I love off-season because I have the chance to fall into a great workout routine! During the past two weeks I’ve made good use of the gym daycare and hired a sitter on Wednesdays so I can ride outside with a friend. She’s way faster than me but is encouraging me to be more efficient with my energy output and I’m moving faster! In a couple of days we will tackle Paradise Loop, which is almost 40 miles and used to be my regular ride. The last time I did Paradise was before I was pregnant- and I never completed it in 3 hours, which will be our goal this week. Wish me luck…
Happily, my newfound speed is translating into other workouts also. I’m no longer doing lazy swims just to say I got in the water, but I’m working on 100 and 200 yd splits, making each faster than the previous. I’ve added a second spin class into my week and am doing my best to follow all given instructions for RPMs and watts on the spin bike computer. Finally,I’m back to running again. I did a short loop around the Presidio this morning, choosing music with a quick beat to inspire quick foot speed. I recommend 2Pac and Cypress Hill if you’re into that stuff. My foot has been relatively pain free for over a week, since my manual therapist released my left ankle joint. I’ve got renewed flexibility, which felt weird even when walking the first couple of days, and I’m consciously working to keep the joint from compressing again. My physical therapist showed me several balance exercises to stabilize and strengthen all the little muscles in my foot. My favorite is standing on one foot on an upside down Bosu ball and asking my husband to toss me a medicine ball. He throws it at me, not to me which makes the exercise somewhat tricker (and more entertaining).
Some days I’m still pressed for time so I’ve become more creative with my multitasking. After this week’s ride, I dove right into violin practicing, doing calf stretches with my scales and balancing over a Beethoven Trio. Ironically, practicing on one foot helped me feel more grounded and be more expressive in my playing.
We leave town soon so my goal for this holiday season is to gracefully let go of my current routine and embrace another, enjoying swims and runs with my family in a warmer climate. Hawaii…. here I come!!
weekly totals: 1900 yds swimming, 48 miles biking, 4.3 miles running