1 week til Leadman
1 week until I swim 1.5 miles, bike 70, and run 8.
1 week til I see where my fitness is at going into Wildflower
I have no expectations for Leadman. It was a last minute sign up. There has and will be no real taper. It’s just a really really hard training day. My friends, Jené and Andrea, talked to me into it, so no matter what it will be a fun girls weekend!
This week was a challenging week. I had a lot of different work/social commitments that made for a challenging week for training, but a good week!
My brother was in town for a conference. He owns a company called, Songwhale (www.songwhale.com), which does the payment processing for infomercials through texting. (text to pay). Super weird and interesting business, the conversations about different products, was fascinating. Have you ever heard of Mr. Lid? Forever Lazy? P90x? Yup, these are some of my brother’s clients. Maybe someday I’ll do a blog series on my bro, cause he’s got a super interesting story…
It was fun to see him! We went to the Hard Rock hotel both Tues and Wednesday night for happy hour drinks…
And then went to a sushi place on Tuesday night for dinner (Taka), and a new restaurant called Gang Kitchen on Wednesday night. I never go downtown, so it was fun to check out that scene two nights in a row.
Hold on..back up…
Monday – I ran and did strength – felt good…solid day
Tuesday – swim and bike
Swim – I went to the pool and well…I can’t do flip turns. Randomly when I was turning away from the wall one time, I turned funky…and I pulled something in my chest. I kept swimming though. It was kind of uncomfortable, but I wasn’t weak or anything, it just hurt when I grabbed the wall with my left arm to turn myself around. I finished my workout, and thought…weird. What a LAME way to “injure” myself….
Wednesday – Swim
I went to master’s, and although swimming was “fine”, I couldn’t grab the wall with my left arm, AT ALL. I occasionally would do this weird doggy paddle motion just so that I could turn myself around by grabbing the wall with my right hand. Alrighty, this is worse than I thought, I thought to myself. So…I called up my massage therapist, Gina, and she could get me in on Friday. No swimming til I saw her…
Thursday – Strength and Torrey Pines hill repeats I LOVE Torrey Pines hill repeat days (yes, Beth, you heard me…I’m totally okay with this being on my schedule every week)
Friday – Run, MASSAGE, Going away party for my friend Linzay
Run went well – I had a tempo run – and did this on the treadmill so that I could control my speed and environment
Massage – was BRUTAL. Definitely got my a$$ worked. I was sweating so badly, I’m pretty sure I drenched the sheet covering me. ha! But, I think we got most of the gunk worked out.
Going away party for Linzay – Linzay worked at competitor as an editor, and got a great job at a start-up company in San Francisco that she couldn’t refuse, and she had been wanting to move to SF for awhile now. Fortunately I get to see her in a couple months when I go up there for a wedding!
Saturday – Long ride and brick run
Andrea had invited me to come on a ride with her and some other kids. I was excited to check out a new route, and meet some new people. Immediately, Gerry “stole my heart” Gerry is a 75yr old man, who is full of life and energy. He is a total badass in triathlon, and just won his age group at Oceanside. He also qualified for Kona at Ironman Arizona in November. Surprisingly, he turned down both his Vegas and Kona slot…ha! His big goal is to beat the record of 8hrs for his age group at Wildflower in a few weeks. His wife Dee, is a real sweetheart too, can’t wait to try her Pad Thai that he was raving about the entire ride!
I really enjoyed riding with this group! They were a lot of fun and everyone had GREAT stories. That’s one of my favorite parts about riding bikes with people, there is really no better way to get to know someone. Your out there, and the only real way to entertain ourselves is to chat it up.
Some photos from Saturdays ride through the California hills/mountains…
I finished up Saturday with 65 miles of riding, 6700ft of climbing, and a whole lot of fun! I then headed out for a t-run for 45min Solid day of training
Sunday – After falling asleep at 9:30pm on Saturday night…and waking up at 8:30am…and still being sleepy…I decided to have a lazy Sunday morning. I was exhausted, and starving. So I made some breakfast (eggs, spinach, pico de gallo, a greek yogurt, and a banana), then I was still super hungry, so I had a kind bar (coconut almond). I then lounged in bed, fell back asleep. And ultimately, the day was slowly turning into a rest day. I hadn’t had a rest day in three weeks, and I think my body was telling me something. At noon, I was getting ready to start the days workouts, when coach texted me, and I just asked her…rest day today? long run tomorrow? Questions ensued…and ultimately, we decided…rest day today. I’m already starting to feel better, and I’m pumped for tomorrow’s workouts Sometimes, you just gotta listen to your body.
Ultimately, that’s Beth’s method, when it comes to rest days. I remember her telling me that early on. She doesn’t really plan rest days into my schedule, unless it’s right before a race. Generally, I go, until my body starts telling me something. I think this is waaay better, than to plan it. Sometimes you just need one. And sometimes, you can train for two or three weeks straight and never need one. Use your energy while you got it, and give your body rest when it needs it. It’s the same way how we pace ourselves off of feel in races. We go hard when we are feeling good, and we might back off a bit, when we feel like we need to.
So, today…I have chatted with friends, watched a lot of hulu, caught up on some reading, eaten a lot of food, and napped. It’s been a solid day of rest.
The best part of my day?…
Facetiming with my niece, London. She is 10 months. I got to see her take 3 steps before falling down. THE best part of this is that, when you say “hello?” “hello?” whatever she has in her hand, she puts it up to her ear to “answer”. It is the sweetest thing. In this case, it was a remote. Made my day <3
How often do you take rest days? Planned or unplanned?