May Mileage Recap

I said this month that I would work on additional posts so that the blog didn’t just become mileage recaps and I did not do that.

In many ways, it feels like May flew by, mostly because I think that there was a lot of just staring at the news in horror. I’m still trying to formulate words about what has been going on in the news lately, but I also read something recently that said that white people should sit back and listen and absorb and not try to create content, and that seems very wise. I have created a huge reading list for myself and will be sharing that in some form.

As to training, my races continue to get cancelled. Right now, I still have a triathlon on the schedule for September, though if the pools don’t open, I’m not sure I’m going to feel comfortable racing, because even if I can get to an open water swim every weekend (unlikely), I just don’t think that’s enough to be safely trained for the swim. I’ll go into a race under-trained on the bike or run, but especially with my arm/shoulder/collarbone injury last year, I don’t think it’s safe to go into open water under-trained.

Plus I’m not sure about swimming with a bunch of other people who are under-trained.

I’m pretty pleased with my other workouts in May though. I’ve been trying to do dry land swim work every day, alternating upper body and core/lower body. Conveniently, a number of the workouts are the same ones I should be doing for my PT, so not only is it helping keep my strength up, it’s also continuing my recovery.

My run miles have really been down over the past few years, and I’d like to get that back up and am aiming to run 50 mile months. I know, some of you do that in a week or less, but for me, a 50 mile month is something I’m happy with.

May Miles
Swim – Nope
Bike – 143 miles
Run – 48 miles

As to what is coming next, the next thing on my schedule (aside from the September triathlon) is the Space Coast Half Marathon in November. I was really pleased to see that they’re doing an in person/virtual hybrid, and you don’t have to make that decision until a few weeks before the race. I’m hoping we’re able to travel by then, but if not, it’s nice to know that either way, I’ve got to put in 13.1 miles that weekend. Definitely helps with the training goal.

We also signed up for the Disney marathon in January, as it’s on my 40th birthday. Still not sure I want to run a marathon (and yes, I know that training for a marathon means I’m going to have to do more than 50 mile months), but it’s now on the schedule, and I hope it happens.

I feel like right now, my training schedule is one of the normal parts of my life (save for not being able to swim – though I couldn’t swim for a chunk of 2019 either). It’s definitely helping me break up my day. I finish my work day and I go for a run or a ride. It’s been a great way to clear my head.

2020 Miles
Swim – 4.6 miles
Bike – 415 miles
Run – 194 miles

April Mileage Recap

Well, I have to admit, it’s a bit sad that two posts in a row are monthly mileage recaps. But there’s not a lot of racing going on right now, so I haven’t had as much to write about. Still training though, and weirdly loving dryland swim workouts. Maybe because it’s a lot of the same stuff I’m doing for PT, and it feels extra productive to accomplish two things at once.

Last weekend was supposed to be my first triathlon of the year, and I’m pretty sure even without a global pandemic, I wouldn’t have been racing it. It was below freezing Saturday morning! In May! Definitely no open water swim for me, thank you very much. I suspect the swim would have been cancelled. So no real loss there.

In terms of training, things feel very unfocused, so I’m doing a ramp test this week to test my bike power, then I’ll work on increasing from there. I’ve not tested since before my crash last year, so who knows what’s going on.

I did suck it up and sign up for the 2021 Disney Marathon. It’s on my 40th birthday, so I’ve been saying for a while that I plan to do it. I’m not entirely sure I want to do it, but the money is in, so I’m stuck. I guess it really hasn’t sunk in because I’m completely unsure if the race will actually happen. There are all sorts of rumors about lower numbers and more spacing, but we’ll see what happens. I’m not terribly worried about it. There’s a lot going on that we just can’t control.

April Totals
Swim – Yeah right
Bike – 109 Miles
Run – 41 Miles

These numbers aren’t as bad as I thought they would be. I did a lot of walking as well this month, just wanting to get outside, and occasionally, a long walk (including one 11 mile walk) replaced a run. Since I’m not heavily training for anything, I’m not too worried about it. Just trying to stay active and stay sane.

I’m not sure that I see triathlon season happening this summer, at least not in this area. While some areas are starting to open up, things are definitely staying locked down here for the near future, and I think it’s going to take quite some time for the community pools to be open, which is where I swim. If I’ve not been in the water, I really shouldn’t be attempting an open water swim. And I’m okay with that. I could be wrong, and maybe my September races will happen. After the past two race seasons, I’m open to anything!

2020 Totals
Swim – 4.6 Miles
Bike – 272 Miles
Run – 146 Miles

March Mileage Recap (and more)

We’re 1/3 of the way through 2020, and let’s just say, I hope it’s all downhill from here. I don’t think anyone expected April to look like this, and it doesn’t seem like it’s changing anytime soon.

I hope everyone is continuing to socially distance. I’ve been doing a lot of indoor workouts, because my normal running routes are super crowded. On Friday-Sunday, one of the roads near my local trail is partially closed, which is great, but I have to go about a mile down the trail to get to the closed part. Still, it’s better than nothing, so I’m going to try to do my weekend running out there.

I’m definitely missing physical therapy. I can do all the stretching and self-work, but there is no replacement for manual therapy and dry needling. I’m definitely much more sore than normal, but I’m doing what I can. My PT office is offering virtual visits, but needles can’t be done virtually.

One advantage to being home is that I have more time to get in my workouts, which is pretty awesome. I’ve been doing a lot of dryland swim workouts (think a lot of strength work with cords) and I love it. It feels like such a great accomplishment. Sure, it’s not quite the same as swimming, but it’s definitely a good workout.

My mileage for March definitely picked up over February. That’s what happens when you’re finally not sick.

I’m doing my best to keep up with training. I know a lot of people are doing bigger step backs, but I personally need the push, or I’ll slack off. I don’t want my return to racing to be completely terrible (whenever that may happen).

March mileage
Swim: 1.8 miles (Yeah, that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.)
Bike: 73 miles
Run: 37 miles

2020 Totals
Swim: 4.6 miles
Bike: 163 miles
Run: 105 miles

Has anyone picked up any new hobbies during all of this? I tried baking bread and was moderately successful. Of course, now all I want to do is eat bread. This might not be the best hobby to pick up.

Staying Sane During Social Distancing

At least someone is enjoying that I’m stuck at home.

So.

This is weird, huh.

I realized that I went a full two weeks without having been inside a building other than my house. I’m pretty sure I’ve done that… never. Probably as an infant. Don’t get me wrong, I’d been outside, just not into another building. I did go to the grocery store though, so the streak has been broken. And restarted.

I keep looking at my calendar and all the things I had for planned for this month and the next few months, and it feels so strange to have everything crossed out. I’m not disappointed, really. Sort of numb, I guess, since it’s clearly what had to happen. So far, I’ve had two races cancelled, and I’m definitely expecting more. Not a big deal – they both were great about communication, and one gave every entrant an automatic deferral to 2021 if they wanted it, which is an awesome option (and that’s a race I deferred from last year, so… eventually I’ll get to do it).

I’ve seen a lot of people say “Hey, this is the perfect opportunity to start a new fitness routine!” And if that’s what you want to do, go for it. But only if it’s what makes you happy. Some people are going to emerge from the pandemic looking super ripped, others are going to have packed on some pandemic pounds, and both options are just fine. This isn’t the time to be worried about gaining weight. Sure, I do think you should try to eat a balanced diet, just because it’s good for your immune system. But I also think you can eat your fruits and veggies and still eat half a container of Utz Pub Mix.

Not that we have multiple containers of Utz Pub Mix here. Not at all.

As of right now, we’re on a Stay Home order in Maryland, and today, some recommendations came out to use trails other than the one right by my house, since apparently it’s been packed. I’ve been avoiding it because it’s been so crowded. They finally closed the playgrounds because they were a mob scene. I’m just waiting to see what’s next – and it’s not that I disagree with the concepts of keeping people separated. It’s the frustration that the few privileges we have left get taken away thanks to people who can’t follow the rules.

I really try to always look at the positive side to any situation. Obviously, this is all far from positive – but that doesn’t mean you can’t find and enjoy the bright spots. Personally, I’ve really enjoyed how this has made us reach out to each other. I have had so many Zoom chats with wonderful friends. It makes me wonder why we haven’t tried this before – and it’s something I hope we keep up after we go back to normal, whatever our new normal looks like.

I’m also really enjoying not having to wear real pants. It’s really saving wear on my good clothes. It’s a financial win, right?

I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home with very little change in my role. We’ve had to switch some things to electronic communication, but it’s been a pretty smooth transition all in all. I’m doing my best to keep a normal schedule for work, which means that while I have a bit of extra time during the week, it’s really only my commute time that I get back – and let’s be honest, I’m sleeping through that in the morning. So I’m far from bored so far. There is so much to do around the house and I’m looking forward to finally accomplishing some of the things on my to-do list.

How are you handling the current situation? Stuck at home or still going to work? I hope that everyone is doing their best to stay safe. Flatten the curve!

Product Review – Built Bar (spoiler – they’re delicious)

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Though I’m well aware that eating on the run isn’t good for me, I often find myself doing so, thanks to work, training, and various volunteer gigs. And, well, life. So I was excited to try out Built Bar protein bars. I liked the fact that they’re lower calorie (so good for breakfast or a snack, not really a meal replacement) and they allegedly weren’t chalky like a lot of protein bars.

Guys. These things taste like delicious candy bars. They are gooey and full of flavor, and thanks to the protein, they’re also filling without being total calorie bombs.

Thanks to Built Bar, I got to try a bunch of different flavors, then went back and bought myself some of the new limited edition flavors as well. I’m not sure what my favorite is, but I really like the coconut almond and the orange chocolate cream.

The texture isn’t for everyone. These bars have a chocolate coating around a sort of gooey, sticky filling. If you aren’t a fan of the texture (some people said it stuck to their teeth), if you refrigerate or freeze them (or leave them in the car when it’s 30 degrees out and you’re at the pool), they firm up a bit. Personally, I like them both room temperature and cold.

built bar

Built Bars have become my new breakfast on the run and occasional mid-day snack, especially when I’m craving something sweet. There is always a ton of candy in my office and that can be hard to avoid. Not that I avoid it all the time – but I try to have the candy in moderation. Now, I can sub in a Built Bar (or have a small piece of candy with my Built Bar, let’s be honest) and not be hungry an hour later.

If you want to try Built Bars, you can use code BUILTNOW for 20% off, but hurry, that code ends soon! I know I stocked up, so if you’re local, you can come raid my pantry too. I’m sure I’ll be buying more again soon.