It’s only Tuesday and my butt has already been kicked this way and that. I love this! I will sleep well tonight.
Swim: I started swimming with a new masters group this week. Don’t get me wrong, I liked my old group but…I just wasn’t feeling like I would be getting more improvement there. The city was limiting the coach’s hours, so he would be replaced by assistants frequently, and I was paying $50/month for 3 masters swims per week. At the new pool, I pay about the same for 3 swims per DAY (let’s give a big HELL YES! to a 9am masters swim option). It was a very friendly group of people, I was not in the slowest lane, they all hung out in the HOT TUB afterwards (do you know how long I’ve longed for a hot tub after a hard swim?), they have a wine tasting event next week (social people!), and most importantly the coach was all over me with swim form correction, which is what I need most. This is going to hurt. And be wonderful!
Strength: I began the new training cycle yesterday with a whole new strength training routine designed to be done on the stability ball. My abs are still screaming today from that plank with arm movement on the ball. I’ll do it as often as necessary if it gives me the abs of my dreams, but I’m glad I don’t have to do it again till next week, when I get to do it TWICE.
Run: The nice thing about a heavy overnight rain with more threatening this morning is that the track was completely empty. When you are doing run drills, it’s generally best to not have an audience. Trust me. The stares and laughter from the few middle schoolers that walked by was bad enough.
Stretch: I went to the nice gentle yin yoga class with my mom at lunch today. Mom has become quite the yoga addict and is going to bikram (hot) yoga classes like 4 times a week. I fell asleep in the middle of several poses today.
Bike: Tonight I had a bike trainer workout, the first of many in the next couple weeks. Power intervals are my new torture. I have a big bike focus this cycle and am going to get my ass handed to me, but it will make me stronger. I anticipate a few bouts with tears (of joy, when the workout is over) in the coming days.
Sleep: Me, any minute now. And it’s only 7pm. Trying to stay awake for hockey… Speaking of which, the most lovely gift arrived for me from Canada today! Luluemon’s Cheer Gear (Olympic hockey focused) is not sold in the States yet but a very sweet, smart and beautiful Ironman went and found some for me.
I have been drinking hot chocolate fairly often lately (every couple days), anywhere I can get it (though Peets is the preferred spot as theirs is much better than Starbucks). If the first 2 days of this week are any indication, I shouldn’t have to worry about those calories too much. Now if only it would help keep me awake. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.