Had to change things up a bit yesterday due to the gym being closed for renovations this week. I usually prefer to workout in the mornings, prior to the start of the workday, to take advantage (metabolically) of working out in a fasted state. Yesterday, though, after I got home, I hopped on the fixie and headed to the stadium.
Gettin’ the field prepped. WVU comes to town on Saturday.
I had no plan in mind when I left the house. The only thing that I had to do was to return a library book, so I packed that along with my Nike Frees in the backpack and headed out. I figured I’d just pick an option as I rode — or, I’d just ride and not sprint at all. Chris wrote a bit about randomness in training here, at his Zen to Fitness blog. The key is to prepare your body to excel at any given situation.
Anyway, I ended up sprinting the stadium ramps in sets of 2 flights at a time. Once I reached the upper deck, I concentrated on rapid-fire, single-step sprints. I probably did abut 10 rounds of this, but I didn’t count. I quit once I could tell I was slowing down, loosing “snap” in my legs. I’ll write more on when to terminate an exercise over the weekend — it’s a very important point. I capped this workout with a hard start-and-stop ride around the ECU campus and the bustling town of G-Vegas. And, of course, I swung by the library to drop off the book. Combining errands with exercise is a nice win-win when you can pull it off.
Just to compare and contrast, have a look at a couple of my past “stadium sprint” workouts (here and here are a couple of examples), to see how that, even though I may be doing “stadium sprints”, I try to change things up — some how, some way — every outing. This keeps my body from fully adjusting to any one thing. It also keeps my mind fresh and looking forward to each workout and the possibilities hidden therein.