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A day in the life.

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I thought I would use today’s post to talk about what a day in my work-week life typically looks like. Training for an Ironman while working a full time job is not easy and involves A LOT of time management. As many triathlete’s can attest to, I consider myself to be an expert multi-tasker! If only I could swim, bike and run all at the same time, then my life would be really easy!

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Here is a snapshot of a typical day. Obviously my workouts types and duration vary, but everything else is pretty much the same day-to-day. Just last night, I said to my husband, I feel like I get home from work, blink and it’s time for bed. I try to jam so much stuff into the few hours after work, that it seems like I never relax for more than 30 minutes a night. I need to work on this! It also doesn’t help that I’m type ‘A’ !

 

5:00 Alarm goes off (maybe snooze a few times;))

5:30 Bike for 1.5 hours on the trainer in my basement

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7:00-8:15 Shower, make up, hair, eat breakfast, let Oliver out, feed Oliver (if hubby didn’t already)

8:15-8:30 Drive to work (10-15 minute drive, very lucky for a short commute!)

8:30-12:00 Work in my cubicle, either sitting or standing (I have a standing work station, makes a world of difference), attend meetings, etc..

12-12:30 Run 30 minutes outside (or treadmill if the weather is bad) during lunch hour, then a quick shower (or no shower, depending on sweat level, ha) and back to work.

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Getting my ‘runch’ on

1:00-5:00 Eat lunch at my desk, Work work work (desk jobs just aren’t my thing, but it pays the bills for now…it’s torture sitting in a cube)

5:00-6:00 Commute home, let dog out, prep dinner (most of my REAL prep is typically done on the weekends to make the work week easier, this is KEY!)

6:00 Strength training for 30-45 minutes and/or core work

7:00/7:30 ish eat a healthy home cooked dinner by yours truly (did I mentioned I loved cooking, because I honestly do:))

8:00/8:30 take Oliver for a night-time walk (probably my favorite part of the night). I treasure this time because Todd and I talk about our day while getting a little exercise post dinner. It’s Oliver’s favorite part of the day too, he loves sniffing all over the neighborhood!

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Oliver with one of our foster dogs!

9:00 Finally sitting down on the couch, or foam rolling and/or stretching on the floor (while Oliver is trying to play catch with me… it’s all about multi-tasking right?)

10:30 Crawling into bed, at this point totally exhausted and my eyes usually feel heavy… I used to have trouble falling asleep until I became I triathlete. No longer an issue! And as I’ve mention before, I think I need more sleep…

 

Do you try to maximize your days?
How do you schedule training and working?

 

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IMMT Training Recap {Week 16}

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The Stats:

16 Weeks until IMMT
Total Training hours last week: 12:30

Now that the Boston Marathon is behind me, my full 100% focus is on my Ironman in August. Full speed ahead! The week after the Boston Marathon I took as a ‘rest’ week and this past week I picked up my serious training again. It was so crazy getting the emailed training plan from my coach, titled ‘IMMT Training Plan.’ This is when it sunk in and became even more REAL. I will be competing in an Ironman in 16 weeks, and I have a feeling those 16 weeks are going to fly by!

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Last week was my first week back into training post Boston and my legs still felt a little like jello. My quads just felt tired during my runs, so I really focused on stretching and foam rolling post run. Now I just need to keep up my stretching daily…:) I am also really enjoying the free hour long yoga class at my office each Monday. It’s so great to do gentle yoga coming off a tough weekend of workouts!

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On Saturday I decided to take my training run to the White Mountains, I was craving the trails and fresh air! I was scheduled to do a bike/run workout, but I wanted to take advantage of the awesome weather and head to the trails. Usually, Todd and my dog hike with me, but Todd had to help me Dad with yard work, so I was on my own. I decided to leave the dog behind (as guilty as I felt about doing this) and make my hike into a solo trail run. I went to a trail we have done many times, so I felt comfortable doing it all alone. The hike I did is called the Welch-Dickey Loop and it’s one of our favorites in the White Mountains! It’s one of those shorter day hikes that gives you the best ‘bang for your buck’… 4.5 mile loop, amazing views the whole way, difficult hike for the short distance (makes for a great run/hike, but doesn’t take up your whole day). Whenever we can’t fit in a big hike in the Whites, we do the Welch-Dickey Loop. It made for a TOUGH trail run. The trail climbs almost right away from the parking lot and does not let up for about 1.5 miles. I was feeling it! I did have to scramble at the very steep/rocky sections, but I was proud of myself for running for most of it! There were times I felt all alone on the ledges and the views were spectacular! It was such a liberating experience doing it all alone. Also, I now want to get new trail running shoes and try other mountain runs (my trail running shoes were completely worn out, only complaint of the day).

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If only every trail run included these views:

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Here is what my training looked like last week:

Monday
Swim: 3,000 yds at Master’s Practice
Yoga class during lunch

Tuesday
Strength Training 1 hour
Bike: 1:30
Run: Scheduled for 40 minutes, but I did 32 (my legs were tired!)

Wednesday
Swim: 3,000 yds at Master’s practice
Core work

Thursday
Bike: Spin class 1 hour
Strength and agility work

Friday
Swim: 3,000 yds
Run: 45 minutes

Saturday:
Trail run/hike for 4.5 miles (1 hour 20 minutes of mostly trail running/rock scrambling)

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Sunday:
Bike: 2:30 at Z1 Heart rate (steady pace)
Transition run 25 minutes, easy (I even got my hubby to join me! *he hates running..)

I am excited for the week ahead!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday! {#4}

Here are just a few things that are on my mind today:

I am in a ‘breakfast rut.’ I am one of those people who finds a breakfast they love and therefore eats it every.single.morning… we’re talking for like a year time span. I basically overdose on one breakfast item to the point where I can’t even stand to look at it. Right now, I only ever really eat a sweet potato hash with two eggs and some fruit. It’s a delicious and very healthy breakfast, but I am sick of it. My goal for this month, is to start adding variety to my breakfast. I would love to start experimenting with breakfast smoothies (since my Vitamix is collecting dust). I need a breakfast intervention… Suggestions welcome!

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I love my “Official” Boston Marathon Photos… except they did not capture any of the photos on the actual course. Luckily, my family was at mile 16 and they captured some action shots. I bit the bullet and paid the $30 per photo because I just loved these two shots.. I am a sucker for these things. I hope to make a gallery wall of race photos in my home gym!

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I took an Epsom Salt Bath last night and it made all of the difference. It has now been 10 days since the Boston Marathon, but I have still been feeling some lingering fatigue. I have resumed training this week, but things are still really tight (i.e. my quads). It helped to sit in the tub with some Epsom Salts last night for 20 minutes… and it was super relaxing at the same time. I honestly felt much better waking up this morning and had a great spin class!

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It made me happy to see that so many of you agreed with my post on Tuesday… it helps to know that I’m not alone! I feel much better now. Thank you:)

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One thing I look forward to each day is foam rolling and stretching.  For the hour or so I get to relax at night, I usually spend this time stretching and foam rolling.  Often this is done while watching tv or reading.  I am really, really trying to stretch more often! I never have time in the morning after my workouts, so at night before bed is the best I can do!

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All of my friends are having babies and I’m over here like, “When is my next Triathlon?”

The story of my life lately.

This statement couldn’t be more accurate. Everywhere I look, Facebook, Instagram, my office, some of the blogs I follow… everyone is having a baby. Or at least it seems that way. I can’t help but feel like there are babies all around me. Every day I feel like someone else is pregnant and I’m not going to lie, it’s starting to make me nervous/anxious about where my life is heading (and gasp when I might have a baby).

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I have never been a woman that craves having a baby. I don’t really like kids (at least other people’s kids, sorry I’m just being honest… I prefer puppies). I have also never really thought of myself as very motherly or having ‘that instinct.’ To be honest, I can be quite selfish and I don’t know if I am ready to be unselfish. I like my free time and the ability to train and race whenever I want. I know the reality is, all of this will change when and if I have a baby someday (at least in the beginning) and this really, really scares me.

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For most of my twenties, I wasn’t even sure I wanted kids at all. I think now that I’m thirty, that mindset is changing a little bit and I am starting to feel like I want to start a family with my husband. I just don’t know when. This year I will be racing in my very first Ironman Triathlon and I have a sneaky suspicion that this won’t be my first 140.6 race. I have been waiting for years to race at this level and I’m finally here, where I want to be. I am finally starting to accept my body for its athletic grace and I feel strong and fast! I have also had lots of success as an age-group triathlete and I like to think that maybe someday I will reach my dream of becoming an Elite Triathlete. I just started working with a coach as of 2013, and I feel like there is so much potential! I am at a crossroad and my biological clock is ticking as I write this post.

The questions I have been asking myself lately are, do we try to have a baby within a year, and then I can bounce back at a young age and still race? Or do I get racing done now and wait to have a baby for another 2-3 years? I know I am not a pro-triathlete, but I take racing seriously and I really do love it and the training. It’s just a matter of knowing when I want to take a break. Part of me thinks this might be after my first Ironman in August, but I am not sure.  To wait or not to wait is constantly crossing my mind.

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Deep in my heart and soul, I know I will always be an athlete. If we have children, I want to be that mom someday who inspires her children to be fit and healthy. I want to set an example for other’s that you can be a mom and a triathlete/runner. I will never lose my competitive edge and I guess that’s what makes me think this whole being a mom-athlete thing is a possibility. I’m just honestly really scared for the change.

As for now, all of my friends will keep talking about being pregnant and having babies and I will continue to rock my triathlons:)

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Dealing with the post-race blues.

Ever feel sad when a big race is over? Join the club.

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I often find myself in a ‘post-race funk’ after a big race. It must be because big races, like the Boston Marathon, always seem like they are taking forever to get here, then all of a sudden it’s all over in the blink of an eye. I like to think of this as the ‘post-race blues.’ It’s almost like I’m mourning the race that I was looking forward to for the longest time.  Perhaps what added to the blues post Boston Marathon is all of the hype leading up to this year and how special this year’s race was for everyone that was involved.

From what I have read online, this is actually a real thing, that happens with both runners and triathletes. I can only imagine how I’m going to feel in August when my Ironman is over!

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From Triathlete magazine: Post-race depression, or the “Ironman blues” as it’s commonly referred to in our sport, is a very real epidemic. You’ve spent months training. Every minute is planned for optimum performance, every calorie is counted to properly fuel your body, and every spare moment is used to recover and visualize the race ahead. Then, almost immediately after crossing the finish line, you come down with a physical and mental case of the mopes.
Read more here. 

The days following the marathon, I felt like my head was in a cloud. I had just experienced this AMAZING day and now it had all come to an end. While I am excited for triathlon season, there is just something about the Boston Marathon that puts it on a pedestal, it’s unlike any other race. It probably didn’t help that I was really tired and my appetite was all thrown off for about 48 hours post marathon.

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Oliver was feeling mopey too!

Despite feeling the ‘blues’, last week it was nice to physically (and mentally) take a break from training. Although I am not one to like rest, after running 26.2 miles on Monday, I NEEDED the rest. The night of the marathon, I slept for 12 hours! I have not slept that much in probably years… obviously my body was telling me something. My Triathlon coach instructed me to do NOTHING all week, expect for maybe some light and short bike riding and swimming. I was fine with this because Boston left me feeling pretty beat up until Thursday. As I explained in my recap, it’s the downhill’s that get you at Boston and my quads felt delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) until Wednesday/Thursday. I returned to work later in the week and it was really hard to focus. I was still getting that high from the marathon, but yet I was confined to a cubicle. My head was in a fog and my legs were still tired. I don’t work with runners, so no one really understood what I was going through… they were just amazed that I ran 26.2 miles:)

I basically took all of last week off and just enjoyed my rest… knowing that there is a LONG road ahead to my Ironman in August.  I tried to step back for a minute while recovering, just to enjoy all of my free time.  Free time will be hard to come by for about 16 more weeks or so.

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Now I am definitely feeling the ‘racing itch’ one week after Boston. My first race isn’t until June (Half Ironman) and I want to race in May! Tis the season, right? I hope to add a race in May, either a half marathon or sprint triathlon, we shall see. Last week I received my official ‘Ironman Mont Tremblant’ training plan from my coach (it’s really happening!).  Even though I’ve been swimming, biking and running for months now, it’s still crazy to see the last day of my current plan as the actual Ironman race! Excited for the road ahead!

 Curious to hear how you deal with post-race blues?  Feel free to share some tips!