Last I wrote I was under the weather with a terrible bout of allergies. Well, I am on the mend, but far from recovered. By last Wednesday I was back in the pool swimming, I ran on Thursday, and went to a spin class on Friday. After spin I swam, but was cut very short when my legs started cramping – a common side effect when I am taking medicine for my congestion. Saturday I rode my bike on my trainer, the weather was terrible and we even had snow that was almost a white out at one point. Fortunately it didn’t stick. By Sunday I thought I could handle a long run and I ran nine miles. It was hard – the last mile was more than I should have run. By this morning my activity had caught up with me and even after ten hours of sleep I was feeling out of it. As a result I am resting today and tomorrow – at least. I have also decided, along with the strong influence of my triathlon coach and running coach, that I will not run the half marathon I had planned on May 4th. The intensity of my training will be reduced a bit for a while. I do not like it, but I want to recover. So I am giving my body a rest and taking it slow. My focus is to get healthy and prepare for the half iron triathlon I have scheduled at the end of June.
So what to write about? There are a few things I have been wanting to share and this little break and slow down is a good opportunity. The next few posts I will be writing about nutrition. I have been experimenting with different things, some I have sought out, some I have stumbled upon, and some have happened to me as a result of the colds and bugs I have had this year. The underlying thread is that nutrition is an integral part of fitness. Fueling our bodies to perform is important and what and when we eat matters. Yes, I will also make an effort to tie a motivational aspect into the post. (as well as increase my frequency a bit too…)
To say my continuing cold is frustrating would be an understatement. But – it is what it is. Rest is also important along with nutrition and fitness. So I will rest and recover. Sharing what I have learned on nutrition is a way for me to also stay positive. This will pass. It may take longer than I would prefer, but it will pass. I am not going to wallow in my sorrows – it won’t help and crying is the last thing my sinuses need right now! Rather, I will raise a glass to things to come – first up would be what to drink in that glass. Stay tuned.