Well Folks, the Swim Sessions are officially completed. And with that I am on to the next portion of my triathlon journey.
I swam and ran on my own on Saturday afternoon. And the rest of Saturday afternoon/evening was spent on my butt watching movies, and tweeting with my good friend Diana about how our triathlon training is going.
Finally, I thought I would share what a typical week currently looks like for me. Its a lot, but with teaching 3 times a week, it has to be that way. I like to think of this as my preparation for training training plan. I think I will be adding another swim and spin session eventually. But for now this is all I can handle!
Do you do the same thing each week? or Do you mix it up?
I’m 2 months out from my birthday, and if I continue to eat good, I will be looking good! My new favorite mid-morning snack was teased on Instagram on Friday (also, if you’re not already please follow me!).
I found all of these ingredients at Target last weekend. The Seven Sunday’s Museli is a Minnesota company, and PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. I love sprinkling it on top of plain yogurt as it ends up tasting like peanut butter chobani!
I use 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup of museli (be sure to measure that one!) and 1 teaspoon of pb2.
Saturday I worked out, and then was promptly a bum on my couch. It felt just as good to push it in the pool as it did to sit around that night.
What motivates you? Any healthy snacks or workouts I need to add into my life?
Another Sunday, another dash of Peace Perspective. This week’s perspective is about being happy. Goals are great, but simply being happy is important.
This quote acknowledges that things may not be perfect, and you may be working towards bigger goals. But you need to be happy in the place you are in.
If all you do is look at the end goal, you miss all the awesome things that happen along the way. When training for a race you can’t only think about that race. You’ve got to do training runs. And some of those runs may be in the snow, cold or rain. But don’t leave the celebrating only for the finish line. Celebrate how far you go each day!
Look around, find something to be happy about.
And I know its not always easy, so when a happy moment pops up, embrace it!!
As a reminder: I started Peace Perspectives and Swim Sessions in January, you can read that recap here.
I started the month obsessed with the olympics
And cheered on the Aitkin All Starz at the State Tournament!
I also completed the Move Nourish Believe Challenge from Lorna Jane and Fit Approach.
And finished the month with a really hard swim workout. Not every workout is going to be the best workout ever.
In March I’m joining Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point in her Ironman March, where you attempt to complete the Ironman Distances in one month! Do you think I can do it? Do you want to join me? I also need to increase my running, as Run for the Lakes Half Marathon is at the end of April…and tomorrow is March!
My Sixth and final swim session was last week. We celebrated with beer and cannonballs…..NOT!
We started with our abbreviated warmup, (25 right side, 25 left side, 50 backside (kick from the hip). Kickboard right stroke, kickboard left stroke, a few other drills and then as a final test/shove, I did a 600. I didn’t die. But by the end I wanted to. I guess I completed it in about 17 minutes (can’t remember the seconds). And with my performance, if I were to do the Alexandria Triathlon, my swim time could be around 15 minutes.
So what’s next? My new plan is to take a spin class on Tuesday mornings and continue swimming on Thursday mornings. I really need to increase my mileage, as I have a late April half marathon. But also want to prepare my body for multisport…So in March I will participating in Caitlin’s IRONMAN MARCH. You can read the details in her post from last year.
Are you training for a race already? Are you as ready for spring as I am?
You can read my first five sessions here. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
February has been a crazy month. This past week was especially crazy, I was tired from the weekend before, and there were computer upgrades taking place at work which made things extra tiring.
Looking at the big picture, or the final goal can be terrifying. It can be overwhelming. It can seem impossible. But it doesn’t have to be.
When I’m stressed out I tend to answer all questions with the response “I can’t commit now, let me get back to you”. It pains me to say it, but the times I don’t use that phrase, and do give an answer, I usually regret that answer.
I managed to double book my Wednesday evening, thankfully the second person was willing to adjust, and thankfully I realized it right away, but I didn’t want it to come across as if I didn’t care. I do care. I just managed to have two opportunities on the same night.
When I’m stressed at my desk I start putting into action the “touch it once” rule. There’s no more shifting things from pile to pile. Instead, if you touch something, you have to deal with it. Then file it. Then move on to the next. There are things I prefer to do in a certain order, however, some days you’ve got to stop putting things “in order” and just get them done!
Personally, I will always favor taking things one step at a time.
What do you do to help yourself move forward? Do you make a plan of attack? Or do you just jump in and start doing things?
Its done! I think this is one of the first times I have committed to a challenge and actually completed the entire thing!
I took sometime to myself with the couch and the Olympics on Monday night. (it felt so weird to not go to dance practice).
Tuesday was about meditation, which I get plenty of with 3 shavasanas a week. But that night I made sure we got a full 5 minutes of quiet time. It was also National Wine Day… I celebrated with a photo of the wine area of Target from November when I was in Florida. (because taking pictures of people while in shavasana without permission is just not nice).
Wednesday I posted a throwback picture of my family in Mexico which is our happy place. (Turns out one of my friends thought I was on vacation).
Thursday was all about Thankfullness, and I had to show some love to Healthy Living Summit and Blue Diamond Almonds. They gave the sweetest Olympic treats!
Finally, we were challenged to shout out to our biggest supporters, since I had already gave my family some love on Instagram this week, I decided to give love to some of my friend groups.
To recap….Thank you to Lorna Jane and Fit Approach for creating a great event!
You can see my Move week here, and Nourish week here.
Have you ever completed a challenge? or do you tend to do 3-5 days and lose interest (which is what usually happens to me)?
Confession: I thought I had a swim workout post already scheduled. Turns out I didn’t!Last week when I met with my swim coach we discussed how I did at the extreme workout from the weekend. He said the lifeguard had mentioned to him that I looked good in the water, but my endurance wasn’t high enough. I’m not surprised by that, I’ve only been swimming for 5 stinking weeks!
However, that meant he had something to work on with me. We did a short warmup, and then I was told to swim a 50, 100, 150, 200. Working up and down this ladder will help me gain endurance but also learn race conditions.
At this point I know enough about my stroke that I can focus on different things while swimming. Sometimes I’ll focus on my hips rotating, other times I’ll focus on my pull, each body part can use a tweak.
Yesterday morning I went to the pull to get my own swim session in, I tried to follow the same workout. But I felt dead in the water. I had set my alarm a little later, but I think my body really could have benefited from skipping the workout. After half an hour I called it quits.
I also broke my running shoes to the gym and attempted a run to clear my head. But my legs were feeling like lead. It quite frankly was not my day for the gym. I did end up teaching an awesome sculpt class in the evening, so the day wasn’t a total waste.
Do you ever have off workouts? Do you attempt them again later in the day, or just call it quits?
Hello Again Friends! I’ve been a posting fool the past two days. Here is this week’s Peace Perspective, and here’s the #MNBChallenge Week 2 recap.
Over the weekend…
The Aitkin All Starz became State Champs! When I was in High School we didn’t have Facebook (it was for college students only) so I would love to show you a picture from when I danced…but its safe to say it was a learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Heck, all of high school was about learning and growing. And frankly, I believe that all people need to continue to learn and grow no matter what age they are.
Anyways….this week is going to be interesting for me. I’m tired from being gone all weekend, and am teaching extra yoga classes all week. However, this weekend I’ve got no plans and am so excited to see what I can do to fill the time. I’m hoping for
- manicure/pedicure (at home mani/pedis aren’t enough anymore)
- cooking a new recipe
What do you like to do to recharge your batteries? Do you have a recipe suggestion?
#1 I’m exhausted, so forgive any spelling/grammar “misteaks”. (haha, I’m hilarious)
This week’s challenges focused on “Nourish” you can join us for the “believe” week by joining the facebook event.
I wasn’t in love with how to search for recipes, but am dreaming of making the superbowl recipes! (even if the superbowl is over).
Monday: Meatless! Over the weekend I had made a buffalo chicken soup, but once I made it, I realized that if I had added chickpeas instead of chicken, this easily could have been a vegetarian soup!
Tuesday: Take Your Lunch to Work day! I usually do this anyways, my biggest trick is to add raw spinach on top of leftovers, when you microwave the spinach wilts and adds great iron and other nutrients.
Wednesday: Was all about writing down the food you eat, it is a great idea, but so hard for me to do on a regular basis. After this food indulgent weekend, I’ll definitely be continuing it to help me get back on track!
Thursday was smoothie day: I love smoothies in the summer, but in the winter it can be a struggle to include them in my life. I drink herbalife occasionally and love that I can portion out the protein powder and just add water and shake when I’m ready to drink.
I left town on Thursday afternoon to attend the State Dance Tournament for Minnesota so I had to get creative with Friday’s go RAW challenge. Ultimately, I would love to make this recipe but since I was traveling, I brought pistachios as a healthy snack to slow the mindless munching.
Thank you Lorna Jane and Fit Approach for sponsoring this challenge, I really hope I win