The chance of thunderstorms was pretty high throughout the day and I wasn't in the mood of getting soaked. I took the subway. Before taking the beach body class I did a short run on the treadmill. I got into that mental state today. I did not want to run but I knew I had to do it. I really wish running was easier for me. It's not that it's so hard for me to run, it's more like I really don't want to do it and every time I go for a run I feel do I really have to do this? Beach Body with Marc was awesome. When he walked in and said we were focusing on shoulders today I was nervous. It turned out to be ok but I did stay with light weights for a lot of it.
I biked a loop of Central Park in 20 minutes yesterday. What?? It was intense. If I keep that pace up I should be able to do the bike segment of the triathlon in 1:30. Which would be awesome. Now I need to work on the running. I want to be able to run the 10k comfortably in an hour. That's just above a 6 minute per mile pace which I don't think should be too bad. If I could just get serious about the running. After biking I took buff yoga. My arms were tired from the beginning. And when I tried swimming afterward it was not fun because of that.
And just like that it's summer. What happened? Today I was back on my bike. I spent some time in the morning fixing the flat along with some other maintenance that I've been avoiding due to limited time and ended up leaving my house later than I wanted to but it was ok. I biked to the GWB and back. It was so hot and it would have felt amazing to go for a swim after that but I forgot my school ID at home and they wouldn't let me in the pool without it (I've been in this situation before). I tried running when I got back to the gym and that was tough. That's something I need to work on. Going from the bike to running. Later I planned to take TRX and Dirty Yoga at the gym but I found out there was a sub for TRX. I took it with him before and it was a bit boring. If I wasn't taking TRX I wasn't going to just wait around for Dirty Yoga so I skipped that too. But I did need to charge my phone a bit so I got on the treadmill. Crunch Chelsea has really fancy treadmills with a built in tablet system. It has a feature where you are running up a mountain in Hawaii and they play the road moving so you don't feel like you're just running and getting nowhere. I thought that was cool. Also it was a mountain route and I never run at inclines so it was challenging. I made it to .55 mile and accidentally pressed stop (it really was an accident). At that point I decided that biking 30 miles (at that point) was enough exercise and began my commute home. On the way home I realized that today is day 7 of my 100 weekly miles cycled goal and since I took off so many days last week I needed to ride 40+ today to get to 100 miles. I stopped into Prsopect Park just to make sure I would get to 40 today. It's a good thing I did, otherwise would've been just under 40.
So today was a long day. I was up at 6:30am because I had a final later and needed to get some triathlon training done and have most of the day left to study. Today was bike day. It was foggy and misty but I went out on my bike anyway. I planned on going to the gym to drop off my stuff and going for at least a 25 mile ride. I made it 2 miles. Then I got a flat tire. I was about a 1/2 mile from the nearest subway, one stop on the train, and a 1/2 mile home. It made more sense for me to just walk my bike the 2 miles home. Except that took forever and I got home almost an hour after I first left. I didn't have patience to fix the tire then so I switched today's training with tomorrow. Tuesday is swim. I took my swim stuff and went on the subway. The goal of Tuesday swim is to swim the full 1500m distance or as much as possible. Today I made it 1000m!! That's 2/3 of the distance and the furthest I've ever done. 8 more weeks. It wasn't bad and I think I could've done more but I wanted to have as much study time as possible so I left it at that. Also went to the gym and did 10 minutes elliptical and some stretching. Now that I'm done with finals I have a lot of time to bike tomorrow. But I still need to fix my bike and figure out where to go.
I sat at home all morning trying to study and not really getting much done. The weather was disgusting and rainy all day and I didn't really feel like going anywhere. But at some point I decided I really should get out and go for a run (Sunday is run day). I must have pulled something in my right quad at some point last week because it was hurting me. I really need to stretch more. I don't really think of the biking I do everyday as exercise but it's straining my muscles and I guess I should stretch when I get home everyday. Anyway, I did go on my run but I decided to walk every other block. It was ok and I stretched when I got back. It didn't really help me focus better on studying which I had hoped would happen.
Today was officially a day off from triathlon training. I skipped Wednesday which was bike day and I thought maybe I would do it today instead. But I really needed to study and didn't feel like going for a real ride. I did end up needing to go to the school library at some point, so that was my ride. I did stop into the gym for a couple minutes along the way but it was mostly to stretch. I didn't really do much of a workout. I tried running but my quads are so sore. Would swimming make my quads sore? That's the only thing I could think of that did it.
I spent a lot of time studying on Wednesday and Thursday and didn't have much time for exercise. Finally Thursday night I decided to go for a run. Just ran up and down Eastern Parkway for a quick 2.25 mile run.
Happy bike to work day! I was up at 6am again today. Started off by biking to the pool. Because it is bike to work day, Transportation Alternatives was at the bridge with free coffee and breakfast. Fun. Today was swim day on my triathlon training schedule. It said to swim 20-30 minutes continuously, that means no break. Last week I looked at that and laughed. There was no way I could possibly do that. The longest I tried without a break was 4 laps. After that I felt tired and would just stand at the wall and watch the other people in the pool making their swim seem so effortless. Today I swam 4 laps and really wanted to take a break, but I didn't. Every time I got to the wall my body really wanted a break but I kept going. I ended up swimming 25 minutes before finally taking a break. After that I was done. I didn't want to swim anymore. From there I went to volunteer at the bike expo for Gran Fondo New York. That was cool, giving the riders their packets, seeing people from all over the world who came for this and talking about biking with them. Stopped into the gym before going home. I didn't feel like running but I needed to charge my phone and the treadmills are the only machines with iphone chargers so I walked for 20 minutes. Later, TransAlt hosted a Bike Home from Work party in Dumbo, a lot of local food and bike vendors. I got my hair braided for free. They said it's a good way to prevent helmet hair. Now I'm back home and supposed to be studying but I really don't feel like it. Oh well.
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