Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring is in the Air and a Spring in my Step

We have had some great weather this week - sunny and in the 60s, and possibly in the 70s by Saturday.  Add to that the fact that it stays light out until 6:00 in the evenings and I've got a serious case of Spring Fever!

And something good happened this week.  I don't know if it's the nice weather, or the realization that my first triathlon is less than two months away.  But I've suddenly gained a great deal of focus.  I've hit every workout I planned, and didn't just slog my way through any of them.  I had a fantastic swim workout on Tuesday night.  Spin class last night felt great even though I hadn't been to spin in probably a month.  And even though my legs were tired and my knees were a little sore, I really enjoyed my run tonight.  I suddenly have a great deal of confidence that if I stick to my training plan, I'm going to have a good outing for my first triathlon.  I really believe I can do this!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Something Had to Give

I've spent four Saturdays in a row getting up early to ride my bike with a training group in preparation of my first metric century.  I've also been working hard on improving my swimming and training for my first triathlon.  Add to that work, family, Sharks games, and life in general...and I was near my breaking point.

I can give you a dozen reasons or excuses as to why I decided to drop out of the metric century bike ride, but it comes down to the fact that I wasn't enjoying it as much as I wanted to. It wasn't an easy decision, and I'm still going back and forth as to whether I made the right choice.  But I can say with certainty that I did not regret it this past Saturday morning when I didn't join the club for a training ride.

I guess it came down to realizing my limits and what I am and am not willing to do.  I can't sign up for more than one event at a time - which means I'm going to have to decide which triathlon to do later this year and which half marathon I want to do.  I'm not willing to sign up for training that requires me to be somewhere at a certain time every week - I can normally hit all of my workouts during the week, but I need to have the flexibility to move them around or do them at a time of day that works for me.  And I now know that I'm not willing to devote half of a day to training for anything!

With my Saturday morning suddenly free, I wound up going for a hike with my friend and her dog.  We went up and down the surrounding hills for about 90 minutes.  We came across some interesting wood formations.

Looks like someone was planning on a bonfire.
View from near the top.
Layla could have hiked all day - endless energy!
Sunday was a day of catching up - with all of the training and other things Dan & I have had going on, our house was resembling something of a war zone.  I got a lot of chores accomplished in the morning and now will not die of embarrassment if someone unexpectedly stopps by.  As a reward for a day of being productive around the house, we went out to dinner.

Peach Lemondrops are amazing!
Thanks to the holiday weekend, we had another day off today.  Today was the day I've been longing for for months.  Slept late, had a big breakfast, got back in the pool for a relaxing swim, had a nap, did some errands.  

It was such a great weekend.  I think Dan & I spent more time together than we have in months.  And I was able to get caught up on enough things that I feel ready to get back to work and training tomorrow feeling rested and relaxed.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Never Satisfied

It seems that whenever I sign up for an event, after a few weeks of training I suddenly want to be doing something else.  When I was training for my half marathon last spring, all I could think of were the spin classes I didn't have time for.  Now that I’m training for a cycling event, I want to get outside to run more often. 

Add to the metric century training the fact that I’m also training for my first triathlon, and suddenly the only thing I really want to do is strength training.  I was spinning away on my bike last night at the gym, enviously watching the circuit training class that was going on just a few feet away from me.  Let’s face it…triathlon training is so cardio heavy.  Swim, bike, run, repeat.  What I’m really longing for are muscles so sore, it makes getting off the toilet a challenge.

Don’t get me wrong…I am still doing some strength training.  But I’m keeping it on the lighter side, otherwise I’m too sore to get in my “real” workouts – the swimming, biking, and running.  And being time crunched, when I have to cut something from my schedule due to lack of time, I’ll drop a strength session before I’ll drop a swim. 

Maybe I’m in cardio burnout mode.  Maybe I have training ADD.  I guess what I’m really trying to do is figure out what I’m going to do after April.