Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer's HERE

Oh Monday, you are difficult at the best of times, let alone after a glorious weekend such as this.  Temps were in the high 20's and the sun was shining all weekend long.  I had planned to do so many things (like finish my Xterra Race report) but alas, that didn't happen.  We had a tough training day on Saturday and then I had to spend some time figuring out what was wrong with my power meter when we got home.  It wasn't reading at all.  In doing that I realized just how gross my bike was so of course I had to clean it.  Then I made dinner, and sat down to actually do some writing.  Wrote a couple of paragraphs and packed it in.  I was tired and I just didn't have the focus.  Sunday was the Men's Triathlon in the Pan Am Games and it was only about 10km from our house so we hopped on our bikes and rode out to watch it.  THAT was awesome.

Sunday afternoon we went out to my Uncle's place in Markham for a family gathering.  I haven't seen them or my cousins in quite some time so it was awesome to catch up with everyone.  One of my cousins works as a sous chef at North 44 so he cooked dinner for us.  Needless to say, it was amazing.  We sat out by the pool for the entire afternoon and early evening and we didn't leave until 9:00 pm!   It was a lovely afternoon.

I'm slowly working on building my volume back up and I'm trying to get back into the gym.  I've lost the leanness I had going into Eagleman and I'm chalking that up to just not lifting.  So it's time to rectify that.  I made it to the gym once last week.  This week I'm hoping to get there twice.  It will all depend on work.   Once again things have gotten busy.  I have two shoots this week and another one next week.  No rest for this producer.  Is it bad that I want another holiday already? 

My sciatica is still lingering which is annoying but I feel like things are loosening up.  I'm going to see an osteopath on Thursday so we'll see what she has to say.  I took this past week off running to give my legs a break after the brutal hills of the Muskoka 70.3 run course.  I'm going to go for a very short easy run tonight to see how they feel.  If things are still not feeling great, I'll give myself another week. 

Despite my lack of running, I still had a pretty good week of workouts.  I got back into the pool and the open water - YAY!

Monday:  2500m swim in the OUTDOOR pool!  Loved that even if it was like bath water!
Tuesday:  OFF - was still feeling a bit tired.
Wednesday:  2750m swim.   This was a GREAT swim.
Thursday:   TWO bike rides 25km in the morning, then another 13km to work.  Followed by a 35 minute strength workout in the p.m.
Friday:  OFF
Saturday:  1300m OWS, followed by a tough 76km ride.  The swim was lovely.  The water at the quarry was fairly warm and it was calm which was a nice change of pace from the last couple of times we've been there.  Post ride we stopped and replenished all our lost calories at a local diner. I think I probably burned more than 8 despite what my stupid Garmin said.

Sunday:  20km ride with a stop to watch the Pan Am triathlon and a stop for coffee.  It was very civilized.

Total time:  7h 49 minutes

This coming weekend we're heading up to Collingwood to ride with some of the WTP crew.  THAT is going to be a blast.  It's going to be lots of hills peppered with stops for butter tarts.  At least that's what I've been told.  Bring it on!

How was your weekend?  Have you gone to see any Pan Am events?


Kelli said...

Very cool that you were able to watch the Pan Am event. The only draft legal pro race I've seen were the super sprint races they did at USAT Nationals in Milwaukee last year after the AG race was over. It was very exciting.

Abby said...

How awesome that the Pan Am tri was so close to your house. I love having somewhere fun to bike too.