My hardest workout
Whenever I look at my workout schedule — and yes, I’m anal enough to have every day scheduled, even if it just says “rest” — I mentally go through and note which days are going to be hard and which days are easy. Coach Dean (http://coachdeanhebert.wordpress.com/) does a fantastic job of mixing it up for me, so I pretty much have the right blend of on and off days.
So, I’m always surprised when I think a particular day will be easy and it turns out to be hard. In this case, super hard.
Here’s the day, so tell me what you think:
20 min warmup
8x :15@100%/:15 off
20 min cooldown.
Innocuous, right? I mean, there’s only 4 minutes of total work. And of that, there’s only 2 minutes of actual effort!
The problem is that 100% part. I mean if you’re really, REALLY going at it, you’re tearing down the road. (or in my case, up a hill.) Of course, it’s only 15 seconds, but then you’re back at 7 more times with almost zero chance to recover.
But, try it. I did this past Saturday, and struggled the rest of the day with that “all out” effort hack you get when you’ve made a serious attempt at killing yourself. (If you’ve never experienced that hack, sorry: you’ve never given 100% effort.)
Yes, 4 minutes. I always laughed off ANY workout that lasted that long. Never again.