Why does it feel like every summer, my blog is more like a confessional then an empowering juggernaut of awesomnicity? Okay it has never been that, but I have pretty much completely fallen off the rails in regards to workouts over the last month. I was doing really well until mid to late July, but having a couple weeks vacation and almost no desire to keep up with my work out schedule I have had a wake up call last week and heading into this week as I start to get back into things. I can honestly say watching the Olympics have helped me want to get back at it. I know, I know, the Olympics are an evil corporation, relegating hosting country national issues to the background as not to smudge its world pleasing marketing image, but when you get to hear the stories of some of the athletes, Canadian or otherwise you start to get a little pumped up.
As for the weeks that I have missed, i honestly dont regret it at all. In life you sometimes only get one shot to do things right, and having my niece and nephew visit Canada for the first time, meeting us and their cousins, work outs needed to and were dropped down the priority list for those weeks.
The photo above is a shot from the cottage we rented for a week in Grand Pre. It was amazing. You never know quite what to expect when you get "great ideas" like jamming two families together for a week that have never really met, with some minor language barriers, age gaps and some random little dude that is along for the ride. ( My brother brought one of his students along for the trip also.)
Aside from one day that it rained we really couldnt have asked for better weather. We had the chance to get reconnect with some family and friends also, which was a real blessing. That week was def the highlight for the summer for me. All the little people got along, and so did the big people, with little to no mishaps.
In regards to workouts, well, I think I have been discouraged after such a poor showing from the Canada day events. Happy that I completely my goals, and got to do it along side my friend Dave, but shocked I guess at how badly my run went and how sore I was in the swim. This visit also coincided with the triathlon I wanted to do this summer, so I didnt really get the chance to do another one, so once I figured that out, my training really fell off.
Have had some time to think about everything and am about 90% of the way there to committing to doing an Olympic distance triathlon next summer.
I have always talked about it, but I am not getting any younger, so i should really shit or get off the pot. I have started looking into training options, am still struggling with diet side, vegetarian may not be the thing for me so it might be back to the drawing board on that.
Going to spend the next couple of weeks looking at what I would have to do to get ready for one and then start setting my goals.
I am half thinking a coach may be in order or at the very least a training partner. With my new dadtaxi schedule I am struggling now with getting my workouts in, not sure how it will go if I need to start increasing time because of the distance increases.
That is going to be it for this week, in regards to work outs:
Monday: 40min swim + Angus cardio work out
Wednesday: 30min swim + 40min run
Thursday: 40min swim + 40 minute bike
Saturday: 2.5mile run + 10mile ride
So not super standout in regards to distances or times, but starting to get back at it slowly; another added bonus, the boy wants to get back to the gym with me a couple times a week. I havent pushed for it so it was nice to have him come to me and want to start working out again. Its great to have him come with me a couple times a week!!
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan