Musings about Training since The NYC Marathon
I have to admit I’ve been in a bit of a training funk since the NYC Marathon. I guess that’s normal though. After the marathon my body and my brain has needed some time to refresh and to get my training mojo back. It is hard this time of year to find the motivation too with the daylight hours short and the holiday madness taking up every extra moment. I have been running off and on and was in a good streak of running last week until I fell and smashed my elbow on the asphalt after slipping on ice and snow. Thankfully nothing is broken although my elbow is still sore and my arm and elbow have turned a lovely shade of rainbow bruising. We have been getting the gift of snow this December here in New Hampshire and even had our first snow day yesterday. The ground was covered with the most perfect fluffy, powder. We got about 6-7 inches and the kids and I spent the day cross country skiing and playing with their cousins. It was the perfect day!
Today we started up a new session of bootcamp. It’s amazing how only one week off can make the first day of a new cycle seem impossible! Today we did 5X1′ rounds of 4 different exercises each with a pre-determined number of reps or meters on the erg. We had some choices so I tried to pick the lesser of two evils for each round-ERG (rowing machine), push-ups, goblet squats, and rows. I definitely got my butt kicked this morning.
After bootcamp my friend Laura and I headed to the pool. It was surprisingly crowded this morning so I had to share a lane. I was in awe of the woman swimming next to me. Her stroke form was so smooth and she just seemed to be powering through the water. I am definitely longing for some in-person coaching in the pool and am scheming ways to make that happen! I am swimming at a new pool this year which I am loving because the water is a few degrees warmer which makes swimming (especially in the winter) much more enjoyable! Today I just swam a steady state with no drills as I was just trying to get a feel for being back in the pool. I was pleased as I swam a distance of 1975 yds or 1.12 miles. I am planning to do a lot more swimming this winter since after the Boston Marathon I am planning to race some triathlons (Half Ironman Mont Tremblant and maybe The White Mountains Triathlon (Half Iron Distance) much earlier in the summer.
Tomorrow it’s back to running and then I’ll be setting up my bike trainer later this week to make sure that I am covering the trifecta–swimming, biking and running. I am also excited to start cross-country skiing with my kids every Saturday morning with the Bill Koch League up at Burke Mountain Academy and The Kingdom Trails. This is a program that helps to develop the skills of young cross country skiiers.