A day that had totally smelled of poo, ended on a high note (literally, someone let their dog have a PF Chang sized BM near my car). The high note is...FINALLY running 5 miles (on solid ground). let's say, 7 minute pace never felt so hard. My lungs were too busy throwing a party to get any sort of oxygen delivered.
The past week has been one of consistent fatigue, large quantities of salads and scones from Jett City Espresso, bike cleaning, cold weather and snotty gloves and arm warmers. I mean seriously, you may not sweat much with low temps but you sure lose a ton of fluid from the snot waterfall. Either way, work was done...and it was goooood! I'm not sure what made us ride in 41 degree weather. I'd like to say it's because like any good woman, the bike requires constant attention, long painful experiences that you'll never forget, a phone call for every minute you're late because of training(doesn't apply here) and cuddling. But seriously, women are great.
Battling ups and downs following an injury can be tough AND draining. I felt like a tripod. A swim, bike run tripod. Picture a little red headed kid kicking one of my legs out, which means totally overcompensating with the other two sports. Needless to say, I've been fortunate enough to keep some base fitness, with tons of friendly words of encouragement along the way. However fun aqua jogging may be, it's time to say "goodbye for now". I'll also be saying goodbye to my AARP card, thursday bridge tournaments, poor spatial awareness while driving..etc.
Something amazing will be happening this week. I'll finally be training with POWER! Which should have happened awhile ago I suppose. It wasn't without a great helping hand that I could attain this asset. However, my bike workouts will probably be more painful than ever before. A tiny screen will be staring me saying "that all you got"? "Seriously, only 220 watts"? "I'm pretty sure your 4 year old niece can hold that"! At the end of the day, it's another great tool we use to see how badass we are on Strava?? Right?? All of us cyclist/runners are closet Strava punks. Hoping that we get a sick tail wind to get that top speed right??? KOM this, TSS that...PR here, Avg power there. Train!
So this week will consist of testing 6 pairs of running shoes I've purchased over the last month. At least buying them made me feel like I would run again. YES, they are all highlighter colors and YES, they make you run way faster. Oh and by the way, minimalist shoes are getting a little out of control. Am I right? Pretty soon we'll be spending $90 for a pair of running shoes made from rice paper and papyrus! Either that or we'll simply go to a running store and they will sprinkle dirt on our feet since it gives us a more "natural" foot strike when our foot is already dirty. Stick with what's been working and keep running without injury! It's just a "thing" we are doing and will pass.
San Juan is March 17th so I'm pretty excited! I've never traveled to such a place and really hope I come home disease free, bike in hand. Finally, I ended up making some really great meals. Simple ingredients with the right seasoning can go a long way. The delicious Bison Filet with Egg was a hit. I followed that with a sautéed red pepper salad with brussels sprouts, asparagus, red cabbage and spinach. I also made my first homemade pasta sauce with roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion and fresh basil. I plopped it onto some spaghetti squash and spinach, added some meat and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also spent 8 hours in a military training concept called resiliency...where I found out I still doodle to keep myself from falling asleep:) Good things all around. Remember to get ahold of me if you'd like to one day own your own business and make your own hours:)