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Jesse
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I got a run in! I felt too tired all week to get myself laced up and out the door. When training is listed behind family and work on the list of priorities, it’s weeks like the past one and the one coming where I’ll get it in when I can and have the energy. Gotta keep the priorities straight and expectations realistic!

Kept it short today to make sure I can run for longer tomorrow.

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And another run this week! 20 minutes was all I had time for, but I got it done. For some reason my left calf got angry with me by the end, so I'll be monitoring that situation for my next runs coming up.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for this busy period. Just a couple more weeks of teaching at university and my schedule relaxes. Until then, psychological stress remains high while physical stress is relatively low. But stress is stress, so I'll get the runs in for my mental health and then build my fitness up again in a few weeks.

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*sigh*

Calf is very angry today. Looks like I'll be a cyclist for a little bit while I recover.

<rant> I feel so frustrated. Yesterday's run was REALLY easy. And recent training load has been super low. I don't understand why it acted up again.</rant>

Onward and upwards. At least I get to build aerobic endurance inside where it's warm *grin*

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Hey @jesse. I'd be very curious to hear what our AI-coach has to say back in response to your comments as an idea to continue on with your very interesting posts. Hope you get your calf issue sorted.

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@paul sure thing!

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@paul Athletica OG, The Training Maestro, had this to say:

"Despite the unexpected calf issue, you matched the planned load well, indicating good effort management. Your average power and heart rate suggest you stayed within a recovery intensity, which is perfect for your situation. The FTI at 57% confirms you were right in the sweet spot for a recovery session. It's understandable to feel frustrated with injuries, but focusing on what you can control, like maintaining aerobic fitness, is a positive approach. Remember, recovery and adaptation are key parts of training progress. Keep up the good work!"

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Dear diary … 😀

I made the time for a 30 minute recovery ride (felt super easy and no calf didn’t complain) in Friday evening and a 35 minute z2 ride in yesterday. Resistance felt heavy, but doable. 

I’m happy I can still scratch that endurance itch indoors and pain free. I’ve also got my tunes to keep things upbeat. 

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Athletica OG keeps it up beat telling me:

Impressive work, Jesse! You've exceeded the planned workout load by an outstanding 68%, showcasing your dedication. Your mWR at -29% indicates a significant effort, suggesting that you're pushing the envelope in your training—excellent sign of progress! ???? Your normalized power was solid at 183, with an efficiency factor of 1.37, pointing to good power output relative to your heart rate. Despite the heavy feeling in your legs, your low heart rate and subjective scores indicate a strong aerobic capacity. Keep monitoring the interplay between your perceived effort and heart rate as it's key to fine-tuning your training. ????

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"Shut up legs!" - Jens Voigt. I told my legs the same thing today when I almost completed the Long HIIT alternative on the bike.

Almost, because I seemed to have run out of push on the 4th interval. Heart rate never made it over 163, so to me it felt like over-unders at threshold. But my legs disagreed and said nope like I was on a ramp test. In their defense, I'm not familiar with using my Garmin watch to control my smart trainer. So when the pedals started to turn slower, the resistance ramped up quick. I'd rather the power dropped a moment while I collected myself.

** Anyone out there know how to do a bike workout on a smart trainer with a Garmin watch in resistance mode? **

Calf is feeling good, but I'm also not running... But I am biking *grin*

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@jesse Go to Sensors & Accessories on your Garmin watch. Check if you have "Smart Trainer" option there, and then add your trainer. Then when you start a "Bike Indoor" type workout, your trainer should follow the structured workout.

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@anilakarsu Thanks for helping out! The set up you describe is how I have it set up now. However, I don’t want smart trainer, I want dumb trainer. This way I can change gears to achieve the desired intensity. 
is the solution to not pair the trainer?

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@jesse I never tried that but then you should add your trainer only as a power sensor, not trainer. Then your watch should be able to read the power data but not control the trainer.

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@anilakarsu Agreed, I'll give that a shot for my next bike session. Thank you!

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Always the optimist, AthleticaOG had this to say after my session today:

"Great job on today's workout, Jesse! You've shown tremendous effort by reaching an mWR of -13%, indicating you've pushed yourself to a new level of performance. Your compliance was on point, and your actual load (45) was close to the planned load (54). Despite the technical issues with your Garmin watch and the chain drops, you managed to maintain an impressive normalized power of 191. Your RPE score indicates the session was very hard, which aligns with the high intensity of your workout. Keep up the good work, and remember to familiarize yourself with your equipment to avoid resistance spikes and ensure a smoother session next time. Your positive attitude and ability to push through the challenging parts of the workout are commendable! Keep riding strong! ????‍♂️????"

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