Bear with me. My coverage of this week’s Y classes will explain to you why I need advice.
I really liked Wednesday’s cycling class in the it’s-horrible-awesome kind of way. It was horrible because it hurt me, but it was awesome because I rode 9.4 miles. We did several “running” intervals during the class, and when the instructor said, “We’ll be focusing on running today,” I was thrilled because I know I can run. Well, it turns out that bike running is a heckuva lot harder than real running. I definitely want to add a regular cycling class to my cross-training schedule.
Today’s Tone to the Max class wasn’t too bad. We had an instructor-in-training, so the flow of the class wasn’t as smooth as it usually is, and she used too much equipment: Bosu ball, medicine ball, squishy-weighted ball, exercise ball, and dumbbells. The only thing we didn’t use was a body bar. I’m all about mixing it up, but let’s limit the equipment to an essential 2 or 3.
After TTTM, I took the Yoga for Athletes class, which I really enjoyed! I’d never taken an actual yoga class before, but it wasn’t a problem. We used our shoulders for a lot of the stances, and they were already tired from TTTM, but I don’t think I’ll let that stop me from taking the class in the future. I really need to work on my flexibility, and I think this just might do the trick.
So all these classes present a bit of a problem. If all continues to go well with my knee, I start my half-marathon training a week from Monday. During my training, I want to keep strength training (TTTM) and working on my flexibility (YFA). I know I should do some cross training (cycling and eventually swimming), and I want to do one day of speed work. Plus I have three other days of running (including a long run) to do. Am I being too ambitious? Can I drop a day of running for the cycling? Can cycling count for speed work? I feel like I need a trainer to tell me, “Do this. Don’t do that.” Advice, anyone?
“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” — Joan Welsh