Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: Day 1 of our ultimate frisbee league, so there was much sprinting and speed intervals that way, plus I did a bit of speedwork on the bike once I got home. Today was also my appointment with my RD, who was shocked at how little I was eating, given how active I am. I’ve been struggling to lose the weight I’ve put on since starting this Ph.D. program, so she gave me a calorie target to follow for the next few weeks until we meet again. I feel like I never stop eating to meet this goal! Sure, I could easily meet it if I were eating junk food, but I generally avoid that stuff (thanks to my uncontrollable, raging sweet tooth once I get a taste of the stuff), so that’s not so easy!
Wednesday: Another speedwork on the bike day. Although it’s light out much later now (thank goodness!), it’s been cold and super windy in Boulder this week, making running outside far less enjoyable. So a trainer workout is better than nothing! Although the intervals were short this time, there were a lot of them, and I was feeling it pretty hard by the end. But overall, I felt strong, and powered my way through. I was also happy to see that even though I felt like I was nonstop stuffing my face the day before, things seemed to already be going in a much better direction, weight-wise.
Thursday: A snowy day here in Boulder! The trails were already covered in some snow by the time I got out of work, so I planned for another trainer session at home. (I don’t like to run on slightly snowy trails because it’s enough to hide the rocks, but not enough to make you not trip/roll your ankles on them, and I am terrible with that.) Later in the evening, I got on the bike and started pedaling, only to realize how much my sit bones hurt from the previous two days on the bike. So yeah… that didn’t happen. I have to build my saddle butt back up! I lost it this past year since I didn’t do an Ironman – not nearly as much time on the bike.
Friday: Friday I awoke to a beautiful, snowy Boulder! We got 14″ of snow – way more than expected, and we had gone from 70 degrees and sunny the previous week to a winter wonderland all over again. Colorado never ceases to keep you on your toes. No running today since the trails weren’t packed down yet, and I had a bunch of work and prep stuff to do for my upcoming trip to Houston.
Weekend, and all of week 9: Away in Houston for a conference all week, so things were plenty busy. And the lingering on-again-off-again “allergies” I had been dealing with for the last week or two turned into actually being sick, so I was miserable (still am). I completely lost my voice on Tuesday, and spent the rest of the conference whispering and squeaking at everyone. Needless to say, I didn’t get any runs in. I felt like crap, everything was achy, my throat was killing me, and I couldn’t breathe without coughing. Fun times. Once I got home from the conference, I spent most of my time passed out on my couch. Not very glamorous.
What worked well: Doing speed sessions on the bike when the weather isn’t cooperating.
What I struggled with: Illness
What I will do to improve next week: Get healthy!
Total weekly mileage: 22 bike miles before getting sick and being out of commission.