THURSDAY - Bike 43 kilometers, all fun! The last one was a bit of a race and I ended up in 11th place out of 92 women. Not too shabby!
Made rice and chicken for supper, but I skipped making any vegetables. I'll definitely have to make some tonight. At least it's better than the junk fest I had the night before...
BF comes to my place tonight, and then we leave for the big city tomorrow. I have a workshop to attend over the weekend and it's about an 8 hour drive each way - tell you all about it when I get back next week! Back Tuesday!
Have a great weekend everyone!
legcramps - Wednesday Feb 19, 2020
Yesterday was a mish mash of good and bad...
GOOD - I forced myself to not get on the bike in the morning, even though I was up and eager to.
BAD - I sat in my office most of the day and didn't move around much. I could have used my standing desk, but I was extra lazy.
GOOD - I was able to check a few things off my work list so that I have less to do next week (i'll be off Friday and Monday and the work tends to stack up when i'm gone for more than a day at a time).
GOOD - I forced myself to not get on the bike right after work, even though I was still eager to LOL.
BAD - Instead of biking, I sat on the couch and ate through an entire bag of chips. Yep, I did that.
BAD - The more I just sat around, the more tired I felt. Took a nap - which is not all bad, unless you nap for about as long as you'd sleep.
GOOD - When I woke up, I got on the bike. It was a nice recovery ride that lasted just over an hour. Got the heart pumping.
BAD - Ate a proper meal, and then followed it up with cake. I just couldn't stop eating all the crap yesterday.
BAD - Stayed up late watching Blind Date on Netflix. What a stupid show, and yet - so addicting. When my alarm went off this morning, i'm pretty sure I groaned and maybe cried out loud a little bit.
It's unusual for me to behave this way; I think my body was still exhausted from snowshoeing and I may have been feeling sorry for myself. It happens. Gotta just shrug it off and keep moving forward.
Part of the reason for this slight skid downhill could also be because of the training program I started on the bike. It's kind of insane - they want you to complete five rides each week, and i'll be honest with you - almost all of the rides i've done so far were really hard. It's just too much. This is the second week where i've skipped workouts to do fun rides instead. But then the OCD part of me is really upset that I keep skipping the workouts. I think I should drop the program.
legcramps - Tuesday Feb 18, 2020
Well it certainly feels like it's been forever since i've posted...
I did go home from work for the afternoon on Friday, and then drove myself to the gym to coach one session. I don't remember much from that day/night, simply because I was still so sick. BF arrived at home in the evening and helped me get the humidier running and pestered me to drink more fluids.
Saturday I had to coach in the morning. I was still not feeling great when we woke up at 7:00 a.m., but by the time I had finished coaching, I was feeling a little better. My voice was gone again, but that was probably from coaching. BF and I decided to do a little lane swimming - change up the pace of my workouts - and sit in the hot tub. I managed 20 minutes of lane swimming, but the hot tub was a cut. I had a lot of trouble breathing in there. We spent the rest of the day completing little tasks here and there, and then I did jump on the bike for a short ride in the evening.
Sunday is a bit of a blur. We accomplished a few chores, and I rode the bike again, but basically it was a down day. We took BF's son and girlfriend to the movie (Birds of Prey) that evening, which was fun but so expensive!
I woke up Monday morning feeling better than I had for the last few weeks combined. We ate a hearty breakfast and then decided to go snowshoeing for the day since it was a statutory holiday for us. And because I don't know how to get myself to rest when i'm feeling so much better.
I made a packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, raw veggies and trail mix, and we spent over three hours snowshoeing some nearby trails. The thing about hiking is - i'm always at the very outskirts of a trail when I decide I want to be done. And then I still have to walk an obscene distance in order to get back to the car. Quite annoying, really. So I complained for the last few kilometers (we went a total of 12 kilometers), stopping every 200 feet or so to fall on my knees and give my feet a break. They were aching so much by the end of that hike/snowshoe. It felt glorious to get the snowshoes and my hiking boots off finally.
The lunch I packed was delicious after our strenuous efforts, and then we stopped for hot chocolate on the way home and that finished us off. I don't think we were home more than half an hour before we were both snoring on the couch!
I was up early again this morning, but decided to go back to sleep for the extra hour instead of getting on the bike. Baby steps. LOL.
legcramps - Friday Feb 14, 2020
I had a nice time with my friends on Tuesday when we went out for supper; I did notice that I was starting to get quite raspy but I figured I would be fine in the morning.
On Wednesday morning I woke up early and got on the bike to workout. Just as I was warming up, I realized I was having trouble breathing. I kept sort of gasping and my breath kept getting 'caught' in my throat. It was a horrible feeling. After deciding that swallowing hard and drinking water wasn't working, I tried to cough it out but that didn't work either. I blew my nose and that didn't work. Of course, I kept on biking through all of this instead of just stopping and figuring it out. The moral of the story is, stop if you can't breathe. I ended up getting so out of breath that I threw up all over my bike! Oh God, what a sight.
Needless to say, I did not go to work that day. I stayed home, cleaned up my bike and my clothes, and then spent the rest of the morning asleep.
By Thursday morning I had lost my voice and couldn't manage to keep my eyes open for more than an hour at a time.
This morning my voice is back, and i'm at work, but only for the morning. I had some committments that brought me here, otherwise I would be at home. I am so incredibly tired and sore! My chest hurts, my throat hurts, my head hurts and this nasal drip is going to make me throw up again any second.
I had such high hopes for this week!
P.S. I thought I could avoid getting sick this year (I've gotten really sick every winter for about four or five years now) but I only prolonged it to a point where it really broke me down. I doubt very much this will happen, but note to self for next year - take more rest days.
legcramps - Tuesday Feb 11, 2020
MONDAY - BF surprised me while I was coaching at the gym. He showed up with flowers! (It was my birthday yesterday). So it was another rest day since he came to surprise me I didn't want to spend the rest of the night working out or talking about working out. We went out for supper (again - yikes) instead.
TUESDAY - I was up early and on the bike for 45 km and 1.5 hours. Working today, then a few friends want to take me out for supper so here we go again LOL. Thank goodness I have the bike at home; I might just hop on again for another easy workout tonight after I get back from supper.
legcramps - Monday Feb 10, 2020
FRIDAY - bike 38.5 km, work, coach, out for coffee with the gym team, then drove to BFs. Had a slice of pizza.
SATURDAY - sick. then sick. and then sick some more. We watched my Godson play hockey, and made eggs for breakfast and meatballs and rice for supper. I took a rest day from exercise.
SUNDAY - was feeling much better, had eggs again for breakfast, visited with BFs family, then we went for a quick 1 hour snowshoe session. I found better hiking shoes on Friday so I was able to try them out yesterday; I could have gone snowshoeing a lot longer, they felt so good. But it was already getting dark. BF took me out for supper - we had burgers.
MONDAY - up early to drive back home, and now i'm at work. Coach tonight, and if I still have some energy left I will jump on the bike to train. If not, just bed and that will be ok too.
legcramps - Friday Feb 07, 2020
For real, life just keeps kicking me where it hurts. Yesterday I was all "OMG I feel so good, no more sore throat, no more headaches" and just an hour ago while I am home for lunch I discover i've gotten TOM. UGH, I cannot win.
Maybe it won't hurt as much as last time. Last time I was off work for two days because of the pain. I am going to really try and power through it, but I just feel like DO I HAVE TO POWER THROUGH EVERYTHING IN LIFE???
Sorry. Just venting. Obviously i'm fine. Hormonal, but fine.
Yesterday I did a total of over 50 km on the bike, and this morning I was up early again and went 38.5 km in just over an hour. It was a nice, flat route for a change. Now i'll have the weekend off biking because i'm heading to BF's, so it will give me some much-needed recovery from the bike. I'm sure we'll find other things to pass the time with!
Supper yesterday was a pishposh of various things - potatoes, eggs, some leftover bacon. I made it work and had a filling meal. Tonight will be whatever BF decides to make. His turn!
legcramps - Thursday Feb 06, 2020
Well, hell must have frozen over because I was up early this morning on the bike for 7 km. BF came to visit and so he was up early to get back on the road, which helped me to stay awake and get on the bike for a mini workout. Which didn't really accomplish much since I was not really awake enough to push too much and my heart rate didn't go over 100 bpm the whole time. Oh well, it's a start and i'll take it!
Yesterday I was on the bike for 38.5 km, 1 hour and 20 minutes total. It was a tough workout for me, because this one was all about high cadence. I had to keep a cadence between 90 and 110 rpm almost the whole workout. I am a low cadence person - I can add a bunch of tension on the bike (be in a harder gear) and pedal slowly more easily than having less tension and pedalling fast. So it was really good to get out of my comfort zone. And hopefully these types of workouts will eventually train me to appreciate the higher cadences since they do provide more efficiency on the bike and are easier on the knees.
Tonight's bike workout looks like it will include some sprinting. My legs don't feel ready for sprinting, hopefully by tonight they will be.
We made spicy thai chicken breasts with rice and vegetables for dinner last night. It was so good. And this morning I felt extra hungry so I had toast with two fried eggs.
*knock on wood* I feel as if I am finally on the mend! No more sore throat! Just a little congestion in my chest, and a slight headache.
legcramps - Wednesday Feb 05, 2020
Well I made it through the work day yesterday, and here I am again! Impressive, right?!
Anyways, I still feel crappy but i'm trying to move past it. Had some visitors after work yesterday and when they left around 8pm I jumped on the bike for about an hour and a half. It was fine. Then I had supper - which was the breakfast that i'd skipped earlier, and I went to bed.
I had the bright idea that I should get up early this morning and bike before work, but that didn't end up happening. I don't know how much sleep I got, but it wasn't enough. Hang on, i'll check...
7 hours and 40 minutes of sleep. That is a pretty good amount of sleep. Apparently i'm sick or something...
I have a headache, so i'm going to sign off now and take some tylenol. Happy Wednesday!
legcramps - Tuesday Feb 04, 2020
So yesterday afternoon I thought to myself while I was still at work..."boy does my throat ever hurt" and it's kind of been rolling downhill ever since...
I was thoroughly exhausted after coaching last night. When I got home, I very seriously debated getting on the bike but decided - since my training plan called for a hour long workout and I was quite sure I wasn't going to get in a whole hour - to scrap the whole thing.
I sat for an extra long time in the massage chair, ate a peanut butter sandwich, and went to bed. I didn't even wash my face.
This morning, oh how I wanted to continue sleeping! But I forced myself to get up and take a shower. I skipped breakfast and ate a throat drop instead.
I brought my favorite kleenex to work with me, and i've blown (ha, pun intended) through half the box already and i've only been here an hour.
So I guess we'll see how the day goes. I heard someone clicking their pen in and out this morning and I almost lost my mind. So if that's any indication, I will probably be heading home if I don't start pulling my $#!t together.