When I told Sam that I was ready to register for a race again, his response was, “you caught the bug.” Yes, I’m back. I have not done much cycling since Augusta and I don’t think I have run a total of 3 miles, if that. I have done a fair amount of swimming, some weight work and started my yoga journey. I’m choosing my races carefully this year – not a crazy year of lots of racing – just a few to keep me going. I had already committed to the swim leg of Augusta in September. I’ve only added a few more events and they are all for fun. In June I signed up for a fun swim in San Francisco Bay. It’s actually inside a dock area so I won’t be out in the Bay this time. In July I will ride the Hot Hundred and I am attempting the 103 miles this year – at least that is the goal. And in August I am registered for the Rocketman Aquabike. I’m still really not certain about running again but that may come back. I won’t rule out running but I am not registering for anything that requires it right now.
The fitness challenge part of the title comes from the 30 for 30 fitness challenge I joined this week This is the 5th year that Hilary Phelps has issued her Genuine Joy 30 for 30 Fitness Challenge – 30 workouts for 30 consecutive days. I need to get back to that kind of routine so it came at a perfect time. I created a page (see the link on the top) to track my workouts this month. I also need to eat better. I have been decent but not great.
One of the things that makes me really happy is that I have cycled 43 miles so far this week. For lots of reasons I haven’t had much time to get out on my bike for months. It has been really good to be back out on the road. It will take me a few weeks to get back up to the pace I was at last summer but I already see improvement.
On Monday I was not able to track my ride because my Garmin was dead. It has been months since I had used it or had tracked any workout. They are both charged and ready now. I am back to tracking what I am doing. I find that does help me see what I have done and to set goals. It really was good to take a break though.
In addition to cycling I am, of course, practicing yoga at least a short time everyday. In addition to all the other wonderful benefits of yoga, I am noticing my arms getting stronger. You can’t do some of these poses over and over and not see your arms not get strong. I had just never realized it before or thought about it because that is not why I practice. It’s a nice side benefit though.
I’m looking forward to the challenge this month and tracking my progress. I’ll be reporting on how it is all going.