So for the record, I’m slightly nuts.
In preparation for the Ironman 70.3 race this summer, I knew I would have to increase my cardio level to another level. I have spent the last few months in the gym working on my overall strength but running, well I would always consider it to be the weakest of the three disciplines of triathlon. Swim, bike and ugh, run…
Today marked day 9 of the challenge and by far the most days in a row that I have every run in my entire life. Living in Canada, we get a lot on snow in the winter and this year has been no exception, last week we had the coldest recorded temperatures since 1959, getting close to minus 30 and colder with the windchill factor. This sure didn’t stop me from running outside, it did on several occasions stop my headphones and watch from working. Ha ha. Today it wasn’t nearly as cold but the streets were covered in snow and slush and it was tough sledding out there today.
One of the most enjoyable things while running outside in the snow is often the looks that you will get from people that you pass on the street or driving in their car. I always to my best to either say hello, flash them the peace sign, or have on the biggest smile possible as I am thoroughly enjoying myself with each kilometer that I tack on. I started off this challenge on fire, racking up over 40km in my first week but I have come to realize that I am in this for the long haul and smaller runs and recovery days are going to be in order.
Afterall, I am training for a triathlon, not a marathon so I will need to do a considerable amount of swimming, cycling and strength/flexibility training along the way. I have also started to learn about diet and hydration as I need to maintain my energy levels throughout the day as I have four kids to look after and want to play with Daddy. I had been taking naps but they actually make me more tired when I would wake up afterwards so they have had to go as well.
I will say this, I have no trouble falling asleep at the end of the day allowing my body the time it needs to recover, after all I have tomorrow’s run to look forward to. Barring some sort of catastrophic injury I will make this happen and continue to update ou lovely readers as I start to hit some of the bigger milestones.