I just kept on running…

So I have been biking to and from work, but I haven’t hit the pool in a couple of weeks. I need a new swimsuit and I don’t want to use my other one. It’s not so much about looks as much as it is about logistics and comfort. However, I’ve been running a lot. In fact, it’s what is keeping me going. I ran everyday from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday and Friday were short runs that I could barely fit into my busy full-time life. On Saturday, I decided that I wanted to take “the plunge” and break 10km. … Keep reading

Training in Saskatchewan isn’t always easy, but it is often innovative!

This morning I awoke to a blizzard for my Tuesday run. Well, maybe not a blizzard, but a snowstorm for sure. This is the second week in a row that we’ve gotten dumped on by the snow gods. I have to admit that I don’t always love the snow or the winter, but most days I at least tolerate it. So I got up and perservered through the snow drifts and had myself a little run. It was extremely short, but I assure you that I worked my butt off for every single step. No roads were cleared, the sidewalks … Keep reading

My coach is awesome!

This morning I didn’t lift weights and tonight I didn’t go swimming. There are scheduling issues that I’m trying to work out… not to mention motivation issues. Also, there is a snow storm that is hindering my love of cycling outdoors. So I called my coach. I have been kind of “beside myself” lately with my lack of motivation and scheduling difficulties. However, she was great. My training is not imperative right now and I have lots of time to get the kinks worked out. In later months, I will definitely have to put in my time, but for now … Keep reading

Cold runnings

Today I FINALLY went for a longerish run (that’s a technical term, longerish) of 8.76km with a friend of mine. Motivation levels are definitely not where I would like them to be. My excuses: it’s cold out, it’s dark, and I really like being at home. Well, maybe those are more like reasons than excuses. However, I’ve recommitted to myself that day-by-day, week-by-week, I am going to get into training more. The other day I found all of the parts to my heart-rate monitor. All I need to do is change the battery in the watch and I’ll be set … Keep reading

Icey

The past couple of days have been difficult, logistically, to working out. With freezing rain yesterday and the snow coming down today, it is difficult to get to where I need to go. Not to mention I fell off my bike twice yesterday on the very slippery roads and I was extremely lucky to not have been killed by a car. So last night after work I went to my chiropractor. He told me to take last night and today off. Done and done! My lower back is really sore from previous injuries that got inflamed from biking on Sunday. … Keep reading

A pain in the neck!

Every year at the beginning of cycling season, I spend a couple of weeks with a sore neck and frequent trips to the chiropractor (actually, the chiro thing just started this year). Today’s ride has really messed up my neck. How do I know that my neck is messed up? There is one sure-fire way of knowing that my neck is sore: headaches. I’m not usually a person that takes painkillers, but when it comes to neck-related headaches, I don’t really see the point in prolonging the pain. I’ve been stretching and trying to relax my neck muscles, but the … Keep reading

Biking outdoors in November?!?

I feel like I robbed winter today. It was +3C this morning, so I had to get out on my bike. It was so great! I thought that I had my last outdoor ride a few weeks ago, but today was awesome. I came home with frozen toes, oxygenated lungs, and super sweaty. It. was. so. good. There was a tail-wind on my way out of town, so I got kicked coming back. That’s all right, though, because I just had a fantastic time. It took me about 10km to get my legs going, but after that it was gravy. … Keep reading

New job, new schedule

I started my new job on Thursday and I think it is going to be a challenge to do all of my workouts. However, the meeting with my coach was really good and between the two of us, we should be able to figure out how to make it all work. We are going to do monthly “tests” that measure my progress. She said that’ll help with motivation instead of a race that is almost 10 months away. I like the idea because I’m very goal-oriented and it will be good to see progress every few weeks. Yesterday morning I … Keep reading

Spinning my wheels

Last night I went to the triathlon club’s spin session, after missing it two weeks in a row. It was a pretty good session. I didn’t sweat nearly as much as I could have, but it’s all right. My right calf muscle was borderline cramping up on me and it did not feel good. I’m not sure what the deal is. It feels like most of the time, but every once in a while I can feel the top of the muscle being really tight. I stretch all of the time, so hopefully it gets worked out. Our session went … Keep reading

The road to Ironman is long and winding…

I have to say… yesterday was a crap-shoot in terms of training. After such a great day of training on Sunday, my legs were tired and my energy was low. After a long day of being on my feet at work, the last thing I wanted to do was train. So I didn’t. The guilt I felt was not what I would like to feel often in the next few months leading up to Ironman. I think there needs to be some leeway in letting me bail from training. Maybe a couple “get out of jail” free cards a week. … Keep reading