Also, the part at the end about avoiding Yin foods like raw veggies and cold drinks and salads was something I really liked. Interestingly enough, the other day I was thinking "gee...I haven't been craving my salads like I usually do...what's up with that?" Clearly, nature has it all under control.
Running has been nil over the past two weeks. That may change this week: what with a road trip to LA and all, I may be forced to log some miles on the Asics. I'm fine with that, just need to remember to start back slow and easy and not go all out.
However, spinning and cycling has been incredible, and I've been managing some swim time in also. Yoga is awesome and is kicking my ass. I LOVE it. I love how, when I was doing it 2 days/week I wouldn't really get sore because I was doing it JUST enough. But now that I'm doing it 4 days/week, I'm getting SORE because of all the improvements I'm making and additional ways I'm pushing my body. I finally, FINALLY got Astavakrasana (see photo).
It's the little things...
...Like massage! I got a massage yesterday and I think she really helped to work out this scar tissue I've built up in my right quad. Essentially it starts to lock up (not cramp...but just tighten and cause much pain) when I run any sort of hills with intensity. Case in point: my last XC race was an epic fail because I was in so much pain by the end I had tears in my eyes and it was all I could do just to keep running, let alone run FAST. I can feel it somewhat in the pool and on the bike, but it's not nearly so severe. Yet another reason I've disliked running. BUT this woman is AMAZING and not only did she seem to work some of it out, but it was nearly pain-free as she did it!
On the topic of actually having a 'season': I've finally committed to one thing so far: The Solvang Century with Carmen on March 14.
BUT, BUT BUT...my GOALS this week are as follows:
- Get spin classes for the rest of the week written/playlists made
- Find a class to take to get certified to teach mat exercises (read: abs; we do this after spin at the Airport Club and I suck at teaching ab exercises)
- Get bike races lined up (or at least a few over the next 2 months)
- Decide on triathlons for the year
- Find spin continuing ed classes to take
That's a lot...esp given my semi-short week. But I usually do better when I set a lot out for myself because it means I have to be more productive with my time. SO that's my Monday post! Wishing everybody a happy and productive week in whatever way that may be.
I'll end this post with a couple photos from the "Ride the Route" on January 17...
Carmen and Kelly chilling...