I am falling behind people! This past week has been crazy with work, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon. I don’t mind, but it’s definitely making getting my workouts in a challenge. Plus, I’m still really friggin’ tired. Seriously. I can’t figure it out. I have been sleeping 10hrs every night for the past two weeks pretty much. I know 70.3s take it out of me, but I think I forgot how much. Every body is different, and I need to remember that mine requires sleep, and a good amount of recovery after races like that. Plus, my mind needs a break too. Sometimes I feel guilty or I feel like I need to get after it again right away so that I don’t lose all the fitness I just built. Especially, after races shorter than Ironman, because I’ve built it up in my head, that if it wasn’t an Ironman, I don’t need a lot of recovery. But, that’s so not true. AND, the funny thing is, when I took that 6 month “break” – swam, biked, ran with some structure, but spent time hiking, traveling, and doing other things I love to do – I came back even stronger than I thought. I mean, it was kind of mind blowing to be honest. My fitness has been better than it’s ever been! There’s something to be said of taking a break and letting your body recover.
I also think it’s nice to work on some other projects that I’m passionate during the down time. I mean, I’m doing a half marathon in 10 days, and an international distance triathlon in 5 1/2 weeks. But, I don’t have a 70.3 til Sept, and the Chicago Marathon in October, so I might as well take a mini mid-season break, listen to my body, and take my training down a notch for a bit. And give some energy to some of my other dreams and passions – i.e this blog.
So what did last week look like?
Monday – Rest Day! SLEEP!!!
Tuesday – Swim 2600yds and a tempo bike – 40min tempo
Wed – Tempo Run – 25min @ tempo
Thurs – 4000yd swim
Fri – 2400yd swim
Sat – 2hr run + running around for 3hrs at a charity event
Sun – 2hr 45min ride
AND I WAS SMASHED!!!
9 1/2hrs of training
Not all that much to be honest. And the week before I only managed 5ish hours. So, clearly my body is getting the recovery it needs. Yet, I’m still exhausted. Gah! I can’t wait for some new energy to come through. haha. It will. It always does. Just need to recharge the batteries for a bit.
I want to touch on the event I did on Saturday. My friend Sheri Matthews, who has the kindest and most loving soul, asked me if I could fill in for her at the Rady’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Event on Saturday – Celebration of Champions. Each Champion – a child, who has either survived cancer and is in remission or is currently fighting it, got a chance to have their moment. They had a start line and a finish line about 400m long, and I would run with each one and cheer them on, and pace them. Some of them wanted to walk. Some wanted to run. And some sprinted! It was a day I’ll never forget. I shared this story on Instagram…
When I was 11, my 4yr old cousin died of cancer. It was heart wrenching. I remember going to school the day I found out, and feeling like I needed to be strong. Like I always do. But when I got to school, even at 11, and saw all of my friends playing…I realized DJ would never get a chance to laugh or play or be on a sports team and I sunk to my butt in the middle of the hallway and just started crying. I couldn’t stop. Even at 11, I understood that he was gone and he wasn’t coming back. He was a kid that was F U L L of pure positive energy and strength and love. He was sweet. And kind. And a fighter. No matter how much pain he was in, or how many treatments he went through, he always had a smile on his face. He truly was an angel in my family’s life. And when I ran on Saturday, I saw his face in every single one of the kids. And I know he is shining light down on all of them. I love you DJ! 4yrs was not even close to enough for you. <3 I wish I had a photo to share with all of you, but back then, nothing was digital. All the photos I have of him are at home in photo albums at my parents house. He was the cutest.
Anyway, it was a really special day for me, and I am forever grateful to Sheri for thinking of me to fill her shoes since she couldn’t make it.
With some of my additional free time on Saturday, I made a new fitness video, which I shared on Monday. Just as a head’s up…I passed out after the event, took a 2hr nap, woke up with the motivation to make this video for you all, and well it turned out my hair looked like I had electrocuted myself, and my make up is smeared, and I look like I’m still half asleep. But, check it out, give me your feedback, as I’m going to make more, and hopefully get my hair and make up act together next time, as well as keep improving the quality! I’ve got work to do!