Back in the Saddle and on the wagon!

This week was my first week transitioning back into training. I would say it was pretty successful. I only missed two workouts, which is pretty good considering I gave myself a pretty difficult schedule.

On Tuesday I got “back in the saddle” and rode my trainer for 45 minutes on Sky, my trusty road bike. This was the first time I’ve rode her since Ironman. She still has the IM stickers on it and I had to re-set the computer because it still had 8:17:34 on her time tracking. It was a good 45 minutes on the trainer, with the help of my new cordless phone that I got for Christmas that I used with my headset and some good friends to talk to while trying not to count down every second on the trainer. After that, I did a small amount of arm strength exercises and my first core strength workout also since training for Ironman.

I have to say that the past few months have been great, not worrying about training, and just taking it easy. However, I have been itching to get back into it. This week was a really great week to get back on the wagon.

On Tuesday and Friday I got into the pool for the first time in months as well. Tuesday I did a solid 1500m swim at a pretty easy pace. On Friday, I did 45 minutes of also fairly easy swimming, but didn’t keep track of my distance. It was probably around 1000m.

I won the CFCR members draw, which was a one-month membership to the YMCA. I’m definitely going to take advantage of the free pool use for the next few months, that’s for sure.

This morning I went for a good 40 minute run along the river. I struggled quite a bit with my breathing, but I figure it is probably because my body isn’t used to so many different types of exercise. I did some yoga afterwards and now I feel great! There really is nothing like a good yoga session after a run. Yoga is now imperative to my training and will continue to play a big role as I continue to train.

Next week will be very different because I am out of town the whole time. So I probably won’t do as much, but it’ll be a nice resting week with a little bit of running and cycling. Soon enough, I hope to create my plan for the next few months leading into my 6th racing season.

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4 Responses to Back in the Saddle and on the wagon!

  1. Charlie says:

    Congrats on the Ypass.

    I bet it was bitter sweet to reset the bike computer from the IM split to the new season new season.

  2. Crystal says:

    It definitely was bitter sweet. It felt good, though, to put that incredibly long bike ride behind me for good! Now if only back would forget about the pain.

  3. Charlie says:

    I somehow forgot about the pain for a brief moment as I clicked “register” for IMKY.

  4. Crystal says:

    Haha… yes, that does happen. It’s like childbirth – you only do it again because you forget the pain of it. I’ve even heard myself recently say, “I might sign up for 2009” and am shocked at hearing it come out of my mouth. It makes me wonder if I’m not a masochist of sorts. Anyway, good luck with training for it! :o)

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