It's never a good sign when the first of the month rolls around and I can't remember the goals I set. Although, who am I kidding, this happens every month.
Open and attempt to cook the quinoa that's been in the cupboard for a month. Quinoa and almonds is now my new favorite lunch addiction.
Teach Sofie how to swim. It ended up being a little too chilly this month for this, but it's coming.
Go back to crazy hill ride. Winter is officially over. Well, I climbed about a billion feet this month on the bike.
Update the frame wall. Crap, see, here's one I forgot about.
Get back on the asleep-by-8:30pm sleep schedule. Done, except for the few nights where anxiety kept me up...
Keep making the effort to run and ride in new places. It's worth it. And, done.
April was a truly eventful month. I cracked it wide open with a 10-miler PR, a trip to Colorado and a complete upheaval in my professional life. Swimming might have been bumped to my favorite of the three triathlon legs with my first swim meet, an experience that left me happy to have crushed a goal and hungry for more. I PR'd a few shorter distances in the pool this month and had enough long swims that I feel completely ready for 1.2 miles this weekend and a 5K at the end of the month...not to mention the 2.4 that is looking closer every day. Finally getting my crank and saddle and fit situation straightened out has left me feeling more comfortable but not necessarily stronger on the bike. Almost all of my rides lately have been on rolling terrain, which makes it hard to gauge progress. I think I'm feeling stronger than I did this time last year, but it's just so hard for me to tell. And this is the month that I finally decided I wanted no part of the roller-coaster love-hate relationship I've had with running the past twelve years of my life. I get so much more joy out of swimming and cycling, and I think this realization is the epitome of, "if you love something, let it go." I love to run, I have always loved to run, but I never feel as good and strong and happy as I do when I climb out of the pool. It's time to let running go.
May will bring my next crack at the 70.3 distance. I'm in a big fat vat of anxiety about it right now, but hopefully I'll be clear-headed by the weekend and ready to roll. The race is hilly and the temps are looking hot, so I'm probably not going to win, but so far this year I've spent every race happy and finished feeling strong. But I also feel like this distance is going to be the first real test of my hopefully new-and-improved mental state. May will also bring a trip out west for a wedding and then buckling down into my last big ironman block. I've already got one huge training weekend planned with some girlfriends and I'm hoping to stack up a few more of those heading into June.
The poet and I started discussing some major life changes as far back as September, and those discussions have opened a lot of doors in our life. Our future is filled with uncertainity right now, but that I don't mind. I'm hoping that a month from now I'll have a lot more to say about this.
Miles run: 91.64
Miles run with aching shins that finally prompted a new pair of running shoes: 6.5
Boxes of quinoa eaten before I gave up and bought the Costco-size bag: 6
New swimsuits: 1
Bikini waxes: 0
Pictures taken of the puppies: 381
Pictures taken of the puppies while sleeping: 380
Days it took to consume a bag of marshmallows: 4
Days it took to consume 10lbs of sweet potatoes: 6
Bugs accidentally eaten on the bike: a dozen or so.
Use the time off from working wisely. Doctor's appointments, sleep, errands, doing workouts in new places.
Do core work more than once a week while lifting.
Learn a second way to eat quinoa.
Use the foam roller even when things aren't cranky.
Discover and keep more healthy snacks in the house to avoid the 4pm "EAT ALL THE THINGS."
What are your goals for May? I feel like I need another one, help a girl out here.