Month in review: January 2015

Another month already?

Track trainings: Continuing last month’s trend, my attendance at my club’s track trainings was sporadic. I went four times, and did weights and other indoor stuff three times. Which leaves only one track training, which in retrospect I wasn’t ready for. The 8x300m training is a winter classic, and I was happy that I was able to complete it at a moderate effort level; but payback came the next day when the left achilles/soleus/calf area was so sore that I couldn’t walk without a limp for a few days. Needless to say that this was yet another setback for my 2015 plans, both physically and mentally.

Road&Trail Running: I was able to put in a fairly regular effort during the first two and a half weeks of the month, doing road and trails runs that varied between 8 and 12km; with a few rest days in between to keep the overall load manageable. Towards the end of the month, that regularity went out of the window because of three reasons: achilles pain, work commitments and a snow front (that turned the trails into slush). In summary, yet another average month with 103km in 10h51, and 1850m of vertical.

Walking: Walking-wise, January was a fairly slow month. Outside of those walks I did on work days for transportation, I only did two real weekend efforts, coincidentally on the first and last day of the month. At least January ended on a good note, with a 12km hike on new snow. Total: 43km, 7h23, 600m vertical.

Indoor cycling: Not much improvement. Only one session, 30 minutes.

Average body weight: Still fighting the aftermath of the end of the year, and sloppy eating that gets magnified during that time period. Higher than usual stress also didn’t help in getting the numbers down. Average of 82.8kg, body fat 15.1%.

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