I’m done with the Ironman blues. Hello from the other side!
Finally this week I came out of the fog. I remember what it was like to be doing all that training, but it doesn’t feel wrong to *not* do it. I still get to ride my bike. We hit the pool once and that made me a happy fishie. I laced up my hokas this morning for their intended purpose, and it wasn’t far and it wasn’t fast and it was kinda hot but it felt good. I’m going to try to keep it to 5 hours a week, give or take, but I think both my body and brain are ready to be a super casual recreational triathlete.
It’s a good thing too, because I signed up for a race!
We do this one every year. Last year I was about 3 months into offseason, I just bought my new bike that week, and I was just a minute and a half off my PR and my second best showing ever. This year… I’m going to go in again with no expectations and see what I can do. Go play triathlon hard that morning. Maybe not even with a watch. All hippie-like without data (but I like looking at it later so maybe not).
So, this week I start with the swim/bike/run – yes all 3 of them in one week. Here’s the plan. It’s super detailed.
- Monday – ran 2.68 miles
- Tuesday – ride TT bikes at the Circuit of the Americas track for ~2 hours
- Wednesday – ride bikes with the BSS crew
- Thursday – probably be dead from all the exertion plus I have gaming so *priorities*
- Friday – swimming, maybe in the lake
- Saturday – short brick at Lake Pflugerville (probably 10-15 miles on the TT bike + once around the lake)
- Sunday – go die somewhere because obviously I’ll be worn the eff out
After these two weeks I may just hang my TT bike and hokas back up for a while again, or I may continue to play triathlon at this low level for the summer. I haven’t decided yet. I should probably lift some heavy things soon (like at least my own bodyweight) so we’ll see how I want to prioritize everything.
Last week I was about 2 for 3. I actually did 4 things (3 bikes, 1 swim). I got 10k steps on my fitbit every day (technically minus Saturday, because it counted steps for a 2 hour bike ride, and I only really *walked* 7k but details…). I did not wake up and do stuff because a) my back really wasn’t ready and b) I realized waking up in the morning and going cold to do some stretching without a warmup was probably not the finest idea ever.
I assure you that the second panel did not turn into the third, although I have threatened before.
My adventures in nutrition can be summarized thusly – I did really well all week. Then I went and rode bikes for 2 hours kinda hard on Saturday and hosted a party with lots of food so I ate and drank a lot. Then I resumed normality on Sunday and here we are.
This week’s tally:
- Weight: 187.4 (-1.6) lbs
- Avg cal per day: 1732 (+17) calories
- Avg deficit per day: -838 (+35) calories
- Macros: 56 (+2)g fat, 164 (-12)g carbs, 93 (+3)g protein, 23 (+1)g fiber
So, besides a little extra fat (still within the acceptable range), everything is going the right way regardless.
Last week’s goals:
Continue with Week one goals. Track and maintain a deficit. Water. Try to keep the alcohol consumption to reasonable levels. – Check. Saturday was a little out of hand but in the grand scheme of the week it all normalized.
Fruits and veggies. – Check. I went back and could count at least 5 fruits and veggies every day. Thursday was pushing it a *little* bit including celery from the wings we split but if you’re counting 5 average per day over the whole week? Nailed it.
Protein. – Better, but not quite 100g. I went up to 93g from 90. When I eat more, this is effortless. With smaller calorie counts, this takes some planning and perhaps a snack with protein because I’m just not making it some days.
This week’s goals:
Continue with previous goals. Track and maintain a deficit. Water. Try to keep the alcohol consumption to reasonable levels. Five fruits and veggies per day. This is a reminder to not regress.
Protein. I need to watch this carefully. On nights where I’m having some adult beverages I should skew towards things that are carb-light, and have quality protein and fiber instead to make my macros.
The tally. Now that my appetite is back to mortal levels and I’m used to not having a food orgy every day, it’s time to START working on my diet quality (the word of this season is baby steps). Not doing anything this week, except trying to make good choices. Next Monday, I’ll add up my DQ score and see where it’s at in comparison to where I was a few years ago.
I did some things besides swim/bike/run/eat! #offseason is glorious.
It’s so weird. During periods of heavy training, I’m like, what the heck do I fill my life with on the weekends if it’s not either riding bikes for 6 hours or running 20 miles and then laying exhausted on the couch watching Netflix? Just laying on the couch watching Netflix sounds rather dull without the bikes to tire me out first.
Then, I remember how awesome it is to have some spare mental and physical energy on the weekends. It’s the worst when you’re recovering because you feel tired without the fun and endorphins, but then once that breaks… HALLELUJAH!
Here are the things I did this weekend:
- Had two glasses of wine on Friday because I had calories left and I could.
- Rode my bike with friends for 2 hours.
- Went out to lunch.
- Actually died on the couch for a while watching all the 2017 IMTexas videos to try to catch ourselves in them.
- Picked up the house and prepped for the party.
- Hosted 11 people and had a fantastic time.
- Read a few chapters in the Big Yellow Book and finish section 1/3 (and some in my fiction book as well).
- Did laundry and actually put it away the same day.
- Cooked a BUNCH of batch meals – curry turkey with brown basamati rice and veggies, shepard’s pie, chili.
- Went for a walk.
- Watched a movie.
- Painted some minis.
…and I was still in bed early enough Sunday night to wake up and run this morning and I feel refreshed and happy instead of overwhelmed. Glorious!
My goals were:
Find a non-fiction book. – Check. However, I had just started the new Argonauts book and I’m into it so I’m waiting until I finish it (certainly this week) to start reading How to Win Friends and Influence People (in the Digital Age) – figured I’d start with a(n updated version of a) classic.
Find office chairs. Check. 600 bucks later, we both have seats we’re happy with that we can sit in for a while. They’re worth it. I sat in it to paint for about 2 hours and I didn’t want to die like I do in any other non-couch chair in the house.
Host people without stressing out. Check. We spent maybe 2 hours cleaning and prepping simply because we effed up with the timing and didn’t schedule this on a cleaning service week, so next time should be even simpler. There was plenty of food and drink without me going overboard. We all had a blast playing games. This will happen again soon.
Life goals, super check. This week has a few more extra curricular activities, so I am picking one thing that will be a time commitment (Sunday), and the rest should be low hanging fruit.
Find a doctor and schedule a check up. I have no idea why I’m putting this off. Actually, yes I do. This is definitely the year to get my blood drawn and I probably need to recover my account info for the login and the UHC website is confusing and blah blah blah. Get over yourself and DO EITTT, woman.
Dance dance. While the next two weeks I’ll probably err on the side of spending my energy doing triathlon stuff, I purchased a DDR pad a few weeks ago and I’d like to get it set up and working BEFORE I really want to use it (and get frustrated that I’m spending my play time getting it set up).
The Office, round 2. Zliten thinks we can get at least through Step 3 this coming weekend in a few hours. I’m cautiously optimistic.
And on that note, off to do all the things I can do with a brand new week!