2023 Weekly Run Down 3/52

I am linking up again for the Weekly Run Down with Kim and Deborah.

This week, I started the latest 8-week, themed Power Zone Pack Challenge, the Groovy Zones. Usually, I choose the 3-rides option (which means, three power zone rides per week), but since I am currently in half marathon training, I opted for the new 2 rides/2 runs options, which I think is perfect. It gives me enough time to fit in all my training runs, but also keep up with power zone training.

This weekend was also another PeloFondo, my fourth one. A PeloFondo is a Gran Fondo-style endurance challenge for Peloton riders and the main goal is to ride a designated amount of miles over the event weekend. I blogged about my previous experiences here and here.

But let’s talk about my week:

  • 20 min Evening Stretch – Matty (8/31/22)
  • 10 Min Sleep Meditation – Kristin (3/3/22)

Monday turned into an unplanned rest day. Sometimes your body tells you to take it easy.

  • 5 Min HIIT Cardio Warm-up – Adrian (11/14/20)
  • 20 Min Upper Body Strength – Ben (11/25/21)
  • 45 Min Power Zone Endurance Ride – Matt (12/7/22)
  • 10 Min Core Strength – Rad (1/3/23
  • 15 Min Endurance Run – Becs (1/7/22)
  • 30 Min Endurance Run – Becs (9/15/20)
  • 10 Min Post-Run Stretch (8/8/20)

I started off week 1 of the Power Zone Challenge with a 45 min endurance ride and was happy that I could ride it with Tanja (even though she’s doing the 3-ride option and our rides might not always overlap during this challenge). I also had a 4-mile run on my training plan and was pleasantly surprised to find that the ride beforehand was a great warm-up for the run.

  • 5 Min HIIT Cardio Warm-up – Adrian (11/14/20)
  • 20 Min Glutes & Legs Strength – Callie (4/5/22)
  • 20 Min Climb Ride – Kendall (9/22/20)
  • 5 Min Cool Down Ride – Kendall (4/6/22)
  • 5 Min AFO Post Ride Stretch: Green Day – Kendall (8/19/22) 

One box on the “Streaking into the New Year” Challenge said to take a hard run or ride that you’re hesitant to do. I decided to pick Kendall’s Climb Ride and it might have been the very first climb ride that I’ve ever taken. Give me lower resistance endurance all day. But you know what, I actually liked it.

  • 5 Min HIIT Cardio Warm-up – Adrian (11/14/20)
  • 30 Min Power Zone Endurance 80’s Ride – Denis (12/18/22) 
  • 20 Min In The Heights Core Strength – Emma (7/10/21)
  • 30 Min Outkast Run – Andy (12/3/20)
  • 5 Min Cool Down Run – JJ (9/20/22)
  • 10 Min Full Body Stretch – Andy (1/18/23)

Since the ride + run combo worked so great for me on Tuesday, I did it again and had a great ‘target pace’ run after the (warm-up) ride. It definitely boosted my confidence.

  • 5 Min Full Body Strength Warm-up – Erik (9/8/21)
  • 15 Min AFO Ride: Twenty One Pilots – Bradley (7/2/21)
  • 60 Min Endurance Run – Susie (9/14/22)
  • 5 Min Cool Down Run – Susie (5/2/22)
  • 30 Min Full Body Strength – Matty (10/1/21)
  • 5 Min Full Body Stretch – Matty (7/27/22)

Training miles are slowly ramping up and I had another 7-mile run on the schedule on Friday. I picked an outdoor endurance run with Susie – I really like her calm coaching approach. She always makes me feel like I can do this.

  • 5 Min HIIT Cardio Warm-up – Adrian (11/14/20)
  • 20 Min Weezer Ride – CDE (4/17/22)
  • 60 Min Marathon Race Prep – Becs (10/11/18)
  • 30 Min Endurance Run – Matt (5/20/22)
  • 45 Min Pop Ride – Hannah F (7/21/20)
  • 30 Min *NSYNC Ride – Erik (11/18/22)
  • 20 Min Jimi Hendrix Ride – Denis (5/3/22)
  • 5 Min Cool Down Ride – Erik (1/11/23)
  • 5 Min Post-Ride Stretch – Hannah F (1/15/23)

As mentioned, it was PeloFondo weekend. Since I had a 9-mile run on the training schedule on Saturday, I decided to use a ride as a warm-up (and to log my first miles for the PeloFondo). Then I got my long run in, before I got back on the bike for some easy pedaling in the afternoon. I was able to get half of my pledged miles done.

  • 20 Min 90’s Rock Ride – Bradley (1/17/23)
  • 30 Min HIIT & Hills Ride (Live) – Denis (1/22/23)
  • 30 Min Herbert Grönemeyer Ride – Erik (4/21/21)
  • 30 Min AFO Ride: Alanis Morissette – Ally (8/21/22)
  • 20 Min Fall Out Boy Ride – Ben (4/25/22)
  • 10 Min Full Body Stretch – Ben (1/11/23)

I picked a few more Artist Rides on Sunday to kill two birds with one stone and check off more classes for the Streakers365 “Artist Series” Challenge and also log miles for PeloFondo at the same time.
I especially enjoyed Erik’s Herbert Grönemeyer Ride, it was exactly what I needed this week. Even if you can’t understand the language, take the ride some time. It was fantastic.

I had pledged 62 miles for the PeloFondo originally, which was less than for previous events, but with running on the schedule, I felt like I had to be a bit conservative this time around. I was stoked that I still ended up riding a total of 70 miles.

Streakers365 Challenges:

I checked off more amazing classes for the “Artist Series” Challenge and also finished the “Streaking into the New Year” Challenge this week.

This week’s stats:

Running: 24.5 miles
Cycling: 104.5 miles
Strength: 100 min
Warm up + Stretching: 90 min
Meditation: 10 min

Overall, this was a good week for me. I like to stay busy and it was especially good for me this week (grief is weird, y’all).

How was your week?

  1. What a lovely week of fitness and running you’ve had. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s always hard, and keeping busy – especially with exercise – certainly helps.

  2. Oh, grief is so weird and terrible. I lost my mom in June of 2022 and the grief still hits me in waves and sometimes those waves honestly knock me off my feet. I miss her so much.

    But yes, running, fitness, it helps keep me distracted (though I have had plenty of breakdowns on long runs.) Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, Jessie. That is something that terrifies me and I’ve been thinking about this a lot since my aunt passed. The “grief waves” are real! Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

  3. Great job on the pelofondo! You and I are opposites – I prefer climbs! I often look at a class and choose it based on the number of climbs in it. Spin-ups and sprints are my least favourite!

    1. Oh, it looks like I have to tag along and ride with you. Maybe I’ll come to love the climb rides as much as you do ;)

  4. I am exhausted looking at all that! Again, I think Peloton should pay you for all the proselytizing you do about it. Good job!

    1. Hahaha. I am sorry – I know this must seem a little crazy for someone who hasn’t drunk the Kool-Aid LOL believe me, I am not even the craziest one!

  5. Another extremely solid week of training! It was a good week for me – I did 2 runs and 2 strength training workouts. But that’s about as much as I can handle in a week with our schedule and my inability/lack of motivation to get up at 5 to work out! But 4 workouts/week feels like a good amount for my current stage of life!

    1. Thank you, Lisa, and great job. I think it’s fantastic that you’re able to fit in 4 workouts right now. I realize that it’s a total luxury that I can dedicate so much time to something that I love. You gotta do what works for you and since I know fitness is important to you, I am glad you’re able to maintain it.

  6. Congrats on a great PeloFondo! I realized, late last night, that I totally missed another one, LOL. I did the January and April ones last year, but spaced off the other ones…is there a way to get on a list (or in a group) to get notifications when they’re coming up? I easily could have pledged miles for all the “missed” ones had I known they were taking place. Anyways, you had a seriously solid week of fitness!

    1. Well, I obviously failed to remind you about PeloFondo! ;) If you’re on Facebook though, you can join the PeloFondo Group and they’ll send out reminders. I am sure you’d do amazing and would contribute a lot of miles, because you’re riding so much.

  7. Congrats on your Pelofondo. I have not tried it yet. That’s a lot of miles! I am always interested to see how other Peloton peeps fit in their runs and rides. Do you always ride and run on the same day?

    1. I don’t always ride and run on the same day – esp. when I take harder/longer rides. But I do like taking a ride as a warm up before longer runs.

  8. Awesome week and great job on completed PeloFondo! I missed it this weekend but hope I can do the next one.

    1. I’ll try to remind you – the next PeloFondo is in April, I believe ;)

  9. I am contemplating a Peleton to replace my ancient elliptical, mainly because we might turn my exercise space in the storage room into an bedroom for our oldest, so I am going to get bumped out, and a peleton is cuter than an elliptical for a family room LOL (worst reason to choose equipment ever), so I love reading these. I have only just recently dipped my toe into the HIIT water because I needed to be able to exercise in the same room as my toddler a couple of times, and I like it A LOT– hoping to do more.

    1. If you do want to be persuaded/convinced to get a Peloton – keep talking to me. I will rave about it all day (and can give you a referal code, if you like). LOL It’s really been such a great investment for me.

  10. I’m so sorry about your aunt. Most of my aunts and uncles (when they were alive) lived far away so I rarely made any funerals. I get it though — my husband’s uncle passed away this week. Although he’d been in the hospital almost a month, it didn’t sound like that was coming so we were definitely a bit shocked.

    You definitely did keep busy!

    I like to warm up with a ride, too, but a far shorter one. :)

    1. I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s uncle’s passing… even if they’re ill, we stil never expect the worst to happen. I hope you guys are ok.

      I do usually take shorter rides as warm ups myself ;)

  11. Congrats on another PeloFondo! I am truly impressed with all of your activities this week. Also, I am exhausted looking at your list. :-)

    1. Haha, I think it looks “worse” than it actually is … I usually aim for about 1,5 hours of exercise. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

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