My brain has been buzzing since the weekend. buzz buzz buzzzz. Going around and back again, but today I made some sense of things.
After signing up for the triathalon, I've had a couple of "WTF was I thinking" moments. Not of regret, just how I'm going to fit it all in. I feel like a race horse at the gate, I'm raring to go with all my goals, but I need to calm down, and get a plan going.
So that's what I did. I looked at a few Beginner Tri training plans, and since the race isn't until August 7, I can start really training for it just before Memorial Day weekend. I'm good on the bike, in fact I only put it away early December, when the snow really started to fall, and once the roads are clear again (I'm hoping mid April) I can get moving on it again. Swimming is another issue all together. I'm not going to join a gym, but hopefully I can hit Open Swim at the high school a few times, and there is the pool in my development, so hopefully that will work. Running.....not even worried about it.
Now, the 1,000 miles thing. I'm already bugging out about it, and there is absolutely no reason why I should be. Five days into the new year I've run 11 miles. Which is great. But I don't want to be so focused on it already. We got a decent amount of snow last night, and after I dropped E off at school, I took Frankie for a long walk, to wear him out in some of the snow drifts. It was so nice out, I figured I'd go home and get my skis, and do some cross country skiing on the nearby golf course. But I didn't. I went home, and ran on the treadmill, because I wanted to get my running miles in. (Well, and to also watch the new episode of Parenthood. I don't know how that show sucked me in, but it did).
So I'm changing my focus for winter. I'm still going to strive to hit that 1,000 mile goal, but not at the expense of doing other things. Winter is going to be about getting strong, while running, and doing whatever else I want to. Things will pick up big time in the spring, summer, and way into the fall, so I'm going to ease off on the pressure for now.
On a nutrition note, I recently read Jackie Warners This is Why You're Fat. I actually got a lot out of it. It covers the usual about how to be healthy, by cutting back on sugar, eating the right proteins along with fruits and veg. But she has a very interesting point of view on the hormones in our body, and how if they get out of whack, it can contribute to weight gain. She stressed the importance of adding detoxifying/fat burning foods like oatmeal and eggs to your diet on a daily basis. I've started making oatmeal in the mornings, real oats on the stove, along with two eggs. I used to eat oatmeal every morning when I was working, but got away from it after the kids were born. Now that it's really freezing in the morning, it's been a welcome breakfast. I got a bit off track over the holidays, and had to wear my non-skinny jeans on New Years (the skinny ones fit, but not the way I wanted them too) so we'll see if Jackie is right.
So there you have it.
My brain feels much calmer now.
For the moment.