I find it hard to believe that it was just yesterday that I had an active recovery day. After spin class this morning and running this evening, I am ready for another day off – or at least a very early bed time. All signs of a good day of two hard workouts. First this morning – spin class was an endurance workout that also pushed to anaerobic threshold. I haven’t tested where my zones are on the bike in over two years. I know that on the bike my aerobic zones should be about 15 to 20 beats per minute lower than running. If that holds true, then I did max out just over my threshold and my average heart rate was in the high end of zone two. What I do know is I pedaled my legs off. We had several excel repeats that took our RPMs well over 100, a few sets to over 110 and 120. Walking into the locker room after class I felt like I had just gotten off of a horse.
This evening I had an endurance run with the goal of staying in zone two for 70 to 90 minutes. The detail junkie in me just had to set a mile goal today so I ran 6 miles easy, no walking, and kept my average heart rate at 134 – right in zone two. All in 71 minutes. So far this week I have run 38.4 miles and I still have a run in the morning to do. This will be the most I have run in one week all year not counting one week when I ran a long run on Sunday and then the following weekend ran my long run on Saturday. No wonder I am feeling so worn out – I am!
This evening in the locker room I was chatting with a woman who is just getting back in to exercising after having a baby. She asked how I stay so motivated to exercise. That was a tough question to answer. It has become such a part of me that even feeling so exhausted as I type right now, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, training for races does help me keep the intensity up – but I only have running races planned from now through May and that does not keep me from the pool or the bike. I enjoy how I feel while working out. I enjoy how I feel with the rush of endorphins after. I really appreciate the benefits working out has on my body – both physically and mentally. Making friends along the way helps too, I am not alone in this journey. I do not need motivation to get up every day and work, I love my career. I do not need motivation every weekend to visit my father and manage his affairs, he is my family and I love my family. I guess the best way to answer the question, is that I love doing it. Not every day at work is wonderful. Not every interaction with family members is joyous. That does not stop me from staying the course. Not every workout will be the best workout, but it is helping me be the best me. And that I love.