It’s double workout day. I went to spin this morning at 6:00 a.m.and am trying to get motivated to go back to the gym and get on the treadmill for six miles. Just had big bowl of oatmeal with almond butter and dropped some kids off at the pool.
I was supposed to run some gorgeous trials with Joie today, but it’s pouring rain here and I’m not into slugging my way through the mud. I only do that when I run the Muddy Buddy.
This HIM (half ironman) training keeps forcing me out of my comfort zone. Today was my second spin class ever. I try to pretend I know what I’m doing. Towel on the handlebars, check. Look really cool and effortless when you’re out of the saddle, check. Wipe my scum off my bike at the end of the class, check. Do not remove bike seat at the start of class and risk impalement just to be cool.
Today the instructor, Zach, brought out these ropes at the beginning of class. WTF? Ropes? I panicked. Are we going to make a noose? Tie all our bikes together? Hang them from the ceiling and climb them and ring the bell at the top like in gym class?
I quickly learned we were going to pretend to be on the Biggest Loser.
The deal was at any point during the class you could go to the ropes and do one minute intervals. In front of everyone. I debated. No one would care if I did or didn’t. But I did. Twice. And it was hard. There was a learning curve. During my first interval I squatted really low like a dork taking a dump. Didn’t go well. Second set, much better.
When you are done with your interval and making your way back to the bike for some reason your headlights come on big time from the exertion, I suppose. I noticed it wasn’t just MY headlights, but everyone’s. Interesting. Ropes and headlights all before 7:00 a.m. Good morning nipples!
Trying to fit in all my workouts in a given week is proving to be a challenge. It is much easier to just run than to run, bike, swim, and do yoga. It is requiring creativity. But, I am doing it. Last week my goal was 7 hours of workouts. I did 7 hours, 18 minutes (Type A overachiever) , so success!
Here are some more wise nuggets from the Training Bible.
A bit on setting your race goals
- Make them measureable. How will you know you met your goals? Don’t say “Run faster,” say “Finish my 10K in under 45 minutes.”
- Make them under your control. Don’t base them on what other people might do (for example, it’s risky to say a goal is to win your age group because you never know who will show up, like Kara Goucher). You only have control over yourself, your own training and your motivation.
- Make your goal stretch you. Don’t make it too easy to achieve. Or so difficult you will get exasperated and quit.
- State your goal in the positive. For example, if you say, “I will not crap during the run,” you are sending a message to your brain to crap during the run. Instead say, “I will have clean pants the entire run.” Or if you can’t relate to crap, here is another example. Instead of saying “Don’t get a running injury,” say “I will lower my risk of injury by running only when recovered.”
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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