So I am a little slow in getting out the week 4 re-cap. Probably three reasons: 1) I was really tired this week from working “crew” for my wife and daughter at 24 The Hard Way this last weekend. 2) I just haven’t been able to get the time to sit down write a blog entry. 3) I just don’t want to take the humility and say I missed one of my workouts last week. (There, I said it!) So last week I was to have done 3 swim, 2 bike, 4 run, and 2 strength workouts. I missed one of the strength workouts. So how did the week go? Pretty damn good actually! I still struggled with early week workouts, but I did get things to come together at the end of the week.
Running, I felt pretty good on the runs. I feel like I am making some steady progress. I stretched my long run out to an 8 miles this weekend, and that’s pretty good. My knees seem to be recovering pretty good too. While there is a little strain in the left one after the weekend, it seems to bounce back after the monday rest day. When I was out at 24 The Hardway with Becky, the people set up in the spot next to us were doing the 24 hours as a relay team. They were really fast as hell, they were a group of triathletes that were doing that event for the fun of it. I was really kinda shaking my head seeing how good an athlete they all were and I started to think “why the fuck do you even think you can do that”? It started to work on me a little, but then I remembered two life lessons that kinda pulled me up. One was my old mentor who talked to me about how we don’t all start out in life at the same starting point and that when we accept where we are instead of wishing or being down about not being where others are, then we can find some peace and start to grow in our own journey. The second life lesson was from my move to Scottsdale years ago. I had this great positive “vision” of how beautiful it was going to be but in the month before I left I had a bunch of family and friends start to say how desolate and ugly the desert was. They clouded my “vision”. The cool thing was once I got there is was every bit as beautiful as the “vision” I had. So I always remind myself not to let ANYONE else’s negative bullshit cloud my dreams! I am Galveston bound. I found my mantra too. Becky tells me that she is superstitious about sharing her mantra, so I will hold that to myself until I decide if I want to share that or not. Do any of you run or exercise with a manta? Do you share yours or keep it personal?
Swimming is really cool! I am making some really good progress in my swimming since I just decided to work on getting the technique down and my breathing down. It is pretty amazing how just in a day, something happened that changed everything. For some reason when I went to take my breathe, I actually had some good body rotation and it made the breath easier. It was a fluke that it happened, but it was a game changer for me. Now I am actually keeping my head down and swimming the way I am supposed to swim! The cool thing is how much easier it is and how much less effort it is taking now. I am starting to think that I just might not drown in that Galveston Bay now!
Biking is still my favorite. Both of my bike rides went pretty well last week. The 1-1/2hr ride was a nice ride at the lake, but it was still a little nippy. Having to be out at the Ultra-marathon the night before all night in the 30 degree cold made that a little less than appealing, but I got thru! I don’t think I actually got warm until Tuesday! Another note on the cycling front, I ordered a CycleOps Powertap Hub this last week. The bike shop said it should be in by the weekend. I will probably wait to have it installed next week. That is going to be pretty cool. A friend of mine said I could make some really good strides and train much more efficiently training with power for my cycling. So I am really fired up about that.
Strength training was the where I missed the mark in completing all of my workouts. I got one weight workout done on Friday and intended to get the other on Saturday or Sunday, but just didn’t get it wedged in. I should have had it done on Monday or Tuesday and then it wouldn’t have been an issue. I still was thinking I had done one weight workout on Wednesday and just didn’t get it logged, so there is an outside chance that I actually did get it all in. But since I didn’t get it logged and can’t be certain, I will call it a “no go”.
I want to also mention a little more about the Ultra-Marathon that my wife Becky and daughter Cynthia did this last weekend. The event is called 24 The Hard Way. It is an annual event in Oklahoma City that the girls just love doing. I think Becky has found her passion in ultra-marathons! She has made some really great strides this last year too! Becky’s had three main goals this year at this event: 1) Finish and stay out on the course for the whole 24 hours. 2) Try to get 80 miles. 3) Keep her feet in healthy condition throughout the race. No doubt she exceeded her goals! She finished with 93.5 miles and was 1st place Masters Division! Awesome job and I am so proud of her. Cynthia completed 58 miles and we are really proud of her too. Becky is already thinking ahead to next year and looking forward to the challenge of breaking 100 miles!
Dream big or go home, baby!
Think I’ll go with Foo Fighters and Learn To Fly!