I'm a couple of weeks in to a non-interest imposed break from jogging, but I can feel the idea of it lurking just under my skin. I spent part of the day building up my I-Fab and I forgot just how much of a sweet bike it is. I rode aluminum briefly in my career (never was interested in even trying carbon) but have had maybe 8 titanium frames (I was sponsored by Merlin and QR) and now have 2 steel frames. Tomorrow will be a ride to get my blood moving and hopefully get a little motivation back. The weather has been ridiculously nice but I'm bored with it. Plus the fire danger is severe right now and we need moisture in a bad way. I am betting that once the weather turns I'll get some mojo back.
Yesterday I played around with a modified 'leg matrix' workout combined with short and hard intervals on my Computrainer. Unreal. I am nervous to give it to any of my athletes because I don't have them sign a liability waiver. I already prescribe wall-sits between intervals on the trainer, but this stuff is sick... which means I will do it until it's not. My belief is that if something is too hard then you do it until it's easy. 3:00 at 280 watts followed by 8 log flips is difficult... then throw in eccentric loaded jumping (jump as high as you can, and then when you land, lower yourself VERY slowly back in to a BD squat and repeat) and you get sick. I'm playing around with different ideas trying to incorporate them in to a training schedule that will allow me to be competitive at Leadville but not ride 400 miles a week (I have 2 kids and am a jogger remember?). I think I did OK at the 100 run averaging only 58 miles per week with a few 'short cuts'.