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Unproductive, Maintaining, Productive

About three weeks ago I noticed that my Garmin (affiliate link) stats were consistently showing my workouts as unproductive. I concluded that it was probably due to my average heart rate being a little higher due to my lack of acclimation to the increased heat. Also, I was suddenly riding four days a week at the longer distances after a winter of shorter spins. I think Garmin was telling me to chill! 😉


I eased back on the effort, watched my average heart rate drop, and moved to maintaining for a little over a week (at longer distances, too).


And finally, during yesterday’s tough gravel ride (with a lot of climbing) my average heart rate remained lower and my stats showed I had a productive workout!


Overview of the Week

Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll beyond the infographic for daily details…



Cycling: 42 miles
• Average speed: 13.1 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 2,894 feet
• Start time: 9:39 AM
• Location: Western Loudoun gravel roads
• Weather: 72° and sunny, climbing to 89°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey and fingerless gloves

The weather was great albeit humid, I felt strong, and had so much fun at my third Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder. I need to remember everything I did leading up to the event because I rode really well. At one point my husband asked who’d shot me out of the cannon. LOL



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

With an unexpected cancelation and stuck at the gym waiting for my next client, I walked on the indoor track for just over a mile (1 mile = 23.7 laps). I stopped Strava when I’d completed those 23.7 laps and it had me at only .68 mile. I laughed, though, when I saw the map of my walk!

Luckily, my next client was available to meet earlier and didn’t leave me walking in tiny circles for too long.



Cycling: 30 miles
• Average speed: 13.5 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,398 feet
• Start time: 8:28 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Leesburg loop with Thomas Mill and Woodburn climbs
• Weather: 66°, sunny, breezy, and with low humidity; climbing to 75°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey and fingerless gloves

While riding out the trail to climb some hills, I rode up behind Erin, one of my BRF’s from several years ago when I was running with friends regularly. It was great to quickly catch up before continuing on my way.


After climbing my last hill I found a four-leaf clover when I got back to the trail. I just looked down at the grass and there it was, standing all by itself.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:46 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 72 feet
• Start time: 6:13 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 60° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, nylon shell, and visor

Running: 1 mile
• Average pace: 9:50 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 54 feet
• Start time: 7:23 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 63° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor

I was late to the party when I joined Kim who was already a mile into her walk by the time I got up and outside. I may have hit snooze a few times before getting up – I never hit snooze, but I must have been extra tired because it was a reoccurring theme this past week…


After our walk, I ran for a mile since I hadn’t run all week. I would have loved to run another mile or two, but had to get back inside for work.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Cycling: 29 miles
• Average speed: 11.3 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 2,664 feet
• Start time: 8:35 AM
• Location: Middleburg, Bull Run Mountain, Bust Head Road loop
• Weather: 66°, breezy, and sunny, climbing to 73° and overcast
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Gardening (pulling weeds and cutting back pachysandra): 3 hours

Two years ago when my husband and I rode a loop including Bull Run Mountain and Bust Head Roads, I vowed to never do that ride again. However, I’ve become a better climber and gravel rider since that day and couldn’t resist joining my friends to give it another go. It was challenging, but nothing like I remembered and I finished thinking that I’ll probably ride those roads again.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


  • • Have you had any crazy Garmin or Strava maps show up after a workout? ~ One time several years ago I stopped to chat with a runner friend on the trail. When I got home my Garmin (affiliate link) map from where I was stopped looked similar to the map above even though I was standing still and my watch was on auto-pause.
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ Riding on Saturday was my toughest workout.
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ No


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!




I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


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