slush and sand

I spent the weekend in Tahoe spring skiing.  This was a new experience for me and while I still prefer the Colorado powder to anything I’ve seen out here, I sure enjoyed feeling my toes all day and not being bundled in several layers.  I opted out of a workout Friday because I was sore from Thursday and that turned out to be an excellent decision because by mid-morning on Saturday, my quads and hamstrings were burning.   I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it through the day, had I actually run on Friday.  By Sunday afternoon, my legs were tired but more used to the heavy snow and I was feeling fresh.  I’m guessing I wasn’t as exhausted as usual because my body wasn’t working so hard to keep my core temperature up.  The lunch break picture was taken at the “beach party”, where we spent the middle part of both days!

Today I took it easy and joined my friend and her dog on the beach for a short run.  Running in the sand felt better on my shins than pounding pavement and the wind made our short run feel much longer than it was!

The workout:

20-30 minute beach run

core exercises before bed

Nikken wellness:

greenzymes to begin my day

sport socks– LOVE these things!

magstrides in my “house crocs”

4 girls & a dog

I met a few girlfriends for drinks last night.   Aziza makes my favorite drinks in the city- they are fresh, creative and unusual.  Talk always turns to workout with my friends and by the end of the night we’d decided to meet for a run this morning.  KM brought her dog so we chased and waited for him, allowing much needed breaks at times.   Our run/hike took us on trails with some of the best views around and I enjoyed the distraction of gossip during the harder parts!  GC had to rush off to work but the rest of us enjoyed a leisurely coffee at Simple Pleasures Cafe.

I went home to eat lunch and rest a bit then picked RJ up  for another open water swim at Aquatic Park.  She is my always-enthusiastic workout buddy, no matter what madness I propose- which is exactly the type of person you want to be around when looking forward (dreading) a swim in the bay.  We waded in (without the usually instant scream of shock!) and forced ourselves to put heads under the water.   The first loop around went swimmingly (I couldn’t resist) but the second, we agreed afterward, was more difficult.  By that point my feet were numb and midway through the second loop, I started getting calf cramps.  My immediate thoughts were, “I need to pick up some more bananas after the swim.” and “what other foods are high in potassium?”.   So I looked it up when I got home and found this list.   Turns out I eat all kinds of food high in potassium, but now I can be more conscious of it.  I also checked out a old issue of Active.com and came across the article, 6 Common Worst Case Scenarios for Open Water Swimmers and How to Avoid Them. Not that I need more worrisome ideas in my head when I’m in that murky water, but now I know that next time I get a cramp in my calf, I should tread water and roll my ankle out.

Back to the swim… so we finished up and managed to remove our wetsuits.  I had a much more successful time removing my wet swimsuit without flashing everyone this time thanks to my brand new workout dress (yes I’ve been wearing it for two days straight now- but it’s going in the hamper tonight!).  RJ had numb hands, which makes it really difficult to do anything except stand there and freeze.  We cooked ourselves on the car ride back and by the end of my shower my feet were finally thawed.   Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

The workout:

1 hour run/hike, mostly trails, many sets of stairs

2/3 mile open water swim, practicing breathing pattern, concentrating on using legs to propel body forward

Nikken wellness:

Greenzymes before the run this morning

sports bracelet all day

body energizer during afternoon rest

pimag water throughout the day for better hydration and recovery

team diva

We got a late start this morning because I was helping a friend change a tire but realized at the last minute she had the wrong size tubes (courtesy of the bike shop where she bought her new bike!).  We stopped by Sportsbasement on our way to the bridge and they fixed it up so we could get moving.  We modified our route to include part of Headlands and the roads on the back side.   The rest of the way up Headlands is closed for construction until mid-summer but it will be better riding after, as they are finally fixing potholes!    Our ride was shorter than we’d planned but the wind and minimal, constant, uphill grade from the back side of the beach to the bridge gave me a good workout.  I tried to use MapMyRide to display our route, but it’s not working, as usual!  At the end of the ride, one of us had to return to work and the other two of us stopped at the warming hut for a quick coffee.  We snapped a quick picture on the bridge before going our separate ways!

The workout:

15 miles, including long flat and climbing, 1:30 hr

stretching to avoid back pain later

The verdict on my new exercise dress from Nuu-Muu super cute and comfy!   worked well with bike pants underneath and layers on top, then converted into stylish city-ware for the rest of my day with skinny jeans and a black sweater. (shouldn’t I be a sales rep for them or something??)

Nikken wellness:

jade greenzyme as as i was rushing around this morning getting ready to go

magnetic sport bracelet for during and after ride- to keep my wrists in working order

another mile

My back told me to take a rest day yesterday, so I did.   I got in the pool this morning feeling well rested and pain free.  I decided to up the effort a little in today’s mile and take a “rest stroke” at the end of each 200 instead of 100 plus I was in the meter pool instead of the yard pool, so each lap was slightly longer.

I was definitely more tired by the end, as compared to the last swim, but I was also 5 minutes faster (a result of more free style and no pool-end conversations with my fiance).  I must admit that the highlight of my workout today was coming out of the pool and finding a booth of colorful exercise dresses set up in the lobby.  The female owned, Washington based company, Nuu-Muu, had set up shop and was fundraising for the Y while selling their adorable, durable workout attire.  I tried one on and promptly bought two (thinking of Bay to Breakers, hiking this summer in the Rockies, upcoming tropical vacations, etc).   I’ve always been a girly girl at heart but haven’t ventured into the realm of skirt wearing while working out, so we’ll see how that goes.

The workout:

1600 meter swim (1 mile)

175 m freestyle

25 m breast stroke or back stroke

mix up breathing techniques: 123 123 or 1234 123, 1234 123 (see dictionary page for explanation)

Tomorrow is our next Team Diva ride!  Meet at the GG bridge at 9:30 to join us…

stretching out

My swim today felt like one long stretching session.   I was conscious of my body’s alignment as I moved through the water and concentrated on enjoying each movement.  It felt like a meditation and I used the trick I figured out last time to keep track of laps.  My goal was to swim an easy mile.   As I am less than a month away from Wildflower, my training plan for the next month is to simply “go long”.   None of my distances will actually be incredibly long, but I will not be doing any more speed workouts since at this point they won’t help me.

The workout:

1600 yards

75 yds free, 25 yd breast stroke

75 yds free, 25 yd back stroke

alternate between the two for the entire workout

napa ride

I did a 20 mile ride in Napa with three friends yesterday.   Two of us stuck together the entire time and decided we’d call ourselves Team Diva.  We’re getting in touch with our other female bike buddies in the area and are going to try and do “team” rides more frequently!   The gently rolling hills and wide shoulders of the Silverado Trail are perfect for maintaining a good pace and 20 miles was a perfect amount before we began a long day of food and wine!

The workout:

20 miles easy spin, ave speed 15 mph

Recovery:

Lunch and wine at Farmstead!

Our next Team Diva ride is Wednesday.   If you’d like to join us virtually, send me a comment and I’ll be sure to let you know about the workout in advance!

easy does it

I thought I would be more sore today, based on how I was feeling last night but I decided to just ride around the city for my random appointments and call it a day in the exercise department.  I still managed to put 10 miles on my bike (and save 10 on my car in the process!) but it was at a very leisurely pace, with food and coffee breaks in the middle.   Now that’s my kind of workout!  An evening walk will conclude the day and I’ll be completely rested for a ride and some wine tasting in Napa tomorrow!