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Week 3 of my sprint triathlon training reminded me why I added extra weeks into my training calendar. It was for weeks like this one. The Mister and I took a quick trip to New York City so he could attend a cardiology conference. I had never been before and it was such a wonderful mini-vacation!
I had every intention of getting my training sessions in Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before we left on Thursday, but laundry, packing and squeezing in as much snuggle time with Little Miss as was possible took priority over my week. There was also a plan to at least run and cycle at the hotel gym while The Mister was in his classes, but that also didn’t happen. So I’m showing myself some grace and moving forward with my third week of training this week.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read this post about how I’m training for a sprint triathlon. I’m using this training schedule to build up to the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5K run.
Each Monday I’m going to give you a rundown of how the previous week of training went. I’ll tell you about each workout, what went well, what I need to change and what’s in store for the coming week.
Week 3 wasn’t a complete bust, though. I did manage to get a ride in on Monday.
The Mister came to the gym to ride with me on Monday, which was actually pretty fun and pushed me a little bit. We opted for the sit-down bikes instead of the traditional spin bikes, which my rear end appreciated. This week’s cycling workout was 45 minutes again. I challenged myself to work up to a 9 resistance, and kept it at that level for the last 35 minutes or so of my ride. It really wasn’t too bad!
For my entertainment during this training session I opted for listening to music and playing around on Pinterest. It is much easier to play on my phone when I’m sitting down and have arm rests as opposed to trying to balance on a smaller bike saddle. (Did you know that’s what a bike seat is called? I didn’t when I first started cycling. There’s some useless trivia for you!)
Time: 45 minutes
Resistance level: 6-9
Distance: 8.06 miles
The Rest of the Week
Like I mentioned earlier, getting ready to travel and the overall dread of knowing that we were leaving our little girl for a few days kept me pretty busy leading up to our trip. I had good intentions of hitting the hotel gym a couple of times as well, but after the first half-day in the city and getting 24,000 steps I decided that I was probably good for the week.
My Fitbit goal is to get 10,000 steps, walk 4 miles and get 30 minutes of activity each day. Here is how our 3 days in NYC shaped up.
We left Oklahoma at 5:09 AM and arrived in New Jersey a little after noon. After taking a cab to the hotel (and praying for my life through the whole thing) we got settled in and headed out in search of food. We found a hot dog stand near the hotel and then walked a few blocks to Central Park. I’ve heard that the park is big, but I had no idea! We spent a few hours wandering around and pointing out landmarks that we’ve seen in movies before heading back to the hotel for a quick rest. The night before hadn’t been full of much sleep- maybe 4 hours or so. After a rest we ventured out again and hit up Times Square and then Rockefeller Center. The Christmas decorations around the city are really beautiful and I’m so glad that we got to experience them!
Here are my Fitbit stats from Thursday. I would say I met my daily goals.
The Mister’s conference began bright and early on Friday morning and I took that opportunity to sleep in, which is something I haven’t done much of in the last 18 months or so. I also spent some time reading Lauren Graham’s new book Talking As Fast As I Can, which I highly recommend, especially if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan!
That afternoon we met up with a few of The Mister’s friends that were also attending the conference and roamed about the city. We went back to Times Square, took the subway to the financial district and saw the 9/11 memorial and the Statue of Liberty, rode the subway back and saw the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, and Rockefeller again.
My Friday stats weren’t as good, but I’m pretty sure we walked more than that. I think my stats may be a little bit skewed because it was freezing and I walked with my hands in my pockets most of the day.
I did a little more relaxing Saturday morning while everyone else conferenced and then we went out again. We wandered again with no real destination in mind. We ate a couple of good meals and tried to stay warm. Our evening wasn’t too late because we had to pack and get ready to leave early Sunday morning.
My Saturday stats weren’t as great because both lunch and dinner lasted at least an hour and a half, so I was sitting during those times.
Although I didn’t train like I would have preferred this week, I did show myself some grace and enjoyed a once in a lifetime trip with my husband. I’m not going to let this de-rail me and I’m back on the bike, treadmill and in the pool this coming week.
Life happens and sometimes you need to make exceptions and live! It’s not an excuse to give up completely, but I’ve learned that it’s so much better when I allow myself to live life and not quit the first time I encounter an obstacle or two. I know there will probably be more through the holidays and that’s why I gave myself a few extra weeks in my training schedule.
Alright Week 4 (that’s really Week 3), let’s do this!