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legcramps - Tuesday Mar 05, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; REST; 5 hours, 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:30-6:30; Coach 6:30-8:00; 7 hours, 47 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Out with friends 6:30-8:30; REST;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:30-6:30;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10:00-12:00; CONCERT;

SUNDAY - Not sure? Might still be in the city? Workout?


It felt like I got lots of sleep last night; hoping to knock off some to do's that have been sitting on my desk at work for awhile now. Not quite ready to 'attack' it, but i'm willing to step into it slowly ;)

I had roast chicken and leftover veggies and rice for supper last night, did some laundry, took a bath and went straight to bed. I only stayed up long enough to watch part of Dirty John on Netflix, and then it was Lights Out!

Just going to work on getting through my Tuesday over here. I might pick up some dinner buns at lunch today and make chicken sandwiches for lunch. Supper is at BF's and he WAS going to make chicken noodle soup but he changed his mind and wants to make pizza now instead. I don't think he is being very supportive of me trying to eat healthier. I just finished telling him that if I lost a few pounds it would make my training cycle for these summer events a lot easier. I guess he doesn't agree!

Donkey on 03/06/2019:
The chicken dinner sounds lovely. I would say that if you are in training, optimal nutrition would serve you best. (I know you know this.) Not so much the "losing a few pounds" as an objective, but eating for optimal performance.

I struggle with nutrition - ALWAYS. Some folks don't, or don't have to. Last night, I had a completely different dinner than the rest of my family because they wanted take-out, and I wanted to stay on track. I'm completely OK with that, but had to work hard to convince everyone that this really was OK to do.

legcramps on 03/06/2019:
Yes, you're right. I should be more focused on what i'm eating, however in the past this has tended to take me to a place where i'm no longer happy and I would rather avoid that if possible.

I do try to plan most of my meals through the week, but when it's BF's turn I try to leave it up to him. I will say that a lot of the time he does make nutritious meals - but sometimes we both would just prefer to have something quick, and not so good for us. Life is a balance, and that's how I prefer to live it, so i'm trying hard day-to-day to make it work for me!


horn_of_plenty on 03/06/2019:
somehow i forgot to write on your entry yesterday...so here i am today!

lol, that's good he can stay lean on pizza! kudos to him! i surely couldn't do it!



legcramps - Monday Mar 04, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; REST; 5 hours, 51 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:30-6:30; Coach 6:30-8:00; 

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Out with friends 6:30-8:30; REST;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5:30-6:30;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10:00-12:00; CONCERT;

SUNDAY - Not sure? Might still be in the city? Workout?


We had a pretty eventful weekend. I was so exhausted from the last couple of busy weeks, but I pulled through my last work shift for the week on Saturday, got in a strength workout, and we even got to go out to see a movie that night. We watched Alita - so good. The popcorn was good too LOL. On Sunday we did our usual weekend warrior workout routine - a 1350 meter swim, 40 minute bike ride, and I did a 15 minute run off the bike. It all felt pretty good, and now i'm finished my cutback week and on to bigger goals this week.

I'm looking forward to the week - less work, more workouts!

I had to take my car in to the shop for repairs today; the heater hasn't been working great - which is no good with all the cold weather we've been experiencing lately. I hope they get it figured out before I head to BF's tomorrow night to coach. I am going to try and get my one hour bike ride in tomorrow as well, instead of Wednesday. I should have the time, and I would like to keep Wednesday open for a gathering with friends without having to rush through a workout first.

Then a bit of a harder run on Thursday, coach on Friday, and off to a concert in the city for the weekend. I'm still hoping to get my workouts in, but we'll see what happens. I'm not going to stress over having to move it to Monday if that means spending more time with BF and having fun in the city.

Yeah, definitely looking forward to this week! So glad the business of the last month is over.

Nothing planned for tonight; i'd like to head to bed early.

horn_of_plenty on 03/04/2019:
Did you rent the movie or go out to see it? New movie or older? What's it about that it's so good!?

You know, the "lazier you act, the lazier you become" and i've been feeding into this motto for the past 3 weeks BIG time. Even laying around all weekend, it seem i'm still exhausted come Monday morning...so, my goal is to be a LITTLE BIT more efficient on the weekend...for instance, i can research Paris AT THE LIBRARY COMPUTERS by me on the weekend so i'm off my couch at home (since i'm never in a research / work mode at home, i can be so much more productive if i'd just leave my apt!)...then again, maybe bc of the lack of sleep last week, it was a Preventative measure to lay on couch a lot of the weekend? (i doubt it).

like you, ii do not like to be rushing from a workout to see friends...i hate that rushed feeling especially after a workout. on the weekend, personally, i like to workout with little else going on that day. I'm such a HOMEBODY!

What concert are you going to see!? how exciting!

I'm so glad we're into March also! Like you, i have a "rest night" scheduled and i look forward to sleeping early again!

legcramps on 03/04/2019:
We went to the theater to see the movie; it's about a cyborg that is found by a cyber-doctor and he gets her a new body and wakes her up - the majority of the movie is about her remembering her past. But the cool part is that she is animated (like a simulation) but set in the 'real-world'. I don't know how else to explain it! It's really good though.

I really think you just had a rough week and needed some extra rest this weekend. Maybe your body is trying to fight off something too, and you just don't realize it. I know I sometimes have to shake off the 'lazy', but this could be more than that for you!

We are going to see Lynyard Skynyrd and Randy Bachman from BTO! I'm excited, it's some time away from home with BF - and I get to dress up a bit!



legcramps - Friday Mar 01, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 28 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 58 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; REST; 6 hours, 23 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; Workout 6:30-7:00; ARGH!

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


I took my fitbit off to charge it last night and forgot to put it back on before bed! It wouldn't be such a terrible thing if I had actually set it up to charge, but in my haste, it didn't connect so it didn't even charge!! Yep, it is the end of a busy week, I can tell LOL.

I got my email confirmation for the FEMSPORT competition in August; it lists the events that we MIGHT be doing during the competition - some of it is left up to decide the DAY BEFORE and competitors don't find out until the MORNING OF the event, so that's a little nerve-wracking! Anyways, there are six different disciplines:

Sandbag Burpee / Clean & Press, Box Jumps, Kettlebell Lift, Tire Pull, Obstacle Medley and Tire Flip. Each one has either a time limit or a rep limit; some have both! Lots of these are used with very heavy resistance, so it sure isn't going to be a walk in the park. Not that I was expecting a walk in the park, I knew it would be tough, but just wait til you read the next paragraph!

I got click-happy last night and signed up for another gran fondo (long bike ride), so now we are doing two of them this summer instead of just the normal one. God, why do I do this to myself?! I now have a total of FIVE events for the summer. I think I might throw up. That's a lot of stuff to train for!

1. Sprint Duathlon - 1.5 km run, 10 km bike, 1.5 km run

2. Gran Fondo - 80 km bike ride

3. Gran Fondo - 90 km bike ride

4. Sprint Triathlon - 750 meter swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run

5. FEMSPORT - see above!

To say I should be in the best shape of my life by the end of summer is an understatement.

horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2019:
i did a similar thing with one pair of my "travel" headphones that i like to keep in my bag! in my haste coming home, on the phone with a phone call, i also forgot to pack my headphones back in my bag. luckily for me, i have an extra set at work that i can use tonight if i want to walk a little during my commute and listen to music!

makes sense that some of the items on the femsport are last minute :) instead of thinking of it as nerve-wracking, consider it to be "part of the thrill of the race!" you are in shape so even if they are challenging, i have no doubt you'll do them and get thru them!

wow! 5 events!!!! that's like definitely a full summer! you must be excited!!!! so no time to travel right? these events will be your summer "thrills!"

Sprint Triathlon looks a LOT LONGER and more intense in kilometers than the duathlon. ...

very interesting.

if i were to sign up for something, i'd do a femsport type of race. i'm not in shape right now though as i am not jogging yet. i only plan to start any jogging after paris trip end of april, i think!


horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2019:
I think it's super duper for you to have a physically challenging summer like this!

If i were done with career type goals, and better fitness, i'd do spartan races...maybe another time in my life i will....(now is not the right time for it!)


Donkey on 03/01/2019:
Logging in from my phone to say how impressed I am with your summer endeavors! I'm excited for you!!!!

I have a fried in real life that sort of trains for this stuff. She's a runner who has transitioned into a long-distance biker. Not much on the swimming, lol. I'm in awe of her and so jealous of her lack of knee, foot, and back problems...



legcramps - Thursday Feb 28, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 28 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 58 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 6 hours, 23 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


I am really going to be taking a lot of naps this weekend.

Well, my busy as heck couple of week are slowly coming to an end. I have a coaching shift tomorrow night, and then Saturday day shift and then i'm back to regular programming. Well, they are adding another hour or so to my Friday night shift, starting next week, so I will have to see how that goes and maybe see if I can switch my Tuesdays for another night in the gym that's closer to me. We'll see how it goes for the next couple of weeks, since i'm so terrible at saying no to people. I need time to prep my 'NO' speech LOL.

Tonight will also be a little 'moment of truth' test with my running, since i've had the cupping done on my shins. They've been feeling ok, and i've been massaging the balls of my feet every day to try and loosen those calves. I won't be wearing any compression tonight, and I guess we'll see how far I get! It's a cutback week anyways, so I won't be going all crazy and running for an hour straight, but I wouldn't mind getting in 30 minutes if I can.

Last night was super long. So long, that I didn't even have time to cook supper - we didn't get home until almost 9:30! So we had to pick up fast food. Well, we didn't HAVE to, but that's what happened. I was exhausted and couldn't picture myself cooking once I got home. If I had enough leftovers in the fridge that we only had to warm up, it would have been fine, but I didn't prep anything like that this week. I should have. I can only move forward from here! It's been so busy that when I do have a little downtime, i'm either taking a nap or staring blankly at the black screen of my iPad. This month hasn't exactly been balance-friendly. Anyways, that Hello Fresh will make an appearance tonight, after my run.

My workout last night was on the bike for an hour. Once again, I cut it back a bit, but still managed to keep a pretty consistent effort by climbing every so often to keep my heart rate up. I burned almost 400 calories, so I feel like that's pretty normal. LOL - a normal workout!!

horn_of_plenty on 02/28/2019:
Nice job keeping up with your exercise and training despite a a hectic schedule! very nice job!

i hope you do get more sleep soon - me too, i'm lacking and i hate the feeling of walking around work feeling this way. i have been hungrier and my body feels heavy like i don't wanna move and i was even colder than normal in the office. no good. i do prefer weeks where i get more sleep too!

"NO" is sometimes a good YES to your own needs! hahaha



legcramps - Wednesday Feb 27, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 28 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 58 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


It's a good thing I scheduled two consecutive rest days on Monday and Tuesday; I wouldn't have been able to keep my eyes open long enough for a workout last night. I don't think I left the gym until 9pm, which ends up being such a long day!

Even though I didn't get as much sleep as i'd have liked, it was a good sleep, so I feel okay today. However I can't believe it's only Wednesday, LOL, it feels as though it should definitely at least be Thursday already ;)

BF made some wierd sausage-type meat for supper last night. We had it with rice and vegetables. I think I have heartburn from it; i'm not sure what to say about it other than it's okay with me if we don't ever have it again. I am going to make spaghetti bolognese tonight for supper - one of the Hello Fresh meals. It looked like the easiest one to make, and i'm coaching again and have some errands to run after, plus a workout to get in, so i'm thinking it will be another long day today.

horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
yeah, it's rough over here too regarding my energy level vs. working out. tomorrow will be a BIG sleep early night after i make it thru tonight!

it's amazing to me how many things you fit into your afternoons! :) keep on and good job at least getting good sleep - i know exactly how that feels!


Donkey on 02/28/2019:
I hope you will have the chance to catch up on sleep. That's rough!


Maria7 on 02/28/2019:
Hope you have a good day.



legcramps - Tuesday Feb 26, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 28 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30;

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


I had a better sleep last night but for some reason I am feeling a bit drained already this morning. I feel like I need a change, but I don't know what that should be. I am getting closer and closer to wanting to drop my Tuesday coaching sessions. I dread the long day, and it sets the tone for the rest of my workweek.

I will be taking an hour off work this morning though, so that may help. I made an appointment to have myofascial cupping done on my shins and legs. The RMTs here don't do scraping so i'd have to drive an extra hour to get that done, so I thought i'd give cupping a try. I'll let you know how it goes! Hopefully it works, because she's charging me $70!

 

UPDATE: That was a really great myofascia release session! In fact, it was so beneficial, I think a lot of my shin issues might have been resolved in one fell swoop. I didn't realize how important it really is to take care of one's FEET. They are essentially the pressure points for the rest of the body. So, #1 - I must start including my FEET in my recovery. I have lacross balls i'll start using to massage the balls of my feet. #2 - I need to be aware of how i'm tying my shoe! No kidding! She said it looks like I am tying them too tightly around the toes, so I need to leave more room there. #3 - NO MORE COMPRESSION! This is a big one for me; I always use compression in my workouts and in my recovery. It does not make sense to use compression during an aerobic ENDURANCE workout - I am cutting off the oxygen uptake to my lower extremities by wearing compression! It makes so much sense, and yet - I was wearing knee sleeves as well as compression socks during my workouts. Duh!

Donkey on 02/26/2019:
When I wear the wrong shoes, I almost immediately feel it in my lower back, hip, and knee. If I wear the right shoe that needs to be replaced, I start having plantar fasciitis pains in my feet.

Happy feet are so important to have!

legcramps on 02/27/2019:
They are!


Horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
Drop the Tuesdays and take care of your own self first before have to coach tuesdays on others.

those are good notes regarding feet.

i'm glad you are doing something to feel better as you are an athlete and need to take extra care of yourself! :) i always forget this part...that athletes usually need more recovery, better eating, better sleep...so they can perform above an average level! thanks for that reminder!

legcramps on 02/27/2019:
Thank you for the advice! I know I need to drop the Tuesday coaching - now I just need to find the willpower to actually say it out loud to the owners!


horn_of_plenty on 02/27/2019:
i also have to wear specific shoes and brands and very rarely wear heals anymore.



legcramps - Monday Feb 25, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; REST; 5 hours, 54 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST;

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30;

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


Not a great start to my sleep for the week, but this seems to be the norm lately. My fitbit app stopped collecting my sleep data after Wednesday of last week, so no stats for the rest of last week but I didn't sleep very well anyways LOL. I had to delete and reinstall the app in order to get it to start working again - grr. These things are great. When they work.

This week is going to be tough to get through, but once it's over I won't have as many gym shifts so I shouldn't be as busy in March. I still have six vacation days to take by the end of March, but I can roll five days into next year's vacation time, so I think I will try and do that and then take the sixth day sometime in March. We are going to a concert on the 9th, so maybe I will take the 11th off.

Another good weekend of workouts! I worked at the gym on Saturday, so I got in a strength workout with BF - I could feel my shoulders the next day for sure. Sunday, we went lane swimming again for an hour, then to the gym for a 45 minute bike and 15 minute run. My shins were starting to hurt on the run, so I stopped early and rolled out my legs instead. No need to have to deal with shin splints just to get through a training session! I iced and put compression socks on afterwards, and they feel much better today. I might try to make an appointment with an RMT to see if they can scrape my shins - OUCH.

I'm getting Hello Fresh meals delivered tomorrow, so looking forward to some healthy meals this week. I made a beef roast on Friday, and we ate that with rice and cooked vegetables. Saturday we had chicken with potatoes, and last night we made a homemade pizza. Pizza after our big weekend workouts also seems to be becoming a normal routine LOL.

I am very happy with my routine right now, and I only hope that I can keep it up for another couple of months. I think I will really see some fitness gains if I can stick to the workouts i'm getting in now. I am noticing that I am 'comfortable' swimming, biking and running at certain paces, and I tend to stick to those paces for all my workouts. I need to start pushing myself a bit so that I can make some forward progress. BF says i'm really good at endurance - once I get into my pace, I can keep going forever. But I would like to get a little faster, so I need to make an effort to work harder and do more high intensity workouts. This week will be a recovery week, so i'll be toning down my workouts. Maybe next week i'll try to amp them up a bit and see how my body reacts to a new level of effort!

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2019:
I'm so glad you did NOT overtrain. Shin splints are pure torture!

I'm glad you have goals for increased strength...me too!

sometimes, we feel age is a barrier to increasing fitness levels, but that's not always so!


silverysparkles on 02/25/2019:
Chicken and potatoes here too, for 2 days straight but weather too nasty to try to get to the store. Hope is isn't as bad near you.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/26/2019:
i've noticed that when you were getting good sleep, you didn't mention getting sick or having any colds!!!! sleep does help !

that's what i'm driving for too this week and thru the rest of Winter! more sleep, feel better, and refrain (as much as possible anyways!) from catching more colds!

keep on, Pretty Lady!



legcramps - Friday Feb 22, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - REST; 7 hours, 41 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 36 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:30; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


If anyone is interested in trying to increase their plank time, this is the 30 day challenge I tried and succeeded in reaching 5 minutes :)

Well, I was right about TOM coming (or I should say, Fitbit was right); I was so bloated yesterday I looked pregnant and even had trouble wearing my gym clothes; the worst feeling is when even your stretchy clothes are tight!! This morning I woke to the discovery of TOM, and my heart sank a little. I know I have to get used to it unless I want to start taking drugs again to keep it away, but it just saps the energy out of me and to be honest, makes me so ornery and moody that I don't even want to hang around with me LOL, nevermind anyone else wanting to. But like I said in my last post, I need to dig deep right now so that I can get my workouts done. 

I did my run last night and it went fairly well. There was a speedy girl on the treadmill next to me who, at first, made me feel extra bloaty and underwhelming, but eventually I was able to ignore the fact that she was running about twice as fast as I was, and just focused on my breathing and posture.

The sun has been rising earlier and earlier each morning, and it was so nice to walk out into sunlight this morning on my way to work! Darkness breeds darkness, light breeds light.

I made a slight error in grocery shopping yesterday; I picked up a bag of bread I don't normally - the brand I usually buy was not on sale and i'm a sucker for a good sale, so I went with a cheaper brand. It was a whole grain bread, but very soft and fluffy and thick. Bad idea. That's the best kind of bread for peanut butter sandwiches, FYI. I know because I had two yesterday. I called it 'supper'.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2019:
#1, TOM ENDS....

#2....thank you for this plank challenge, I'M GOING TO ADD IT TO MY ROUTINE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. :)

WRITING MORE LATER ;)


horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2019:
I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT THE BREADS!

The variations on bread and so much to offer in that aisle..i currently have 2.5 packages of this really tasty but very high fiber low cal wrap. I think they're by Mission and they are like an imitation of a really fluffy, white flour torilla. however, they are sooo high fiber that they seem to be posing me a problem digesting them. but their taste and calories are tops! the best all around, just bad for digestion.

as of late, i almost am starting to prefer more natural wraps and bread to the higher fiber alternatives i used to buy almost exclusively! it's funny how you make a change one week and your body feels the differences, good and bad !



legcramps - Wednesday Feb 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - REST; 7 hours, 41 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 5 hours, 36 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


Oh man, i'm TIRED. I had a really crappy sleep last night. It's going to take a lot more coffee to keep me going today - I need an espresso IV drip ;) Yeah, 5&1/2 hours is SO not enough sleep.

Anyways, we had a tough session last night for group training; I felt really bad for my participants, but they busted it out and kept on going strong. I kept telling people that the mental game is hard, you have to focus on your goals... and then you have to stay focused on those goals, but the end result is SO worth it.

I have a feeling TOM is coming soon, so i'm going to have to take a page out of my own book and FOCUS on getting through my workouts for the next week, as hard as they might end up being.

A note to my future self - you have a goal. you have a plan. believe you can, and you will.

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2019:
wow a 5 min plank! i can only do like 1.5 minutes!


horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2019:
TOTALLY have felt that way in the past especially like when i just need an IV of caffeine or coffee! i've said that expression. so glad i don't usually feel that way too often at work anymore!

yeah, the mental game is the hardest game to play!

yes, keep on!


Donkey on 02/21/2019:
I hope that you got some rest Wednesday night!

I will comment on your comment on my entry, but your perspective - especially about the plank! - was so helpful!



legcramps - Tuesday Feb 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - REST; 7 hours, 41 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-8:00; REST; 7 hours, 3 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:00-6:30; Workout 6:30-7:30; 

THURSDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Workout 6:00-7:00; 

FRIDAY - Work 8:00-4:00; Coach 4:30-6:30; REST; 

SATURDAY - Coach 8:00-1:00; Workout 12:00-1:00;

SUNDAY - Workout 1:00-2:00; Workout 2:30-4:00;


I seem to be settling into a good routine with training *knocks on wood*

Feb 3rd to 9th - 4 hours, 56 minutes

Feb 10th to 16th - 5 hours,19 minutes

I've been very consistent with my workouts as well - brick workouts on Sundays, cycle on Wednesdays, run on Thursdays, strength on Saturdays. This past Sunday I even got in an hour of lane swimming! This is still giving me plenty of time for rest, which is something MY body needs in order to perform well. I go up against people all the time who are able to workout every damn day and go all out, all the time, and it frustrates me ALWAYS, but I know it's not something I can do without being increasingly prone to injury.

Most weeks I will try to increase my efforts slightly, depending on my body's needs and what I think I can reasonably accomplish. Very likely, i'll have one more week of a small increase, and then next week i'll give myself longer breaks or shorter workouts. Then start the cycle over again. 10 weeks until game day #1!!

It's going to be a busy coaching week, and then a stacked workout on Sunday. Last Sunday we managed a 2.5 hour training session that included an hour long lane swim - it felt AWESOME to get back to swimming! I sure hope we can go lane swimming again this Sunday.

My meals this weekend could have been better, but they were still OK. I checked my weight this morning and I lost about three pounds since the last time I checked (in January I think), which is probably from the added cardio since I started training this month. So i'll probably have to add more protein into my meals, but i'm not going to put too much thought into it because as soon as I start over-thinking food planning, it goes downhill. Fast. And I could stand to lose a few more pounds anyways, I just don't want it to be muscle mass.

Donkey on 02/19/2019:
I need to go check my weigh-in diary with my Ironman scale, which measures muscle-fat-water, and see where my extra weight is adding on. I wouldn't mind so much the weight numbers going up if I were adding significant muscle mass.

So like you, I know that my numbers would go down, if I stopped weight training, but then I'd be losing muscle. I do not want to do that. (I'd probably lose a little water weight, too, if I stopped weight training.)

legcramps on 02/20/2019:
Strength training has so many benefits that far outweigh (pun) the number on the scale for me. But if I add more protein to my diet, I will not lose the weight as fast because i'll be adding bulk - make sense? Adding protein will ensure my body will have the resources to develop more lean muscle mass, which will hopefully 'maintain' the amount of lean muscle mass I already have, so that I don't lose more muscle while increasing my cardio.

I don't know, i'm tired today. I think I may even be confusing myself LOL.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2019:
same here! how do some people exercise so frequently and not get injured...? i do know one woman who WOULD get injured with little things after running like a half marathon and teaching classes and this and the other, but she tends to heal really fast !!!! when i'm injured, tho, i'm out for a long time!

Loving that you have a 10 week countdown! it'll be here before you know it!

what's it like swimming for an hour?! are you tired after? that's SO AMAZING you have the endurance to do that!

I wouldn't worry about your macros / protein right now? That's nice a 3lb loss :) and it's even at a consistently good rate, not too much and not too little but like a pound or so a week....i'm sure it's the cardio! this is what i LOVE about cardio. it helps with maintenance SO MUCH!

legcramps on 02/20/2019:
I LOVE swimming, and once I get into a groove with my slow as a turtle pace, I could go on and on, literally! BF and I stopped to rest a few times though, so that I could give him some tips as he works his way into the sport - he's never really done much lane swimming. I have to admit, it actually felt pretty good to finally have the upper hand on him ;) even though i'm sure it won't last long!

I'm not going to worry about macros yet, it's good advice, thank you. I'm sure i'm getting in enough protein anyways without having to track it every day.



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