Where’d November go?!
After two months of swimbikerunning when I felt like it, the hum of scheduled training started again last month, and it feels good. I started working with Nick’s coach, Andy Schiesl, and have been slowly gearing back up and building a base. Early morning workouts are back, and even in the dark, it’s been nice to get up and break a sweat to start the day.
While not being able to run for six weeks kinda stinks, I’ve surprisingly started to enjoy the pool. The quiet yards tick by, and I feel like I’ve finally found a good rhythm and additional confidence in the water. I’ve even been practicing flip turns… they aren’t pretty (yet), and I only do them during my cool down since it’s faster to just turn at the wall during sets, but they’ll get there. Both Nick and I are on wait lists for masters, so crossing my fingers we get spots when new sessions start in January.
I’ve even more shocked to say that the trainer hasn’t been horrible! (Ask me again in March.) Granted, no ride has been longer than 90 minutes, but it’s still been great to be in the saddle, even if it’s not outside. Biking with power also makes it more of a game; I definitely have to focus more to keep my watts in check.
Strength training has also made a reappearance. I’ve been following functional strength and mobility program, and with just two sessions a week, I feel more flexible and stronger.
November wasn’t without any non-triathlon fun, too. We made a trip north to my hometown of Hallock to visit my parents, grandparents and my sweet old weim, Zoey (she’s 13 on December 28!). It was a lovely few days filled with turkey dinner, tea at Grandma’s and a hardcore game of Scrabble.
Other November fun included the Banff Film Festival, Gravity in 3D, small business Saturday shopping (is it bad it was for myself?! Fave shops: Prime and Polish, Mille and Shu) and we picked out our Christmas tree.
And, shout-out to Dogeared Jewelry! I wore my lucky elephant necklace throughout Ironman Canada training as well as the race, and after the chain broke during my first post-race run – as I’ve been told, that means your wish comes true – Dogeared kindly sent me a replacement. How fantastic is that?! Thank you, Dogeared!
November training stats
Swim: 20,500 yards, 6:44:52
Bike (trainer); 326.42 miles, about 16 hours
Run (pre-injury): 60.59 miles, about 8:45
Yoga: five classes, 4:35
Have a wonderful holiday season, friends!