Back to the New Normal

I had to take a step back from blogging in the last month….errr, two months.  Between prepping the new Florida house, heading back to St. Louis to pack our life up, driving a massive moving truck 22 hours south, and unpacking our life in Florida….things have been busy.  I needed to take a step back and focus on real life.  But I’m back and ready to roll!  My next big races are in February and April.  I am ready to dedicate myself to training and kicking some major tail!

Florida beach trithlon training

Not a bad place to train.

Yesterday was my first day back to real training.  I did the best that I could while everything was in flux, but most days it just didn’t happen.  It was nice to see a green box with positive comments in Training Peaks yesterday.  Progress!  I have a long way to go in order to reach my goals, but I’m ready to get down to work.

One thing that has still been fairly spot on is my nutrition.  I participated in the Swim, Bike, Fuel program in September.  It was an incredible experience and has really helped me to ground my nutrition and is helping me get my weight under control.  Good nutrition allows us to feel strong and lean.  Plus, it’s a heck of a lot easier to run without an extra 20 or 30 pounds weighing me down.

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It’s good to be back!

Weigh Ins and Jedi Powers

Weigh-in Wednesday!One of the awesome ladies from the Lovely Ladies Losing it hosts a weekly link up called Weigh In Wednesday so I’m showing her some support and linking up!  

I’ve officially been on the Swim Bike Fuel program for just over a week now and I am really loving it. The daily lessons are helping me learn how to fuel my body properly.  Additionally. the mental lessons are helping me return to a positive mental space.  I want my body to feel good and strong.  Continuing to put junk in body is not going to help with that.  My body feels strong and, as a result, my workouts lately have been getting easier.  Duh comes to mind.  I’m still waiting until the end of the program to make a final judgement, but as of now I think this is one of the better investments that I have made in terms of my health. 

With all that being said, I weighed in this week and I was down 7.5 pounds.  A lot of that is bloat and water weight since my diet was pretty terrible before starting Swim Bike Fuel. It will be much more telling to see what the weigh in is next week.

My Lovely Ladies are always looking to do new challenges and bring a little fun into working out.  The latest venture in to this is coupled with some of our nerdier tendencies.  I will say that I am a huge geek/nerd, but I’m not the biggest fan of the Star Wars and/or Star Trek.  Blasphemy, I know.  But some of the girls came up with a challenge: a minimum of 30 minutes of activity every day between now and when Star Wars Episode VII comes out.  (I had no idea a new movie was coming out before this started even!).  Most days I have tri training anyways, but this will get me off my butt to walk the dogs or do active recovery on rest days.  Anyone else out there a nerd?

 

September Goals

It’s hard to come out of hibernation.  Each swim, bike, and run feels like I’m shaking rust off.  It feels good, but why is it so much harder to get back into shape!?  No one’s fault but my own…

September Goals

 1.  Cover my Training Peaks schedule in green.  The past few weeks have been hit or miss.  I’ve had some really great workouts, but I’ve also missed about half of my scheduled workouts.  Not great.  Put a crappy effort in, you get a crappy result.

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I FINALLY got to meet up with my Team Amazing Day teammate for a long bike ride. She proceeded to kick my butt for the next two hours and I loved every second of it.

2.  Clean up my diet.  I was doing well for quite a while, but the stress and uncertainty of the last month or so has taken its toll.  That stops today.  I am signed up for a month long group nutritional course called Swim Bike Fuel.  I’m really hoping that the daily assignments and reflections really help me get to a better place with my relationship with food.  I really want to see my full potential with racing and I’m tired of having my weight holding me back.  I’m ready to deal with this and hopefully put it behind me.  Here’s hoping.

3.  Blog at least twice a week.  This is a great space that helps keep me accountable.  When I fall away from blogging, it generally correlates with falling away from training.  I promise to try and be interesting, but some days may just be a quick training update with adorable dog pictures.  Still a win.

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Fella is even getting on the health train!

What are your September goals?

Three Things Thursday

{ONE}

 First and foremost….we have a place to live!!!  We have been staying with my amazing parents since the beginning of July, but we’ll be able to move into the new house at the end of September/beginning of October.  I love my parents, but I very much miss having my own space and having all of my stuff.  This is a huge stress off of my shoulders.

{TWO}

The new training plan is going really well thus far.  Yes, it’s only week 2, but it’s showing promise.  Last week let me really focus on my cycling.  By the end of the week, my legs felt like they had better turn over and I was much more comfortable in aero.  I also realized that I need to tweak my positioning, but that will take time.  This week is swim heavy and I am loving it.  I get to really focus in on drills.  The swim is all technique and I really feel like I might be improving.

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I may have made a mistake by going on an afternoon ride in the summer in Florida. Hot.

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Hopefully the madness of life will calm down after next week.  It’s been a while since Fella and i have been in the same spot for more than two weeks.  I head to Buenos Aires for work on Monday though, so if anyone has any good recommendations please let me know!

Three Things Thursday

…I’m just going to leave this post here like I haven’t been gone for 4 weeks….

1.  I’m not dead.  Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back from things.  Between moving to Florida, Fella starting a new job, living with my parents, adjusting to working from home, trying to find a new place to live, and crazy work travel for both Fella and I…..things have been hectic.

2.  I’m taking a break from “longer” races for a while.  It’s all relative.  Racine (yes, a race report will be coming) was a hard race for many reasons.  I need to take the hint from life and slow things down.  I can’ train for a 70.3 properly while my life is up in the air.  It’s just not working.  That being said, I will be venturing into the Olympic distance triathlon and hopefully racing a half marathon as well.  My next 70.3 will be Ironman Florida 70.3 in April and I am going to have big goals.

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Oh, and I’m no longer blonde! Brunette’s have more fun!

3.  My coach and I are trying an experiment in the “off season”.  The normal triathlon training schedule is a smattering of all three disciplines every week in pretty equal parts.  This system is then put into a three week build and a one week step back.  So it eventually looks like this:

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I am going to be trying out a different training style that will look more like this:

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Will it work?  I have absolutely no idea.  The thinking behind it is that I never feel like I can really hit a groove with any of the three disciplines.  This ends with me being mediocre in all three instead of really great at any of them.  This new training plan will really allow me to focus and make strides in each discipline without letting the other two suffer.  In theory, at least.

Happy Thursday!