I'm not really writing today to report on any "ah ha!" moments. I just feel like writing something. My fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is going really well, thank you to everyone who has contributed. I am moved by the generosity of others despite this dismal economy. Training is also coming along well. At least it appears that way to me, having no prior experience in triathlons to match it against. I am able to meet and complete the challenges that have been put before me thus far without too much trouble. My weeks are still shaping up in terms of routine. It will be easier when I am biking on a regular basis. As it stands, a week looks like this:
Monday: swim, weights
Tuesday: group run
Wednesday: group swim, weights
Thursday: Bike (outside or in) or StairMaster (please get warm soon!)
Friday: run (speed work/drills)
Saturday: group run (weather permitting: bike)
I've changed the schedule laid out by the coaches a bit. I don't like swimming on Friday mornings b/c the pool is too crowded so I decided on Mondays. Monday is supposed to be the rest day, and I might still make it that and do swimming on Sundays. That was my plan of action this last weekend, but my husband had to go out of town for work. I had to rearrange everything and couldn't do much over the weekend with my son around, just some core and strength exercises. Unfortunately, since my husband is in the news business, I will constantly have to rearrange, reschedule, completely drop things as he sometimes has to go at a moment's notice. I have a sitter, but not on the weekends, and once school is over, not on Fridays either. It forces me to adapt, for sure, but it also keeps me focused on training when I have the opportunity, because I never know when I may not.
I also must mention my Miracle Balls! A) Get your mind out of the gutter. B) Nothing to do with my miracle tights. I have herniated discs, as I have mentioned before, and I sometimes feel a little sciatica and lower back pain. These balls are great for releiving the discomfort and realigning my hips. I always feel a bit lighter in my shoes and seem to stand up straighter when I am finished using them. A Blue Moon also helps ease the pain. And yes, I have lost a little weight. Tried on some pants this morning and they used to be tight, now, a little wiggle room! Hallelujah!
On that note, off to run.....
Update: There are some days when I think, "I can do this triathlon thing!" Tonight was not one of those days. Tonight I thought, "what the hell was I thinking?! I can't do this!" It was a tough run for me. Funny thing is, I started out at the front of the pack, in fact I was the second in the group. I was only passed by maybe 5 people, and I did pass the one in front of me on an uphill. A note here: I find that I pass people on the uphills quite frequently. I am not sure if that is because I am going too fast, or I have very strong legs. I vote for the latter. There was a very big hill, long and slightly steep, that almost did me in and the end of the run, about the last 5 minutes, I really had to dig deep. I wanted to stop, but didn't. The really frustrating part is not really knowing how fast I am going or what kind of distance I am covering. I'm not sure I want to drop the kind of money it would take to buy one of those Garmin Forerunners, or Polar GPS/footpod thingys and it's kind of a long way to Mother's Day (honey, if you are reading this...hint, hint). I feel great that I finished the run, but running is clearly going to be my weak link. I'll need to work on this.