Weekend Warrior

The three day weekend flew by... to me, it seemed more like a regular old two day weekend, packed to the brim! Sunday's workout felt like it broke me.  It was one of those rare times when I didn't feel better, energized after working out.  I felt run down, exhausted and broken.  One-hour and forty-five minutes of cardio, strength and stretching will do that to a person, I suppose.  But, on the flip side, yesterday on the bike I felt GREAT! Still tired, but I turned the corner of feeling strong and comfortable on the bike.

After completing Lake Placid in 2010, I didn't get back on the bike.   To be honest, I was terrified.  If I had a long, lonely stretch of pavement or street, I was ready to ride.  Throw cars, people, and other bikes into the mix and I would wobble the whole ride.  After taking a nasty fall in April 2010, I was plain old scared to ride again.  I willed myself to get back on through the race, but since I haven't been out on a ride for fear of injury or broken bones.  Growing up in a pool, as a swimmer, I never experienced fractures, breaks or injury other than shoulder soreness.

However, I think I'm ready to ride again.  There's a group of women who meet at a local bike shop and ride together, which sounds perfect.  A nice 20+ ride sounds doable and a great way to re-enter the bike riding world.  I also found a small itch the day to do another triathlon.  Now that my knee is feeling much better, to the point where I could handle a short distance, I think an Olympic distance might be in order next year.  Maybe a half-Ironman.  We'll see.

I did, admittedly, eat more than planned on Sunday, but that's life right? The goal isn't to be perfect, all the time, but to learn to navigate the turns and get back on track when the detour is through.  On Sunday, I drank a LOT of lemon water, to help detoxify my body, and did an hour on the bike to sweat a bit.

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!)

Day 8 = tough

Yesterday's workout felt pretty good, except for the heavy legs I was working with early on.  You know the feeling, when your legs are tired and it feels as if you're moving cinder blocks every time you take a step? My calves are sore from the explosive work, and the last round I had to really pump myself up.  I found Lil Wayne's & Drake's "Right About It" on my iPod and cranked it as I crushed the last set of bleachers.  I was pretty wiped after, but felt equally as good, which was unlike Day 5, where I wanted nothing more than to lay down and not talk to a single soul. My back is still sore, but seems to work things out when I get into the workout and feels less stiff today than it did yesterday.

Today's workout is another ridiculous one, with plyometrics, running stairs, wall-sit, lunges, etc, etc... oh, and then some hard cardio at the end for good measure.  Ouch.

Most often, when I'm pushing myself in a workout, I'm envisioning the jeans that will fit better when this intensive workout phase is complete.  But, today, I will be envisioning Key Lime Pie... yummy! Today is Doug's mom's birthday, so I whipped one up last night. It was my first attempt at making a Key Lime Pie, but it was pretty easy to make and looks like it turned out well. I'll share the recipe and write-up with you after we taste it tonight.

Until tomorrow...