Friday, February 26, 2010

Glad This Week is Over!

TGIF!!!!!

I need a fresh start and what better time to do it but on a weekend. This week has been a tough one:
  • Last Saturday I had what I thought was a great workout, but now I feel I pushed it too much (89% on my heart rate monitor while running on the treadmill)
  • Had a decent swim on Sunday
  • Had my normal Monday off to recover
  • Tuesday I overslept and missed Y-Body Cuts at 6:00 AM. The agreement I have with myself is that I go at least one of the weekday morning classes and also the Saturday morning class. Since I missed Tuesday, I needed to go Thursday.
  • Wednesday I overslept again and missed running on my home treadmill. During the day I developed a migraine which made me stay home from swimming Wednesday night.
  • Woke up Thursday with my migraine still intact, so I missed Y-Body Cuts again. During the day the migraine went away, but then my stomach was upset enough to made me think I was going to throw up. So, now I missed spinning.
And now its Friday, which is a normal day off to recover. But what exactly am I recovering from?!?!? Certainly not exercise!!!! I guess I'll use this day as a "Re-Group Day" instead of a "Recover Day."

Typically I would go to Y-Body Cuts tomorrow morning, but I just got a call that I can reschedule my blood test for tomorrow morning. (Was NOT going to drive to my blood test, not after getting about 14 inches of snow last night!) So, after my appt, I'll go right to the Y and go for an EASY run on the treadmill. My goal will be to have no heart rate over 80%. If I see it go over that number, then I'll decrease the speed. I will not pay attention to the miles per hour on the treadmill because I know its not accurate. After the run, I will do some weights in the fitness room on my own.

Then on Sunday, I will do my normal swim and plan out the menu for the next week.

The Moral of the Story...
So, the lesson to be learned here is that I can't expect things (my schedule, weather, my health, my mood, etc.) to be perfect all the time. There will be bumps in the road, but I just have to keep moving forward. I might even have to back up at times, but with the goal of continuing ahead.

TTFN!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Good Quote to Motivate

I get a daily email from the CNY Fertility Center and there is always a quote of the day. I'll try to include some that can apply to triathlon training when I can. There was a good one today:

"The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live." - Leo Buscaglia

I think that is good advice to think about when you're worrying about how you will do during the tri, especially if its your first one.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Did I Over-do It?

Saturday morning I went to the Y and had what I thought was a great workout. I attended the Y-Body Cuts class and added a little extra weight. I'm not a body builder, but I was impressed with the muscle definition I'm achieving. Worked up a good sweat there then headed to the treadmill for one of my runs.

I read somewhere that you should increase your weekly time running no more than 10% each week. Then every 3 or 4 weeks, you should go down 10%. This week I was up to doing 24:12 (Yes, I'm being that precise, but that's just me!) Usually when I'm running on the road, I can do somewhere between a 10 to 12 minute mile. Since I haven't been running all that long, I'm more around a 12 minute mile right now. But, when I'm on the treadmill, the pace I feel comfortable at says I'm doing a 15 minute mile. I know I can go faster than that, so I do get a bit discouraged. I tell myself that the treadmill isn't all that accurate and to just ignore it, but Saturday I didn't. I pushed myself and ran a bit faster than I usually do. It wasn't going so fast that I thought I was going to fall off, but it definitely was faster than I was used to. But, I did it anyway.

While I was running, I was wearing my heart rate monitor watch and I checked it a couple of times. With all my info (age, weight, height, etc) programmed in, my rate registered at 89%. I thought that was a bit high, but I kept going anyway. When I was done with the run, I walked a bit to get my heart rate down. Once I felt relaxed again, I went to stretch then headed home. All afternoon I really felt good thinking it was the awesome workout I had just done that morning.

When I went to bed, however, I started to wonder if it was too much. I got in bed and I just couldn't get relaxed. I felt like my heart was racing and I just couldn't calm down. Eventually I fell asleep and felt OK the next day, but I wonder if my high heart rate during my workout was the cause. Or maybe I didn't drink enough during the day after the workout. This whole training for a tri is all new to me, so I guess my body is going to have all sorts of new reactions to go along with it. This week's run is my 10% decrease, so that will help. And I'll know not to push it too much again. Live and learn I guess!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Motivation

Time to Shoot For
Yesterday was the last official day of my Level 2 Swim Clinic at the Y. For our "final exam," we swam a 900 and were timed. I was able to finish it with a time of 20:19. Would have been nice to finish it under 20:00, but now this gives me something to shoot for. Maybe this will give me some motivation during the time of year where motivation is at a low.

I mean, seriously! Who can be motivated to do anything in the middle of February in Central New York. Snow, cold, gray sky (well, that's year round!), lack of daylight. Who wouldn't want to just stay in their jammies all day curled up under a blanket. Oh, and to top things off, my 3 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies came in yesterday. Uggg!

Happy Tri-Training to Me!
Tomorrow I think I'm going to treat myself to a present: a foam roller. Maybe a new gift to myself will lift my spirits. And I'm also going to work tomorrow on my motivational bulletin board. Both of these ideas are from Kelly from "My Life as a Tri-Mommy."

Gotta run!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pride: Lots for my Son, Little for me

Proud Mama
Well, I'll start with the good stuff. My 5-yr old son, Alex, plays soccer at the North Area Family YMCA. For the first time ever, he is on an organized sports team. I thought this would be a good way to start since he's on the same team as a few good friends of his. Well, at Saturday's game he scored his first goal ever. But he didn't score just one goal, not two goals, but THREE GOALS!!! A hat-trick!!! I felt so proud that I thought I was going to cry. And he was grinning from ear to ear. I thought, if I'm getting like this for YMCA soccer, what am I going to do when he plays a sport in high school and it really counts! I just hope that he will remember this feeling and keep sport and fitness in his life. But, I suppose if my husband and I set good examples, then he definitely will do this for life!

Set Backs in Tri-Training
Now for the not-so-proud moments. I have been so lazy lately that I'm disgusted with myself:

Sunday morning I didn't feel much like going swimming, so I stayed home. Being Valentine's Day, I gave myself a "free pass" to indulge in some sweet treats.

Then on Tuesday morning, I wanted to attend the 6:00 AM Y-Body Cuts class, but woke up at 5:55 AM. So much for making it to that class! But instead of getting up and doing some weights at home, I rolled over and went back to sleep. Next thing I knew, it was 7:30 AM and I had to be to work at 8:00 AM. Rushed around the house like a mad-woman and made it to work. Thank goodness I packed my gym bag for my spinning class the night before or I might have been tempted to skip that Tuesday night.

This morning I had a run on our home treadmill scheduled, but do you think I woke up in time for that?!?!? Yeah, right!!! Overslept again! Now I'm trying to find another time today to fit that in, but I don't think it will be possible.

What is going on with me?!?!?! I was doing so good for a few weeks and now I'm falling back into old bad habits. Is my body trying to tell me that it needs a break and I'm pushing myself too hard? Or maybe its all the fertility meds I'm on. Those always make me tired. Either way, I'm not feeling too good about myself lately. But, I suppose that is why you start training months before a race...to make sure you have time just in case you encounter stumbling blocks like this.

Rather than beating myself up for the things I've missed, I should focus on the things I've actually done such as spinning last night and Y-Body Cuts & running on Saturday.

I've seen in some people's training schedule times where they cut back every few weeks or so. With the exception of my run training, I really haven't built that into my schedule. This is probably my body's way of telling me to schedule it in. And if I know that I'm going to be a little more tired than normal when I'm on my meds, maybe this is a perfect time each month to scale back.

I guess people are right when they say that journaling (or in this case, blogging) can help you work things out in your head. If I'm going to continue training and fertility treatments, I'm just going to have to figure out a way to make them work together and "get along." This might be a challenge to schedule, but its not impossible.

I can do this!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Feeling Better

Although I'm still not feeling like my funk is completely gone, I'm definitely feeling better. Not please with myself that I overslept yesterday morning and missed Y-Body Cuts at the Y, but I did get up this morning to put in some time on our treadmill. I REALLY wanted to stay in bed, but I forced myself to get up and feel good. If I had slept in I would have beaten myself up all day and really felt like crap. Not only was this a benefit physically, but psychologically as well. Good for me!

Another good for me happened on Sunday when I went for my swim. I had decided to do the following:

  • 1 X 50 yds
  • 3 X 100 yds
  • 1 X 300 yds
  • 1 X 600 yds
  • 1 X 100 yds
  • 1 X 50 yds
Total 1,400 yds

So, I did my 1 X 50 yds then my 3 X 100 yds. I then started my 1 X 300 yds. As I was finishing the 300 yds, I decided that I felt great and figured that I would do the 600 yds first then do the 300 yds. As I was finishing the 600 yds, I realized that I STILL felt great and figured I'd go to 700 yds. Then I added another 100 yds then another 100 yds. Finally finished at 900 yds. When I finished that I felt AMAZING and not out of breath. I still cannot believe how far I've come with my swimming! The first week of my tri swim clinic, I could barely swim 50 yds without being completely out of breath. Now I'm swimming 900 yds at a time and feel relaxed and fresh. Just hope I can do this in open water!

This Week's 3 G's
Haven't done this in awhile, so here goes:

Gratitude
  • Able to swim 900 yds
  • Met others training for tris and have them to share training stories, tips, etc. My family and friends pretty much think I'm nuts doing this, so its nice to have a group that shares my interest.
  • Someone mentioned that I looked like I lost weight. I definitely haven't, but at least I'm looking like I have. I just keep telling myself that I'm replacing one pound of fat with one pound of muscle!

Goals
  • Work on ways to relieve hamstring tightness and hip pain.
  • Eat better

Game Plan
  • Purchase a foam roller and research different stretches
  • Plan my weekly menu on Sunday's and stick to it.

That's it for now. Swim clinic tonight, Y-Body Cuts (NO EXCUSES!) tomorrow morning, then 8-Week Ride tomorrow night before taking a day off on Friday. Looking forward to the Olympics starting Friday night. I always get inspired athletically when they come. Maybe I'll add a Winter sport goal to my Summer sport goal of a tri. We'll see!!!

TTFN!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Training Funk

Can't believe it's been over a week since I posted last. I'm in a bit of a funk today and I'm not sure why.

Am I Doing Too Much?
Last week I did a ton of training, so maybe my body is telling me to back off. I'm not going to summarize as well as I did last week (a result of my funk), but here's what I did:
  • Sun 1/24: Swam about 1,300 yds then went to dance class with my hubby
  • Mon 1/25: OFF
  • Tue 1/26: Y-Body Cuts class at 6 AM for 1 hr; 8-Week Ride spinning class at 5:30 PM for 25 min
  • Wed 1/27: Ran on treadmill at 6:30 AM for 20 min; Level 2 swim clinic at 7:20, 1,300 yds
  • Thu 1/28: Y-Body Cuts class at 6 AM for 1 hr; 8-Week Ride spinning class at 5:30 PM for 25 min
  • Fri 1/29: OFF
  • Sat 1/30: Y-Body Cuts class at 8:30 AM for 1 hr; Ran on treadmill for 20 min
  • Sun 1/31: Swam about 1,300 yds then went to dance class with my hubby
  • Mon 2/1: OFF
  • Tue 2/2: Y-Body Cuts class at 6 AM for 1 hr; 8-Week Ride spinning class at 5:30 PM for 30 min
  • Wed 2/3: Ran on treadmill at 6:30 AM for 20 min; Level 2 swim clinic at 7:20, 1,300 yds

I'm getting tired just reading this! Last night after swimming I could tell my body just wasn't going to be up to Y-Body Cuts this morning, so I made a promise to myself to sleep in. It felt good, but I'm still in a funk. Hope I'm up for spinning tonight!

Oh Baby!
The other thing that could be causing my problems is fertility treatments. I hate all the medications I have to take for this. Having to administer two shots a night to myself isn't fun, but when they make you tired and they make you moody, it makes things 100 times worse. It was nice taking two months off from the fertility journey, but now I'm back in the hunt for baby #2. I guess I should have expected this funk. I was just hoping that exercising would help me through it.

Stick With It!
Well, regardless of how I'm feeling, I'm going to stick with my training. I know I will definitely feel A LOT worse if I don't. I can use my time in the water, on the treadmill, and on the bike as time to reflect on what I'm going through. No matter what, I will accomplish at least one goal this year: finishing a triathlon or getting pregnant and having another baby. At the end of this year I will know that I can accomplish what I set my mind to. I just have to stay focused and confident!