This week started out with a 21-hour travel day to Europe for a short tour. I’m sure my days got a bit mixed up due to the extreme time change and travel time. But, I decided to try and stick as close as possible to my regular schedule, with a variation or two, due to some pretty rigid logistics. Here’s the story for Week Nine:
Sun – 11-27-11: Limited weights at the hotel gym in Katowice, Poland. (Free form… but more sets with fewer movements.) Got pretty sore form this one!
Mon – 11-28-11: 30 min on cross-country machine after the show tonight.
Tue – 11-29-11: Early morning tempo run in 32 degree weather. Knocked out a 5-miler, but was disappointed. Just couldn’t get my wind together this morning… felt like someone was standing on my chest for most of it. So it was a struggle to even stay under 9:00-per, to be honest. Not sure why. The climate? The elevation? Starting too fast? 3 hours of sleep last night? Who knows? (Had to delay my usual Tues. weight workout by a day for logistical reasons, but also cause I was still sore from Sunday’s workout!)
Wed – 11-30-11: After a show in the Czech Republik last night and a full travel day today, wound up in a small town in Germany late this afternoon. Workout #1 – Ran 5 miles, between two villages. Beautiful conditions… the air smelled like “Holiday Spice” Christmas candles. However, I left at dusk, but by the time I got to my turnaround point and started heading back, it was almost pitch black. It was a bitch to find my way back to the hotel. Workout #2 – A nice late-evening free-form weight workout at a place called In Fit. Nicely equipped, with some really different machines.
Thu – 12-1-11: This week’s day off. Played in Mannheim, Germany tonight.
Fri – 12-2-11: Free form weight workout in Katowice, Holland. Forgot the name of the health club, but it was another super clean, well-equipped gym.
Sat – 12-3-11: Knocked out a 10-miler under some fairly miserable conditions; 42 degrees, raining and really windy! It sucked… and the beautiful treadmills in the hotel spa had me thinking about keeping it indoors. But – I felt like it was important to suck it up and hit the streets. I figured we’ll have plenty more of these shitty weather days ahead of us, even in LA. Plus, I felt like if I could do 10 under these conditions, it will be easier under better conditions later.
This part of Holland has these great bike path/sidewalks everywhere you went, so it was a nice place to run. I basically ran from one small town to another, and literally didn’t know where I was half the time. (At one point, I had to ask for directions back to our hotel.) Overall, I felt really good about the run. I’d never run that far before and wasn’t sure if I could. But it seemed like all this training is paying off.
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