It’s a rainy cloudy day here in Miami while I’m writing this. It’s also Mother’s Day in the states. So I’m getting ready to go to a weirdly timed meal with my mother-in-law scheduled by my husband. Who eats lunch at 2:00? I’m not actually complaining I know that I’m very lucky to have a family that loves me and a husband that cares enough to set up a meal. Still … 2. I put Mother’s Day brunches in the category of flower delivery on Valentine’s Day. It’s fun but you have to realize that it’s overpriced and quite possibly a little aggravating.
But I did get homemade cards from my kids and hugs. So that’s pretty great.
Onto the weekly training update.
This was another week where the routine was sort of thrown off by life. My norm appears to be the non-normal. Sunday would normally be long bike day but … it’s Mother’s day so that didn’t work. I actually had planned to run but I went to a bbq last night and had a few glasses of wine and quite honestly I just didn’t feel like getting up early. Yup it happens – even to me. Maybe I’ll do it later today. Maybe not.
Tuesday I had my Resting Metabolic Rate tested at a nearby facility. Jaguar Theraputics – Pinecrest are becoming sponsors of my Triathlon club and they offered me a free test. I should have probably gone with VO2Max but that test hurts a lot and so I went with this one. It was scheduled for 8:30 AM and you can’t eat or drink anything or exercise before the test. I get up at 5 so that’s a long time. I also usually do my trainer session early on Tuesdays but I couldn’t do that. To do the test they plug your nose and you breathe normally into a tube until the machine says you can stop. The nose pincher begins to hurt very quickly but the only other sensation is boredom. The test shows you how many calories you burn just lying around. Then even though we selected the highest activity setting it estimated that I burned 130 calories a day from activity … which is most likely not right since I do usually 90-120 minutes of cardio most days. Anyway, it was interesting. Another anyway … I was super de duper hungry after the test and also mega jonesing for some coffee.
Plus I wasn’t expecting it but the early morning fast threw me off all day. I just never felt energetic the whole day which was a bummer.
Friday at Masters Swimming we did relays which I haven’t done since I was about 12 years old. Super intimidating – way way out of my comfort zone. But I did it and had fun with it.
Saturday I did a long ride that didn’t go as planned.
It was supposed to be 4-hours and about 80 miles. Turned out to be 4 hours and 46 miles. ooops. We were a little off (50%) on the mileage. Yikes. But there were a lot of good things about this ride that I am going to choose to call a success. First, the route planned is one that I have been avoiding for years. High traffic and out to Key Biscayne where running over cyclists is practically a community sport. But I did it and by the end of the ride I was actually much more confident among the cars than I have felt in a while and that’s very good. Also this is the second ride on the new bike and by the end I think I found my balance which is pretty important. I am having a new fit on Tuesday to be sure but I just may need to suck it up and put in the time to get comfortable on this more aggressive frame. The new bike handles a lot better than my previous tri bike which I am loving not quite enough to make up for my terrible bike handling skills but better, a lot better. Sometimes it is a little bit about the bike. Oh and I wore bib shorts for the first time. So there’s that. I had to text my friend Nicole the night before for directions because I had no idea how the darn things worked but still I did it. See out of my comfort zone.
So I thought that I had missed a lot of workouts this week but it turns out I still logged 12 hours of training which isn’t half bad at this point. So there. Boom.
Week 13 stats:
2 bikes – I scrapped one on the RMR day
2 strength sessions ( I missed one … why … I can’t remember … oh yes, appliance delivery … never convenient).
Do you like Famous Amos cookies? My dad called me Famous Amos when I was little. Anyway, I was in a magazine this week. Yup. Me. Triathlon Plus. They asked for my thoughts about Ironman Lake Placid … which I love so that was easy. It’s an International Magazine so I never expected to see it but my friend Carla (who has actually been a featured writer on this blog) is living abroad and she saw it. How fun is that?
So, have you ever been in a newspaper or a magazine? I have one friend who is a working model every once in a while I’ll be in line at the grocery store and she’ll be staring back at me from a magazine cover which is always a funny feeling. Her husband says it’s better now that once when they were younger he was traveling and his wife was on a billboard modeling lingerie. That would be interesting.
Have a wonderful week everyone. Thanks for reading. Let me know what’s next for you.