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legcramps - Tuesday Jun 25, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Average sleep 17th to 23rd:  7 hours, 47 minutes

Workouts June 24th to 30th:

Monday - Swim 1.25 km  / Run 3.3 km  / Froyo with Friends 

Tuesday - Swim 1.3 km  / Coach

Wednesday - Slopitch

Thursday - Swim 1.5 km / BF's kid's graduation ceremony & supper

Friday - Swim 1.5 km / Coach

Saturday - Coach / Bike 40 km

Sunday - BF's kid's graduation family bbq


A friend was going for a run yesterday after work, so I jumped in with her for 3.3 km; I managed to hit a new PB (personal best) because she motivated me to move a bit faster than I normally do! I don't usually run with people, but I might have to reconsider that approach LOL. After having a frozen yogurt treat with friends, I went over to my godson's and we played baseball in the park across the street from their house until 8pm. I had some chicken and rice when I got home, then relaxed for about an hour before heading to bed.

I was in the pool again this morning for 1300 meters. I feel super bloated today from the frozen yogurt, and very gassy LOL. I will not be a joy to be around today.

It is so sad for me to say this, but I felt relief this morning when I got to work and a co-worker told me my boss wouldn't be in today :(  we have just not been seeing eye-to-eye lately (well, if i'm honest, it's been this way for awhile now). I know she is busy and stressed, but that doesn't mean her workload should roll over onto me, or that I should pick up her slack when i'm already overworked in certain areas trying to cover for other people. She gets paid big bucks to do what she does...and I did not apply for a management position so i'm not sure why i'm being held accountable for management's responsibilities!

Anyways, I need to let it go. I'm still working on practicing my "no's".

Coaching tonight after work! Then hopefully an early bedtime.

happy-1 on 06/25/2019:
LOL... Field promotion, no hazard pay.

legcramps on 06/25/2019:
Pretty much, and i'm over it.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/25/2019:
Congrats on a new PB in running! I also prefer to exercise ALONE. i DO motivate myself usually quite well and don't need my limits pushed any further lol. good job to you. sometimes a friend is more motivational actually..

isn't it nice that it remains light out later (i hear now it will begin, slowly, getting dark sooner :( how sad!) ...i'm relying on these late nights to get more physical fitness in during the longer days, making it so much easier to do so.

what if there was a pay raise involved?

legcramps on 06/25/2019:
I wouldn't be interested... healthcare is a very stressful environment these days, and to be honest with you I just want to do my job and then go home and not take it with me. That doesn't seem to be happening for me lately...always going home either frustrated or worrying over the next day's tasks.


BearCountryGG on 06/25/2019:
I also worked in the healthcare field...as a medical secretary....Love the job...and that was back in the early 2000's......even then there were stresses.....( hippa laws were beginning.....)....Like you...I also liked the leave work at work aspect.....but there lwsys seems to be office politics wherever you go.....



legcramps - Monday Jun 24, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Average sleep 17th to 23rd:  7 hours, 47 minutes

Workouts June 24th to 30th:

Monday - Swim 1.25 km  / Froyo with Friends

Tuesday - Swim 1.25 km / Coach

Wednesday - Slopitch

Thursday - Swim 1.5 km / BF's kid's graduation ceremony & supper

Friday - Swim 1.5 km / Coach

Saturday - Coach / Bike 40 km

Sunday - BF's kid's graduation family bbq


On Saturday I coached at the gym from 8am to 1pm. I had a couple of group sessions and then one team training session with the Special Olympics athletes from our area, which was a lot of fun to coach. After work we roto-tilled parts of my lawn and re-seeded it all (because we killed it last year when we tried to fertilize it), I cut the remaining grass, trimmed the bushes, and did laundry and dishes and cooked supper (steak fajitas).

On Sunday we enjoyed a lazy morning with waffles and eggs for breakfast, and I cooked a bunch of food for the week - chicken breast, spaghetti squash, black bean brownies, and energy bites. Then we went to the lake for the afternoon and did some open water swimming and kayaking. BF would swim and I would kayak beside him, then we would switch. We were out for about an hour, maybe a bit more. My goggles bugged me for the majority of my swim, but just as I was returning to shore they decided to stop leaking grr. We even put on our wetsuits (it was only 16 degrees celsius yesterday!) and got to practice swimming in them. We ended up with fajita leftovers, so we had that for supper and watched Baywatch (BF said open water swimming made him think of the movie LOL).

This morning I was going to sleep in, but BF left early to get in a workout of his own, so I changed my mind and got my swimsuit on. I did another 1.25 km in the pool, and my goggles worked perfectly fine WHAT THE HECK?! I definitely appreciated the warmer temperature of the pool.

This week, i'll be practicing saying 'no' to some work-related tasks. I am off on Thursday and Friday and I have meetings all day tomorrow. My Manager wants me to lead a Team Review on Wednesday afternoon, but that will mean I won't get my work done for the week. So. It has to be NO!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2019:
GREAT average sleep, LEGS!

NICE JOB on getting a lot done on Saturday both at work and around the house. You sound like a superstar! Very motivating to me!

I love hearing about the foods you cooked Sunday, the ALL sound delish! I just found a cool recipe for Keto cookie dough balls. i will be making them, maybe tonight bc i think i every every ingredient! they use protein powder as one of the main ingredients.

You motivate me - one day i'm going to try swimming again, when it's convenient as it's not convenient right now for me to do any workouts that aren't within my own apt area. If i can't walk to it, i'm not doing it!

But, back to yu - swimming is amazing. it's strength workout too bc of the water preventing you from moving as fast as you would outside the pool. it's really the best cardio there is as well.

You DO have to put yourself first sometimes. everyone has limits. of course, IN MODERATION definitely when it involves work, but, you have to find your limits and stick to them sometimes.


BearCountryGG on 06/24/2019:
Goggles are funny that way......i think they need to be wet and have to work kind of like a suction cup....we went through a lot of them when we had a pool....and then ended up using all of them at times when we figured out we had to put them in the water first...then put them on...


Donkey on 06/25/2019:
So the goggles work after all! Good! That has happened to me - sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Don't know why.

Your yardwork feats sound amazing... isn't it a good feeling to get it done? Like a clean house, a well kept yard is a joy to witness.



legcramps - Friday Jun 21, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Average sleep 10th to 16th:  6 hours, 38 minutes

Workouts June 17th to 23rd:

Monday - REST 

Tuesday - Swim 1.5 km  / Coach

Wednesday - Swim 1.25 km  / Evening Meeting  / Birthday Supper 

Thursday - Swim 1.25 km  / Training Report Out 

Friday - Swim 0.6 km  / Coach

Saturday - Coach / Yardwork

Sunday - Swim 1.5 km / Bike 20 km / Run 1.5 km / Yardwork


So Mother Nature decided she wasn't going to assist me in getting my chores done. It rained pretty much all afternoon and into the early evening. I didn't get any yardwork done, but I did a few things inside at least - and then took a nap LOL.

I feel good today; I slept like a log. When I went swimming this morning, I decided to try out a different pair of goggles. Oh, the struggle with goggles. My clear pair doesn't work outside very well, my shaded pair leaves literal track marks on my face for hours afterwards, and the pair I wore today - might I add the most expensive of the trio - leaked the whole time! Ugh, it was so frustrating! I left them sitting in the sink in hot water and soap for the morning. I'm hoping they just need a good cleaning. Anyways, I finished 600 meters in the lane pool before getting upset enough to leave. Thankfully, I know I still got something in so i'm not letting it get to me.

Lots of coaching in the plan for today and tomorrow, and hopefully some working out and some yardwork as well. 

So happy it's Friday and my workweek is almost over :)

Donkey on 06/22/2019:
I guess that yardwork wasn't meant to be - LOL! Hopefully you'll get it done over the weekend... I've had that happen to me where the weather just wouldn't work... so the work couldn't get done. Eventually it did but in the meantime - wow!

That stinks about the goggles. Very frustrating when equipment doesn't work.


Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2019:
Is the leaky pair of goggles new? can you return them bc of a "defect" ? Many times i find companies will offer discounts to unsatisfied customers...

I hope the weather holds so you can get your yardwork completed! :) i've been also enjoying the outdoors, yesterday with my ladder workout and a nice walk at the park :) I'm in love with this nice, warm but still not too hot weather! it's been wonderful!


Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2019:
and Legs, nice job on motivating all of us with your habit of making exercise a priority and passion!



legcramps - Thursday Jun 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Average sleep 10th to 16th:  6 hours, 38 minutes

Workouts June 17th to 23rd:

Monday - REST 

Tuesday - Swim 1.5 km  / Coach

Wednesday - Swim 1.25 km  / Evening Meeting  / Birthday Supper 

Thursday - Swim 1.25 km  / Training Report Out

Friday - Swim 1.5 km / Coach

Saturday - Coach / Yardwork

Sunday - Swim 1.5 km / Bike 20 km / Run 1.5 km / Yardwork


I got in 1.25 kilometers of swimming this morning; it's about all I can manage in order to be back at home with enough time to get ready for work. Wish I could get in more, but I guess I should just be happy i've been able to wake up early enough to begin with!

My report out is today and i'm a little nervous because my Manager will be there. I just want it to be over LOL but I will face my fears today and try to speak with purpose. I'm sure that before I know it, it will be done. What a relief that will be!

After that, I will have the whole evening free. However, I need to cut the grass, take out the garbage, do the dishes, plan the meals for the weekend, vacuum and do a load of laundry.

Does anyone want to take bets on me actually getting all of that done? LOL

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2019:
Nice job on waking up to swim in the morning. Between you and Donkey, i'm motivated to possibly make a change in my routine, though, def not yet! LOL. but you both show me that exercise is doable in the morning. i have tried it, once, 3 months going to gym before work but i didn't like it. I must say though, it's nice to get some calories burned first thing in the morning. then again, my commute involves movement, so, i'm good!

What was your report about? It will of course be a good experience for you!

The one nice thing about living in a house is that doing laundry is a lot simpler :) not that mine is hard, it's not!, but you don't have to worry about leaving clothes sitting in the dryer too long and then someone taking them out lol.

a lot of your tasks at home don't sound too difficult, except for cutting the grass and vacuuming...i think you'll get it all done :)

what's on the menu for the weekend?

legcramps on 06/21/2019:
It's hard to get into the morning workout routine, but once i've done it for a few weeks, it definitely gets easier.

My reports (I had two) were about making improvements in the workplace and 'leaning up' our processes. So I had to take on a project, try to improve it, and then reported on the outcome. In total, it was 20 minutes of talking, which i'm not used to. But I did it!


Donkey on 06/21/2019:
That's an ambitious chore list!

legcramps on 06/21/2019:
Yeah, it was LOL



legcramps - Wednesday Jun 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Average sleep 10th to 16th:  6 hours, 38 minutes

Workouts June 17th to 23rd:

Monday - REST 

Tuesday - Swim 1,500  / Coach

Wednesday - Swim 1,250  / Evening Meeting / Birthday Supper

Thursday - Swim 1,500 

Friday - Swim 1,500 / Coach

Saturday - Coach

Sunday - Swim 1,500 / Bike 20km / Run 15 minutes


Plugging along through the week.

I am still taking iron and B12 supplements, and I have been feeling better lately with a little more energy and enthusiasm for working out. I think it was partly this imbalance that created so much grief for me the past couple of weeks; the other part a little bit anxiety and just sadness over life things. Hopefully now I am on the mend.

To touch on the bike training a little bit, I think my theory about cutting carbs to increase endurance was right on the money. Except that I didn't drastically cut carbs, but I definitely cut down on them in the week leading up to the ride. During the ride I seemed to have plenty of energy and endurance; it was tough for the first 40km because I was against the wind, but after the turnaround point, when I realized I would have a tailwind the whole way back, I cheered up exponentially LOL. I took some nutrition with me, but ended up having pie at the first aid station which fueled me for the majority of the ride, then sipped on electrolytes and a small amount of pre-workout for the last 20km. I always get a little antsy when I hit 60km, like I just want to be done, but I got over it without too much fuss this time around!

Still focusing on swimming this week. I felt strong this morning and I think I could have kept going had I had enough time, but I was up at 5am to drive back from BF's, and yet even that wasn't enough time for a longer swim. Maybe tomorrow. Tonight I want to get to bed earlier. Last night I woke up a few times through the night and I tell you, I was not happy about it LOL. I ended up with under 6 hours of sleep last night. Not enough!

A few things on the schedule; swim is done, evening meeting, then a birthday supper with friends, and tomorrow morning i'm off to the last of my training for a course i'm taking through work. I can't wait to be done with it!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/19/2019:
so in regards to your past answer to me - you've been doing races for the past 4 years you said?

legcramps on 06/19/2019:
I'd completed a couple 5k runs prior to the last four years, but in terms of biking, swimming and triathlon/duathlon, only in the last four years have I done races that involved these sports/disciplines.


Horn_of_plenty on 06/20/2019:
Great job on your bike race! I want to tell you that in the book I'm reading, when Lance Armstrong was asked about one of the greatest obstacles on a race, he had mentioned it is your mind! You create the biggest obstacles and mental caution tape towards races. Lance said he LOVED when the weather was poor because he knew a lot of riders would be impeded,but he told himself he'd have an advantage because he considered himself to have more mental grit than most riders, he said. He said when he saw other riders struggling, he'd push himself thru pain and everything because he knew he'd beat them that way, if he could just push a little more than them! So, your bike race reminds me of that - to not stop until you reach the finish line.

Do you know why you woke up? Was it to use the bathroom? That happens to me as of late. Or did you have caffeine late?

CONGRATS ON THE END OF YOUR TRAINING COURSE! I give you a lot of credit. I'm just so glad i'm not taking a course now. It would have impacted my weekends a little too much with no free time or time for any relaxing LOL.



legcramps - Tuesday Jun 18, 2019

Weight: 0.0

Average sleep 10th to 16th:  6 hours, 38 minutes

Workouts June 17th to 23rd:

Monday - REST 

Tuesday - Swim 1,500  / Coach

Wednesday - Swim 1,500 / Evening Meeting

Thursday - Swim 1,500 

Friday - Swim 1,500 / Coach

Saturday - Coach

Sunday - Swim 1,500 / Bike 20km / Run 15 minutes


I had a good weekend; the 80km bike went well and there was definite improvement from my last big ride. I was able to keep up a good pace without shredding my legs, and I still felt pretty good after the ride was done. I took yesterday off completely as I had some 'down there' soreness, but otherwise I was fully recovered soon after the ride on Sunday.

This morning I was back at the pool for 1,500 meters.

I have a busy week ahead of me...lots of meetings for work, a big week of coaching at the gym, and  big workout planned for Sunday. The next event for me is in July - another long bike ride - but I need to keep training for the triathlon in August since that is my 'A' event. This week it's swimming progress i'm looking for!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/18/2019:
Still pretty decent on your sleep :) you have gotten much better at it from past months :)

I love the feeling of a faster recovery. I'm still working on that with the 5K's...still a bit too sore after them lasting about 3-4 days. nice job on training for the bike so that you are more ready for that level of a workout!

Like you, my next event is also in July, in just over a month from now (end of July!).

It's fun to train for these types of events because they are something to look forward to. it's a goal and pushes you maybe more than you would on your own.

how many years have you been doing races? (biking and other types)

legcramps on 06/19/2019:
I've been pretending to run for a long time now (LOL), but only biking and swimming for the last four. It feels longer, but it isn't. I need to keep reminding myself of that when I feel like I should be 'better' at it!


Donkey on 06/19/2019:
So glad to hear that your Sunday ride went well!

Are you feeling better with energy levels and fatigue?

I love how you are looking forward to your next event, but that is really just the next training step towards the triathalon.

legcramps on 06/19/2019:
I am feeling better, I didn't have much time to write about it yesterday but I will write about it more today :)



legcramps - Friday Jun 14, 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 10 

Friday - Swim 1,500  / Coach

Saturday - REST

Sunday - Bike 80 kilometers


I really appreciate everyone's comments on my entries this week; I know i've been feeling rough and trying to figure it out, and I appreciate that this group is always ready to 'talk it out' with me, no matter the result! So thank you for being here!

I was interrupted while on the bike yesterday and only managed to get 10 minutes in, but it's 10 minutes more than zero.

I woke up early again this morning (I didn't want to) to go lane swimming. As soon as I started swimming, I could feel the muscles in my arms and shoulders screaming at me. Three days in a row of doing something I hadn't done for a couple of weeks. After I warmed up it was better. I was able to stick out the whole 1,500 meters without feeling like I wanted to quit today, so that's a definite improvement.

And I got my period yesterday, as I thought. So I wanted to stay home this morning even more than usual. But this will pass, and maybe the iron and B12 will start working through my system, and hopefully by Sunday I will wake up with enough energy to kill my 80 kilometer bike ride! Fingers crossed!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2019:
i just got my TOM also, today. I think we're all having some hormonal stuff going on with many of us here on DD. And of course we're going to support you and help you the best we can :)

All I know is i'm reading what makes someone successful now. I have read this before of course and it's common sense. However, the book is better than many I have read. And what is says is a repitition of what we know: practice makes BETTER. the more you practice, the better you'll be. (but of course in sports, we also must "listen to our bodies...). so that can be difficult to make sure we don't overdo but also not underdo!

anyways, pushing yourself out of bed when you'd rather sleep is what the book would call the mind of someone successful. we won't always have the momentum on our side, but when we do, it can be the most wonderful thing. sometimes getting to that period of feel great takes a lot of work.

sometimes, when women get their period, they are very low on energy. i have felt this way time to time.


Donkey on 06/15/2019:
I was thinking of you yesterday during my lunchtime walk, and while this is not advice, I have to say that if this were happening to me, I'd wait until TOM was over and then re-evaluate.

I often feel that heavy physical feeling before and during TOM. While you say that TOM usually gives you a burst of energy, things may be changing. Or maybe -- say, if you're anemic - your body has been trying to handle things, but now needs some help. I think that's what happened with me at least, because TOM has always been very heavy -- that hasn't changed -- but I wasn't always anemic.


Donkey on 06/15/2019:
I hope you feel better -- good luck with the bike ride on Sunday!



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.



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