Friday - I got rooked into working out alongside my coaching client. She's easy to push to work hard, and I had to keep up to her, so it was a fantastic workout. And then, to keep her coming to the gym, I promised I would meet her Saturday morning for a workout. BF came to my place this evening and we ate turkey bacon, eggs and roasted veggies.
Saturday - BF and I drove to the city to workout at the gym, as promised! Then we both had massage appointments. I got our therapist to work solely on my legs, and they feel fantastic now! After that, BF left to pick up his daughter, and I did some chores. Later on I cut the grass, and we cleaned up some yard debris and pulled another rose bush out of the ground (there was a tree growing in between it and killing the bush - there was really nothing left of it). The area looks SO MUCH BETTER without it. For supper we made turkey chili, and I had it with mini corn tortillas and mozzarella cheese. BF bought us ice cream for dessert.
Sunday - Waffles and eggs! BF and I took apart the railing on my backyard deck. It was all lattice and I hated it; it obstructed my view into the backyard. Now, without that railing, I can see all the hard work we've put into the yard this summer. BF is going to build a lower level/step all the way around the deck, and no more railings! So it will be completely open to the backyard, and easy to access from anywhere. In the afternoon, we drove to the lake, where I did some transition practice for the triathlon (which is on SATURDAY!!!). Swim and bike. Shorter workout today, because we were all in a grumpy mood and I didn't want to make BF and his daughter wait for me to finish if they were ready to go home. I had leftover turkey chili and tacos for supper again.
It was a very productive weekend, though BF and his daughter argued a lot of the time. I don't know why, really, other than she was on her period and extra moody, and BF doesn't deal well with moody people being the happy-go-lucky guy that he is. Pulled him aside on Sunday and asked him to be more patient with her...as I imagine she is trying hard to keep herself together and is still learning how to deal with TOM. Plus he has only one more week with her before she heads back to her Mom's to get ready for the school year.
Short workweek this week as i'm taking Friday off to prep for the triathlon. I'm already nervous about the triathlon and it's still 6 days away!
legcramps - Friday Aug 09, 2019
Last week's average sleep - 8 hours
I haven't been watching my food intake this week, and I think it's starting to catch up to me. I was really sluggish yesterday and also this morning. Not getting in enough protein. I'll try better today. Last night I had a couple of eggs to get some protein in, and this morning my usual oatmeal. I'll have eggs for lunch today and then cook something healthy for dinner. I only have one more week left before all the August events start happening, and I don't want to sabotage myself by not getting in the nutrition I need.
Swim workout this morning, and coaching at the gym tonight. Not sure what the weekend will look like, so rather than guess at what we might be doing, i'll just update you all on Monday :)
Have a great weekend!
legcramps - Thursday Aug 08, 2019
Last week's average sleep - 8 hours
We won our slopitch game last night! Wowzers! By ONE run. Before we started, our captain told us it was 'okay' to lose this game, because it would put us into the B side finals rather than the A side finals. I think, just because she told us to relax and not worry about winning, we SHOWED UP. Other than one inning where the other team caught up to us in runs, we RAN that entire game like a well-oiled machine. Now we are in the A side for finals and we may not make it far, but LOL that's how that particular cookie crumbled yesterday.
This morning I got up early and went for a run. It was quite cool this morning, about 10 degrees celsius. It was a good run because I was able to stay cool pretty much the entire time, and I wasn't labouring too hard. I still have a pretty slow pace compared to what some other girls will be able to run, but I put a lot of work into getting to this pace so i'm very happy with it!
I was too lazy yesterday to cut the grass, so I will have to do that today after work, and then i'd like to get out for a bike ride tonight, probably on the road bike. We'll see how the day goes and how much energy I have after cutting the grass.
legcramps - Wednesday Aug 07, 2019
Last week's average sleep - UPDATED - 8 hours
I did end up getting to the lake for some open water swimming yesterday. BF snapped a pretty good picture...
So I ended up getting home around 9 p.m. from the lake. Considering how tired I already was, i'm surprised I stayed up until 11 p.m.! I started watching the CrossFit Games and then I couldn't stop LOL. It is so interesting to me. Anyways, my point is that I was too tired to get up early this morning, and I missed out on the PERFECT morning for a run because I was being an armchair athlete haha!
We are supposed to play ball tonight, but i'm not really looking forward to it - we are playing the toughest team in the league (in my opinion) and they are not a fun team to play against (usually). Or maybe I am just not interested in playing ball anymore this summer...and am starting to become anxious about finishing up a course I started a couple of months ago. It is a nutrition course and I would like to finish it this month but I need to complete an exam and i'm not ready for it yet.
legcramps - Tuesday Aug 06, 2019
Last week's average sleep - 7 hours, 39 minutes
I've had some issues with my Fitbit, so average sleep is not entirely accurate, though it would be close.
It's been a busy weekend! Friday night I did some femsport training. Box jumps, cable rows, rope pulls, and medicine ball work. I really focused on the box jumps though. Saturday I headed to BF's after my coaching shift was over. When I got there, we went to the gym for more femsport training. Kettlebells, burpees, and sandbag presses.
BF moved a deck to his house on Sunday, so I helped him a lot with that - moving deck pieces around, hauling cement pillars. We spent the better part of the day doing that, then relaxed at home because I knew that Monday was going to be a full day of activity so I wanted to get in as much rest as possible!
Monday morning started at 6:00 a.m.(!) with an hour of lane swimming. The rest of the morning we continued to work on the deck outside; here is a before picture. We added a lower section in front of it, and removed the lattice - still lots of work to go, but we got a great start on it.
In the afternoon I had group femsport training. It lasted about two hours, and we covered almost everything that will be required for the femsport competition. Then in the evening BF and I joined a cycling group for a gravel ride. I have been hearing more and more about gravel riding, and just recently found a used gravel bike so I was pretty excited to try it out for the first time!
I need to work on controlling the bike, and probably have to put a little wider tires on it, but i'll get there! Hopefully in time for the gravel race at the end of the month that I signed up for without even knowing what I was getting myself into LOL. It was a good first experience though, and a really great group of people to cycle with for sure. If you're wondering why it looks like there is an extra rib sticking out of my jersey, it's just my heart rate monitor :)
This morning it's back to the grind. Depending on the weather, I would like to drive out to the lake after work today and do some open water swimming. To bed early tonight!
legcramps - Friday Aug 02, 2019
Last week's average sleep - 7 hours, 18 minutes
The grass that BF re-seeded in the backyard is growing so fast, I had to cut it AGAIN yesterday after work. At least I did not have to cut the front. I'm just amazed at how fast it's growing. Some parts feel like i'm walking on shag carpet it's so thick. Very nice!
I relaxed for about an hour after cutting the grass, waited for BF to arrive, then we went out for a run. While we were running, we stopped at the high school track and did some tire flips. I got a 4km run in, and too many tire flips to count. I feel good about getting back to working out this week and getting back to routine, and as a bonus I got in a little femsport training.
I work tonight and tomorrow at the gym. Tonight, since nothing else is going on, I might try and stay at the gym to get another femsport workout in. Then on Saturday i'm heading to BF's after work and we'll hit the gym and do one more workout for femsport. It will put me in a great position to know what I need to improve for the next few weeks. We'll also get outside for a little biking this weekend; it's supposed to be a scorcher all weekend so we might try for an early morning ride before the sun gets too hot.
Monday is a holiday here; a little afternoon nap might be on the to-do list!
Once September is here, i'll start tracking my workouts again. With two events coming up this month, i'm just trying to fit in what I can whenever possible. Trying to plan them out won't do me any favours; rather, it will be frustrating if I can't make them work or have to keep shuffling them around. It's better this way, for now.
I just decided to do a third event in August, a gravel grind (gravel bike race) on August 31st. I am such a sucker for punishment.
legcramps - Thursday Aug 01, 2019
Last week's average sleep - 7 hours, 18 minutes
I enjoyed another rest day yesterday when I got an email that our ball game was cancelled. There were things I could have done instead, but I felt that I needed to use the opportunity to get some more rest. And rest I did! I took a two hour nap after work, had a bite to eat and took a nice warm bath (self-care) and then watched an episode of Stranger Things and went upstairs to bed. It's been a nice change of pace!
August is here already, oh my! In 16 days, I will be taking part in a sprint triathlon and i'm worried that i'm not ready for it. I think if I got in a couple more open water swims, and a couple more brick workouts, I might feel more ready. So that's the goal for the next two weeks, even if I have to drive to the lake after work just to go swimming. I know my fitness is good and I will finish the race - but I would like to calm my nerves a bit about transition and being able to move smoothly from one discipline to the next. The good news is that I should have no problem with the bike portion of the course! (fingers crossed)
legcramps - Wednesday Jul 31, 2019
So last night I didn't have to drive to the gym to coach because my boss took me off the schedule for the evening and did the session herself. Ok with me! Although I was prepared to coach it, it was nice to suddenly have the evening to myself.
With which I did not much! I was feeling pretty sick, so it was nice to just meander through some small tasks at home and then relax for the rest of the evening with a blanket, advil, and a cold pack. I am feeling OK so far this morning and i'm hoping that I won't get too sick today.
It's crazy that it's already the end of July! Summer is going by so fast.
Last week's average sleep - 7 hours, 18 minutes.
The last couple of weeks have been filled with swimming, hiking, canoeing, biking, and eating ;P which has been fun, but not training-focused. Hoping to get back into a routine this week by hitting up the pool at least once, and going out on a run. I'm spending part of the weekend with BF at his place, so i've got my gravel bike already there and ready to go. If I can get in a brick workout (bike, then run) that would be fantastic.
legcramps - Tuesday Jul 30, 2019
I'm back from vacation! And I had a fabulous time; it was really hard to go back to work. I don't have much time to update, but I got TOM this morning so i'm feeling pretty crappy today; I work my last shift for the summer at one of the gyms tonight - it's the longer drive (45 minutes each way) so i'm happy to drop it until at least October, possibly longer. After tonight, i'll only have the other gym shifts - and they might give me an extra shift or two there - but that's a 20-25 minute drive and so much easier to make work!
Hopefully back to the grind this week after I start feeling better! I have a couple of weeks left to get some extra triathlon training in before August 17th comes around!
Last event - 100 km bike ride - 31st in my division. It was a stacked field, so tough!
legcramps - Friday Jul 12, 2019
Average sleep 1st to 7th: 6 hours, 46 minutes
Workouts July 8th to 14th:
Monday - Slopitch
Tuesday - Swim 1.25 km / Coach
Wednesday - Swim 1.25 km / Run 3.3 km / Pack
Thursday - Swim 1.3 km / Run 4.2 km / Pack
Friday - Swim 1.35 km / Coach / Cut grass
Saturday - TRIP DAY 1 / Run 3.3 km
Sunday - TRIP DAY 2 / Bike 10 km
Trip starts tomorrow! And i'm off work for two weeks, halleluiah. The first thing I am going to do when I wake up tomorrow morning is SMILE. And then i'll relax my shoulders, let the stress melt away, and start to enjoy my time off!
I went for a run yesterday and upped my distance another kilometer. I tried to run my normal pace, but even if I hadn't been able to it would have been enough that I was out there trying. And this morning I was back in the pool.
I have almost everything for the trip ready to go. I have to cut the grass, water the plants, and then turn off the water to the house before we leave tomorrow. I'll do most of that when I get home from coaching tonight. Then we'll pack the van, and hit the sack. Our first travel day is going to be long, I think we'll have about 9 hours of driving to do. So we are going to try and leave as early as possible. The hotel we are staying at tomorrow night has a pool and waterslide, so we want to get there early enough to be able to enjoy it after a long day of travel.