2/28/07

Birthday Celebration!

Time to celebrate!

Our son Zack turned 14 today. Who'd a thunk we would have survived the first year of a teenager in the house without any holes in the walls, broken bones, emotional wounds from name calling or calls from angry neighbors? Well, we survived in tact. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next few years though....

I guess it's a good day to reflect on that special birthday 14 years ago in Walnut Creek, CA when I drove my wife to Kaiser Hospital a little after midnight and we kicked into our Lamaze Training exercises. After 8 hours of grunting and pushing, the big Cesarean Section was the end result. Zack was hatched and here we sit 14 years later looking at his size 15 feet, tall muscular build wondering how much taller and bigger he is going to get in the rest of his teen years. I'm still the tallest in the household, but if he has one of those 4 inch summer growth spurts that 9th graders are famous for - I'll soon be nicknamed shorty by my son. That's okay, I already tease him about being a roadie after Rassy's in Des Moines hooked him up with a Specialized Allez that he loves to hammer on from Indianola to Carlisle and back.

What did we get him for a present? He claimed he wants us to contribute some $$ to go toward the purchase of the new iPhone when it comes out later this year. Fat chance a 14 year old needs such a device before Dad has one!!!! After he got a new MacBook last year at the end of the school year for straight A's, I've done my best to steer his expectations for electronic gadgets much lower this year. Birthday presents include a permit to drive with parents in the car, a home whipped cheesecake, some new Duds he wanted and a new baseball glove for the upcoming season. Next will be cleats in size 15. This year's straight A's will rotate back to our prior agreement before the MacBook deal to include a pair of tickets for a professional sporting event of his choice (Cardinals, Royals, Chiefs, or some such "entertainment").

Looks like we are having a leg of lamb for dinner (Hey wife, what's up with that? To celebrate the sacraficial first son?) with cheesecake and framboise sauce.

On the post-SMSP foggy daze front, I am staring at the walls less today than I was yesterday. Tomorrow will be 1 hour easy zone 2 ride with some 5 x 1's tossed in to remind me it is only a recovery week and not an end of training period. Maybe I ought to go down in the basement and hurl a few expletives at the C7i bike to get the machine all angry and ready for me tomorrow. ;-)

2/27/07

SMSP Foggy Blog...

I admit that I have been meaning to kick start this little blog for quite some time to use as an online journal where I can keep track of the insanity I find myself involved in for exercise, physical torture and cycling. I'm not sure if I really have any grand lofty goals for the blog or even an inkling of an idea where it might actually lead, but "it is what it is" for now.

Now....on to the aftermath of all that sweat I left down in the basement during the past month on the trainer...

I will admit that going through the past few weeks of the Supermaximum Sustainable Power Intervals has left me in a mental fog to say the least. I've done intervals before, but this year is my first year at giving it the old heave ho to the Dave Morris power training regimen. What? BB is trying to maximize some power out of those chicken legs he uses to walk the earth? Yeah, that's the plan. November, December and January had me doing the weight work. I did some running, cycling, skiing and basketball as well to mix it up a little bit. January called for 3 weeks of endurance base building which I lucked out with some nice weather here in Iowa in terms of getting outside a little bit and out of the basement trainer box.

A big baritone holler of gratitude to Ashwinearl from MountainBikeReview.com who has been through this regimen for several years now and has taken the time to answer a lot of my questions on his Blog as well as on the mountain biking XC Racing forums where he carries the Morris Torch now that MTBDOC is no longer a regular in that corner of cyberspace.

When it comes to training, I think we all know that life gets in the way at times - especially when it comes to sticking to a preplanned schedule. This proved true during February as I chiseled around some ill effects of a bladder infection (where did that come from?) which caused me to bail on a scheduled second day of a two day block just when the legs were feeling good. Then I had to work around a performance I had to sing which fell in the middle of a three day block. I knew there would be no way to sing a performance in the middle of a three day consecutive blood letting which was guaranteed to leave me in a glazed state of mind for 24+ hours. So, I worked around the infection and the performance which meant the entire SMSP phase ended up taking me 25 days instead of my originally scheduled 21 days. C'est la vie. Time for a little R & R this week to prepare my mind, body and soul for the next phase of training.

I started the SMSP's out with 2 consecutive days of 14 minutes each total work time and peaked with the final two consecutive days of the phase knocking out 40 and 34 minutes respectively for total work time. Oy vey! Talk about I woulda, shoulda, coulda had a V-8...or 2.....or 3.... Having never done this block training before, I was warned I would feel spent during all of it. I'm here as living proof to qualify that feeling. Wow! Spent. Gassed. Pooped. Wiped. Zombied. Pick any 5.

Below is the chart for the 25 days during the month of February showing my first attempt at knocking these suckers out in hopes of getting in shape for the upcoming mountain bike race season. Notice the bladder infection bail out on the 7th day and the five day leisure break in the middle of the SMSP phase to account for having to sing a performance. The Doc put me on a nasty-nasty antibiotic called Levaquin for the plumbing issues. Yeah, it eradicated the infection down there, but it also gave me some chest pain, night sweats, panic attacks and tender tendons. Plenty of ill effects to make finishing the SMSP phase even more of a challenge than it already is!!!! It caused me to miss day 7 in the training schedule because the plumbing was not functioning too well and due to the ill effects of Levaquin, I was then a little timid to get back on the bike for the first interval session of a three day consecutive block on day 10 where I had planned to knock out 26-27 minutes of interval work. The plumbing and my timidity held me back and short changed me by about 29 minutes of planned interval work.

It is what it is.

All in all, I was fairly pleased with the intervals for my first time at bat. My goal starting out the phase was to build to a peak of 30 minutes of total work time in one session, but ended up exceeding that by knocking out the traditional overachiever's grunt-grunt peak of 40 minutes in the next to last session in an effort to make up for what I lost on day 7 and day 10. So there you have it. Now I guess I have no excuses to suck quite as much air this season as I did last season. ;-)