I survived my biggest week yet but am still a little fatigued even after taking a much needed day off on Monday. Last week was a huge build week for me and I finished my workout on Sunday (14 miles running in the rain) feeling as though I was ready for a long nap and some comfort food. That afternoon we ended up seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane (which was a really good movie for the first 75 minutes and then a little bizarre for the last half hour), and I splurged on some well earned movie popcorn!
Monday: I made it to the pool in the afternoon and jumped in, already wet and cold from all the rain we have been getting the past week. It was one of those rare instances where the pool water actually felt warm to me. My coach had put a 2950m swim on my schedule, but the thought of stopping before 3000m made me ill. I did the workout and then swam another 50m. Secretly, I think he was testing me to see what I would do.
Tuesday: Nothing like a hard bike ride fueled by a Cadbury egg (my favorite Easter candy). After 28 miles on the trainer, I completed an easy 3 mile run at active recovery pace. Anyone else ever feel like running at the slow end of your pace is more difficult than running endurance or fast pace? I felt like I constantly had to make an effort to slow down.
Wednesday: Today was the first time in a long time that I actually enjoyed swimming. I don’t know what it was (maybe the music) but I found a good rhythm and settled in without complaint. Having music with me in the pool is a must when swimming solo.
After my swim I took off in the rain on a 7-mile run toward Pilot Butte. Once I reached the bottom of the butte I settled into a nice steady pace and made my way to the top without stopping once. First time ever. I need to remember to slow it down on the downhill. I was so excited about my accomplishment that I basically FLEW all the way down and as a result really beat up my quads. Not good.
Thursday: Another double workout day starting with a 30 minute run followed by a 28 mile ride on the trainer. I ran one of the trails near my house between rain showers, and even caught a glimpse of blue sky before the rain settled back in.
Friday: I was having a pretty rough morning emotionally and almost put the nix on my 7-mile run, but my mom came over to watch Axel and encouraged me to get out of the house. I decided to run along the river trail and canyon to switch things up from my normal routes. Every once in a while it’s nice to change the scenery.
Saturday: After waking up to a crazy storm (wind, rain, snow, etc.) I slowly prepared myself for a long 2-hour trainer ride. I decided that it would be a good opportunity to watch a movie, so I put in one of my all-time favorites and started a ride on Zwift. Nothing like a little Demi Moore kicking butt to get you motivated on the trainer!
Sunday: Another storm swept through Bend and I had a 14-mile run on my schedule that I needed to do in the morning due to other plans the rest of the day. I sucked it up and headed out into the rain/snow/sleet and puttered along fighting the wind and rain stinging on my race. I was soaking wet the entire run and ended up getting really cold about 2/3 of the way through due the moisture and cold wind. When I finally made it back home, I was able to wring water out of my clothing. I was carrying an extra 5-10 pounds for sure! My husband had hot tea and chicken noodle soup waiting for me… and a hot shower!!!
Week 1 Totals:
Swim: 2hrs, 5,600 meters
Bike: 5hrs, 95 miles
Run: 5hrs 7mins, 35 miles
Time: 12 hours 7 minutes
I would like to say I “made up for” the week before, but I don’t want to have that mentality about training each week. Each week is different. Every day, week, month can pose different challenges. Some weeks will come together better than others and that’s okay. Even though I do get a little giddy when I see a lot of green in TrainingPeaks (green = workout completed as planned) I also don’t want to get down on myself if there is a little orange or red thrown into the mix.
What ‘s more important for me is to make each workout count. Time away from my son, time away from my family, time away from work… it needs to be worth it. Whether I’m gone for 30 minutes or 3 hours, I need mentally be “there” and fully committed to each workout. That is going to be my number one goal moving forward. Otherwise, it’s just wasted time.
On to the next week!
Have you seen any good movies lately? What is your favorite motivational movie?
Do you ever eat candy during a workout? (I’m a big fan of Snickers)