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day off from running done, ran 5x
swim 7 miles (1 done) nope
bike 5x yup!!
get a bunch of schoolwork done... I fly home in 2 weeks!!! yup, did a good job with this
I had a pretty good week. 3 swims (6600 yds), 5 rides (67 mi), 5 runs (41.7 mi).
I fly home next Monday and I can't wait.
I have a Skype interview with one school this week. Another wrote last week and is not interested, which is a letdown as it's a place I really like. The rest can call back anytime; I am feeling impatient!
Goals for this week: 5 swims, 5 rides, day off from running
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disclaimer: I am a PhD, not a medical doctor. The closest I get to surgery is topology.
My big accomplishment was finishing watching Gilmore Girls last night. The baby was restless and it's really the only quiet time I get.
I tracked food for a couple weeks - it's tedious, but my eating has been reigned in at least. The weight loss is slow, but I'm still breastfeeding so it will probably take a while.
I'm loving my weekly soccer and fitting in biking/running when I can. I really need a strength plan (and then I need to stick with it).
Last week's goals:
swim x 1: win
bike x 1: win
run x 5: win with 6
core/strength x 4: win
Back to running - was supposed to be a good girl this weekend and stick to groomed trail to make sure I didn't do any damage to my ankle, but I was out on some new-to-me trail and when I found an opening into some singletrack I couldn't resist going exploring.
Sunday was our monthly brunch with friends in Guelph, so I got to run some of my favourite bits along the Speed River.
Got my first double run day in yesterday in over a month - easy 5.5km at lunch + another 5.3k after work. The second run was my first test of a pair of Altra shoes: the Torin 2.5. They're ugly as sin, but oh my - so plush and bouncy, just perfect for my 4th run in 3 days. Have a pair of Paradigm 1.5s I bought on a Black Friday sale coming, too, and hope I'm as happy with them. The Torins might just be the shoe I use for the indoor track 8-hour in January!
This week's goals:
swim x 2
bike x 1
run x 6
core/strength x 4
Going to be tougher to convince myself to cycle down to the farmers' market on Saturday mornings as my trail access gets cut off the day after tomorrow (they're demolishing a bridge; it won't re-open until 2018) and the weather worsens, but I hope to find some time to maybe get another ride in with Tank on the weekend - he's only been out maybe twice this year.
ill advised racing inc.
My goals were 7:15 of cycling over 5 rides. I rode 5 times but ditched one ride early to land up with 6:30 for the week. I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I tried really hard to keep going on that workout, and even tried lowering the intensity but I just couldn't focus enough to get through it.
The rope rescue course is using up a lot of my brain power - three evenings last week and both days at the weekend. We were rapelling on Sunday and I woke up yesterday with all these little muscles in my back/shoulders making themselves known.
Physio has not been going well - I just don't feel motivated to do the exercises at all.
For this week: another 5 rides/7:15 goal. Go to physio on Weds and see where I am. It'll probably be my last appointment until the new year. Less than 2 weeks until we go on holiday. Counting down the days now!
We are going away in Feb. Now that I finally have a plan for where to leave the dog I can get excited about going.
Bodyweight and weights. I have 10 & 20lbs dumbbells (although the 20 are too heavy right now - oh how far I've fallen).
I need to do some serious core work and upper body. It makes a huge difference, but I like cardio better, so if there isn't enough time I ditch the strength stuff.
- Skate 3x (+ coach 2x) - DONE
- Run EZ 2x - my R calf still doesn't like going up hills, so take it easy is the protocol - FAIL - substituted 1 run for cable/dryland work as it was just pouring/dark/cold out.
- Ride 1x maybe 2x - the weather is just crap right now ok I'll be honest it's been raining almost non-stop since early Oct and I am going stir crazy. Worse it's not even cold enough for snow on the mountains at least then I could go xc skiing. Bah! One of these rides might be a trainer ride... :-( - WINNER WINNER with 4 outside rides.
- Investigating a personal trainer for a 6-8 stint to re-kick start my fitness (felt the loss this morning after skating) - Nothing done here. I'll admit I'm a bit cheap so ... it's not a priority? yet? :-)
- Skate 2x + ref all day Sat
- Run or cable/dryland 2x
- Ride 1x
The refereeing all day Sat really puts a cramp on the plans. After this meet I have 2 more meets to ref (1 in early Jan and I'm trying to trade off a March one for a different one in Jan so I can race in March).
"How bad could it be?" - SimpleS
I've been traveling for the last three weeks. I had an amazing time but am back in California now and am eager to get back to training/eating my own food/sleeping on my own schedule.
While in Japan, I ran and swam a few times (Japanese swim etiquette is fascinating!) but really wasn't training. The trip was wonderful -- I ate and drank all sorts of wonderful things and truly enjoyed myself. Afterward, I spent Thanksgiving with my family where I ran my favorite trails, did our hometown turkey trot (my niece did her first race!), and generally had a wonderful time not exercising :D
I've done a lot of base training since I started running again and I'm feeling good and like I can start upping my intensity -- it will be good to get on the track and do some hill repeats. I am also getting a real bike fit next week and am hopeful I can can back on my tri bike (or a different tri bike?!) in the next few weeks.
This week, I am basically just getting back to normal. I am riding my bike tomorrow (first time in 3.5 weeks!) and swimming, lifting or running Thursday and trying to find my groove again.
I'm doing an Olympic distance race this weekend. I plan to treat it as a brick (my training partner is doing the half distance and cheering/sherpaing for him is the real reason for the trip) and hope it kickstarts my training and serves as a good benchmark -- I have a lot of work to do but now that I'm healthy enough to train I am really ready to hit it and figure out my 2017 goals.
I hope everyone is happy and healthy and that all the Americans had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Where are you guys going?
Would workout videos like Insanity or the Jillian Michaels stuff appeal to you? When I was heavier, it was a combo of the rowing machine and JM that got me to lose 20lb.
Last year I completed several sprint and oly aquabikes. I've set my sights on an early summer half for this year, with a plan to fall back to the aquabike if the run isn't going to happen. I just want to finish--not compete--although in my AG finishing can be competing!
I'm starting a 24 week training cycle this week, composed of 8-week base, 8-week build, 8-week half specific. Did a LTHR/power test on the bike yesterday to set my thresholds in that sport. Ouch--quite a drop in power! My only goal in running is to train consistently and be mindful to avoid flareups that disrupt training. Got back in the pool for the first time in months last week, and felt as though I had forgotten how to swim. Swimming is the least challenging injury wise. It will be interesting to see how long/what it takes to get my times down in that sport.
Goals for this week are:
PT 1x; home exercise 2x day
figure out core/pelvic stability training plan
"Ain't no shortcuts to the Opry."
We stayed in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Drakensberg Mtns (Speinkoep), Port Elizabeth & Cape Town. I can't wait to go back for Two Oceans for my 50th!
"How bad could it be?" - SimpleS
Not so exotic for us - Las Vegas for a family reunion. I've never been and we are going to the Grand Canyon, so at least there's that. And there will be lots of family around to babysit.
I'm not really into videos. I feel ridiculous doing them for some reason.
The Bunny Chow is well in hand. Some relatives of the bride are picking us up at Jo'burg airport and I think they're being given instructions to feed us Bunny Chow that night so that when we go to Durban the following day we can decide which has the better food.
Beautiful country and almost everyone we met was friendly and open to us, we think (hope) that it was because we treated them openly and honestly - but we also live in a pretty multicultural city and aren't phased by skin colour or accent. Attitude goes a long way when travelling right? :-)
"How bad could it be?" - SimpleS
Mon: Rest - needed!
Tues: 1 hour Trainerroad - done
Wed: 6 mile run - done
Thu: Turkey day - didn't do a Turkey Trot :-( But my kid was home for the day (age 20)!!
Fri: 1 hour Trainerroad + 5 mile run - done
Sat: 2 hour Trainerroad - done
Sun: 17 mile trail run in the rain - done
I also just joined my local running club. That is a first for me. This last year I have notice an incredible surge in other people out running my trails. Then on Sunday a small army of trail runners appeared from out in the middle of nowhere, in the cold rain, when I was at about mile 11. I figured they must be coming from somewhere. Turns out we have a new local SLO Trail Runners club. So, what the heck. Signed up. Turns out that 1/2 the people are my clients. So random. Going on my first run with them next weekend.
We have a local tri club. But I've never joined up. I'm such a loner! I might take the plunge in 2017.
Trying to get myself pumped up to get back in the pool. My off season focus is run and swim. I have a lot of progress yet to be had there.
Sunday's Trail Run...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Born a swimmer, borrowed a bike, laced up some runners, and the rest just fell into place for a solid MOP life.