After three weeks being out of commission, I’m slowly getting back to teaching my Tues/Thur 6 am class. It’s a specialty class, a 12-week periodized program. Since the information and coaching is very specific and is based on what was done in the previous weeks, and it’s a small facility with limited instructors, I had no one who I could trust to sub for me. (Yup, really!) But I do have very understanding and wonderful students who cared more about my recovery than their class. So, what I did during my absence (5 total classes) was send them a workout the day before, using a very simple profile, most of which were either threshold-based intervals or short periods above LT, as in Over/Under Intervals, that they’d done with me before. Then I sent my music via Dropbox to one particular student, Brenda, who burned the CD and printed out extra versions of the workout and handed them out to the rest of the students. There are 12 students in this clinic. As it turns out, many of them had kids who had spring break, so for a few classes, there were only 4–5 people. But, I’m glad to say, outside of that, they continued to attend and do their homework!
I only outright canceled one class, but it was more because of a big spring snowstorm (though my body was glad for the reason to cancel). I have also promised them that I will make up these 5 classes and add them on to the end of the clinic. For them, it’s an added bonus, because we will focus on peak conditioning, something you can’t always do in a 12-week program. They may not be that happy, however, when I have them do VO2 max intervals and Tom Scotto’s MIT profile of explosive efforts! 😉