The Pandemic Plan
Since our races have been postponed due to the pandemic, we had to come up with a new training plan. Personally, I struggle to get my workout in if I’m not working toward some type of goal. Unfortunately, my race was tentatively rescheduled for September which means my training block for that won’t start until May. So what should I do between now and May? Well…
I’m going streaking!!
….a cycling streak that is. I’ve done a couple of the Runner’s World run streaks in the past so I wanted to do something a little different with this one in order to push myself out of my comfort zone* and continue building my endurance while trying to allow my foot injury to heal. So here is the plan in a nutshell for the next 8ish weeks:
- Weeks 1-2: 6 miles per day
- Weeks 3-4: 9 miles per day
- Weeks 5-6: 12 miles per day
- Weeks 7-8: 15 miles per day
For an additional challenge, I will also include one weekend long ride and a strength challenge. For the strength challenge, I chose “Nickles & Dimes” (N&D) meaning 5 pull ups & 10 push ups:
- Weeks 1-2: 2 rounds 1 x per week
- Weeks 3-4: 3 rounds 1 x per week
- Weeks 5-6: 4 rounds 1 x per week
- Weeks 7-8: 5 rounds 1 x per week
This should be enough to keep me occupied for a bit! Feel free to join me if you like or modify this to your current athletic abilities (under your doctor’s supervision, of course). You could walk or run the miles if you can’t bike (just divide the mileage by 3), do 20/30/40/50 minute workouts instead, or even up the mileage if you need something more challenging. When my foot starts feeling better, I may swap out some of the rides for runs myself. The point is really just to get creative and get moving!
I’m going to officially start this on Monday 3/16 and end it on 5/7. May 7th happens to be our engagement anniversary and Miles’s birthday**. Yes, our dog was actually born on the day Marty proposed, so it’s a really special day in our house and a good day to wrap up this challenge.
Wish me luck & feel free to follow the blog to see how I do!
*Cycling is way out of my comfort zone. I’m pretty slow but hopefully this will help. You know if it sounds like something you don’t want to do, it is probably exactly what you need to do!
**Yes, I’m totally just using this as an excuse to post pictures of my puppy love!
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