It’s Nov. 20…so I have exactly 1 day before I’m a month behind on Weekly Workout Round-Ups (except now, in the time between draft and publication, it became Nov. 21 in Singapore. I’m officially a month behind). Thankfully, I have a pretty detailed workout log and my photos to help me recall each day, plus whatever notes I throw into this file as a draft – and I actually like writing these recaps, so I’m not sure why I keep falling behind. Ah, well. I’d abandon the idea all together, except I actually really like having the record for myself – and publishing it publicly reminds me to keep up (usually…hmph!). So here we go. Since the days are flying by so quickly anyway, let’s take a moment to rewind back to October.
Monday (Oct. 21): RPM practice
This week I moved intensely into my Team Teaching, so I spent a bit of time in the studio alone, learning, practicing, and reviewing the tracks I’d be teaching during the week.
Tuesday: Run (6.8 mi) & RPM Team Teach (TT)
I ran a loop of McRitchie first thing in the morning, and collected some bugs on my shirt (better than in my mouth!):
I team taught with a new mentor this day – and for some reason, the feedback she provided really clicked for me. I felt excited to practice, and retry my tracks the next day.
Wednesday: RPM (TT)
Fueled by a great big bowl of oatmeal, I was ready to team teach with another mentor (we typically work with 2-3 mentors throughout our training) than on Tuesday. Although getting feedback from different people is important to help me develop my own personal style, I’m struggling a bit with trying to please too many masters. I’m also working to adapt my running coach style to indoor cycling coach – some elements transfer easily, but others require some adjustment (for me, at least). This topic will probably warrant a post of its own at some point in the future. But for now, I’m trying to stay flexible, open to constructive criticism (so hard sometimes!), and learn as much as I can. I know that, soon enough, this mentorship period will be over, and I’ll be on my own – so I need to soak in as much as possible right now!
Thursday: Run (3.1 mi) & RPM
There was nothing terribly notable about either of these workouts, but in the evening, we debuted a dish that has since reappeared weekly:
I had grand plans for some kind of workout (run and Body Pump, I think?). But then, around lunchtime, I walked into our guest bathroom and found this:
And thus commenced the Great Detergent Clean-Up of 2013. Just think for one moment…about the logistics of cleaning up ~120 oz of laundry detergent. [Those Costco containers hold ~180 oz of detergent, and the one whose corner cracked was about 2/3 empty when I finally discovered it.]
I did my best to avoid that scene in the Curious George book where George makes a huge mess at home by trying to use the washing machine (at least I think that’s what happened…I’m a bit vague on the details, but I have a very clear memory of the illustration, and didn’t want it to happen in our bathroom). I also gave copious amounts of thanks that, in Singapore, most bathrooms have a floor drain – and our shower head is on a hose.
Needless to say, after three hours of cleaning up this mess, I had no desire to workout. I finished up some computer work and let KMN take me out for dinner instead. See, even running coaches skip their workouts sometimes…
Saturday: Run (8.8 mi)
KMN had a long run on his schedule for the day. I wasn’t interested in his 16 miles, but I joined him for the first half. We actually ran the first 10 miles of the TNF 50K course – this was my first time running the whole section since race day. I was of two minds: A bit relieved that the training was over, and a bit sad that the training and even had come and gone.
[Incidentally, I think this is a great thing. Target races should be like relatives coming to visit: You are mostly excited and slightly nervous about their impending arrival; by the time they leave, you are half sad, and half relieved.]
KMN has a pretty carefree training attitude, and I was just out for fun, so we mugged for the camera a bit.
I also nabbed some contradictory monkey signage:
Yes, both signs refer to the very same monkeys. I can assure you that the left one is far more correct. Watch yourself when you pull out that package of Honey Stingers on the trail….
When we got to Bukit Timah, we took a break for some water, KMN refueled, and I headed out to the bus stop while he turned around to run back. I know I’ll be excited for long runs again really soon…but right now, I’m happy to be holding around 10 miles. I was also thrilled that my knee felt great and seems to be well recovered from whatever twisting/wrenching occurred during the 50K.
And that pretty much wrapped up the week, with a Total Workout Time of 7 hrs, 15 min – and 18.7 miles (and one laundry detergent debacle). Not awesome, but acceptable – I expect the next week to bring more Team Teaching and, hopefully, a bit more running. [Spoiler alert: Not so much of the former, but definitely more of the latter.] I was also hoping to smush two weeks of workouts into one post, but this post is already 1,000 words, so I’m cutting it off here.
How do you remind yourself to stay receptive to constructive criticism without getting defensive?
What’s the biggest, stickiest, most annoying mess you’ve ever had to clean up?
[Note: Not necessarily the grossest…just the most annoying/hardest.]