I've been at this endurance thing for almost two years now. The whole time I've read articles and heard coaches speak on the value of strength training. "Pfff!!! I've got a family, I work 50 hours per week, I've barely got time to get in my swim, bike and run. Strength work is out of the question", was usually my response/thought.
That was before the lifeguard overslept last Friday.
There I was at the Y, no lifeguard, unable to do my planned swim, not wanting to drive back home, needing something
to fill the hour that I would have been in the pool.
Other than when I toured the facility when I first joined the Y, I've never been in the weight room. I didn't even remember where it was. Standing there in the locker room with an hour to fill, I decided I'd hunt down the weight room. I'd at least know where it was if I ever did find the time to fit in a strength workout. Well, that killed a whole 5 minutes. There I was, standing in a very well equipped weight room with 55 more minutes to kill. "What the heck, I'll just do a few reps on a couple of the machines". Before I knew it, the 55 minutes were up and I'd done a full body workout. "That wasn't so bad" I thought. Maybe I'll do it more often.
The two free mornings (Tuesday and Thursday) I had to sleep an extra hour are now going to be spent in the weight room. I'm 3 for 3 so far. I'm not betting on looking like the Governator any time soon, but a little extra power to get up the hills will be nice.