Sad to say I failed out of the 100 pushup challenge. I had been going strong then all of a sudden, I hit the wall. Between the FTP intervals on the bike, the pushups and then a Holiday Run Challenge coach Patrick threw down, I just couldn’t make it. I could no longer make any progress with the pushups. No matter how I tried, I kept hitting a ceiling that would not budge. I do plan to do more pushups but more of a cross-train thing with other core work. Right now I am thinking 3 days a week at lunch I could bang out 3 sets of 40 and not interfere with my regular workouts. I’ll keep you posted as I see how this works.
The Holiday Run Challenge was an 8 day event from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day. One point for each mile, 1 more for each mile run at or faster than T-pace, another point for each full hour run, and lastly a point for running in sub freezing temperatures. I saw it as an excuse to go for a run. My biggest gripe with the EN style of training is that I miss my running. Everything we do is short and fast, whereas I like longer and not as fast. So I started a day early running with Sierra and finishing 8 miles. The thing is those points didn’t count to the Challenge which was fine with me. In the end I ran 54 miles and accumulated 71 points, running 7 of the 8 days (plus the early run on Christmas Eve).
A few of the ENers really went big, covering over 100 miles during the week! Granted they took a break from the regular workouts (no bike intervals). But still, that is an awesome pile of miles! Even for me, 54 miles is huge. In the past I have only had a few weeks were I got those kind of miles and they were 12 to 14 weeks into a 20 week marathon training plan. I was amazed at how well I did with the limited run work the EN OS plan has. I guess they are right – Work works!
Currently we are in a 6 week block of VO2 Max intervals. They are the hardest workouts I have ever done! The main sets are short, just 2:30 on and 2:30 off. The thing is “on” is at 120% and “off” is at 65%. The first one is OK, hard but OK. The second really starts to hurt and by the 3rd interval it becomes almost unbearable. The 4th interval is all mental – from the very start of the last one, I am looking at the clock watching the second hand … it seems to take for ever, some times it even looks like it is going backwards….. After the main set comes the 30 minutes of 85% work which by then seem almost easy. Still, the fatigue from these sets lingers for days…… At the end of this block (4.5 weeks) we test again and I hope to see a big bump in my FTP. Just need to get thru this without any injuries………