Lucky #13? I hope so! I’m excited to be heading to St. George 70.3 for my 13th half ironman. Last year, I raced it, and it was so beautiful and awesomely challenging that I just couldn’t resist but go back again this year. (You can read last year’s race report here). I finally have put in a solid training week. Man, it has been tough, but I’m learning how to navigate this full time job gig, relationship, friends, family, blogging, instagramming, the whole shebang. Balance is coming together. One thing at a time. I’m learning to not beat myself up when I don’t get it all done, and also focusing on prioritizing and time management. Why is prioritizing so difficult though? I find it hard, because there are so many things I want to be doing. haha!
Training this week had a focus on endurance/functional strength training and it’s paying off. I wasn’t prioritizing it, because I thought other workouts were more important, but I can’t express how much strength training helps improve my overall fitness. It makes me feel stronger. Go figure. haha. I had no plan going into this week because I just wanted to take it one day at a time, and see what I could get done, and not let myself get overwhelmed by the goal. And it ended up being a solid week!
Lots of strength training, even if it was only for 10min. I also have been stretching and foam rolling every morning and after my workouts, as this is important for injury prevention. Again, I stop prioritizing this and that’s when my body starts to break down. I’m 31 (yup – now you know, if you didn’t know already :P), and I am finding little aches and pains lingering a bit longer than they used to, so I want to make sure I stay healthy because racing and training is no fun if you are hurting.
I’m also finally back in the pool. I did swim for nearly 10 days, and it’s been no bueno. The mornings have been dark and cold, and it has hurt my motivation. And swimming for me is about routine. I’m also back to swimming hard, not just getting in and swimming, but really working. It felt good to finally get some hard sets under me. 🙂 I think I’ve been afraid because I’m not going to see the numbers that I usually see and that feels like failure to me, and then I get discouraged, but it’s about patience and a little give and take here and there. Not every workout and not every year is going to be a PR. But, those days are pretty awesome, but we can’t get hung up on them.
I was super stoked on my 11hrs and 47min of training this week with a 58 mile bike ride on Sat with LOTS of climbing – nearly 4,000ft and a 4.5 mile brick run, and then finishing off the big weekend with a 2hr 15min HILLY run on Sunday with nearly 3,000 ft of climbing. ouch.
This is the meal that fueled Saturday’s workouts…Pesto Pasta with Chicken and bread. 🙂
What did I learn this week? To never give up and to not be discouraged if I miss a day of this or that, and to not let set backs get the best of me. Take every day literally one day at a time. Looking at the big picture is great, but if we look at it, and then miss a day, we say “f” it! And throw all the other hard work down the toilet, simply because we missed a day or had a bad day of training. That’s just silly. Each day comes with it’s ups and downs and I’m learning to embrace it all and keep pushing forward no matter what. While doing this, I am taking things less seriously and letting go a bit. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle, but really this is fun. The pain cave should be FUN!
Also stay tuned for a blog post this week on my first weekend training with caffeine! (I’ve raced with minimal caffeine, and rarely train with caffeine except for a coca cola here and there on the bike)
Lastly I’m stoked on my new t-shirt…MAKING MAGIC HAPPEN.
How are you making your magic happen?
Thank you to Designer Protein for fueling and refueling my workouts. Want to try some, use my link here for a discount off your first purchase! YUM! It’s so good you put it on top of your head your tongue will beat your brains out trying to get to it. 😛 (A saying I learned from my dad. lol).
Overall, my body is feeling good and I’m stoked on how training went this past week. I’m on a high and motivated to get after it again this week! Let’s make changes and make it happen!
All photos by Topher Riley
I am in love 💗 with the feeling of riding bikes. And not just joy riding. Riding hard. I forgot how much I love the pain until @topho reminded me earlier this year, and I can’t even explain how it’s changed my feelings about riding. I used to get overwhelmed with riding since my bike accident, but with his support and encouragement, I don’t even think about it anymore and instead now I’m flying…🌟 @kiwikris @jimmykiwi