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Training Log Archive: Becks

In the 31 days ending Oct 31, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling18 19:05:00
  Strength13 4:32:09 0.5 0.8 8
  Orienteering6 4:19:46 17.39(14:56) 27.98(9:17) 562
  Running6 2:46:29 14.63 23.55 137
  Total43 30:43:24 32.52 52.33 707
  [1-5]42 27:45:42

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Tuesday Oct 31, 2017 #

Cycling 45:00 [1]

Easy cycle home in the daylight. Nice! Body still tired. Definitely overdid it last week. It's such a fine balance.
6 AM

Running 33:50 [3] 6.1 km (5:33 / km) +57m 5:18 / km
shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Ran towards the sunrise behind Bunker Hill. Very pretty but I felt quite rubbish. There was a huge water main burst at Sullivan Square and I got extremely wet feet. It was over a foot deep rushing across the road in places!
5 PM

Strength 14:13 intensity: (11:10 @0) + (2:24 @1) + (39 @2) 0.17 km (1:23:08 / km)
ahr:102 max:141

Quick but tough DD - all quads! No weights, just bodyweight.

Monday Oct 30, 2017 #


If we were to take a long weekend to Orlando to see a Falcon launch and it gets rescheduled, what else might we do instead? We are not theme park people and the Everglades is probably too far. Ideas?!

Cycling 30:00 [1]

Cycled in and it was very windy. Rob picked me up after work as I was sleepy still.

Sunday Oct 29, 2017 #

(rest day)

Spent all today working on finishing up my R course project. It was good to not do anything that required going outside. I slept till almost lunchtime, so I clearly needed it. Back to it again tomorrow!

Saturday Oct 28, 2017 #

6 PM

Strength 24:49 intensity: (13:57 @0) + (7:18 @1) + (3:34 @2)
ahr:108 max:147

Got home from a day of Corn mazing and did DD. Throttle workout with 15#.

These workouts are starting to feel a little too easy perhaps, but I only have two more weeks left in this block, so will continue at this level then move up. Do need some heavier dumbbells for sure though!

Friday Oct 27, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Easy cycle in and out. I left work sleepy and was still sleepy when I got home - so I skipped Dumbbell Domination for an evening on the sofa. I think I definitely overdid it a bit on Wednesday :) But it was fun!

Thursday Oct 26, 2017 #


Rest day! Got a lift from Rob into work then walked most of the way home. Nice to be a bit lower tempo.

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017 #

Cycling 1:30:00 [1]

Lots of cycling today, all soggy. Into work, out to the Fells, than back home up the huge hill in Medford. Very tired by the end. Glad I took the mountain bike in the damp.
5 PM

Orienteering 43:43 intensity: (10:30 @0) + (2:25 @1) + (5:46 @2) + (24:55 @3) + (7 @4) 4.99 km (8:45 / km) +50m 8:20 / km
ahr:142 max:175 shoes: Integrators 5000

Hanging controls just before dark. Started out well then stopped being able to read the map on the run as the light failed. Really enjoyed being out in the glorious autumn colours. And got back at the perfect run time - 43.43.
6 PM

Strength 12:39 intensity: (7:34 @0) + (4:46 @1) + (19 @2)
ahr:111 max:137

Quick dumbdell domination as dinner bubbled. Probably over did it today.

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017 #

Cycling 1:15:00 [1]

Into work, over to Cambridge for the afternoon, then home. Warm and windy by the way home! Took it easy and legs feeling much better.

6 PM

Running 27:32 intensity: (22:47 @0) + (2:29 @1) + (2:16 @2) 4.52 km (6:06 / km) +29m 5:54 / km
ahr:103 max:140 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Went for a run around the Fresh Pond roads with Rob. It was really nice and the warm windy weather reminded me of Edinburgh.

Monday Oct 23, 2017 #

Cycling 1:15:00 [1]

Into work and back at easy pace, low gear up the hills on the way home. Nice active recovery. On the way in to work Sullivan Square was closed as a truck had turned over on the curve. From a distance I could see a bike wheel sticking out of the wrecking and my stomach sank, only to realise when I got closer that the truck was in fact a scrap metal truck, and the bike was scrap. Phew.

Sunday Oct 22, 2017 #

11 AM

Orienteering 39:03 intensity: (43 @0) + (13 @1) + (13 @2) + (20:44 @3) + (16:32 @4) + (38 @5) 4.26 km (9:10 / km) +45m 8:42 / km
ahr:172 max:192 shoes: Integrators 5000

Yesterday was my "long" session so today I did the brown. Good choice, the contours at Great Brook are really good but the running is a little rougher. I had some moments where I was moving well today, and some where I was struggling. I totally minced the river crossing. Nice afternoon with the juniors and then some errand running. All good. Really enjoyed two orienteering sessions in a weekend, my brain is already feeling sharper, even if my legs aren't. I'm going to treat this 6 week DD as a base, and then add an intervals session in I think for the next set.
5 PM

Strength 15:45 intensity: (8:46 @0) + (6:39 @1) + (20 @2)
ahr:113 max:140

Glad that DD was short today - didn't want to do it at all really! Did Peak, first round with 15#, then the next two with 10# as my left side was much worse than my right.

Saturday Oct 21, 2017 #

10 AM

Orienteering 51:07 intensity: (5:39 @2) + (20:21 @3) + (15:48 @4) + (9:19 @5) 5.31 km (9:38 / km) +186m 8:12 / km
ahr:171 max:201 shoes: Integrators 5000

Prospect Hill. My legs were lead but I still loved being out in the woods. A couple of really silly mistakes, and walked up the big hills. One mistake going too far right on the high route to number 9 sent me past bathrooms, for which I was very grateful!

Friday Oct 20, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Into work and back.

Thursday Oct 19, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Into work and back. Tired quads!
6 PM

Strength 19:42 intensity: (11:49 @0) + (7:22 @1) + (31 @2) +1m
ahr:108 max:144

Hopefully going to orienteer both days this weekend, so getting ahead a little on the DBs. 15# for The Climb. Ouchy quads!

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017 #


DOMS! Amazing with just bodyweight!

Cycling 1:00:00 [1]

Into work then along the river to Barb's. The dual use cycle path right next to the sole use pedestrian path drives me insane. The runners in the middle with their headphones on. It should be a separate path for each. There's two right there! ARGH!
6 PM

Running 28:58 intensity: (44 @0) + (1:07 @1) + (8:26 @2) + (18:41 @3) 4.89 km (5:56 / km) +3m 5:55 / km
ahr:149 max:166 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

My first gossip run in I don't know how long! It was great! Warm out again - boo! Despite the DOMS the movement came easy - a pleasant surprise.

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Ugh. First cycle home almost entirely in the dark. The driving is worse then.
6 PM

Strength 32:21 intensity: (22:43 @0) + (9:27 @1) + (11 @2) 0.22 km (2:25:04 / km) +1m 2:21:53 / km
ahr:109 max:137

Jump! The easy version is a lot easier than the full version I did during the challenge, but still one of the harder workouts. Used the 20# KB for the rows, and only 3# for the renegade rows plus press ups.

Monday Oct 16, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Into work and back - much cooler now for a short time.
6 PM

Strength 34:09 intensity: (19:58 @0) + (13:16 @1) + (55 @2)
ahr:113 max:137

Felt tired today but the cycle home was energising enough to catch up on Dumbbell Domination. This one felt like a crossfit chipper, it was fun! And descending reps is always even more fun.

15# DBs. Definitely need to try to find some heavier ones - should visit another second hand shop :)

Saturday Oct 14, 2017 #

Running 26:00 [3]

We went to VT with people we didn't know well and they are really really lovely people but they do not have a sleep schedule compatible with mine. The house we were staying in had no sound insulation and they went to bed at 3.30 on Friday and 2.30 on Saturday. I was of course wide awake for most of both nights, and not able to sleep in in the morning. On Saturday I managed an easy jog down into Brattleboro for coffee, but on Sunday I had to rest as I was exhausted.

Not how I had wanted to spend the weekend at all. I am back to exhausted again, after a week where I almost got back to an an even keel.

I owe Zan one dumbell domination, hopefully tonight!

Friday Oct 13, 2017 #

Cycling 1:00:00 [2]

Hubwaying all over town. It went warm again, and I was a sweaty hot mess. Then we drove up to VT through terrible traffic.

Thursday Oct 12, 2017 #

7 AM

Strength 23:08 [2] 0.21 km (1:50:10 / km) +1m 1:47:36 / km

I found my HR band but I guess it didn't work. The cats were nuts all night and woke me up four or five times. Slept in this morning and feel tired.

Today's DB domination was Traction. I need to dig out something to use as a box for step ups and incline things. Everything body weight today - the up and down press ups are really hard!

Really enjoying these little workouts - the barrier to entry is low and I think they're good.

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Into work and back. Dare I say it...felt more like autumn today. Even wore my jumper on the way home - shock!

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017 #


Mmmm...all the stings have swelled back up again today. I should really go buy some antihistamines. I wish it was cooler outside. Are we really going to make it to November without really properly needing a jumper?

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Tried to cycle easy into work and back, and it turns out it takes pretty much the same amount of time.
6 PM

Strength 18:21 [2] 0.19 km (1:34:35 / km) +2m 1:29:57 / km

DB Domination. Carve, 4 rounds, 15# DBs. I need some heavier DBs for rowing based things! Currently doing the easiest version of all these workouts - it's good just to get in the habit. They're fun!

Monday Oct 9, 2017 #


This morning I am mostly...itchy.
3 PM

Orienteering 25:00 intensity: (33 @0) + (24 @1) + (4:41 @2) + (18:54 @3) + (28 @4) 4.06 km (6:10 / km) +59m 5:45 / km
ahr:156 max:176 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

Test ran Wednesday's training - Tufts map holds up pretty well!

Sunday Oct 8, 2017 #

10 AM

Orienteering 59:27 intensity: (8:57 @0) + (3:42 @1) + (5:06 @2) + (41:00 @3) + (42 @4) 4.36 km (13:37 / km) +130m 11:51 / km
ahr:152 max:178 shoes: Integrators 5000

Orienteering at Noon Hill. The weather broke just as I started and there are few things I like more than orienteering in the rain. I was still shattered after 12 hours sleep this morning, so I picked the Brown course. Bo did a really great job of planning and I really really enjoyed it. I stopped at each control and made a full plan, so at least well relatively smooth through the leg, which felt better as the course went on. I messed up going round the base of the hill, which I always do. And then as I was leaving the penultimate control, I ran through a wasp/hornet net and got stung twice! I sprinted away, then ran back up after finishing to try to tape off the area. I never saw the actual nest but I got stung a bunch more times!

I as very glad I had a good time out there. Tingled all the way home and well into the afternoon.
5 PM

Strength 26:25 intensity: (14:23 @0) + (7:50 @1) + (4:12 @2) +1m
ahr:113 max:143

Hung out with Alex for a couple of hours, which was really nice, then wanted to eat a Dairy Milk but did Dumbbell Domination instead. It was quite hard, but I felt much better than yesterday.

Saturday Oct 7, 2017 #

4 PM

Strength 5:19 [0] +1m
ahr:78 max:88

Warmed up for DB Domination and felt terrible, so decided to quit and try again tomorrow.

It's 4.15 and I feel like I could go to bed now. I might do that pretty soon. So glad that all the stressful stuff is now done.

Friday Oct 6, 2017 #

6 AM

Running 25:00 [2] 4.13 km (6:03 / km) +2m 6:03 / km

Easy early morning run around some still gritty parts of LIC. Good to stretch the legs. Talk and meetings all day went really well, but my word I am ready to sleep for a week.

Thursday Oct 5, 2017 #

Cycling 10:00 [1]

After a nutso day trying to get a grant in in time (we won!) I cycled half way to the station and then walked the rest, because that part of the cycle sucked last time.
7 AM

Strength 26:42 [2] +1m

Today's workout was an early morning Pitch. 10# weights, 4 rounds. Tough on the quads.

Wednesday Oct 4, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Work and back.
6 PM

Running 25:09 intensity: (49 @0) + (3:28 @1) + (16:33 @2) + (4:19 @3) 3.91 km (6:26 / km) +46m 6:04 / km
ahr:140 max:163 shoes: Fancy blue sauconys

A little run round the block after a long day of grant writing. Mentally exhausted.

Tuesday Oct 3, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Into work and back.

Monday Oct 2, 2017 #

Cycling 1:10:00 [1]

Into work and back, back on the hybrid. It feels so smooooth. And it was cool outside! Yey!
5 PM

Strength 18:36 intensity: (17:00 @0) + (1:36 @1)
ahr:95 max:132

Started the full DB Domination program. Today was crank, which was 4 entirely upper body exercises. It was easy at the time, but I can now feel my triceps are actually there for the first time in a while.

Crank - 15 #

Sunday Oct 1, 2017 #

10 AM

Orienteering 41:26 [3] 5.0 km (8:17 / km) +92m 7:35 / km
shoes: Integrators 5000

Went back to Hammond Pond to pick up the streamers. I was right, it is a wonderful wee area. Not feeling very optimal physically, but loving being out in the sunny woods and not being too hot.

Today I realised I am no longer a good orienteer, but I am really enjoying orienteering again. This is great!

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