Saturday, August 20, 2011


Think I will do most of my blogging over at my "real life" blog - Life is Beautiful. I had initially started this blog to track my P90X journey, then my Half Marthon training, then Insanity. I felt that I didn't want to annoy people that just didn't care about my training.


Since my husband is a runner and cyclist, and there's even a group at church that runs, training permeates 75% of my life. At the beginning of this year, I decided to stop focusing on the last 15lbs I wanted to loose, and start enjoying my training life!

So - this blog will hang out and wait for me to change my mind again. For now, one blog will do - and it will probably be a little boring for those that don't train, have a bazillion kids running around, or home school, but it will be all about me. :)

I feel the sanity sinking in already!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What's Worse?

No workout today again.

My initial goal was to rest until Sunday, but I'm not going to make it. I may die. Don't laugh. You'll see, I won't post forever, and you'll think that I'm just being lazy, or that I got a life and I will be dead.

I don't know which is worse - fatigue from overtraining - or the utter and complete insanity that IS - my life without endorphins. I make every attempt to put honey on all things that go down my throat, there's that good old "Mac Truck" feeling during the day, and my inability to delegate authority while shouting "nobody does anything around here," and my constant thoughts of running.

I think I'll run a slow 3 tomorrow and see how it goes. Regular rest day on Saturday and then plans for my usual bike ride on Sunday. Three days is enough rest - right?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Not Enjoying It

I decided to take the rest of this week off of workouts.

My attitude about things has been suck-ish lately. My hamstring has been a big baby and I haven't ran in 10 days. I've been riding the crap out of my bike, but it's not the same. I've been rolling my eyes at my Yoga practice and skipping weights days. I just feel burned out.

Workouts off until Sunday. Then...time to hit it. Races coming!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Cycling

Cycling 12 miles / 48:00

MUCH better ride today than Friday morning. I was a little scared to get on my bike this morning, in light of the sheer terror of the pitch black obstacle course I faced then. I don't easily scare - but all alone at 5am in the pitch black tree cover did it.

My husband bought me a new light for my bike. The one I had was okay but it didn't fit well and had a tendency to slip down. This one is super bright. I don't see very well in twilight/darkness. He's part bat, so I'm not sure he gets it, but at least wants me to be comfy and safe. It worked very well.

I took my good old standard city commuter trail. It's a little slow-ish with the intersections, but well lit and totally clear of debris. At the end of that trail, I headed south on a 4 lane arterial street. At 6am on a Sunday, our city of 250,000 doesn't have much street traffic. I stopped half way, had a little water and soaked in my free time. The sun came up and burned off the haze as I was heading home - what a nice ride.

Even made it home before the family woke...made some coffee and had a complete thought!

Friday, August 12, 2011

More Miles

Stationary Bike 11 miles / 40:00

I wanted to make up some miles that I missed this morning. I really wanted to come close to 25 miles for a longer ride. The boy had football practice, so I took the kids over to the Y and let them play while I listened to music and spuuuuuuuun away. Keeping the RPM's in the 85-90 range.

Long Bike

Cycling 16.5 miles / 1:25

Well, this wasn't what I had in mind today. It stormed in the night and besides keeping me up, causing one of our daughters to visit us, and making the neighbors scream and hollar (??), it made a mess of the trails.

The first 5 miles were spent picking my way over small tree branches that had fallen on the trail. At one point, what I thought was just water on the trail ended up being mud. I nearly lost the bike - thank the Lord I didn't.

There's one portion of the trail that is called The Tunnel. It's build from abandoned rail road tracks, so it's way down in a gully and covered over by...trees. A whole big limb was down in my way and I barely had enough room to go under it. It was at that point that I switched to city streets. At 5:30am on the south edge of town, there wasn't much traffic.

I had intended to ride 2 hours, but at the 1 hour mark, I was 10 miles from home and there was lighting on the horizon. I got rained on just a little bit and cut my ride short by going around Holmes Lake. Riding on those city trails in the pitch black is NOT for me. I'll take my chances on the streets on the way out, and ride trails on the way back after the sun has a chance to come up!

Wednesday Bike Ride

Cycling 11.25 miles / 50:00

I don't remember much about this run...except that it WASN'T a run!! I do love my bicycle, but am quite tired of the running interruptions. *sigh*