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legcramps - Thursday Jun 13, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts June 10th to 16th:

Monday - Ugh 

Tuesday - Ugh  / Coach 

Wednesday - Swim 1,025  / Slow-pitch 

Thursday - Swim 1,500  / Bike 30

Friday - Swim 1,250 / Coach

Saturday - REST

Sunday - Bike 80 kilometers

This morning, BF told me to go back to sleep when he left for work at 6:00, but the sun was shining so brightly that I decided to go lane swimming again instead. This time, as I was walking up the sidewalk to the pool, I felt a short burst of energetic joy to be swimming. Then, about 300 meters into the swim, I just wanted to quit and go home. Like, EVERYTHING felt wrong. Just wrong! Oh my God, it's driving me crazy that I can't pinpoint WHY.

I stuck it out for 1,500 meters and by the time I was done (about 40 minutes later), I felt good again.

I've started taking an iron pill before bed each night, and B12 in the mornings. About five days in with this, so i'm not sure if i'll feel an effect yet or if I need to build it up a little bit longer.

I am pretty sure it isn't my sleep - last week I got an average of 7 hours and 48 minutes and this week so far i'm around 7 hours. Not unusual.

My nutrition hasn't changed much, aside from two higher carb days (Saturday and Monday), but I would think that should give me more energy rather than less. My protein levels have been pretty normal; I have been trying to cut my carbs this week, but that too hasn't been drastic enough to force such a negative change. I track my nutrition so completely, I can't see there being a deficiency here.

As per Donkey's suggestions, it could be hormones. I should be coming up on my period at the end of this week HOWEVER, usually the week before my period I have higher levels of energy and enthusiasm. So not sure it is that either.

It could be depression; in fact, i'm leaning into this a little more than anything else it might be (other than a flu bug). I do have some of those symptoms - heavy limbs, slow to concentrate, difficulty focusing. I am not stressed or over-worked or so busy that I can't think straight, but maybe I am just simply a little down.

innerpeace on 06/13/2019:
I hope you can figure it out. Depression is a monster and I hope it isn't that.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2019:
Have you been training more than usual?

Maybe after you add the iron (which def contributes to feelings of muscle weakness/heaviness) and B12 for a little longer, you will feel better.

sometimes we just need some extra rest. :)

keep us updated.

legcramps on 06/14/2019:
I think you're right - I just need to keep taking the iron pills and B12 for a bit longer and I will feel better again.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2019:
maybe it is the low carb?

Donkey on 06/14/2019:
Ok, but don't let health professionals who can't figure it out, lump you into the "depression" category. That happens too often.

Obviously, online here, I don't know the whole story, but to me, this doesn't sound like depression. You got up, took a swim, and hit a wall. That sounds more physical to me, but I'm by no means an expert, and please understand that I'm not downplaying your symptoms and feelings. And I do not mean to downplay the contribution emotions can have to our health.

This must be so frustrating, especially with the physical events you have planned for the summer. Were you feeling overwhelmed? This sure is a conundrum. I hope you feel better soon.

legcramps on 06/14/2019:
You're probably right! I feel low,and i'm sure my emotions are playing into that, but it might be more likely that it's low iron or B12 levels than an actual depression. I don't feel stressed or horribly sad or anything like that, but my body is very heavy.

legcramps - Wednesday Jun 12, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts June 10th to 16th:

Monday - Ugh 

Tuesday - Ugh  / Coach 

Wednesday - Swim 1,025  / Slow-pitch 

Thursday - Swim 1,250 / Bike 30

Friday - Swim 1,250 / Coach

Saturday - REST

Sunday - Bike 80 kilometers

Ugh. That's how my week started out. I've been struggling this week with workouts. Not because i'm stressed or too busy, even though I AM busy. I actually feel horrible, and I can't pinpoint a good reason for it. I was so exhausted on Sunday after that mountain bike ride - like, weirdly so. Monday I just couldn't MANAGE. And yesterday I had given up trying!

Even this morning, when I woke up I thought to myself - 'nah'. But it's not that i've lost motivation, I just feel like CRAP. Like my legs are full of lead, and my lungs are shriveled up tumbleweeds floating around in my chest. The only reason I pulled myself out of bed and into a swimsuit this morning was because I was at BF's, and had to be up early anyways. Honestly, even as I was walking up the sidewalk to the pool I was looking for an OUT. I asked my fellow swimmers 'is the water going to be cold?', I checked the forecast and saw that it was only 8 celsius and I was going to an OUTDOOR pool, I sat in my car for ten minutes blah blah blah'ing.

But I got in that pool and I swam for 35 minutes. In the end, that's what I needed to do, so that's what I did. It didn't have to be pretty, it just had to be done!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/12/2019:
I totally get you...let us all take a moment to breathe and keep on here on DD.

You are right, seems that sometimes we are so busy it can be mentally / emotionally draining which is what i am experiencing and realize i'm going to have to take it a day at a time and continue workouts (trying for no matter what!). sleep will be important to keep going stronger...

have you been sleeping poorly?

legcramps on 06/13/2019:
No, that's what's weird about it...i've been sleeping ok. I feel like I might be on the upswing now, and i've been hearing that people are still getting stick around here so maybe I caught a bit of a bug or something? I don't know. I started taking iron pills and B12, just to see if that makes a difference.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/12/2019:
Oh, I'm reading a book called The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy. early on, at the beginning of the book I'm reminded of you!!! He talks about success and one of the best things to do in order to be successful at something is to TRACK things. Track sleep, track workouts, track finances, etc.

so, the things you do are important as they help us keep our accountability and also to see if what we're doing is working or if we have to change things.

so, go you!

Maria7 on 06/12/2019:
Hope you feel better.

legcramps on 06/13/2019:
thank you :)

Donkey on 06/13/2019:
I hope you feel better soon too! Maybe it's just a bad week, and I hope that's it. Sounds like it might be something more, though...

Over-training? Dietary changes? Hormones? Vitamin deficiency? Depression?

If this continues much longer, please see a doctor. Get your blood tested. This could be a blip, but it could be something else.

legcramps on 06/13/2019:
Thanks Donkey; I hope it's just a bad week too.

You might be right - it feels very much like a symptom of depression... body feels very heavy and it's been very difficult for me to start the day without a vast (VAST) amount of effort involved.

I did start taking iron and B12 again; sometimes I cycle through these supplements and it seems to help a bit. So we'll see!

legcramps - Monday Jun 10, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts June 10th to 16th:

Monday - Bike 30

Tuesday - Swim 1,250 / coach

Wednesday - Bike 30 / Slow-pitch

Thursday - Swim 1,250 / Bike 30

Friday - Swim 1,250 / coach

Saturday - REST

Sunday - bike 80 kilometers

Where did last week go?! It flew by and I didn't even get a chance to post!

I was super busy last week with work and with stuff at home. I got so much accomplished at home! I did my coaching shifts on Tuesday and Friday, worked Monday to Wednesday and took Thursday and Friday off, vacuumed, payed bills, sent mail, picked up mail, cut the grass, sprayed for weeds, sprayed for bugs, cleaned up the garage, cleaned up the basement, sold some garage sale items, washed all the windows - inside and out, cleaned the bathroom, cleaned the kitchen, travelled to a concert, visited my aunt and uncle, visited with BF's friends, checked out a new mountain bike trail, stocked up on food and necessities from Costco, and got back home last night at 9 p.m. Whew!

Unfortunately, being super busy meant I didn't get some of my workouts in. When we hit the mountain bike trail yesterday, I could instantly tell that I had lost some cardio endurance. I have 6 days to get it back before the Gran Fondo I am in this coming Sunday - an 80 km endurance bike ride. Life always gets in the way, but it's about how well we can bounce back from the twists - and I think I will be able to do it with short rides this week and endurance swimming.

I am also going to attempt to cut some carbs from my nutrition this week, to train my body to burn fuel using fat and protein stores which should increase my capacity for a longer endurance ride. I'll let you know how it goes - it's kind of a new-to-me theory and I want to test it out on myself. I don't like cutting carbs though, so it might be a grumpy time for me LOL.

I am a master at steady-state cardio, so i'm not too worried about my heartrate during the event. I am fairly certain I will slow down to whatever pace I need to be at in order to maintain a steady heartrate throughout the whole ride. Sometimes people will go out too fast, their heartrate skyrockets, and then they crash and they can't sustain the effort. I am not like that - I do not like to do anything fast LOL. But I am worried about not having enough endurance for the ride, so if I can work on that this week i'll be happy.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/10/2019:
I was wondering when you'd post again!

You are inspiring me to clean my bathroom, just, not tonight! haha Oh, you own a house right? It's only you who lives there?

I also don't really like cutting carbs. Like, they do spike my sugars and after i do get hungry, but, when i cut them completely i feel the need to binge later. I have too many years of food calories or carbs restriction that i'm not really able to cut them without feeling deprived but maybe you'll have an easier time.

Some athletes are better than others at the training approach and what type of fuel works for them. Some weightlifters i know also like to go keto.

If cutting carbs doesn't work, then, i wouldn't be phased if i were you...

sorry to be a j*rk on your entry LOL.

thank you for the kind words regarding my own goals. sometimes i feel like i'm dreaming it and sometimes i feel it's attainable. I still have so many months, it could def work itself out if i continue training. basically, right now, it's about keeping my high momentum.

of course i know how to keep momentum: do not tire oneself completely out. like, rest, get sleep...focus...don't do too much or exhaust oneself in regards to the whole lifestyle ;)

legcramps on 06/11/2019:
Yes, I do own my own house and it is only me who lives there. It's easy to keep clean, but when it gets out of hand it just stresses me out!

You are not a jerk! I appreciate the feedback! I know I will feel deprived cutting carbs, and am just keeping positive about it - it's only for a few more day anyways :) But yes, I won't be phased if it doesn't work, no big deal - it's just a theory anyways LOL

Donkey on 06/10/2019:
Burning into protein stores makes my sweat smell like cleaning ammonia. But good luck with cutting. You'll get a fabulous lean look!

legcramps on 06/11/2019:
Haha, really, well that should be interesting. Not looking to lean out, only to fuel my workouts more efficiently! I've never been all about a lean look :) it is too difficult for me to sustain because of my genetics. My body type is built for strength, not speed LOL.

legcramps - Monday Jun 03, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts June 3rd to 9th:

Monday - Run 20 / Swim 900

Tuesday - REST

Wednesday - Run 25 / Slow-pitch

Thursday - Bike 30

Friday - Swim 500

Saturday - Bike 35 / Femsport Training

Sunday - Run 25 / Femsport Training

May (Week 1): XTRAIN: 6 / RUN: 2  2,746 calories average sleep 7 hours, 6 minutes

June (Week 2):

The end of last week fell apart in terms of sticking to my schedule. I missed a swim and a run, but I got everything else in, and managed 8 workouts in 7 days, including a 1&1/2 hour paddleboarding session on Saturday at the lake. Lots of cross training, but I guess i'm happy it happened in week 1 rather than in week10 when it might be more crucial to get all my training in. I did a couple of BUILD sessions at the gym, which will translate to Femsport training quite nicely, so a good start on that as well.

I got some terrible sleep on a couple nights, too, last night being one of those nights. Man, I just need a nap!

Nutrition is still on plan, aside from a bit of an indulgence on Saturday when we drove out to the lake and I had a mixture of potato chips, cheesies and sunflower seeds - but I kept the portions reasonably small so I actually wouldn't call it off plan at all. Definitely replenished my sodium stores LOL.

Took a rest day on Sunday as we woke up quite late in the morning and there was just no time to fit in a workout that day - we left for the city, found a carrier for BF's kayak, went to a bbq, then to the movie The Grizzlies that evening. We didn't get back home until 9:30 and still had to eat supper - so no workout for us!

I'm going to attempt to do a double workout today though; hopefully I stay awake long enough lol. I have a 20 minute run to complete from the weekend, and two swims - one from Friday, and one for tomorrow that i'm not going to get done because our pool hasn't opened yet for the summer. But the indoor pool in the city is only 20 minutes away so I think I will go and get both my workouts in tonight and get those swims done. It's a beautiful day outside today, so I could just walk out my door and get the 20 minute run in outside.

I am thinking about taking Thursday and Friday off work. I have so many things to do at home and it all just keeps piling up on me. Spring is such a busy time of year! If I can get a couple extra days off, I could get a better handle on the to-do's weighing me down.

horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2019:
Although your week didn't go as you would have liked with the training, i'd say you are being pretty positive and forward thinking on how to stay on top of it in the weeks to come.

Sorry about your missed sleep. The two things i cannot stand when i miss sleep are my mood which goes downhill and my hunger/cravings which increase so much!

I prefer weekend days with planned activity or time outside of a car...how was it Sunday? were you mostly sitting at the bbq? i do NOT like those types of events as they lead to temptations to overeat on my part...

what do you mean by doing two swims in one day? one after the other? or one in the morning and one in the evening?

I also am debating a day off at the end of this month. it depends on a how the earlier part of the week goes, and if i can get all my exercise in...it's a busy week with a meeting on a tuesday night. so, we'll see!

legcramps on 06/03/2019:
Sunday was mostly sitting all day...in a car, at the bbq, and then at the movie theater. I didn't overeat though, just got a little grumpy about not being able to workout LOL.

I was supposed to do a 400 meter swim last week and a 500 meter swim tomorrow, so i'll do 900 tonight one after the other. I normally do over 1,000 meters every time I go lane swimming, so it's not much of a stretch or extra workout time for me.

Maria7 on 06/03/2019:
Good plan to take some time off to get needed things done...You are right...it seems there is so much more to do in the springtime!

happy-1 on 06/03/2019:
Strong mental attitude!

legcramps - Friday May 31, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts May 27th to June 2nd:

Monday - BURN  450 calories

Tuesday - Run 15 easy  173 calories

Wednesday - Run 20 with pick ups  229 calories / Slo-pitch 1&1/2 hours  200 calories

Thursday - MTB 25 2 hours  1,080 calories

Friday - Swim 400 AFAP 

Saturday - Bike 30 AFAP / Femsport (tire flips)

Sunday - Run 20 easy / Femsport (KB lifts)

May (Week 1): XTRAIN: 3 / RUN: 2

Trail riding was so much fun yesterday; we did a solid 2 hours on a trail down in the valley; I did not want to stop but I was so tired afterwards. By the end of the ride, I was so tired that I was having trouble staying on the trail and kept veering off into the valley forest.

I got a little spooked about 3/4 of the way through when I heard something following behind me; BF and another friend were up ahead, so it was just me and this 'thing' and I could clearly hear it alongside me but I couldn't see anything. I pondered the possibility of wildlife in the area (more specifically, cougars!), and then pushed it out of my mind, made some noise, and kept going. Thankfully nothing happened!

I fell once and rolled a bit downhill, had to stop and walk my bike up a few hills, hit a couple of trees with my shoulders/pedals, ended up taking a couple shots of my inhaler, and pulled four woodticks off me. I tell you, the shower I took when we finally got back home felt SO GOOD!!

Since I took time off yesterday for a funeral, I am at work all day today and will have to scrap my lane swim for the week. I might be able to add it in next week; we'll see how the week goes.

Plan for the weekend is to do my coaching tonight, then head to BF's. We have a lot of working out to do this weekend according to my schedule LOL, and we have a BBQ with BF's friends on Sunday.

BearCountryGG on 05/31/2019:
Wow....sounds like a rough ride....Yuck....I hate ticks...I had a tick on my shoulder a year ago and that spot still itches...I hope yours weren't embedded...I never want to have that happen again.

legcramps on 05/31/2019:
No, they hadn't dug in yet thank goodness, they were just hanging out on my leg and one was on my jersey.

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
Wow, that trail ride sounds so exciting! And looks like you have plans for a wonderful weekend! Can't wait to hear about it!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
is the slow pitch at a batting range?

the trail ride sounds absolutely wonderful indeed! i'm glad nothing happened either in regards to something that may have been following you!

your weekend also sounds great. i hope you can fit in lane swimming soon!

we are blessed with the perfect weather right now to be outdoors! I'm trying to take advantage of it too! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
and the only way for people like us to work out as often as we'd like it to schedule it, for sure.

my friend ricky doesn't plan anything...so when he suggested i plan too much (that's true!), i told him that if i didn't i should just throw away my attempt to be a court officer as there's no way i can train for it without planning my training sessions! :)...being busy, it's necessary to plan things out per the free time we have or there's no way you can get as much done.

legcramps - Wednesday May 29, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts May 27th to June 2nd:

Monday - BURN  450 calories

Tuesday - Run 15 easy  173 calories

Wednesday - Run 20 with pick ups  229 calories / Slo-pitch

Thursday - MTB 25

Friday - Swim 400 AFAP

Saturday - Bike 30 AFAP / Femsport (tire flips)

Sunday - Run 20 easy / Femsport (KB lifts)

May (Week 1): XTRAIN: 1 / RUN: 2


My runs went well yesterday and this morning; I took it easy for the first part and then picked it up a bit at the end - nothing extraordinary happened and they went as expected. My calves are definitely feeling it; i'll have to use my compression boots later on tonight after slo-pitch. But all in all, good workouts in the bank.

Really looking forward to tomorrow, when we'll be seeing the trails that we biked on Sunday. Going to definitely have some fun biking out there again.

Other than that, just getting through today! Breakfast was oatmeal with peanut butter, chia seeds and fruit. And I brought an iced coffee to work :)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2019:
You mentioned recovering faster...teaching your fast twitch muscles to recover faster with ladder workouts. i have noticed that i get sore, but have recovered better after my short ladder workouts than i usually do with cardio! it's really been helpful to me so far, these ladder workouts!

legcramps on 05/30/2019:
I was mostly talking about cardiovascular recovery; when we do really high-intensity workouts, for a short(er) period of time, then take a short break, and repeat, it trains your cardiovascular system to recover quickly. This just means that your heart and pulmonary system is getting in a good workout, too :) and will help in the long run with the rest of your cardio workouts as you progress through your training.

But definitely if you are recovering faster after doing the shorter ladder workouts, that's awesome!! The whole 'no pain, no gain' thing is just a flat out LIE!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2019:
When you do a run 15 and run 20, is that the total minutes? do you always do short runs during the week?

lately the iced coffee - i can totally feel the caffeine faster than when i drink it hot!

i cannot wait to amp up my cardio, and jog, but right now i'm so thankful do just be doing cardio and recovering better than i ever did.

also eating more bananas and coconut water to help with recovery.

legcramps on 05/30/2019:
The Run 15 and Run 20 are the total RUN minutes. I don't count the warm up or cool down walking that I do, or if I stop to walk during the run.

At the beginning, all my runs will be short runs LOL but yeah, I try to leave longer runs for the weekend when I have more time to A) prepare for it, and B) recover from it. Runs are so hard!

Bananas are awesome :)

Donkey on 05/30/2019:
Love your new format! Wow, you are killing it!

legcramps on 05/30/2019:

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
so, for the run 15 and run 20, how much walking / stopping to walk would you say is in those workouts, approx?

totally get you on longer workouts being on the workout in order to recover / have time to do it. i always use that approach for my workouts!

legcramps on 05/31/2019:
I'll do a warm up and cool down, and maybe spend about 5 minutes walking for each of those. Sometimes my cool down is a lot longer than that though. I didn't stop to walk during the last two runs I completed, so they were a full 15 minute and 20 minute run, but if I did, I would just walk until I recovered enough to be able to start running again - like maybe 30-60 seconds?

legcramps - Tuesday May 28, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Workouts May 27th to June 2nd:

Monday - BURN  450 calories

Tuesday - Run 15 easy

Wednesday - Run 20 with pick ups / Slo-pitch

Thursday - MTB 25

Friday - Swim 400 AFAP

Saturday - Bike 30 AFAP / Femsport (tire flips)

Sunday - Run 20 easy / Femsport (KB lifts)

 May (Week 1) - 

I decided to change the schedule at the top of my posts slightly; i'll still keep my weekly workouts and then add a summary at the bottom to show how many workouts I did for that week - starting at week 1 this week to signify the start of traithlon training!

So already this week I am looking at a slight change in schedule...I would like to attend a funeral on Thursday morning, so will need to take some time off from work to do so...I was going to take that time off on Friday to go lane swimming, but i'm not sure it pays to take time off on both mornings, so I might cut the swim this week. I can't wait until our pool opens in June, then I won't have to worry so much about specific times for swimming; swimming will be much more available to me anytime throughout the week.

I wanted to show you as much specifics as possible with my training, so that you can see that i'm not killing myself every time I do a workout. However, it's VERY likely that I will end up doing more than this, simply because my fitness level is well above what is required in this first week of training, and I don't want to lose any of the fitness i've already built!

I thought i'd also show you the calories that I burn with each workout, because it varies so much. BURN at the gym yesterday was super tough - we had 30 minutes to move through 7 exercises in as many rounds as possible, and competed with each other to see who could get the most rounds in. So I pushed hard. Another 15 minutes was made up of the warm up and cool down. I burned the majority of those 450 calories within that 30 minute timeframe. That's a huge burn, and not something I aspire to for every workout. There is a time and place for everything :)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2019:
yes, i'm sure you are fitter than the beginning of that prep for the race too.

the one thing that's always up for debate for athletes who have desk jobs is how to take off work and use it well and i also debate and try to use time off now especially for a good fitness routine somewhere in there :) sorry about the funeral and that's very thoughtful for you to attend.

the BURN sounds amazing. i also agree, it's good to do but not all the time. it's great when you want a calorie punch in the face as well as agility and cardio bang for you buck! :) i remember in the past taking boot camp, i torched soooo many calories in an hour, worked the hardest i ever did in my life. but it turned out being slightly too much for me...it's worth it time to time, but within reason.

legcramps - Monday May 27, 2019

Weight: 0.0



TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8:30; RUN;

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Slowpitch 6-8; RUN;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; MTB;

FRIDAY - SWIM; Work 12:30-4; Coach 4:30-7:30; SANDBAG BURPEES;



Apr 29-May 5- RUN 2 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 5; average sleep 7 hours, 37 minutes

May      6-12 - BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 2; average sleep 7 hours, 50 minutes

May    13-19 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2 / SWIM 1; average sleep 6 hours, 58 minutes

May    20-26 - BIKE 1 / BUILD 1;

Well, my fitbit died and I can't find my charger, so...I know I slept a lot better on the weekend than I did during the week, so that's good.

Friday - I did what I needed to do and then couch-potatoed the rest of the night away (which was only about two hours in the end, by the time I finished supper and did some light cleaning)

Saturday - I got up early-ish, headed to BF's, we went to garage sales with some friends, then to a BBQ, and in the evening we did a BUILD workout at the gym and then I did some elliptical'ing afterwards.

Sunday - We got up early-ish again, BF was entered in a mountain bike race so we headed out to the valley where I watched him nearly kill himself for about an hour and a half (seriously, it was nerve-wracking to watch people pound it out and not be doing it alongside them!), he finished top ten, rested, then took me out for a mountain bike ride through the same trails because spectating is not as much fun as participating and I was feeling super jealous. Poor guy, huh?!

We did some more cooking for the week: chicken breast, lots of roasted veggies, pork ribs, and taco-seasoned hamburger meat to have in salads. Then we had a 'i've cooked too much and now i don't want to cook anymore' indulgence and I chose pizza for supper. Still, even pizza worked out for us - we tried a new restaurant, and the pizza there turned out to be thin crust, and heaped with veggies. So much better for us than some of the thicker, doughy crusts you can get!

So far with my changes in nutrition, i've noticed I am much leaner, and my muscles are definitely standing out more than they were before. To be perfectly honest, i've probably lost a good amount of weight in the last two years as i've been building more strength and more defined musculature. I would even go so far as to say i've lost in the ball park of 20-25 pounds. That's a substantial amount, given that I have felt fairly comfortable in my own skin for a few years now. But the loss is nice, and maybe it will give me an edge this year as I move into another training cycle.

Speaking of the next training cycle, I know this is a long post already, but i'll just summarize...I'll be starting traithlon training this week, a nice and steady build up into August. Along the way, i'll need to strategically throw in a few long bike rides to prepare for our gran fondos, as well as some personalized strength training for the femsport competition in August. It's going to get complicated from here on out, so my hope is to not get too stressed about a missed workout, but to really try and get the priority workouts in when I need to. You'll see the plan for this week is more specific to my programming, and this will become even more specific in the weeks to come!

BearCountryGG on 05/27/2019:
I can't believe your BF made that ride twice in a day!!!

legcramps on 05/27/2019:
If you knew him, you'd believe it LOL. He is a sucker for punishment, a very hard worker, and is always up for a challenge!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2019:
Your Saturday and Sunday sound so nice and active! and i agree with BCGG, your bf is in GREAT SHAPE to be able to do the race again! Very fit!

All the foods you cooked are sounding perfect. and keep forgetting, i can cook a taco seasoned ground meat dish (even ground turkey or chicken) to eat during the week. i keep forgetting this is a good plan for the week for meat. Also, i've been seeing better seasoning options out there for taco meat that is much healthier, maybe less salt (although i like salt since i don't have any blood pressure problems or anything related to salt).

I also find that continued exercise over the years results in more lean muscle if we keep watching what we eat and try to remain at least the same size, that we are gaining muscle. so, despite the claims that we lose muscle with age, if we can be active, it totally is possible to gain (as long as we push ourselves and realize it can feel harder). the gains are still ours to reap!

I am quite sure that I'm not the only one who wants to hear more as you progress on your training for the triathlon. it's good to hear your experiences and how the training isn't always the same.

As for myself, i'm also changing up routines and realize i'm going to have to be a work in progress this whole year. I've already changed up a lot of my routine, much less on the weights, and slowly but surely i'm increasing my level of cardio and time i spend on it, little by little.

It's amazing how even a 10min cardio session is a LOT better than skipping it...i do the ladder around 10min a day right now, for this month. i'll increase it and the exercises i do, but i'm starting off with something basic and simple that is manageable to add into my routine :)

Donkey on 05/28/2019:
What an incredible entry - I enjoyed reading this so much. Not only did you have an action packed weekend, but also to read the progress you've made with your nutrition. PLUS looking ahead to your training for summer athletic events. I can't wait to read more!!!

legcramps - Friday May 24, 2019

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WEDNESDAY - SICK; Work 12:30-4; Slowpitch 6-8;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; REST;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-7:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;

Apr      22-28 - RUN 3 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2; average sleep 7 hours, 48 minutes

Apr 29-May 5- RUN 2 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 5; average sleep 7 hours, 37 minutes

May      6-12 - BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 2; average sleep 7 hours, 50 minutes

May    13-19 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2 / SWIM 1; average sleep 6 hours, 58 minutes

Nothing but rest for me so far this week. I am still feeling crappy! Going on five days now, this is kinda crazy.

Tonight just going to get through my coaching sessions with as much energy as I can possibly muster for our clients, and then heading home, washing some dishes and maybe a load of laundry, and straight to bed. I would like to get up early tomorrow and head to BF's for the rest of the weekend. Supposed to be a rainy weekend - well it will match my mood then! LOL

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2019:
sometimes rest is best. i was having a week like that last week ....and this week is good bc it's shorter (as well as next week) so i'm taking advantage and resting up so i can have good workouts.

rest up and you'll be back to yourself.

i think you'll be in a good mood after spending time with BF!

legcramps on 05/24/2019:
Thanks, I know you're right!

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2019:
Boy.... hope you start feeling better ........I’m sure it’s getting frustrating now.

Donkey on 05/25/2019:
Rest has such healing powers.

One thing that I thought of this morning: I read from a lot of women that when they first go on keto, it really can play with monthly hormones big time. I know that you're NOT doing keto, but I'm just wondering if the tightening of your macros/diet affected you this month. I am not discouraging you from eating healthy! Just wondering... isn't it amazing though how diet can really make such a difference in our well-being? KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

legcramps on 05/27/2019:
You may be right about that! Very interesting point!

legcramps - Thursday May 23, 2019

Weight: 0.0




WEDNESDAY - SICK; Work 12:30-4; Slowpitch 6-8;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-7; 

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-7:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Workout;

SUNDAY - Workout;

Apr      22-28 - RUN 3 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2; average sleep 7 hours, 48 minutes

Apr 29-May 5- RUN 2 / BIKE 1 / STRENGTH 5; average sleep 7 hours, 37 minutes

May      6-12 - BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 1 / SWIM 2; average sleep 7 hours, 50 minutes

May    13-19 - RUN 1 / BIKE 2 / STRENGTH 2 / SWIM 1; average sleep 6 hours, 58 minutes

I feel very blah today, for a number of reasons. 1) TOM; 2) I haven't been eating well; 3) No major workouts this week; 4) Stress

I am not trying to complain; believe me, I know it could be worse! And it's not the end of the world either. TOM will be over soon enough, I am already back on track with my nutrition plan (I really only messed up one day), I could stand to take this week as a recovery week from workouts and start fresh next week, and stress is stress no matter how you look at it - either I learn how to deal with it, or it keeps holding me back. I am working on dealing with it.

BF came yesterday to play slow pitch and it was nice to see him, especially while i'm feeling a little down on myself. We played ball (won) and then he re-seeded and watered areas of my yard while I made supper - baked chicken breast with baked veggies and jasmin rice.

I made BF a pan of baked bean brownies for dessert, and for his birthday which is today. I sent the majority home with him, but kept 6 small brownies for myself. I think I will have one at lunchtime after my eggs and roast chicken.

I was planning for a workout tonight, but I will just see how the day goes instead. I am still not feeling so great, and am thinking I should try and do some things around the house tonight as well, to alleviate some of the stress i'm feeling from not keeping up with household duties :)

BearCountryGG on 05/23/2019:
My motivation trick is to set a timer for 10 minutes and see how muchj I can get done in that time...I usually keep going after that...sometimes I reset it for another 10.

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2019:
i can def relate to a week with all those reasons adding up to feeling not the best...good thing is "it will pass."

i felt like that last week, thank gosh this week as been WAY better, mostly bc of hormones better and better sleep :)

those brownies sound lovely...and full of fiber.

if i have time monday, i may cook some stuff...def cooking garlic spinach!

i am also taking care of laundry today - to alleviate thinking about it until Monday...and to give me a more open day for Monday (memorial day off here!)

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