Monday, March 2, 2015

Training and Life Recap: Week of February 23

Some solid bike and run workouts in the books last week. No swims and a sick day though kept it from being a "great" week of training.  I am happy to report that putting my fears aside and enjoying the learning process has helped me to get closer to "getting it" on my skate skiing!  I'm pretty excited and it almost makes me want to keep winter around a little bit longer so I can keep practicing. *Almost* haha!

Monday: First brick of the season.  Spent 70 minutes on the bike and ran for an easy 30 minutes.  It was a super cold morning, but I got it done! Check out those frosted eyelashes!

Tuesday: Not resting on the weekend caught up to me on Tuesday.  I was exhausted, so I didn't end up waking up for my swim.  In the evening, I went to a Power Vinyasa class. It was challenging, but felt amazing.

Wednesday: An early evening run along the canal for an easy 30 minutes. Then I went off to my spin class with OTC. We did a longer bike ride than usual, spending 80 minutes doing a fairly tough profile ride with climbs, attacks, and time trial sections.  I opted to go home early instead of sticking around for the strength portion of the class.

Thursday: Sick day.  Starting on Wednesday afternoon, I had been feeling pretty nauseous, and that continued into Thursday and was accompanied by a pretty wicked headache and slight fever.  So I stayed home from work and slept most of the day.  By the evening I was starting to feel better, so I was able to help out at the OTC swim clinic.  We had a lot of fun working on improving technique and confidence in the water with our group!

Friday:  Still feeling a bit under the weather, so I again skipped my morning swim.  I didn't want to risk having the sickness linger any longer than necessary, and I'm glad I made that call.  I did wake up and do a strength circuit in the morning before work though.  In the evening, we got dressed up to go to the Nature Museum for Nature Nocturne.

Saturday:  Slept in instead of going to track, then taught my two barre classes.  After barre, we went out skate skiing again and I finally started to get it!  The rhythm started to click and it felt so much easier and more enjoyable!  It was an absolutely gorgeous day too. Thanks again Dave for your help!  After skiing, I still had to get my track workout done.  I went out and ran outside on a relatively flat section of road.  The workout was killer.  I thought I might puke at one point, it was so hard.  Main set was 2k at tempo/10k pace, 800m at 3k pace, 2k at tempo/10k pace continuous, no rest. Very mentally challenging, especially since my section of road had a headwind for part of it!  Glad to be done that workout.

Before I got it. Drills with no poles. Just call me Bambi.

Sunday: Rest day. I did take a barre class though, since we have a bunch of new girls training and one of them had her mock class. She did great and it was fun to support her!  I also made some amazing pancakes for breakfast.  Mix together 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup oats, 2 teaspoons baking powder, generous shake of cinnamon, dash of salt, and 2 tablespoons chia seeds.  Then whisk together 1 cup milk and 1 egg, then add 2 tablespoons sugar (we didn't have brown sugar, but use brown if you have it), 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt.  Add the dry mixture to the wet, and stir until just combined. Try not to overstir!  Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large skillet, then drop the mixture onto the hot skillet using 1/4 cup scoops.  Cook until edges look dry and bubbles rise to surface of the mixture.  Flip to finish cooking.  Add more coconut oil to cook the rest.


  1. Great week!! Those pancakes look amazing!! I usually make some Wednesday mornings so maybe I will make these...thanks for the recipe!!

  2. I have a gorgeous new pair of skate skis that have been collecting dust all winter long due to the lack of snow. It has been the mildest winter in history for us!! I guess I will have to wait until next year – what a great way to cross train, eh?

    Runners World magazine is doing an instagram hashtag photo contest for frozen faces from winter running. I think that picture of you would take the cake!

    I love all of the people skating on the canal(?) while you are running. That looks like fun!

    Your winter wonderland looks so beautiful. I love winter when it involves snow. When it is just cold and dry (and snowless) like it is here, I am not a fan.

    Hope you are feeling better and having a great week!

    1. Skate skiing is turning out to be pretty awesome. I think I'll have to invest in my own pair of skis for next winter.

      Yes, those people are skating on the canal. It's the longest outdoor skating rink in the world and a UNESCO heritage site! Pretty cool. (Though I admittedly have not been out skating yet this year.)

      Haha, I'm somewhat over winter. Ready for sunshine and running in fewer layers of clothing!