Tuesday 19-May-2020

Morning

RHR       55
HRV       88
Weight    89.1kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

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Unsurprisingly, I was still wrecked this morning. I consulted with my cycling guru Steve T. and he said that it was not unusual to need a few days of recovery. He also confirmed that my gear ratio of 34 -34 was the lowest you can get on a road bike and should be OK for getting up any mountain. I am not sure how I felt about that as I could have done with a few more gears on Sunday. Anyway, at about 10 AM, after my first conference call, I managed to muster up the strength to do my exercises and crawled on to the yoga mat.

Fortunately, today was our wedding anniversary so I had no compunction to go out and run or cycle this evening as I stayed at home to celebrate with my wife of 23 years and 2 eldest children. The boy is still in New Zealand doing god knows what.

 

Monday 18-May-2020

Morning

RHR       60
HRV       78
Weight    88.3kg

Evening

Run       10.3km @ 5:47 km/min pace
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

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I was quite tired when I woke this morning after Sunday’s cycle. I could not get up early to run or cycle and I could not do my morning exercises. I took it easy and started work in the box room at 8:30 AM and managed to finish at 5:30 PM after 8 or 9 conference calls.

It was still light, if a little cloudy, so I headed out for an evening run. My left knee was really stiff after sitting all day. I really wanted to quit after the first few metres but decided to continue to the Koban at the corner and see how it went. Gradually my knee got better and my pace improved as I ran with no pain. I felt that I would have run further if I had had the time.

When I got home, everybody had already eaten and the sushi was made. We had ordered fresh uni from Furusato Nozei and it was delicious. The only problem was that I could not do my exercises right away because I was full. I waited until 9 PM and managed to get them done, but it was a struggle. Hopefully, tomorrow will not be so tough.

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Sunday 17-May-2020

Morning

RHR       61
HRV       74
Weight    89.4kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20
Cycle     150km in 7 hours 3 minutes

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I could not get up early this morning. I had a Zoom Call last night that went on until 10 PM and I may have had one or two extras beers. The good news was that I did manage to get up before 8 AM and be on the road before 10 AM. The plan for today was to attempt Tominnomori. This is a very long climb to the west of Tokyo. I made good progress getting to the start and did not get lost this time. The climb itself was very long, about 20 km, and very steep in places. You only realise how much you have climbed when you are on the way done and you don’t need to peddle for hours.

At about 58km into the cycle, my toes got very sore and I had to stop and massage them. I had to do the same again at 71km. At this point, I felt that I was near the top. I was wrong. All the signs that I had been following said Tominnomori, as if it was the final destination, but it was only a park on the way up. I passed it at 73km and I was still climbing. I eventually got to 75km and realised that I would have to turn around and head home. Later, Steve T. told me that I only had 2 more km to the real top. I am not too worried as I know that I can come and do it again with my friends once the pandemic is over.

The road down was delightful. I found it hard to notice on the surroundings on the way up, but on the way down I felt I was enclosed in a beautiful green covering. Tall trees rose high on both sides of the road and I could enjoy the Sunday afternoon atmosphere. I am not sure how soon I will be back up Tominnomori, but hopefully it will be before the end of the summer. I will probably need to bring an extra water bottle. It was hard enough today when it was only 26 degrees.

 

Saturday 16-May-2020

Morning

RHR       62
HRV       74
Weight    88.9kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20
Run       12km @ 5:22 min/km pace
Stationary Bike 31 minutes

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I woke up this morning with an improved HRV but my legs felt like hell. I still managed to get up just after 5 AM and take my HRV and do my meditation session. I messed around the house for a couple of hours and finally got out the door at 7AM. I was not sure how far I would run. I had hoped that it would be around 20 km as it was my first run of the week. However, my legs were sore and I could not get into it so at 6km I called it quits and headed home.

After I got home, I decided that I would try out the new stationary bike rather than go back out into the rain. I thought that I would run for an hour but I could not make it. It was not that it was too hard, just too hot. There was a gale blowing outside so we could not open the door onto the balcony and I was soon sweating buckets. My family members who had been using the bike for the previous 3 days were rather surprised. Anyway, I cleaned the bike thoroughly before I handed it over to Akiko for her use. Then she disinfected it.

Friday 15-May 2020

Morning

RHR       67
HRV       54
Weight    88.6kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 10 x 2
Plank     2:20
Cycle     48km in 2 hours 10 minutes

Evening

Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 10 x 2
Plank     2:20

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When I woke up this morning my HRV had crashed by 30 points even though I had done nothing the previous 2 days. My legs were feeling very tired and I just wanted to turn over and go back to sleep. Somehow I managed to pull myself up to the side of the bed and take my HRV and then do my Headspace session. By the time I finished Headspace, I was feeling human again and able to move into the kitchen and get breakfast.

I hit the road on my bike at 6:15 AM. The roads were more crowded than the previous 2 weeks. It is beginning to look like Japan is returning to normal and people are returning to work. I planned to head out to Yomiuriland V Dori again and hopefully do a few Hill Repeats. I was in good form on the way out despite my low HRV and thought that I might make a good show of it. Unfortunately, it was not to be. After my first attempt, I knew that today was not my day. I tricked myself into doing a second climb but I felt worse and headed to the Tama Hills to recuperate.

On the way out I was passed by the local cycling club, Tokyo Cranks, to add insult to leathery. I came home and spent the rest of the day in the box room on conference calls. I  am now ready to go back to work and with just 9 new cases of coronavirus in Tokyo today, I might just get my wish.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 14-May-2020

Morning

RHR       54
HRV       83
Weight    89.3kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

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I am afraid that I do not have anything new to report today except reaching 150 days of consecutive Headspace Sessions. I was too tired again this morning and when I finished all my calls at 6:30 PM I did not feel like running or cycling either, not even on the stationary bike. We will see how things go tomorrow.

 

Wednesday 13-May-2020

Morning

RHR       54
HRV       89
Weight    89.6kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

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Today did not work out either and I took another rest day. I was too tired to run this morning and I had no inclination to train by the end of the day. Hopefully, things will be a bit better tomorrow.

Tuesday 12-May-2020

Morning

RHR       50
HRV       98
Weight    90.1kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20
Cycle     51km in 2 hours 14 minutes

Evening

Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

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I managed to get up bright and early this morning and get out of bed as well. My Resting Heart Rate and HRV were in great shape. I decided to head back out to the Tama Hills on my bike and go as far as I could out towards the west country.  I was not in great form, and the traffic lights kept interrupting my pace, but I did manage to make it all the way to the Machida Kaido before I had to turn back in order to be in time for my 9 AM call. I think that this might be a good way to get to Sagamiko Lake if I can navigate my way from the Machida Kaido over to Route 413 without getting lost. I guess that I will have all summer to figure it out.

 

 

Monday 11-May-2020

Morning

RHR       57
HRV       87
Weight    89.4kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

Today did not go as planned. I couldn’t get up as time as I was too tired from last week’s training. Then, when I finished work at 7 PM I was too tired from sitting on calls all day. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a little better. At least my HRV is back up over 80.

Sunday 10-May-2020

Morning

RHR       65
HRV       69
Weight    89.1kg
Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20
Run       22.2km @ 5:30 min/km pace

Evening

Press-Ups 20 x 2
Curls     10kg x 20 x 2
Plank     2:20

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Happy Mothers Day to all my readers. Of course, it is not Mothers Day in Ireland as that falls in March, but it is always good to remember the first person who ever put you first.

I woke up this morning and my HRV had improved a little, but it still was not where it had been 3 days ago. I was feeling fatigued from my cycle on Saturday so I decided to hang about the house for a bit before I decided on what to do. When I went to bed on Saturday night, the plan was to go for another cycle on Sunday, but I really could not face it. I am not sure why. I noticed a mail from Bob, the leader of Namban Rengo, asking people to send in their Training Programmes for the State of Emergency, so I sent in mine.

Monday: Get up a 9 AM if I don’t have a hangover from too much red wine the night before. Stay in bed if I do but remember to switch on Skype so it looks like I am online.
Tuesday: Walk to the fridge to get milk for coffee. If no milk, drink coffee without milk.
Wednesday: Core Workout and Cardio. Walk to shops (1km) and buy sufficient beer and wine for 7 days. Carry home. Call wife to collect me if it feels too heavy.
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Hill Repeats. Take stairs to collect mail and Japan Times from Post Box.
Saturday: Park Run. Cancelled so on hold. Check out what other people are watching on Netflix.
Sunday: Long Run with a mask. Try not to scare local children as the mask is actually from a play loosely based on the life of Zoro.

Afterwards, I thought that I get a couple of replies but I soon realised that the mailing list is not what it should be and most people in the club did not get it. Oh well …

Anyway, I decided that my knee was in good enough condition for an easy run and I headed out for the Tamagawa. The weather was cool but very humid and my mask was filled with sweat in no time. Then it started to rain and I regretted leaving the cushions outside on the balcony. It was still only 10:30 so there was no chance anybody would be up in the house to notice the rain and take them in.

I was not sure how far I could run so decided to just keep going with my heart rate in the mid 140s and turn back if my knee started to hurt. It didn’t, so after an hour, I found that I had run 11km down to Tamagawa Ohashi bridge. I drank a nice bottle of water and ran home. I felt good the whole way and maybe I hit on a comfortable pace where I won’t get injured. Won’t win any races either, but that is a different story.

I hope that I can not drag myself out of bed tomorrow at 5:30 AM so I can do a cycle before work starts at 9 AM and I don’t have to turn on Skype and go back to bed.

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