MC - sounds horrendous. Your alternative plan sounds a good one. Steady - go well and have fun! Bally/Razor - good efforts!
Re HR training, I have been trying to keep mine in Z2 and have seen the following improvements in running (all over the same 3.5 mile route) - Max HR 194 at the beginning. Now 188 (since last weekend!)
05 Jan - 11:21 min/mile - Avg HR 161
22 Jan - 10:49 min/mile - Avg HR 161
01 Feb - 10:49 min/mile - Avg HR 149
27 Feb - 09:53 min/mile - Avg HR 150
Some people in the pool are so inconsiderate and drive me mad as well. I'm usually in the fast lane but sometimes go down to medium if I feel I am in the way. One such time I moved down and nearly had a head on collision with a guy doing breaststroke slowly. He was aware of me in the lane and I had caught up with him and tracked him for a length (no toe tapping - I'm a nice guy). He hit the wall and just turned around and came straight back towards me instead of moving to the other side or waiting! Really poor awareness and etiquette. I have other examples too, from all sorts of abilities.
Cutback week for me this week. Slightly enforced but the timing was right after building up the past three weeks. 3 days rest Mon-Weds followed by PB on turbo yesterday and a really good short, sharp, run earlier. Sub 10 min miles which was delightful. All in Zone 2 overall. Run was smack bang in the middle of Z2 on average. Admittedly was top end coming back up the hill but felt good all the way. So that's a min/mile improvement since 1 Feb at the same avg HR (well 1 beat higher)
Enjoying the running rivalry throwbacks...slightly before my time of athletic interest unfortunately. Feel like I missed out. Rivalries these days seem so manufactured...
LMH - Glad you had good toddler company. They have the ability to brighten up any day. As I found out when I got home from work today! Chicka Happy birthday to your Dad. Mine is 60 on Sunday.
What: 3.5 mile steady Why: Quick one before work Last hard: MHR test last weekend Last rest: 3 days earlier this week.
Steady - Hope twinge is nothing and Sportive goes OK! Pete - 30 mins better than nothing, ditto the turbo DD - Listen to your body, no point in hurting yourself. How about some core and gentle stretching instead? Or gentle bike to begin with and see if ache remains then make a judgement call.
Weekend plans include a school open day, 2k swim and watching rugby tomorrow. Bike ride and Dad's 60th meal on Sunday. Oh and some training planning in there somewhere!