That all being said-I was able to get out to Waterfall Glen this morning for my first loop of 2014. I met Katie Mertz out there for a fun, easy paced loop-I know I shouldn't have busted out 10 miles quite yet, but I really wanted to get back out there and of course, have an opportunity to chat with Katie :) But what I thought was going to be an easy jog, turned into quite a challenging run. The conditions at WFG were pretty awful. There was a good 5 inches of fresh snow, atop of several inches of packed down snow, with a wonderful layer of ice that was far from smooth. Every step turned into sliding around on the trail, which made keeping any kind of a steady pace extremely difficult. We couldn't even lift our feet above the snow-I was literally shuffling through the snow with every step. But we finished-slow and steady-and had a great time doing it! I was happiest that even though every step was uneven, and my feet were shifting awkwardly with every step-I had NO pain in my heel whatsoever! It took me about 2 hours to thaw out after this morning's snowy run :)
The bike this week went as expected. The first week back on the bike is always challenging for me, because it is hard to see watts so much lower than I ended the season with, but does inspire me to get to work and see where I can be at the end of this outseason. On Thursday I has a VO2 workout that was sick. Last year, the first VO2 workout of the OS was 6x 30s/30s off Zone 5-This year's first VO2 workout was 6x 1.5'/1.5' Off...Which is a considerable difference from 30/30s! But I was able to hit my numbers-just felt exhausted the rest of the day!
Running everyday is still going strong as well-couldn't be happier that the 10 miler this morning was pain free! Ready to ride again tomorrow and get a great start on week 2!