Posts Tagged ‘Rest is the best part of training!’

Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing

December 6, 2012 3 comments
More comfort food than training fuel... so good...

More comfort food than training fuel… so good…

Tuesday was my sorta Off Day (I say sorta because I still did a 1.5km swim in the morning… it’s funny how I think of days with only a swim as being an “off day”… really, if I don’t have to run, it’s an off day).  I met up with a buddy of mine I don’t see nearly often enough for wings after work.  We stayed and chatted for almost 3 hours.

He put an interesting thought in my head: if I hadn’t moved to Hamilton 18 months ago, would I be the budding triathlete I am today?

There are times in our lives when we make decisions that seem small, but end up having huge impacts in our lives downstream.  I believe we all have a few of them.  For me, I can look back to the summer of 2005, when I had an offer to go back to college for my second degree.  Tuition was paid and bags were packed, but I changed my mind and decided not to move at the last minute.  If I had moved, I wouldn’t have met my wife.

I wonder if moving to Hamilton will prove to be another one of those moments that I’ll look back on some day.  My friend and I talked about who we were in our community, and how sometimes you can develop a perception of yourself that can be difficult to change.  When I lived in KW, I was a lot of things.  I was a drummer.  I was a thespian.  I was a gamer.  I was a lot of things I enjoyed being at that point in my life, but none of them similar to being an athlete, or a triathlete.

Since moving to Hamilton I haven’t touched my drum kit – it sits in boxes in a closet.  I haven’t stepped foot into a community theater.  And I almost never play video games any more.  But I love to swim and bike.  I love to run.  I’ve discovered a new me.

And it’s not to say that I didn’t don’t love my friends and family still in KW, or that I don’t hope to some day live in KW again.  I love getting back to KW to visit, catch up, and share a beer.  Frankly, I wish I had more time for it.  I miss everyone there.  But I don’t know if I discover this new me with the same conviction if I stayed there.  I don’t know if I invest the time, emotion, or energy in finding my new me.  And I like this new me.

Seemed like an appropriate time to throw this pic back in

Seemed like an appropriate time to throw this pic back in… it’s like my Rookie Card

Tomorrow’s my real Day Off in the week (no running, not even swimming – just a 1 minute plank in the morning and that’s it).  Ironically, my wife and I have wings in the fridge waiting to be cooked, and beer in the fridge waiting to be drank.  Days off prove to be great for the soul as well as the body.  And they go great with chicken wings! (see how I tied it all back together there?  Writing magic… or something like that…)

Do you remember a decision you made that seemed small at the time, but ended up having a big impact on your life?


Ramblings of a tired man

November 20, 2012 2 comments

my hero!

On Sunday, 2 weeks after my last race, I made the decision to sign up for the Around the Bay 30k Road Race.  During those 2 weeks, I pretty much sat on my ass “recovering” (not gonna lie – it was pretty sweet).  Since then…

Sunday: Full body resistance.  I think I did every lift I know.  I did just sign up for a race, after all

Monday: 10k “slow” training run with my wife.  1:10:04 – just a hair off my PB race time.  So much for “slow”

Tuesday: 1500m in the pool.  24minutes (or 1:30/100m).  Usually I only swim 1000m, but this morning I was feeling a bit extra

It’s funny, when you sign up for something new how excited you get – ready to jump right into the deep end.  Or in my case, more like swam-dive-off-the-high-diving-board-that-ends-up-in-a-belly-flop-into-the-deep-end.  I’m pooped.

Tomorrow I’m supposed to do The Stairs… we’ll see.  If I can get through it, Thursday will be a well earned day off.  I’m looking forward to Thursday’s trip to Detroit with the boys for the Lion’s Thanksgiving game.  Tailgating starts at 9:30am – thank goodness it’s a scheduled rest day.

An early Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends (and to anyone up here taking the opportunity for a 2nd turkey dinner).  Hope everyone has a wonderful day with family and friends.  Go Lions!

Have you ever gone overboard right after signing up for something new?

Football Sunday

September 16, 2012 1 comment

A cheery sunny day picture, courtesy of Google Images

First off, a shout out to my good friends Will and Selina for tying the knot last night.  Lovely wedding, lovely couple, fun party!  And great food!  This morning I sat down with my calorie-counting app Lose It to try to recap the damage from last night.  I gave up – we’ll write it off as a “good taste bud, bad calorie day” and move on.  I ate too much great food.  Thank goodness I did my long run yesterday morning.

Sunday morning has become quite special to me.  Sunday is rest day.  It’s my day.  It’s a day to wear sweat pants, and watch football.  It’s a day to “sleep in” (ha!  remember once upon a time when you could sleep in until noon on a weekend morning – easily?  I slept in until 8:00 this morning!  It felt great!  Yay grown-up life 😉 )

This past week was the first week of my Half-Marathon Training Experiment.  I’d call it a success.  I hit on all three of my planned runs, including my first 9km run yesterday.  It went fairly well – not a glamorous pace, but I walked a lot less than I anticipated.  I did my full 21km week.  I’m very happy with that.  Up next is a 4-run 27km week, including a 10km long run next weekend.  I can do this.

But first today – Sunday.  Rest day.  My “Me” day.  There’s something very satisfying about a planned day off from training, knowing that you’ve met your weekly goals.  I’m looking forward to a day of watching football (with possibly a few house chores and maybe a few hours of work mixed in… Yay grown-up life 😉 )

What do you like to do with your “You” Day?

Quiet day

August 26, 2012 1 comment

I’ve hit a new low – not only back to using Google Images, but repeating a pic I’ve used before… it’s one of those days…

Today is going to be a quiet day.

My body is reminding me today of the importance of rest days (ya know, the one I was supposed to take yesterday…).  Nothing hurts – everything aches.  So with today being a day off, I figure I’ll spend some time doing some chores and such that I never get to.  That bathroom could use a good cleaning!  And probably spend a bit of time on the couch doing a whole lot of nothing – yep, a quiet day is for sure in order!

Race day is now 14 days away.  It seems prudent to me to map out my training plan for the next two weeks.  Somehow I have a lot of training to get in.  And, in the interest of accountability, perhaps if I post it here in a public place I’ll actually stick (mostly) to it.

Push Week – This next week is all about pushing hard.  One last week to push for some serious results!

Monday – Evening fun run with my wife.  Not messing with that.  And the pool is open, so I’d better get in there.  Given that it’s a commuting work day and garbage night, that’s probably all I’m reasonably going to get in

Tuesday – Plans in the calendar = rest day.

Wednesday – Solo run after work.  Gotta push the tempo here and go for my best run yet!  Quick break for dinner then back in the pool again.

Thursday – Helping my sister move apartments.  Carrying furniture counts as training, right?  Probably try to sneak a brick session in the morning, and if I’m not dead after the move see if I can get back in the pool in the evening.

Friday – Plans in the calendar = another rest day.  Really going to have to make these sessions count if I’m taking 2 rest days this week, although after a day of moving, this comes at a good time.

Saturday/Sunday – Going up to the cottage (also, conveniently where the race is the following weekend).  Gotta put the work in, can’t let this turn into a beach and beer weekend.  Shooting for a 30k hard ride one day and a full brick the other.  Also shooting for an open water swim both days, with sprints in and out of the water up the beach.  Running in knee high water sucks!  Gonna. Hurt.

Monday – Rest day.  Happy Labour Day everybody!  Cheers to not having to go to work!  Driving home from the cottage a few hours early to get back for my Fantasy Football draft.  NFL season is just around the corner!  Go Saints!!!

There it is! The Short Bus All Start League Fantasy Football trophy! I have to give it back next week, but it’ll be coming home again after this year, I can feel it!
(I’m such a geek sometimes)

Taper Week – This week is all about dialing it back a bit – getting some light work in to keep the body lose, but saving energy for the race.

Tuesday – Plans in the calendar = rest day.  Although I really don’t want 2 rest days in a row… hmmm… maybe I’ll try to sneak in a short easy run or a brisk walk between work and plans, just to get the legs moving again

Wednesday – Brick followed by a pool swim.  One last kick at the can.

Thursday/Friday – Back to back rest days.  Let the legs get antsy

Saturday – RACE DAY (followed by a great nap!)

Sunday – Recovery day, and cheering my wife on as she runs her first 1/2 Marathon!

I always wonder how much to taper – mostly because by the time I get to Taper Week I haven’t done as much training as I had planned to do.  Am I better to taper anyways, or try to make up missed training?

Do you taper your training the week before a race/event?

Should I run today?

August 25, 2012 2 comments

They’re calling to me…

Ha!  Look at that – I used a pic of my own today instead of stealing one from Google Images!

Anyway… So the dilemma today is to run, or not to run.  It’s actually a tough call…

Reasons to run:

  • Because I really feel like running.  I have the itch to go for a run.  And really what better reason is there than that!
  • Because there’s 14 days until Race Day.  Getting a few more miles into my legs is hardly a bad thing

Reasons not to run:

  • Today was a planned day off – I wasn’t actually expecting to run today.  After my brick + swim on Thursday, and my 30km bike ride yesterday, I’m due for a rest day
  • Because as much as I feel like running, when I stand up, my body reminds me of those same sessions the past two days.  I hurt.  Walking around the house today is quickly regressing to a waddle
  • We have evening plans tonight, taking away my evening run.  So if I want to run, I have to go out in the afternoon heat.  Currently 28°C and beaming sun (82°F for those of you who prefer it that way) – not oppressively hot, but hot enough to make me want to stay indoors
  • Those same evening plans mean I would need to be home, cleaned up, and done my To-Do list for the day within about 3 hours
  • Anticipating today as a rest day, the day started off with egg-free waffles (Not deliberately egg-free, but I was so excited to make waffles this morning I started whipping them up in a bowl before checking if we had all the ingredients.  Seriously, how important could the eggs really be?…)

Apparently without eggs, waffles turn into a sticky, gooey texture. But they still taste good!

In short, a whole lot of semi reasonable excuses I could use to keep me from running today.  But I have the itch to run.  The shoes are calling to me.  So I’ll throw it out to you, readers:

Should I go for a run today?

Edit: I decided to go – 4.2km.  Not my best pace, but it felt really good to get out there

Going on vacation

May 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Hope the view looks like this 🙂

Just a quick update for the loyal readership – no, I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet.  I got married (subtle difference).  There hasn’t been much time for training lately, what with wedding planning, prep, and then getting life back together after.  And what better way to get your feet back under you than to get the hell out of town!

Tomorrow we leave on our honeymoon for a week.  We’re taking a cruise.  Admittedly I did look at the cruise website – looks like there’s gym facilities and perhaps even a running track on one of the decks.  I’ve packed my running shoes and shots.  We’ll see if I actually do any running or not.  I haven’t done any training in over 3 weeks.  I’m gonna be in rough shape when I get back anyway, how much more harm can one more week of sitting on my ass do (especially if it’s sitting on my ass in the Caribbean)? 😉

Talk to you all when I get back.  That’s when training starts for real


Day Off!!!

March 19, 2012 2 comments

If only I had a hammock...

Including yesterday’s run, I’ve now trained 6 times in the past 5 days.  Yessir, I’m taking today off.  Not the lazy kinda ‘I didn’t get around to it’ day off – a deliberately planned day off so the body can rest and recover.  A day off where I feel content about the work I’ve done.  A day off where I won’t feel guilty for parking my ass on my couch instead of training (or better yet, parking my ass in a chair in the back yard in this unseasonably un-March-like weather).

Tomorrow I’m back at it with a speed training run session followed by a full km endurance swim (yeah, not exactly what my online training plan says – I need to change that already).  Today, I get to relax!

With that in mind, it’s time to punch outta work!

Yabba Dabba Do!!!!


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