Life has been a wee bit crazy these past two weeks and I feel as though I have yet to catch up to where I would like to be. There have been lots of social events, random outings, unexpected training adventures, and general exhaustion. A good mixture of “life” so to say.
I’m still in base training mode and will soon be entering my first build week. I think my mind could sense the calm before the storm because some of my workouts have been a struggle and I have been experiencing a lot more fatigue than usual. It’s as if with no huge race in the near future, my body is transitioning into taper mode without my approval. Nonetheless, I still managed to complete my workouts with a smile.
Swim // I am slowly building up my swim time and distance. Currently, my speed and endurance is around where I was at my peak last season, so I guess that is a good start. I finally got my paddles put together with the help of a friend, and used them for the first time last week. Can you say awkward!? I’m sure they will take some getting used to.
My coach also wants me to use a snorkel every once in a while. I have yet to give it a try, as I typically save the snorkeling for warm, tropical vacations and the only people I have seen using snorkels in the pool are 3X my age. But apparently it is supposed to help with balance and core, and I trust my coach so I plan to incorporate it into my workouts soon. Have any of you used one before in the pool? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.
Bike // I have been riding consistently 4 times a week on the trainer and have been frequenting my coach’s trainer classes. I find that I get my best sweat on a bike when I am suffering next to others. Plus, I like how each of his classes are different, so like a box of chocolates “you never know what you are going to get.” One of these days I’ll nab a photo.
Central Oregon was blessed with some ridiculously warm weather this past week and I was finally able to get outside and ride! My friend Nicole and I took off around noon in perfect temperatures and I could not believe I was bearing my white sheltered legs. It had been so long. It felt SO GOOD to be back on my road bike, warm sun on my skin, creating my own wind. Ahhhhh. Throughout the 36-mile ride we were both smiling and hoot hollering into the air. What a special treat!
That first ride outside really stands out because a) you really feel the burn and toll on the body both during and after the ride, and b) fresh air and reconnecting with the elements.
Run // Is running ever bad? No. 🙂 Lately, I have really been enjoying my runs as they have given me time to deal with some emotional stuff going on. Don’t worry, I’m fine. Like I said earlier, it’s just life.
Most of my runs have been around 6-8 miles and are kept fairly simple. I did have a great day of hill repeats last week, which was a highlight since CIM. Who knew a girl could get so excited about running hills!? Roughly 1000ft of climbing in 35 minutes. Whew. I love it!
Justin and I took advantage of the nice weather over the weekend and went for a great hike to Steelhead Falls. We didn’t want to do anything too crazy, as his ankle is not yet 100 percent, so the hike along the lower Deschutes River was perfect.
It was my first time out that way and I must say – it is beautiful! I guess during the summer a lot of people cliff jump into the river below the falls. We will definitely be back for the entertainment, and we also have some friends who are getting married there this summer.
One of my best friends, Jessica, came to visit and stayed at our place for two nights with her husband and daughter Mallory. It was great to see them and spend some much needed time catching up, going out to lunch and dinner, and playing games. I am still plotting a plan to get them to move back to bend. Somehow we went an entire weekend without capturing a picture – must have been having too much fun!
NFL football has also been high on our radar these past two weeks. The Seahawks sure put me through a tornado of emotions in the NFC Championship against Green Bay. We had our normal group of friends over for the game and were so loud in those final minutes that the neighbors texted to make sure we were okay. That game was seriously epic. I sure do love my Seahawks and can’t wait to see them battle it out with the Patriots. Only 5 more sleeps until the Super Bowl. Anyone else going to be watching?
Gearing up and starting to prepare for our upcoming trip to Hawaii!! We leave in 10 days and I could not be more excited to get away and zip off to the Big Island. We are staying in a house outside of Kona with a lap pool and various amenities that will still allow me to train. Of course, I will get a lot of beach time too. I just received a Stitch Fix a little over a week ago with clothes filled for the occasion. I kept them all and can’t wait to rock some new styles in the Hawaiian sun.
Looking forward to seeing my family and letting time slow down. ☺
Hills… Love them or hate them?
Anyone else in vacation prep or planning mode? It’s about that time of year. Brrrr