elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Returning Routine

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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…

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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