To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha  || 10 miles of morning glory

Workouts of the Week

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.

run~ fuel  @bobosoatbars mmmmm...so good you put it on top of your head your tongue will beat your brains out trying to get to it  #famousdadquote
run~ fuel @bobosoatbars mmmmm…so good you put it on top of your head your tongue will beat your brains out trying to get to it #famousdadquote

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

To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha  || 10 miles of morning glory
To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha || 10 miles of morning glory
EMPTY ~ YOUR ~ CUP A famous Bruce Lee story about how he wanted to be trained by a local master… The master began to make some tea, and when it was ready he poured it into Bruce’s cup. As Bruce watched, the cup slowly filled until it began to overflow. Bruce started to shout, “Stop, stop! The cup is full; you can’t get any more in.” The master stopped pouring and said, “You are like this cup; you are full of ideas and opinions. You come and ask for teaching, but your cup is full; I can’t put anything in. Before I can teach you, you will have to empty your cup.” Empty your cup! How would your life benefit from emptying your cup right now? Emptying your cup from your past relationships, from your past dramas, from your past betrayals, from your past judgments. Imagine how your life could benefit from this!  Empty your cup! Empty your cup of the idea that you’re not in charge of your life. Empty your cup of the idea that you can’t change the world around you. Empty your cup of the idea that you are powerless to refine and improve your life. Empty your cup of those habits, ideas, and philosophies that hinder your ability to experience, learn, and enjoy all the new dynamics this journey reveals to you. •Steve Maraboli ************************************************ What an amazing lesson to learn! I got this book last night “Unapologetically You” by Steve Maraboli @stevemaraboli and it is fascinating and full of nuggets of wisdom.  Today, I ask you and I ask of myself to empty ~ your ~ cup!  Have a great week!
EMPTY ~ YOUR ~ CUP
A famous Bruce Lee story about how he wanted to be trained by a local master…
The master began to make some tea, and when it was ready he poured it into Bruce’s cup. As Bruce watched, the cup slowly filled until it began to overflow. Bruce started to shout, “Stop, stop! The cup is full; you can’t get any more in.” The master stopped pouring and said, “You are like this cup; you are full of ideas and opinions. You come and ask for teaching, but your cup is full; I can’t put anything in. Before I can teach you, you will have to empty your cup.” Empty your cup! How would your life benefit from emptying your cup right now? Emptying your cup from your past relationships, from your past dramas, from your past betrayals, from your past judgments. Imagine how your life could benefit from this!
Empty your cup! Empty your cup of the idea that you’re not in charge of your life. Empty your cup of the idea that you can’t change the world around you. Empty your cup of the idea that you are powerless to refine and improve your life. Empty your cup of those habits, ideas, and philosophies that hinder your ability to experience, learn, and enjoy all the new dynamics this journey reveals to you. •Steve Maraboli
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What an amazing lesson to learn! I got this book last night “Unapologetically You” by Steve Maraboli @stevemaraboli and it is fascinating and full of nuggets of wisdom.
Today, I ask you and I ask of myself to empty ~ your ~ cup! Have a great week!

Sun – 2hr 45min ride

In the middle of the night I go walking in my sleep Through the desert of truth To the river so deep We all end in the ocean We all start in the streams We’re all carried along By the river of dreams - Billy Joel ********************************** The rain cleared and it was a beautiful day for a bike ride …getting carried along by the river of my dreams. ✨
In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We’re all carried along
By the river of dreams
– Billy Joel
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The rain cleared and it was a beautiful day for a bike ride …getting carried along by the river of my dreams. ✨

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…

Today was a special day. First thank you @smatthews1010 for asking me to fill your big shoes!!! And thank you Stuart for being a great teammate in today's Celebration of Champions with Rady's Hospital. Today we celebrated K I D S who are currently fighting cancer, are in remission, and the lives of those kids who lost their battle. Stuart and I ran with kids as their "pacer" in their own mini race from start to finish. Each kid being highlighted individually for their strength and tenacity. To see these kids fight, walk, run, sprint, smile...it was a joy to be a part of their special day. Thank you for the inspiration. I'm forever grateful.
Today was a special day. First thank you @smatthews1010 for asking me to fill your big shoes!!! And thank you Stuart for being a great teammate in today’s Celebration of Champions with Rady’s Hospital. Today we celebrated K I D S who are currently fighting cancer, are in remission, and the lives of those kids who lost their battle. Stuart and I ran with kids as their “pacer” in their own mini race from start to finish. Each kid being highlighted individually for their strength and tenacity. To see these kids fight, walk, run, sprint, smile…it was a joy to be a part of their special day. Thank you for the inspiration. I’m forever grateful.

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.

This moment right here.  #myheartmelts for each one of these kids  // Not only did they tough it out in the rain and cold today but they are showing us what really matters in life which is to ᒪIᐯE Iᑎ TᕼE ᗰOᗰEᑎT and make the most out of every day. #fuckcancer // I've never really shared this story...but 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 today, I saw his face in every one of these 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. ❤️
This moment right here. #myheartmelts for each one of these kids // Not only did they tough it out in the rain and cold today but they are showing us what really matters in life which is to ᒪIᐯE Iᑎ TᕼE ᗰOᗰEᑎT and make the most out of every day. #fuckcancer // I’ve never really shared this story…but 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 today, I saw his face in every one of these 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. ❤️

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!

  • I know how hard it is mentally and physically to take a break after an event, because I am really guilty of this too…It is hard to stop, when obviously we NEED to for both the mind and body to heal. Yes the obvious is we are physically exhausted, but we forget how much it takes out of us mentally. I hope that you get that much needed rest and continue to sleep 10 hours, because that sounds AMAZING! Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend friend! XOXO