I read an article recently reminding us that rest and recovery are an important part of our overall health and fitness. This past week was definitely one where I built rest into the program. I skipped both of my swims, because I felt like I needed the sleep much more. Mixing things up and continuing to challenge ourselves is also important. So this week, my plan is to build some more yoga into my schedule, as the yoga practice I had on the Wednesday inspired me and nourished my body and soul.
Monday: We started Tour de France last week with the OTC. It is a 13-week program that follows the Tour by simulating the stages each week and watching videos during class. This is my second year doing it and it is going to be a lot of fun. The idea is that we get out of our triathlon focus and work toward other goals. Well, my goal is to stay focused on my cycling and continue to build strength for... next triathlon season haha.
Tuesday: Track practice. We did 3x2000 yards with the first 200 of lap 1, 3, and 5 fast and the rest at 10k pace. After a rest, we did 3x150 yards at 70-80-90% effort. It was a tough one as the muggy air made it fairly difficult to breathe, but we pushed through.
Wednesday: Yoga on Parliament Hill. I really loved the practice and the fact that it was such a beautiful, sunshiney day. It is so refreshing and good for my soul to get out of the office for a bit during lunch, and I will be sad when PHY ends this week. I also went to the hockey game - Sens vs. Leafs for the first home exhibition game.
Thursday: Three mile run at a solid effort (7:45 pace). It was supposed to be a longer tempo run, but my body was not feeling it. I'm glad that I went out though!
Friday: Short body-weight strength circuit in the morning. RedBlacks game to celebrate a friend's birthday in the evening!
Saturday: Rest day. We did walk 8k (4k each way) to get to the food truck rally. We also stuffed ourselves with delicious food - duck poutine, tacos, bao, custard filled ice cream sandwiches. Yum!
Sunday: Long run Sunday. I did my longest run ever at 10 miles. I was quite happy with my pace (8:08 per mile, which included my warm-up and cool down) and the fact that I pushed myself past my old limits.