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Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time

Stairs. Oh so many stairs.


I mentioned earlier this week that I have had a couple of back-to-back less than stellar runs. I couldn’t figure out what was going on; am I losing run fitness as my volume hasn’t peaked over 2 hours yet, do I need some rest, or do I need to switch things up from the usual routes?

Many questions, little answers.

After rescheduling my run to Wednesday as I had a business lunch, I decided to to switch up my workout from the 45min EM that I had planned to a 45min EM with stairs. I was stoked that I had come up with an awesome idea that would get my run training back on track. So I headed out on the 10th street loop for a warm up (~3km) and made 5 ascents of the legendary McHugh Bluff stairs.

Now if you don’t live in Calgary, McHugh Bluff is just north of Downtown separating the Bow River Valley from Crescent Heights. 167 stairs later and you are at the top, gasping for air but enjoying the view.

The first 2 sets I hit each stair on the up and felt pretty good, not taking too much time before I headed down. The next 2 I doubled up and the last set was a challenge to get to the top without stopping. Partly because I was tired, but mostly because there was a couple of gals walking side-by-side. The last set I hit each stair and took a good break before turning around to head home.

Here is my GPS track.


A couple of notes:

1. The elevation tracking is a bit off. There is no big hill on the warm up lap, or it wouldn’t really be a warm up lap would it?
2. My heart rate doesn’t match with the elevation. I can assure you that I didn’t peak half way up each time.
3. I stopped a little early as my shoe lace came untied, again. I need to figure that out.

I think it worked, getting me out of my funk I mean. On the way home, I took the track as my warm up and noticed that I was striding pretty decent and my pace was right were I want it to be.

The part about it being a good idea, yeah, my calf’s and quad’s are saying this morning that I should have just stuck with the usual loop. The only way to navigate a flight of stairs right now is to go backwards.

No better way to loosen them up than a good old 45 minute distance swim hey?

Question: How do you get out of a training funk?


6 responses

  1. One of my personal favorite expressions – “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” I do love it.
    When I’m in a bike funk (which is where most of my funks occur) I find someone to ride with or a computrainer class with other people to join. Sometimes, I just need a social distraction.

    January 25, 2014 at 5:24 am

    • Thanks. That seems to be a pattern, social distraction. I am going try it with a running partner on Friday. Fingers crossed.

      January 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

  2. sweatingforit

    This nice thing about tri training vs single sports is that going from one sport to another can keep the slumps to a minimum to me. The frustrating thing is that if I have a bad run/swim/bike, it could be a few days before I see that discipline again and get to redeem myself.

    January 25, 2014 at 6:53 am

    • Agreed, it is tough to be in a full slump when my swim and bike are still going strong.

      January 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

  3. When I’m in a funk I focus on the sport I love the most, for me that’s biking. I’ll do a fun bike ride and not focus on on distance or speed but just enjoy the ride because I love it. Or, like Alex said, I’ll plan a workout with some friends.
    It’s always a bit tough when you’re in a funk but sounds like you’re getting out of it. Good luck.

    January 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

    • Thanks. I didn’t have a chance to test it out on the weekend, but I think I am coming around. Just in time too, half marathon in April is closer than I thought….

      January 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

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