Fart = speed
Lek = play
Fartlek (speed play) can provide an excellent endurance and strength session, as well as help improve your speed and race awareness.
News To Me :)
Up until yesterday I had no clue what this term of running was. Since I have chosen a Matt Fitzgerald training plan to take me to a half iron and full iron for next year I have committed myself to sticking with the plan and last night was the beginning of what I am sure is more to come.
The workout of was as follows:
8 x 30 seconds bursts followed by a brief intensity recovery run for a total of 35 minutes.
I warmed up with close to a mile of running and then off I went with my first “burst” and basically did an all out sprint for a solid 30 seconds. Instant sweat so I must be on track. At one point I lost count of my “bursts” so I added one for good measure. Some of my "bursts" had hills and some where on flats. The time flew by and the workout was over before I knew it! Strangely I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. As Scott and I road home I was pleased with the workout and really felt that I left everything I had out there on the road.
This week has been good. Training has called for some intense (to me) cycle workouts. Add in some yoga, and several Ab lab sessions and I am pleased with progress. I have also returned some focus to making sure I am eating the right foods to fuel my body. Seems that I have not been hitting the water marks lately so I am back to counting bottles. Drink…drink…drink. I am also not indulging in the beers as I was. Limiting those helps me feel sharper throughout the week. Still a nice cold one lands in my hand once or twice a week.
This weekend I have an adventure picked for my cycle ride. Since the workout calls for a 2 ½ hour ride I have schemed up a very scenic, hilly ride traveling towards the mountains where my father lives. This is new territory for me on my bike. Scott will follow behind me in case I run into trouble. Likely will not but I am not up for a 65-70 mile round trip ride to and from my dad’s house just yet.
Merry Christmas to all,