So for the 4 of you that are regular followers of this blog you will have noticed a bit of a hiatus in the last couple of weeks. A) I suck and 2. Towards the end of my week of workouts on my birthday week ( May 22nd) which blended into a work commitment to attend a conference in London Ont. last week.
The week leading into my conference was a great week for training, one of my best.
It went like this:
Monday: 2500m swim
Tuesday: 6k run ( outdoors) + 12mile ride
Wednesday: 2x750m swims
Thursday: 5k run + 13mile ride
Friday: 5km run
Saturday: Off ( 5km walk looking for liquor store in London Ontario)
Sunday: 7km run outside
Finally was able to start to move my running outside, something i hope to continue over the next 6 weeks until the first triathlon in July.
The conference I attended was great. The information sessions and networking opportunities with my peers and colleagues across the country was second to none. I have been lucky enough to attend 5 of these conferences in my time and sit on the Board of Directors now as the Eastern Regional Rep. This one was the best one yet. The organizers did a fantastic job on all aspects of the conference and should be really proud of themselves on the execution of such a large event.
The only draw back for me personally was the hotel gym and pool ( pool for training only, for fun it was awesome!).
I should have taken a picture of the gym, it had 2 treadmills, a recumbent bike and one weight work out station. I am not sure how a hotel can actually call that a gym, if there were hotel gym police, they would be sited for misuse of space and failure to comply with appropriate equipment.
The pool was designed to be an ultimate play place for children ( and adults) traveling or hosting birthday parties, but not so much for the swimming lengths. There is also a waterfall, waterslide and hot tub in the pool area. So as i said, awesome spot to hang out after a long day of learning, but not so much for the triathlon swim training.
The hot tub, may have been heated by an underground lava pit, the jury is still out on that one. I loved it though, I felt like a lobster in a warm pool of butter.
Luckily the hotel was across the street from a welcome center that had trails all around some ponds and was attached to a few little used roads behind a hospital. I had the chance to get a few runs in around there and aside from a 'coyote has been spotted on these trails sign' it was a great place to run. There were wooden bridges that would look out over the ponds and some really cool old buildings that had nothing left but the fire places.
The late nights and early mornings of a conference do not always lend themselves well to training but the week went like this:
Monday: 30min swim ( no way to tell distance)
Tuesday: 6k run in the park
Wednesday: 5.5km run in the park
Thursday: 45min swim
Friday: Travel Day
So needless to say there was no #cigarSunday this past Sunday.
But to be honest i was not really feeling it after the week away.
The biggest thing for me over the next couple of weeks will be nutrition. No seriously. Okay stop laughing.
I tried my wetsuit on.
I had to stuff myself into it like a sweater into a juice box.
It scared my children, and if the zipper ever let go I would def take out whoever was standing in front of me with the whiplash of the neoprene.
So I am going to start to get on a better eating plan. I will let youse all know how that goes next week.
To all youse out there thinking about getting active, seriously if I can do these things you can too.
Got the chance to talk to a long time friend from highschool while in London. She has done her first 5k and was wondering about working up to a 10k.
The first thing i say to anyone looking to start running or change distances is - you can do it.
If I can do it you can too. It is not about being first, or running super fast, it is about wanting to set a goal and achieve that goal, and figuring out the steps to achieve that goal with the pace that is appropriate for you.
I am crazy slow. Anyone that wants to run with me or bike or swim, I am always up front, if you are looking to me to set the pace, look somewhere else. I do not do these races to prove anything to anyone else. I do these things for me. It helps me mentally and physically, it is me doing my part to make sure I am around for my wife and children and maybe one day, grandchildren.
I think everyday about how late in life my dad found his passion/enthusiasm for long distance pedal biking and how, despite his best efforts to make change in his life, he wasnt able to reverse time and passed away, way to young.
Those are reasons to do 530am runs, 9pm gym sessions.
I am sure that any of you thinking about doing a run or increasing your distances all have a feeling, thought, or story like that to tell, to keep you motivated. Just commit to it and get at it already.
Dont be 'inspired' by me, go be inspired by yourself.
Okay that is my cheerleader moment for this week.
Until next time
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan