My workouts this week started out so strong! I feel like I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of things. A routine fairly nailed down with some give and take here and there, due to the working world and ya know…a social life thing here or there. haha. My fitness is definitely getting better. It’s amazing what a little consistency will do both for the body and the mind. Lately, I’ve been trying to be more aware of my thoughts. It’s amazing how much our thoughts impact our emotions and our actions. If I don’t think I’m a very good cyclist, how am I ever actually going to be a good cyclist? If I’m always thinking of how people are better than me vs. trying to have confidence in my own abilities, how am I ever going to see what I’m truly capable of?
Here is what this week looked like for me:
Monday – 35min recovery run (I had been on my butt all day Sunday recovering from Saturday’s ride. You can read all about last week here.)
Tuesday – 2600yd swim – focusing on distance right now, while I get my endurance back up. Slowly working my way to 3000-4000yds.
Wednesday – 1hr 44min bike – 3x Torrey Repeats – honestly right now these are taking me about 9-10min. When I’m in really good shape I’ve been able to get up there in 7 1/2 minutes with some effort. So, I’m a bit off from that right now, but it was the first time I’d done them in like 8 months. And then a 30min brick run.
Thursday – 2800yds in the pool. Again focused on distance – swam 1000yds straight to warm up. I’m averaging 1:40 right now, which is definitely slow for me, but that’s also with moderate effort. I know with some consistency the speed will come back.
Friday – REST DAY! And rest day means I can actually get dressed and all pretty for work 🙂
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Saturday – 3hr 30min bike and a 30min brick run. I felt awesome! Compared to the week before, it was a solid day of effort but not to the point where I wasn’t going to be able to function the next day. Topher, Jené and myself road out to Lake Wholford, climbed up the hill and then turned around and came back. It was a nice 52 mile ride, with about 3700ft of climbing. 🙂 Followed that up with a 30min brick run. Again, felt solid. I think part of the key to me feeling better is getting my nutrition down. I’ve become lazy with my nutrition during training and it definitely really affects how I feel during and after workouts. If I want to be functional after my workouts, I have to fuel properly. So, I had half a Bobo’s Oat Bar before the ride. Then, two bottles full of Skratch came on the ride with me, and I finished both. And I also brought some Skratch energy chews with me and ate all of those.
We did run into a few no fun moments on the ride too…
Topher and I are thinking of getting a group ride going on Saturdays from Cardiff/Encinitas for all you north county folk. As much as riding is solo, it’s really nice to have the support of others when out riding, and knowing someone else is there. We are all of different capabilities, but we can still all ride together. 🙂 Leave a comment or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to ride with us! It’s amazing how beautiful the triathlon community is. We all have different schedules, etc. But, every once in awhile it would be nice to get together and ride and get to know one another so we can support each other in our goals and in life. <3
Sunday – We were heading out for a nice long run. The sun was shining, and I was excited to get some sun time out running! It’s been cold and gray here for a bit. I mean I left all of that on purpose. ;P I had a couple Skratch energy chews before I headed out, and brought them along, because I really want to get my fueling down, and feel good during and after my workouts. Anyway, about 2.5 miles in, I was going from trail to the road and stepped wrong and snap, boom, sprained my ankle. Not only have I experienced a bunch of these as a gymnast and soccer player growing up, but I majored in athletic training in college, so I know exactly what to expect with this. But, I did complete another 7.5 miles of running after. I mean it’s just a sprain. I know the sprain wasn’t so bad that I would need surgery or something, so really it was a matter of pain tolerance. Playing soccer in college, I mean there were girls who were playing on really bad sprained ankles. Like really bad. And we played on them all the time. So, what was one long run? Was it uncomfortable? Yes. Was it the best decision in terms of not hurting my ankle anymore? Probably not. Am I glad I continued? Absolutely! Thank you to Topher for being there for me and putting me through a mini-PT sesh before we continued on our way. I mean, it was worth it to run the lagoon in that sunshine because it was just a perfect day and I was in need for a run and day like that 🙂 <3
So, after the run, it was ICE, ICE, and more ICE time.
And since the sun was shining, it was a perfect place to elevate my ankle and get some sun, too 😛
After two days of ice, compression, elevation, and massage, the pain has subsided for the most part, and my range of motion is improving. It’s amazing how fast you can recover from these things when you take care of yourself immediately. (okay besides the fact that I ran 7 miles afterwards, first. haha). 😛
Total Hrs: 10
Would I have liked to have done more? Absolutely. But, unfortunately, sometimes work and other priorities take place and I listen to my body. It’s crazy how 10hrs used to be a TON when I was switching from just running marathons, etc. to triathlon. Oh, but I love having 3 sports to do 🙂
A big thank you this week to:
Designer Protein – my favorite way to recover after workouts
Skratch – fueling my weekend workouts, as well as my upcoming week’s workouts (after I heal this sprained ankle)
Coeur Sports – for always keeping me looking in style on the bike