I feel like I had been living, breathing and sleeping St. Anthony’s Tri training for the past six months. I didn’t realize how much until I didn’t have to do it anymore.
I rarely slept past 6:00 am on a Saturday or Sunday, because training needed to get done. My days revolved around work and working out. In the last couple of months before the race, I was too afraid not to get to the gym or out on the road, for fear I wouldn’t be ready.
Don’t get me wrong. I had my off days, but even when I was “off,” I was worrying that I wasn’t training enough for this race. There was so much to do to prepare for it, from fundraising to getting comfortable running without my iPod. In the end, it was awesome, but I am happy it’s behind me.
Last week, I did absolutely nothing. Well, almost nothing. I signed up for Smith’s Point Sprint Triathlon in August (training in the summer for a summer race, what a concept!). Other than that though, I did nothing. I rested my achy body from Monday (other than a short walk to the yogurt shop to “stretch” my legs…and get the most awesome frozen yogurt) to Friday. By Thursday, I was getting twitchy to get out and do something. However, sleeping in in the morning won out. And it’s always easy to find reasons not to work out after work.
Saturday, I finally put my sneakers back on. I went for a three-mile run in the pretty, not so hot sunshine (with MUSIC!) and that went well. My legs seemed grateful for the rest and to be moving again. First runs after time away from running always make me nervous. I don’t know why, but I think a week away is always going to kill any endurance I built up. And really, at last Sunday’s race, I couldn’t count the run portion of the race as a real run because there was a lot of walking going on.
On Saturday, I felt strong and kept up my pace. I was tired and sweaty at the end, but isn’t that the point?
Yesterday, Mother’s Day was a perfect spring day. I went for a walk with the daughter (3.2 miles again), and we did Pilates. Then we got pedicures and Red Mango yogurt (yum!). I see a trend for self-serve frozen yogurt this summer. I’m going to have to figure that into my calorie count at least once a week.
But this weekend was exercise for exercise’s sake. What a concept.
It’s actually a concept that doesn’t work very well for me most of the time, which is why I’ve already put another race on the calendar. An easier race, but one I will still have to train for. I liked doing nothing. Yes, I got twitchy to get out and exercise, but I could have easily powered through that. I don’t really love racing, but I do like the training and I’ve found over the last couple of years that this is something that keeps me motivated to keep the exercise up and the weight stable.
I even watched the scale go down last week…. two whole pounds. For the entire time I had been getting ready for St. A’s, I was struggling with the scale. I know I haven’t been eating perfectly, but I didn’t eat perfectly last week either. The difference may have been a little less stress. Whatever it was, I’ll take it.
I’ll be training for my next race. But I’m planning to focus more on eating healthier and trying some new exercise routines to shake things up a bit.