My training story today is not as “thrilling” as the weekend, and pretty laid back in comparison too, but spiced up with variety. First, the day started off with a trip to the doctor as this weekend I discovered a huge lump on the back of my left knee. Apparently it’s Baker’s Cyst, swelling caused by fluid from the knee joint protruding to the back of the knee. I sprained my knee over the summer and believe this is caused from that injury. The good news is I’m allowed to continue training but if it gets larger, then I will be forced to reduce my training load. Until I see the sports specialist, I have to ice, elevate and keep an eye on it. Apparently it’s not uncommon and I’m not worried. I’m okay!
So after the doctor, I hit up the gym and did my 5×5 weight training program. This I do 2-3x a week to help build power and reduce my percentage of body fat. I enjoy the 5×5 as it’s very heavy lifting, concentrated, done for 5 reps over 5 sets. It takes only 30 minutes, I use some of my favourite lifting moves (I used to be big into weight training), and I feel so strong. Love that sensation in the glutes from a deep knee squat and the chest flex during a heavy bench press. RAWR!
After the weights, it was time for a short easy skate. In 2 weeks I’m doing my first winter triathlon in Halifax, “Tri-the Oval” for FUN! Really, I’m not that great of a skater but it makes me feel like a kid. Oh, and thanks Steve for joining me on the ice today. Generally I have been skating alone so it was a pleasure to have company for a change.
Getting off the ice, I shifted gears and got ready to hit the pool for a 45 minute mid-high intensity training swim. Going from the rink to the pool makes for an interesting afternoon. The pool was so warm, 84.5 degrees, as usual 🙂
Finally, I finished off my day with a Core Strength & Balance class that I teach in Lunenburg every Monday night. I love this class as it’s slow moving, a lot of balance and isometric strength work, focusing on the core muscles as well as little muscles throughout the body. It’s a great class to be able to incorporate into my training routine as developing a strong core and balance will help me to be that much faster and in good form.
So there you have it – intensities today were short and spiced with variety. Now…where is that ice pack?