Between a very intense and stressful time at work, preparing for what will be a tax return from Hell, and a mild ear infection - sleep has simply been non-existent for me. Five hours Sunday night, and just four on Monday took me out to 7 consecutive nights w/ five hours of sleep or less.
Unfortunately I had hill repeats on the schedule for Tuesday. During my 3-mile warm up prior to the hills I felt somewhat sluggish. This session was not going to be pretty. Where I usually do 10 x 1-minute repeats, Tuesday's session was going to be slightly different. 10 x 45-seconds broken down into 3-sets. 4 x 45-seconds, 90-second rest, 4 x 45-seconds, 2-minute rest, 2 x 45 seconds. The good news was that I'd be getting a little extra rest - the bad news was that even though the repeats were slightly shorter, they were going to be much faster.
I hit the first set pretty hard. I was surprised how quickly I recovered after set #1, and went out hard again to begin set #2. After the sixth rep I really started to feel it, and by the 8th rep I was fried. I took my 2-minute set break after #8, but I still felt lousy. For a second I thought about just bailing after eight, but thought better of it. Repeat #9 wound up being the 2nd fastest one of the lot, but it left me dead in the water for #10. I did the best I could but it was a struggle the whole way.
Looking at the data afterwards, this was surprisingly the fastest hill session I've ever done. I don't know how long I can keep doing this w/ no sleep. I'm bound to crash here sooner or later.
Quite odd to have it such that the hardest part of my training is sleeping!
Mon, 3/16: off day (scheduled)
Tues, 3/17: 6-miles including 10 x 45-second hills