14 weeks – that’s all – 14 weeks until Barb’s Race, my next half Ironman. I have work to do.
This past week I got mad at my run – at how slow I have been and I had a great run on Thursday. (By my standards, it was great. I had negative splits every mile.) I still have far to go and probably won’t get there by July 26. My goal is to finish the half marathon though, which means I will finish the race.
Yesterday I worked on riding hills at Oak Mountain. I have a lot of work to do on hills and I need to get mad at them too. Today I had a flat, fast ride, averaging 18-20 mph most of the way. I felt the work I have done in the pool transferring to the bike.
And here I go with irony…I have felt really good in the pool lately, especially when I am actually awake for my swim.
My main work is on hills, riding and running, and on getting faster on my run. Then there is eating. I really need to become consistent with my eating again. I am pretty good most of the time but that isn’t good enough. I need to find that consistent place where I ate well all the time. My weight has been going up and down lately and it has been driving me nuts. I have to thank Kat Cooper, fellow triathlete and Facebook friend for her recent blog. Reading it made me realize that I just need to commit and get back on my plan all the time. No excuses.
I have a plan. I’m prepared for the week ahead and will go at this one week at a time. A few weeks ago I began using My Fitness Pal to track my eating and exercise. Of all the trackers I have used over the past few years (and for many years), I think I like it best so far. It allows me to set calorie goals and to set percentages for carbs, proteins and fats, which has been helpful. This past week I wasn’t really on track though and was using a bunch of deadlines as a poor excuse. I simply had not prepared for the week though. That meant I grabbed what I could from take out a couple of days. That is never good for me. Foods that seem healthy often are not as healthy as they look or appear. But I need to put that behind me and go forward now.
I made this tonight to have for breakfast this week: Quinoa Breakfast Pots