Returning Routine

There are two things I really missed while I was away. This morning I enjoyed both of them and all before 7:00 AM. First is the sound of a Keurig brewing coffee. Forget Folgers, the best part of waking up for me is a Keurig k-cup. Second is the smell of chlorine. I enjoyed swimming in the clear ocean last week, but the salt water is less than tasty and nasty on my skin. Jumping in the pool this morning and swimming in a clear, tasteless pool with the scent of chlorine on my skin reminded me there is no place like home. And my neighborhood fitness center.

I missed quite a few people too, especially my friend and training partner. Meeting her this morning and swimming together was just what I needed as I am getting back into my routine. Sharing our stories is all part of the routine and we had so much to catch up on. Our swim was 2,500 meters. I was a little unsure how I would hold up. I am still not back to a regular diet. Making sure I eat enough to get by is one thing, to adequately fuel my training is another. To my surprise, I made it through the swim and was very happy with my pace. We did a familiar endurance set – 6 repeats of 150, 100 and 50 meters each. In all I was very consistent keeping to 2:00 to 2:04 per 100 meters average. I even came in under 2:00 by a second on one 100 set. So my yogurt and coffee this morning were enough to see me through…

Through out the day I still was not feeling hungry and chose to eat “soft” foods. Normally I have a salad with black beans at lunch. Not today – noodles were a safer choice. Even then, I was still feeling my system isn’t completely recovered. By the afternoon I was quite tired and decided if I was going to ride it was going to be on the trainer. Again. I set the training on “Pikes Peak” for a tough climb – my punishment for not riding outside. It was a good challenge and I got in  10 miles. I would have rather ridden longer, but I am listening to my body and I don’t want to push it. The past few days I am been eating at most half of what I would regularly eat and training at about 65% to 75% of what I would regularly do.

So even though I am home, I am not completely back to my regular routine. But it is still a wonderful place to be. I learned last week so much about adapting and flexibility, it is helping me now. Day by day it is improving and I am confident I will be strong and ready for my next triathlon race – this Sunday. I am applying flexibility this week, the rest and relax part I guess I am not as good at bringing home. So some things are returning to regular for me…

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