elisariva

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

Back At It

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Yesterday we drove home. The journey was just over six hours and flew by. I was pleased to find I was not feeling very stiff – after such a hilly run, my legs were feeling the strain, but handed the drive well. Not wanting to push it, I rested yesterday. I would have liked to have run a few easy miles to shake out my legs in the morning, but my right ankle was a little strained. Having dealt with a sprained ankle just a year ago, I did not want to risk it.

Since Sunday was my rest day, I decided to go to spin class this morning. The workout was a challenging endurance workout. Considering I am recovering from the race, I would say I was at about 75% of the effort level I would have done if I had fresh legs. I was sure feeling it though, my heart rate was up and my legs were cruising. Last week one of my friends, who is a very strong cyclist, suggested focusing on moving my legs more like pistons on a locomotive. More of a forward/backward motion than up and down. She gave me some of the best advice I have ever gotten on improving my turnover. At all resistance levels I was able to sustain a quicker rotation than I have in the past. It is amazing how one little tweak can make such a difference.  After spin I headed to the pool for a swim. In all I did 1,500 meters. It felt so good to be back in the water. My pace is back to where I was before I got sick. My ankle felt fine pushing off the wall when I flipped. For my first day back after the race, my workouts were strong.

A common topic over the weekend with my coach (and friend) was diet. More protein or carbs? Fat or low fat? Grains or vegetables? It got me thinking and researching a bit. I am still experimenting, but one thing I have come to believe is that fat is not bad. What kind of fat is the issue. Nuts, avocados, olives, olive oils – healthy good fats. If it comes from an animal – limit it. I am still researching and reading, so I will share as I go. I am looking into Paleo and I have always had a interest in vegetarian or a modification of – I have a feeling I will come up with some form of Paleo – pescatarian (fish) – with dairy and beans. (I am sure die hard Paleo eaters are cringing at the thought…)

Now that I am feeling better and getting into my training routine again, I am looking forward to seeing how (or if) diet will make a difference. There is always room to grow and learn. Part of learning is trail and error, so I am sure I will come across a few bumps. But I will never know until I tri.

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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