seconds rest. Felt pretty hard but HR still not that high.

Friday Jul 1, 2016 #

1 PM

Running 27:31 intensity: (18 @0) + (19 @1) + (7:11 @2) + (19:43 @3) 4.68 km (5:53 / km) +2m 5:52 / km
ahr:151 max:160 shoes: Neon sauconys

Red eye to Copenhagen last night. Am getting better at getting some rest on these flights (being exhausted helps I guess!). Took a nap at my Air Bnb, was woken up by two adorable girls under the age of 8 who managed to converse with me in english about where their dog now was (the countryside, with my host), then went for a run in the rain. I always forget how much I love running in the rain. It was great. MIC was easier today, maybe the lack of heat, but also probably the tiredness. 25 minutes feels a bit limiting when there are new places to explore!

Conference all week now but the schedule is as hectic as I choose to make it, which may be not very. Lots of fun sounding things but not much totally relevant. I came to network about going home, not really sure where that aim stands now! Jen and Pete are coming to share the Air Bnb from Monday, really excited to see them!

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