Thursday, August 02, 2012
Checking in on goals.
For the year I said 800-1,000 miles. So far I've run 622.65 miles for 2012. Super happy with that.
Run: goal was 10-20 miles/week and I ran 50 total. Low end of goal, but I made it. Pretty good considering the heat and 2 weeks of vacation.
Bike: goal was 40-80 miles/week. Ha! Not even close. I threw those numbers out there from looking at my training plan, but I didn't factor in heat, vacation and the fact that I knew basically nothing about the bike. I did manage 112 miles total plus 2 Spinervals workouts. My friend loaned me her indoor trainer. It's pretty sweet. I can ride my own bike in the basement!
Swim: 2 swims a week. Goal met 3/4 weeks. The Olympics bring back so many memories of pool workouts and drills. I wish I could get in the pool more often.
Weight: lose 1.5-2 lbs or 2 inches. Weight is up 1.2 and inches are the same. Not what I wanted, but not too bad considering how much time I spent at cabins eating bacon and s'mores.
I think the goals were high because I thought I had enough rest and recovery from the marathon in June and was ready for an intense training plan. I was wrong. In July I learned that I want a better balance. Which led me to give my notice at the Y. It was a very tough decision. I just can't do it all. I decided to put fitness priorities on triathlon instead of group fitness. I feel like it was a selfish decision, but a necessary one. I will miss it, but luckily I'll be able to sub.
Swim, bike, run: twice a week, but if it's only once make it the long workout
Complete my first sprint triathlon: this Saturday!!
Olympic tri: 8/25
Lose 2 lbs or 2 inches. Come on now! Stop mindlessly snacking at night.
I hope you're already on your way with August goals. Let's do this!
Tonight I did my own little mini tri to see how I felt during transitions and to trouble shoot all the gear. Preparing for any race is exciting and stressful. Tri prep is much more intense than a road race. I don't even have a lot of gear and it's a lot to remember! I spent last night reading checklists and transition pointers online. The practice went well, except that the chain fell off my bike again. It feels pretty dang good that I can actually fix it myself, but I wish I wouldn't have to. I may take it in to the shop tomorrow...
It also feels good to be OK when pictures are taken. We biked to a parade and had a blast.
I can see a calf muscle!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I have eased up on tri training because it was making me crazy. That's the opposite of what I want it to do. Like my dad said, "it's not like you're going to win. What's the big deal?!" exactly. I am doing this for myself. Not to place in my age group. Everyone has different life circumstances that lead to different training options. I'm not racing the 33 year old single woman that can fit in 3 by 3s. I am racing myself. Can you tell that I have to type this out in order to convince myself?? Hey, whatever works.
So this week I chose family fitness. Not family over fitness. Just put my kids and husband and whole family first and did my best to workout WITH them.
S: swam across a lake, not sure of distance, DH rowed next to me
M: 5 mile run w/ dad and sister, yoga on a paddle board!
T: rest (did a few sprints in the lake, 20 minutes maybe)
W: 6 miles with the double jogger, holy crap! That's hard. Stopped at a park to play.
Th: ST at the park with kids, 10 mile family bike ride
F: 60 min HIIT class, 1 mile swim and then swam with the kids
S: teach tabata, Spinervals DVD
Now only in the triathlete world is this a light fitness week. No long bike, no speedwork run,no... I'm gonna stop that right now. I had a great week.
And even though the scale says exactly what it did on July 1, several people have made positive comments about how I look in the past few days. After class on Friday, one of my running friends even called me and said, "what, I haven't seen you in a week and you lose 5 pounds?!" That feels good. I guess I'm doing something right.
Something definitely feels right. I had been thinking about a half Ironman next summer. That's 70.3 miles. I know I could do it with the proper training. But what I'm starting to realize is that I may not WANT to. At least not right now. I said the same thing about marathon training: it's not just the time that training takes; it's how exhausted you are after those long workouts. I was wiped out after that swim yesterday. Swimming a mile is the equivalent of running 12 to me. I needed a nap!
No nap today, Olympic swimmers!! I made salt dough medals with the kids this morning (thank you Pinterest!). We are pumped. I'm going to do an Olympic theme at class today. Time to go!!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I am saddened by the CO tradgedy. It's senseless and devastating and just plain sad. I made myself turn the news off last night and I went and watched my daughter sleep. All you parents know the beauty of a sleeping child. Especially a sun kissed summer girl with mosquito bites on her arms and cuts and bruises, the proof of hard play, all over her legs. I took some time to soak in my gratitude that she is healthy, that my whole family is healthy. And I said a prayer for those that have lost these simple moments. I even said a prayer for the killer's parents. Because there was a time that he was their joyful 3 year old and they watched him sleep. how did a life go so wrong? How can a child become that damaged? Such a complex sadness.
During our week at the lake, I unplugged from Internet and TV. It was wonderful. It was the epitome of a family vacation in MN. The patoon, sandcastles, s'mores, reading with coffee and listening to the water, swimming, swimming and more swimming. I slowed down and watched my kids. I listened more closely to them. I didn't work out as much as I had planned.
I ran 4 miles one morning and it was one of those cleansing, you get all the answers you need, kind of runs. When I got back to the cabin, I had a stressful problem resolved. I wrote the email that I composed in my head while running and sent it. Instantly felt like I lost weight! Ahhhhhh, exercise is so good for my soul.
I promised myself that I was going to find a better balance between tri training and life. I got rid of my 3 by 3 workout plan. The is no need for a beginner to be that intense. I convinced myself that it's OK not to spend the most time on my worst sport, the bike, even though all the magazines say I should.
And then what do I do? Go on a bike ride, can't keep up with my friend,get crazy mad at myself, bring my kids to daycare early the next day so I can go do sprints on the bike and then write a self deprecating blog. Hmmmm, does not sound like a healthy balance to me.
I am recommitting myself to searching for a balance. An amazing sparker, GODIVADSG, wrote a great blog saying that she wants to live a "meaningful life of movement.". Isn't that poetic? I wrote it across the top of my revised training plan. That's what I want.
That's what I am fortunate enough to have. I can move. Everyday. I am strong and able to participate in incredible endurance events. I am also silly and participate in chasing my kids around and around, an endurance event all of its own. I am grateful for my health.
Today we're leaving for another cabin. This time with all my siblings and their kids and my parents. It will be a very different kind of vacation. I will unplug again. I will enjoy the teeny moments of each day. I will get in an open water swim and I will run with my dad and sister. It is heart aching to feel all these fun possibilities while I know so many families are struggling to get out of bed today because of the depth of their sadness.
I will continue to pray for them. I will continue to move with meaning and joy. I hope you do the same!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
One thing I love about exercise is the options. Just when you think you're good at something, try something else and a whole new challenge is waiting for you.
Running came relatively easy to me. Don't get me wrong, there were horrible awful days when I cried. There are STILL horrible awful no good very bad runs. But, overall, running just feels right. I have worked very hard, but mostly I've logged lots of miles while having fun. I have yet to become too obsessed with pace or splits or speed work. I guess I'm naturally kinda fast. And of course that feels good. The marathon was a month ago and I continue to get compliments about my time. I feel strong and fast. I feel like an athlete. And I like it.
When does confidence turn that ugly corner into cockiness?
For me, that corner was jumping into the pool. I swam competitively when I was younger and again, it was something that came naturally. Getting back to swim workouts has been tons of fun. I love reading about technique and trying new workouts in the pool. And, again, I've gotten lots of compliments. Unfortunately, it's gone to my head. I don't want to be that girl.
Luckily a triathlon has 3 sports and that last one, that sneaky little bike, has been shoving humble pie in my face left andright. I figured I had this tri thing in the bag. I can run! I can swim! What could possibly be so hard about riding a bike? Every 5 year old does it. So i must be able to do it too. And I'll be good at it, right? And everyone will tell me how athletic and strong I am, right?
I hope you're smirking at me right now. We all know that there's always a heavier weight to lift, a more difficult yoga pose to hold, a further distance to run. I need to keep this all in perspective.
The bike is my new challenge. I feel slow. I cannot keep up with my friends. My quads scream at me early in a ride. It doesn't matter what gear I'm in. Hills kill me. I am a huffing puffing mess by the top. This is frustrating. I want to be good at it. I feel like I should be better than I am. My VO2 max is pretty high. I have cut muscle definition in my legs. Why am I not better at this??! Pout, pout, dramatic, annoying tantrum.
Because I just started taking the bike seriously a month ago. Because it takes different muscles than running. Because the bike is incredibly technical and I have a crap ton to learn. I need to calm the eff down.
So this training group I want to join has 2 groups: 17 mph and 20 mph. I'm not there yet. I average 14-16 on long rides. And I know that's not bad, but its not 17. I really want to join that 17 group.
I'll work at it and get there. With so many exercise options, it's hard to get bored. It's hard to get cocky. If you step into either of those danger zones, try something new! It's working for me. I promise that once I do reach that 17 mph goal, I won't be a cocky jerk about it.
And if I do, then it's time to try out for American Ninja Warrior!!
Friday, July 06, 2012
Well, that didn't go as planned.
I woke up Sunday morning, 7/1, with my game face on. I took my measurements, which I hadn't done since September. I mapped out my workouts for the week. I told myself that it was time to get serious about weight loss again. I wrote down my goal weight for each week this month. This is something I used to do and it really helped. Visualizing that number. It works. I mean, it used to work.
I know lots of us our experiencing this craptastic heat wave. As a MN girl, I like to be annoying and say that you can only complain about one season. Take your pick: winter or summer. No endless whining. By Wednesday I was the biggest whiner of all. It's hot. It's 104 hot. I live in an old house, no AC. Window units only do so much and we only have 2. One is in DS's room, the other in ours, which means DD has been sleeping with us. That girl takes up a lot of room in bed!! And the heat has made both kids sick. Fevers & throwing up. I have done a lot of laundry this week.
One of my workout buddies canceled on Monday because of the heat advisory. I canceled on her today because of the sick kids. I've gotten in one run this week and it was a quick 5K. I hopped on that blasted treadmill last night and lasted for one mile of sprints. I just can't stand that thing. I've missed swim and bike workouts.
I have made it to more group fitness classes than normal and that's been fun. And I did get in my longest bike ride to date: 29 miles!!
The heat has led to some poor food choices because I'm not cooking as much. Letting other people cook, going out, too many quick & cold meals that are high in protein, but not enough balanced meals.
July week 1 recap: several missed workouts, poor sleeping & eating. And to top it off, I'm up 2.8 lbs from last Friday
BUT! but but but, it's gonna be OK. I had a great workout this morning that put me in a much better mood. I went home and turned on the oven. I don't care that it's too hot to cook! Made lots of good stuff, including my new favorite healthy treat
so good and so easy.
I made a salad packed with veggies and my favorite kale chips with a little pumpkin seed oil for lunch. yum.
We leave for a week at the lake on Sunday and I will run and swim and relax and build sandcastles and paddle board and read and drink wine and and and...
See? it's OK. This was a rough week. All that means is that I have the power to make the next week better.
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