Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My "Swim, Bike, Run" is Turning into "Sleep, Sleep, Sleep".

I have a confession to make:

I'm not really training right now.

I want to be, but I'm so tired. So very, very tired.


After the Portland Marathon I pretty much lost all my mojo.  1 week off turned into 3 months off.

A couple of months ago I went to a workshop at my PT clinic that was all about jump starting your training early. I thought it would be the kick in the pants I needed to get moving again. They talked about setting up your training into mini, meso, and macro cycles (basically short-, mid-, and long-term goals.)

Next a dietician/ultramarathoner spoke about the importance of fueling our bodies for our workouts. She opened the floor for discussion by asking one of my fellow participants about his eating habits:


He's serious about his nutrition. Hyperserious.

The dietician then scanned the room for another sharer.


Guess who she picked?


Gah.


I tend to ramble when I feel put on the spot.

A lot of the presentation went over my head, but I learned I should be training consistently in order to stay fit and healthy and be better prepared for 'racing' season.

Which brings me back to my current situation: I'm tired. I barely work out Monday to Friday and then the weekend comes.

And I swim!


I bike!


I run!


And then Monday comes along and I'm wiped out again.

Last week I tried something new.  I committed to 10 minutes of exercise when I got home, regardless of what time it was.

It worked for a couple of days.

This week, I decided to add some WYCWYC (What You Can, When You Can) to my life.  The idea was started by super bloggers Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone.  It's about doing what you have time to CAN do and not judging yourself when you can't do more.  Plus, it's super fun to say.

Say it with me:


Better yet, say it with Carla and Roni!


See? Superfun.

SO NOW I'M ASKING FOR YOUR IDEAS! I WILL TRY THEM OUT AND BLOG ABOUT HOW I DO! (I will of course mention you, and link back to you if you're a social media type :D)

Just answer any or all of these questions in the comment section:

1. How successful are you with getting in your work time and play time?
3. How many times a week are you working out if you're in base training?
2. How should I try to get my workouts in during daylight hours? (I don't have the option of lunchtime workouts)
P.S. Are there any wickwickers out there?


UPCOMING POSTS: SWIMMING, BIKING, CADENCE TRAINING, TRYING OUT *YOUR* WORKOUT IDEAS!





Sunday, February 1, 2015

I'm Learning to Handle My Bike and it's Not Pretty

Just over a year ago I made the following proclamation:


Thankfully, I gave myself the caveat that I might wait until 2015.  Well, 2015 is here, and it's time to get serious!  So I am seriously working on my swimming, biking, and running skills this year. Sure, I've got a couple of marathons under my belt, but I still have a lot to learn.

The last time I talked about my bike handling skills I may have fibbed a little.


But no more tricks. I have to get much more comfortable on my bike if I'm going to do races that will include long distances and time spent on roads.

I'm nervous about my handling skills, which means I need to avoid work on them.  A couple of weeks ago I went to an empty parking lot and practiced some fancy maneuvers.

First, I rode in wide circles.


I did this in *both* directions, I'll have you know.

Those progressed into figure eights.


For the sake of argument let's just say they really were figure eights and not bloated, disproportionate wiggles. Just go with it.

And, I practiced one-handed riding.


I'm pretty good at taking the left hand off, but not the right.  Apparently people normally steer better with their non-dominant hand so I'm doing the opposite of normal, as I learned from Bruk.


Translation: "You're weird".

Last weekend I took my bike out on the path for my very first solo ride! I practiced 12 miles of hills, curvy trails, and some tight turns.  I also worked on that one-handed business again.  I got my right hand off the bar for a couple of seconds a few times but always felt like I had to catch the bike so I didn't fall.  However, I was able to take my left hand off long enough to scratch my nose!!


Just kidding. I would never close my eyes.


I really did scratch my nose though. It was very exciting.

Yesterday I decided to take my bike out in the neighbourhood.  It was a really foggy day so I considered covering myself in the fancy running lights TriGuy got me, but I would have looked like a one-woman rave.


TriGuy found me some bike lights instead.

I managed 3.5 miles of technical work before the cold made my fingers and toes numb and I could not stop shivering.


Good thing I was so close to home!

I know that the more time I spend on my bike doing these little drills, the better I will feel. I probably just need to wear another layer or two for the next few months to ward off hypothermia.


That should do it.

UPCOMING POSTS: HOW I'M MAKING CHANGES TO TRAINING, SWIMMING, RUNNING




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