I can’t believe it has been a month since I have updated this. In my head, while I’m training, I keep thinking, “*Subject* would be a great thing to write about,” but then it leaves my head as soon as my workout is done. The biggest reason/excuse for not updating this blog is because I have been seriously lacking in time and motivation to blog.
In the past month, I have been going through some emotional turmoil about an ended relationship and a friend who decided to take his own life. This has left me reeling a bit and has put life into perspective. It took about a week to recover from the passing of my friend. So I am doubley grieving right now. While it is hard, I am also very grateful for my training to keep my head from imploding from so much thinking!
Currently, I did 6/7 workouts last week, including 3 BIKE TRAINING SESSIONS! This is huge for me. How did I go from “hating” the trainer to doing THREE workouts? I changed my attitude. I have been repeating to myself that the trainer is not so bad and I have eliminated all of my negative talk about the trainer to my friends. Also, I’m in a biking group called “17 weeks to spring” (it’s now 14!) , where we meet once a week and get a coached hour of biking. It is great because we get to chat with other people who are also just trying to get their butts onto the trainer. Along with that, I have re-discovered the love of my telephone headset and look forward to catching up with friends while sweating and being out of breath. Also, I have two training buddies that I have sporadically been training the long training sessions with. We chat and watch a movie or “Dead like me” DVDs. It works.
Time and energy are my limiting factors right now. People often tell me that I have seemingly endless amounts of energy. They only say that because they don’t see me at the end of the night, after a few days of workouts, crying and stressing out about how I have to get up at 5:30am and I am so doggoned tired that I don’t even have the energy to brush my teeth. I have been trying to avoid this scene, but it has happened a couple of times. Usually, I decide that skipping the workout is better than spending my energy stressing about it. Ways that I am trying to avoid this is by eating high-calorie meals and drinking smoothies with Vega protein powder in it. Pasta is my friend right now. It’s easy, fast, and so tasty! Sleep is another thing that I refuse to compromise – I get AT LEAST eight hours of sleep every night. This weekend, I got more. Last night I got nine and I am feeling pretty good today. A lot better than last Monday, when I was tired from the moment I got up.
Weekends are prime training time. Yesterday (ie. Sunday), I swam for an hour (and sat in the hot tub) and then biked for two hours in the sunshine that streams into my livingroom in the afternoon (on sunny days). By the time 9:00 rolled around, I was exhausted. This is basically my pattern: eat, train, eat, work, eat, train, eat, sleep. Fuel is so so so important.
Currently, my house is not as dirty as I thought that it would. Actually, I am pretty on top of things. As long as I don’t get behind in my cleaning, then it is all good. But as soon as the dishes start to pile up or the floor gets a little “too” dirty, then it is hard to catch up. This is why triathletes need a good wife or housekeeper. I wish I had someone who would cook, clean, exercise the dog, and sleep for me.