Jan 22 2016
Thursday: Two short trainings
The first training was Bow Tie training. I haven’t worn a bow tie since my Ph.D. thesis defence, and I didn’t even own one until this week.
A Dutch Ph.D. thesis, by the way, to steal the words of this blogger, “The ceremony is incredibly formal, fairly succinct and the party that follows approaches the level of a wedding reception. The scale and grandeur of the event is a fitting marker of the accomplishment of completing a doctoral degree.” At that event, my “paranimfen” and I were wearing a full tuxedo, as is required at such an event. Formally, my “paranimfen” (usually good friends or a colleague) are the only persons who are allowed to wear a sabre during the examination, so they could defend me in case the commission attacked me. We refrained from that right, however.
So that was my last bow tie wearing of 16 years ago, in this room to be precise:
But on Saturday I have to go to a ball with Romana, who got herself a beautiful dress for the occasion. I could of course wear a suit and tie but I would feel as if I was going to work. I craved for something that was acceptable to the occasion but also has a fun and party air to it. So the bow tie.
The training took 30 minutes and I went from zero skills to being able to tie an acceptable tie.
The second training was 40 minutes of strength training. Nothing special. Just my weekly routine. This time without a light steady state to precede it, because it is low volume week.
So on Saturday I will be dancing at the Ball of the Olympians. Something like this, but with Olympic medal winners (and us).
Jan 22 2016
Plan, Periodise, Train, Adjust and Win Part II
On December 18th, 5 weeks ago, I did the two speed lactate test. Read my blog of 18 December about it.
Today, I planned to repeat it. I tried to copy the protocol as much as possible. So first a Fletcher warming up:
Higher heart rates than 5 weeks ago.
Then the main event, two 1k tests spaced 15 minutes apart. The first one at head race pace. Second one at 2k pace or faster (full out allowed). I looked up my stroke rate of 5 weeks ago. They were 27 spm for the first one and 31 spm for the second one.
Again, a higher heart rate in the second 1k.
Workout Summary - Jan 22, 2016
01|01000|03:36.5|01:48.3|275.8|27.4|168.7|180.0|10.1| 2.6 mmol/L (1.9)
02|01000|03:22.0|01:41.0|339.9|31.8|178.8|185.0|09.3| 4.1 mmol/L (3.2)
So, compared to 5 weeks ago, there are the following differences:
So I am faster at lower lactate but higher heart rate. This sounds plausible. For the aerobic energy path way, the heart rate has to go up when delivering higher power.
In a graph, it looks like this:
To be honest, I had hoped for a right shifted first point and a steeper curve. You can’t say I didn’t try. The second 1k is a Season’s Best.
I did another lactate test after a 2k cooling down. 2.3 mmol/L
So I guess my aerobic fitness has increased. Next test in 5 weeks.
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