Training Update

So I am getting myself ready for IM Texas 70.3 in Galveston and training has been anything but easy recently.  Some of that is because it is cruddy outside, some of it is because I was a sick for about a week (still am a little), and some is because training is hard and who wants to do it.  Today I had a text conversation with my coach who told me it will be impressive to PR my half having only done indoor training, but I have to say that this is probably pretty typical of any athlete that lives where we do.  There isn’t a lot of ways to train outside right now even if the occasional run isn’t out of the question.  The thought of getting on a bike in 30 degree weather and creating a wind (since I will be moving about 18 MPH) that will bring the temperature on my face down to 15 degrees.

Recently, we began using Training Peaks to plan and track workouts.  I was really disappointed to see so much red when I was sick.  Too bad I can’t go back and make those up.

Training Peaks Screenshot

The Snow is Melting

Today was the first time, in what seems like forever, that it was comfortable to be outside.  Don’t get me wrong, it was still cold, but I didn’t feel the need to bundle up like I was trekking through the snow in North Slope, Alaska.

This morning Nick and I ran a few errands, came home, and cooked lunch.  After we ate, we relaxed and may have taken a short nap.  Around 2pm, we took the dogs on a 2 mile walk.  They were excited to be outdoors for more than a few minutes.  The weather was nice, the snow had mostly melted, and the sun was shining.  Whoohoo!

After our walk, we completed our 2-hour bike ride with drills on the trainer, followed by a 15 minute easy run on the treadmill.  I can’t wait for warmer weather to be able to do some of these workouts outdoors.

Emily on the Trainer

Swim Canceled

Today’s swim was canceled due to unpredicted snowfall.  HOORAY!!  I mean, we really shouldn’t drive when the roads are icy….it’s a safety hazard.

Wisconsin Snow

On the way home, a car passing me lost control and drove into the median.  Nick and I both made it home safely, ate an extremely early dinner, played with the dogs inside, and are now vegging out on the couch.  Sorry, Coach, but I don’t think I have the motivation to do anything beyond sitting on the sofa, cuddled in a blanket, drinking hot cocoa.

Weather

For the past couple of weeks we have been sidelined by weather.  It seems like we are able to get great weather (75 degrees with little wind) during the week, but when we get to the weekend the weather changes to rain and 40s/50s.

This weekend I was super excited to get out on a long bike ride outside.  I dislike the trainer and am ready to be done with it.  Emily doesn’t mind the trainer.  It became painfully obvious yesterday by 6am that we were not going to get outside for our ride, so we went to the gym to swim and then came home and rode on the trainer for a bit.

After that, we went out for the Kohler Beer Festival (Shorts & Chefs) and had a great time.

Kohler Beer Fest

Today’s plan was to get outside for a run.  Even though it is in the 40s, and supposed to be pretty nice, the winds were 20+ MPH.  Because of the wind I decided to do a 5K on the treadmill instead and pick up a longer run as part of my brick on Monday.

I am hoping that the weather will turn around over the next couple of weeks so that we don’t have to put up with indoor training much longer.

Sunshine and Bright Skies

This morning we woke up to rain.  The last couple of weeks have been pretty dreary with the sun only making a few subtle appearances.  Today, though, the forecast promised a bright and sunny afternoon.  I was doubtful, to say the least.  After eating lunch, I was sitting on the sofa and happened to glance out of the window.  With the sun finally making an appearance, it was as if it illuminated the clouds in the sky.

I grabbed the camera and snapped a couple of shots of the white, fluffy clouds against the bright, blue sky.  I don’t remember the sky being so vibrant in Houston, although maybe I never took the time to notice it.

Bright Sky White Clouds, Wisconsin

Bright Sky White Clouds, Wisconsin

Bright Sky White Clouds, Wisconsin

Christmas Sunset

I was going through pictures this morning and found two photos I took of the gorgeous sunset on Christmas Day.  They were taken approximately 5 minutes apart as the sun was setting.  Enjoy!