Since I am in marathon recovery I decided to catch up on my neglected swimming. Now, I have been swimming a least twice a week but I need to pick up the volume.
I went to the gym on Monday and the pool was closed. There had been a fire in the natatorium! Ironic, no?
Well, the fire was in the old men’s locker room. The pool is okay but there was some smoke damage. The pool is closed for a week or two.
Knowing that I did not need a run I decided to head upstairs to the weight room. Normally I keep the weights in my routine pretty steady during the late fall, winter and early spring and then taper it off when the big training blocks hit. When I do strength training for my legs it knocks me down for days. The run / bike really suffers.
The Pump and Run last year
Last year I did a lot of bench press late into the spring while training for the Pump and Run. However, this year with the bike crash and my hurt shoulder I had only been upstairs once since January. I tried to test the should in the bench press back in March and there was all kinds of ‘bad’ pain in the shoulder area.
I racked up the bar on the bench and took a deep breath. Although I have lost some strength I am very happy to report that there was no pain at all (there was a little bit of very minor discomfort). I preformed 4 supersets of of bench and back.
Two days later I can tell you that I have not been in the weight room for 3 months! The soreness in my upper body quickly makes me forget the soreness in my lower body.
Do you strength train? – year round / in the winter? And more importantly, how does it effect your endurance training?