The A1 12 week winter base training program started off to a good start. I was able to stick to the prescribed training routine and was relishing the workouts that contained high intensity intervals as they were a welcome escape from the long (and boring!) Z2 workouts, especially when those Z2 workouts were performed indoors! After the strength training workouts, I could really start to feel the increased strength in my legs during the Z4/Z5 intensity intervals.
After 5 weeks I had to take a 2 week break to go on a work trip. Although I got a number of early morning runs in during the 2 weeks, I came back from the trip feeling very fatigued. I resumed the training plan at week 6 (basically I picked up where I left off) and found the week 6 workouts difficult and I struggled to maintain the intensities for the prescribed durations, especially for the 2x 20 minute Z4 intervals. I’m feeling less fatigued in week 7 but unfortunately with the Christmas break looking I will miss a couple of the longer weekend workouts. Hopefully it will be a good opportunity to rest and I will have more energy for the week 8 workouts and then the final third of the base training plan.