The Jungle That Was Our Lawn
With everything unpacked; laundry washed, folded and put away; our garden harvested (lots of spinach, sage, snap peas and a 16-inch zucchini!); and the dishes done, I feel like have a handle on getting back into the swing of things. I even did a brick last night but it was cut short by acid reflux from eating pasta with spaghetti sauce (a notorious offender).
I don’t know how I manage to do it but I always come back exhausted from vacation (this time, I think the culprit was the short night after a wedding followed by 14 hour car ride.) So catching up on sleep is going to take a little bit longer, since I am staying up later than I would normally to get all the aforementioned tasks accomplished after work.
With that, here is my training recap for the past two weeks:
Monday 7/18: 15.35 mile bike (59:52), 3 mile run (28:38)
I did this brick with Travis at the Rec in the evening and totally rocked the run again! (It’s so much easier to run inside on a flat surface!)
Tuesday: Lower body weights, 2000 yd swim
Another evening workout. Did 2 x 15 of squats, lunges and calf raises, then went to the pool. Did 1 x 200 (fs), 1 x 400 (fs), 1 x 800 (bs), 1 x 400 (fs), 1 x 200 (bs). Right foot started cramping up during 2nd 400.
Wednesday: 6.05 mile run (1:10:29 in 85 degree heat!)
I took my Camelbak and went easy because of the heat. It was cloudy for the first half of the run and rained a bit, which helped a lot. This run was actually mostly pleasant, despite the heat.
Thursday: 14.25 mile bike (1:05:40)
Bike home from work – even though it’s slightly easier than the way there, there are still plenty of hills on the way home. My average heart rate was 152.
Friday: 14.6 mile bike (1:14:42)
Bike back to work – because the afternoon weather has been iffy in Colorado for the past several weeks due to monsoon season but the morning weather is almost 100% nice and sunny, I decided that it was safer to bike home one day and then bike back the next morning, instead of trying to do both in one day. That way, if there was an afternoon storm, I could just drive home instead of biking or having Travis come pick me up. My average heart rate during this ride was 147. The mileage is a little longer than the ride home because I took a wrong turn. Whoops.
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 2.19 mile run (23:14)
I did this run on the county roads near Nevis, MN. While my legs felt great and I was optimistic for something more like 5-6 miles, the deer and horse flies were horrible. I turned around after a mile to see if they would get better the other way but they didn’t, so I called it quits. Boo.
Monday 7/25: Rest day
Tuesday: 10 minutes of waterskiing (arms and upper back!), 500-600 yd swim
My upper back was so sore from waterskiing. Waterskiing has to be one of the best workouts around because it saps your energy in about 15 minutes.
Wednesday: Paddle boating (legs), Canoeing (arms and core)
I noticed that I had more strength for these activities than I have had in the past, so that was exciting.
Yes, that is 4 dogs on a paddle boat…
…and 2 dogs in a canoe. They are seriously attached to us. (More on that in another post.)
Thursday: 15-20 minutes of tubing (arms!)
I told my dad that he had to treat me like a 5-year-old because I didn’t want to get flung off the tube going 25 mph. (You may say that’s part of the fun but after taking a really bad spill a few years ago, I’m so over them.) We found a happy medium going somewhat fast around the turns, but then slowing down for the waves. It’s the combination of going fast and going over waves that’s the doozy (and has the most potential for making you fly off).
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: Rest day
While I enjoyed my week-long break from training, I am excited to get back into it. Last night, I was actually looking forward to a bike ride but then we got ready later than we should have, and the sky was really dark. So we ended up going to the Rec (after I threw a frustration party for 1). I just feel better when I am active.
Something that I’ve been thinking about for several weeks now and has come to a head with returning from vacation is that my time with God has really been taking back seat to training. I’ve thought about switching to night workouts but the weather here is so unreliable and warm at night (whereas it’s pretty dependable and cool in the morning) and the swim team takes up almost the entire pool at night. Plus, I really just enjoy morning workouts more.
But it’s the same thing with time with God — I’ve tried to do it during lunch but can’t concentrate sufficiently. I’ve thought about doing it at night before I go to bed but I have very little motivation and would rather just read an entertaining book instead of think deep thoughts.
These are the options I have:
1) Get in the Word in the morning and train at night. (lunch doesn’t work because of the heat)
2) Train in the morning and get in the Word during lunch or at night.
3) Get in the Word in the morning and break training up into 2-a-days, morning and night.
4) Get up early to get in the Word and train in the morning before leaving at 8:30 for work.
I am leaning toward getting up earlier to do both in the morning. My wakeup call would be at 4:30. Even as I type this, though, I’m debating. It’s so hard to stick to a bedtime like 8:30 when you have a husband and church activities during the week.
What I would really like is a 5th option: Get in the Word and train in the morning, go into work at 10:30.
How do you fit your training in among your other priorities?
Which option would you choose, if you were me?