Monday, November 17, 2014

Training and Life Recap: Week of November 10

Another week has flown by and while I did step my training up a notch, I really need to start cracking down and focusing. With the snow arriving this past weekend, I am glad that I got out and enjoyed one last ride in the park last week.

Monday: Spinning class with the OTC. It was stage 12 and 13 of the Tour de France.  My bike fitness has certainly taken a hit over the past 2 months of my "break" from training. Time to dial it back in so that I am ready for January.

Tuesday: We had the day off of work for Remembrance Day.  I took full advantage and did my own sort of moving mediation on why I am so thankful for our servicemen and women.  The day started with a 6 am swim (2700m) followed by a short strength and stability workout.  Then I went to a hot, sweaty and peaceful yoga class. In the afternoon I enjoyed a final 20k ride up to Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park with my OTC buddies.

First attempt at a photo while biking! Not bad!

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: A nice 5k run after I taught the 6 am barre class.  I was quite happy to see that I averaged 7:19 pace.  I'm thinking of doing a 5k when I go to Phoenix for the holidays, so I'm going to keep working on my run.  I hosted book club in the evening and made this really delicious pumpkin hummus - 1 cup pumpkin purée, 1 - 15 ounce can of chickpeas (drained), 2 tablespoons Justin's maple almond butter, generous drizzle of olive oil (add more to taste), pinch of sea salt, dash of cinnamon, dash of nutmeg. Blend until smooth.

Friday:  Rest Day.

Saturday: Noon yoga class, followed by a delicious green juice of kale, apple, grapefruit, ginger, parsley, and lemon. Yum! I also went to see Gone Girl with my roommate. If you've read the book or not, and still haven't seen it, go see it! They did a really good job with the movie.  It will leave you very unsettled, that is for sure.

Sunday: Rest Day.  Too much fun at my girls' night on Saturday night, oops!

Too many rest days, but I did survive waking up 3 times at 5 am last week.  Now I just need to do that again this week!  And I am going to set my bike trainer up this week as well so that I have no excuses but to work on my bike fitness!


  1. Your felt is really pretty. How do you like it? At some point I am going to be in the market for a new road bike, so I’m always keeping my eyes peeled. It looks like a beautiful place to ride. Are you on a road or paved path? What time is it getting dark there now?

    I’m going to be setting up the bike trainer too. I feel like once I do it and adjust, it will become second nature during the winter.

    1. I love my Felt Kristen! It is an awesome bike. We are really lucky to have a big Provincial park to ride in. It is super hilly (great for training!) and they closed the park to cars in early October. During the summer there are certain roads that are closed to cars on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The park is always full of cyclists! There are also great trails for running there as well. In the winter, they groom the parkways for cross country skiing (and I think I heard that they have already done this since we've had quite a bit of snow recently!). The snow means that my days of riding outside are probably over, so trainer goes up for Sunday's ride.