How about a sweet fast-forward right into Summer?
Momma N really had her game messed up this week! She kept forcing the wind on us (pretty much on the daily), but she also abruptly upped the temps by 40-ish degrees. As much as I embrace the heat of summer, I do appreciate a bit of an acclimation, thank you very much. I will gladly take it, though, and give winter a final kick to its backside.
Fresh off a challenging 10K race, my body was more than ready for some recovery time. The heat and humidity, in a sense were pretty well-timed in that I didn't have a lot of intense outdoor fitness stuff on tap for the week...so maybe Momma N did me a favor?
Before I dis on the details, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
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So, here's what went down this week...
Later, after work, it was time to reincarnate the weekly rides on the hilly bike path. Amy and I had some serious work ahead of us on this first day back on the trail. The hills had not changed (though they may have felt a bit bigger, LOL), but Momma N released more wrath on us with the heat, humidity and the obnoxious wind. It was Krystal's first big ride (she's my new bike), and it was kind of a baptism by fire in more ways than one. Ugh, those 15 miles were tough!
So, this week was a delicate mix of recovery (from the Climb and the DSM Women's 10K) and preparation/taper for Saturday's Market to Market Relay. The running mileage stayed low (12 miles), but had 14ish more miles added to it from M2M (26 total miles for the week). Biking also stayed very conservative (27 miles). Walking was decent, with 12 miles (plus a lot of back-and-forth during the M2M as well...probably a good 3-4 miles of constant motion in between the relay runs). I kept the strength work limited to upper-body, but continued my daily core workouts (as well as daily leg lifts, push-ups and planking). I'm looking forward to a few weeks of maintenance as I await the DAM to DSM 13.1 (June 4th).
In other news:
The flowers and perennials are going nutzo in my yard! The tulips and daffodils looked absolutely beautiful just last weekend...but took a major hit with the crazy warm temps this week.
Sigh. The magnolia tree also morphed from a blossoming thing of beauty to full-on green leaves...in a matter of a few short days. All the blossoms were shed as the leaves pushed through. At least this year, we were able to actually enjoy their beauty and vibrant colors for a few weeks. Usually, they just start blossoming when a late-arriving ice storm, heavy rain, or surprise hard frost zaps them.
So there you go! Summer arrived on the scene in full force, Monday afternoon, and stuck around all week. We do have cooler, more seasonal, temps in the forecast (back to the 60F-70F's), but it looks like Winter is finally a thing of the past (at least for a few months, LOL).
How did your week play out? Does it still feel like Winter, or did Summer make an early appearance? Any significant workouts that need mention? Any weekend racing?