That time bourbon shortened my workout

Feb 16: Day 4

Planned workout(s): Bike, 5 minutes Z1, 20 minutes Z2, 3 x (5 minutes Z3/3 minutes Z1) 5 minutes Z2, 6 minutes Z1

Weight: 175 (wat?)

Today I had only one workout and figured I’d do it after work.  Yesterday was my first two-fer after all, and while it all went well I was feeling it a little bit.  But of course I woke up at 5:30.  I almost rolled over and went back to sleep, but then I remembered BOBS.

BOBS is something some of the folks at work do every few months: Boys of Bourbon.  It’s not really just “boys” (we routinely have a few wives come hang out too) and it’s not always just bourbon.  Basically everyone goes over to the host’s house with a bottle and we sit after work, try some different bourbons and shoot the breeze for a few hours.  Invariably even though you try to pace yourself, you also want to try everything and there’s usually 6-8 bottles, so yeah.  You can get a little tipsy.  Or even a LOT tipsy.

Which is not generally a great condition to be in for your first interval set of the season.

Sooooooo….to heck with it.  I got up and got it done.  First I hopped on the scale and apparently smelling bagels yesterday was enough to gain weight, apparently through osmosis.  175?  Pfeh.  Anyone who monitors their weight regularly will tell you sometimes the body just fluctuates for no apparent rhyme or reason.  It’s still frustrating though.

Then I got on the bike and realized I did not have enough time to do the full 60 minutes, so I cut the Z1 warm up and cool downs.  I had the hardest time getting my heart rate up into zone 2 for the 20 minute set — I felt like I was going really hard for what was supposed to be a comfortable zone.  I wonder, does that have to do with the time of day?  In any event, that changed quickly when I hit the intervals.  I had no problem hitting high Z3 for those, and then everything seemed fine.  Maybe I did need to warm up.

But yeah, changed my workout around and cut it a bit short to drink bourbon.  And I’m perfectly OK with that!



OBTW–here is what I am bringing tonight.  Excellent bourbon (although my favorite is Four Roses), highly recommended.  And by now you’ve probably guessed that I chose Ironman Louisville, at the heart of the bourbon trail, for a reason……  🙂



Admitting the truth

Feb 15: Day 3

Planned workout(s): Swim, 200 yd Z1, 400 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z1 / Bike, 5 minutes in Z1, 50 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1

Weight: 173 (Down 1, 5 to go!)

Got up today feeling a lot less motivated than yesterday to get out and exercise.  THAT didn’t take long.  The real problem was I actually woke up an hour early again, allowed myself to get back to sleep, and then got awoken during a deep sleep cycle.  So yeah, a little sluggish.  I chose not to fuel before the workout, instead focusing on timing my nutrition after the bike ride.  Meanwhile, yay, lost a pound!

The ride itself went well.  I do these types of rides indoors on a bike trainer, and then do longer rides outside.  It works well for me as cycling is consistently my best leg.  Besides, I get to play video games on the PS4 while I ride!


I spent the day in meetings, and of course, someone brought a huge sack of bagels.  It’s always hard when people bring food, but when it’s food you like, and it smells really good?  Torture.  Damned sack of bagels sat on the table for 7 hours….I didn’t touch it.  But it sucked!

My swim set is essentially a time trial, from which I will calculate pace zones.  People always ask me when they find out I swim regularly: Do you shave?  The answer is yes, yes I do.  Here’s the admission…..I kinda like it.  Not the process of shaving itself, because that sucks, but I like how I look after I do it.  I like how it feels.  I stop in the off-season, but honestly?  I kinda look forward to doing it every season.

Aaaaaaand now I’ve admitted that to the internet.  Oh well.  If you’re gonna go, go all out eh?