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The best way to come back after time off….

Posted by thepeteplan on January 31, 2015

… is not to take time off in the first place.

That is the advice I have always given people over the years when asked how best to get back into training after a break. It is easy to give the advice, but like most things it’s a case of do as I say, not as I do.

My last entry on 10th January was a few days after I had arrived home from 2 weeks in Seattle for Christmas and New Year. Jetlag was bad, but I had trained well throughout my 2 weeks away. I was home for just over a week then had to go back to the US for work on Monday 19th, and didn’t arrive home again until last Wednesday, 28th January. During my 10 days away I took in 5 states – Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC and Texas, stayed in 4 different hotels, and didn’t see a single erg anywhere I went.

I started the trip off well and went to the hotel gym on my first morning – when you wake up at 4am it is pretty much the only place open after all. Aside from that a few bodyweight type exercises in my hotel room to get the blood pumping a little, a single swim (or more like float around) in the hotel pool in DC, and a good amount of walking was all I did.

Back into it again this week with the first two 30min sessions:

Friday 30th: 30mins = 8260m / 1:48.9 / 26

Saturday 31st: 30mins = 8090m / 1:51.2 / 24

Lots of work travel on the agenda over the next couple of months, with the next stop being Australia. Perhaps I will have more luck (dedication) finding an erg there?

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Back to normal?

Posted by thepeteplan on January 10, 2015

There is always a good dose of jetlag after 2 weeks in the US on holiday, and this year has been no different. After struggling through the first 2 days back at work, having arrived home midday on Wednesday, it was back to training after work on Friday.

9th Jan: 30mins = 8129m / 1:50.7 / 25

And a summary of the (more sporadic) last few days training in Seattle:

3rd Jan: January CTC, 5 x 3mins with 6mins total rest
3mins = 887m / 1:41.4 / 31
1:15 rest
3mins = 887m / 1:41.4 / 31
1:15 rest
3mins = 887m / 1:41.4 / 31
1:15 rest
3mins = 888m / 1:41.3 / 31
2:15 rest
3mins = 917m / 1:38.1 / 33

Totals = 15mins / 4465m / 1:40.7 / 31

2nd Jan: 30mins = 8165m / 1:50.2 / 25

31st Dec:
4 x 1k / 5min rest:
3:17.0 / 1:38.5 / 32
3:16.9 / 1:38.4 / 32
3:16.6 / 1:38.3 / 33
3:14.7 / 1:37.3 / 33

Totals: 4000m = 13:05.2 / 1:38.1 / 32

29th Dec: 60mins = 16037m / 1:52.2 / 25

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