One-Third Complete (Days 10-11)

Saturday flew by.  Doug had his early morning race in the mountains, where it was chilly and damp, and it was non-stop from there.  For me, it was the perfect morning for me to wear my new Hunter's  (a coveted birthday gift).  With these great beauties on my feet, I look forward to the rain for that very reason - the opportunity to sport them where ever I go! After the race, we drove back to Washington, where I did my yoga and we prepared for my talk to the She Does Tri women that evening.  The experience was wonderful, but I went into the pool with jittery nerves, as I have a fear of public speaking.  However, instead of backing down and declining the invitation to speak (which was my original thought when first asked), I looked my fear in the face and pushed through it.  The ladies were wonderful, had good energy and great questions.  I am excited to see where their triathlon experience takes them... it's a journey unique to each and means something different for everyone.

Yesterday morning was a lazy day, and some mornings, that is exactly what is needed.  After doing some work in the afternoon, I got on the bike trainer and did a long, slow, but consistent workout. After dismounting from the bike, I noticed some soreness in my quads, but, on the scale this morning, I noticed that the needle moved a little closer to where I want to go.  I smiled knowing that my dedication, consistent workouts and better food choices was making a difference!

Today, is a tough outdoor track workout, with a few timed runs and some repeats thrown in for good measure.  I can (theoretically) run for a long time at a slow pace, but it's the fast, timed workouts that are the biggest challenge for me.  I do not look forward to them, and I am always exhausted once I've crossed the finish line for the last one.

Something else I noticed, is that lately my "need" for coffee had diminished.  Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup most mornings, but the "I can't focus on anything, don't talk to me until I've had coffee" voice is no longer raging first thing in the morning.  With these 10 workout days under my belt, I sleep better and wake up rested.  Win, win, WIN!

Until tomorrow...

Thank Goodness for Active Recovery (Day 9)

Yesterday's workout was really tough.  I had 5 sets to do, and to be honest, I was dreading the workout from the very beginning. Three sets was doable... five sets were going to be a challenge.  What do I do when I'm procrastinating? I clean and pick-up around the house.  That is, until I realize I'm stalling and then I get to the workout staring back at me. What I realized is that when I workout, I have to stay in the moment.  Wishing I was finished with the workout or the race isn't going to get me to the end any faster and it's just going to make the process, and the entire experience, miserable.  This is where yoga is a huge help, and has been beneficial during long, grueling workouts and races.  When I was 56 miles in the bike during the Ironman, and knew I had another 56 miles left (before the marathon) I had to stay present, in the moment, and take notice what was going on around me at that precise second.

Yesterday was no different.

I took each of the four pieces of the workout (one piece of the workout included the 5 dreaded sets) as it came and practiced mindfulness during each, until the last part, which was a run, where I plugged in my iPod and (again) ran to Lil Wayne.  I supposed music is a meditation of a different kind, right?

Today is an active recovery day, which for me means an hour of self-guided yoga later this afternoon.  First, we're off to a Duathlon, in which Doug is competing.  Then the yoga. Post yoga, we're off again and headed to Baltimore, where I'm speaking at a She Does Tri camp for women triathletes of all abilities.  I'm really looking forward to meeting the women and sharing my triathlon experience with them. With all of the running around, it doesn't sound like much of a "rest" day, does it?

Until tomorrow...

P.S. The key lime pie? It was delicious.  With homemade lime infused whipped cream, it was hands down one of the best food items I've ever made.  Doug is not a sweets person, but does really enjoy a slice of key lime pie every now and again, and even he was blown away.  (my words, not his, but still... was yummy!)