I hope everyone is staying hydrated and cool these days. It’s been super hot here in TN and it’s making outdoor activities tough. But I press onward each day.
Today marked 4 months since I have been quarantined at home due to the virus. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been inside a public place since March. I am behind on doctor appointments for myself and my daughter and will bend my own rules to make those happen soon. Otherwise, I am staying home. Indefinitely.
In 4 days, I will have another important milestone. I will celebrate a whole year being in maintenance mode with my weight. I’ve stayed well within my personal parameters on the scale, and have actually been at the lower end of my weight range for a while now. I’m on day 75 for logging food. This is a huge positive.
On a less positive note, I am having some real difficulty with my fitness goals. Some of you know I just got over a running injury and am once again hitting the pavement, PAIN FREE! YAY!! This week I am running 3 milers and my mileage will only increase as time goes on. I am contemplating another neighborhood virtual half marathon in October.
But then there is my cycling and the plan I am following on the trainer. The rides get more difficult as time goes on. I had a ramp test yesterday after training for the last 6 weeks....and I only made a 1 watt increase on my FTP (Functional Threshold Power). Just awful!! Why? Because I ran 3 miles the day before, and also walked 5 miles. Tired legs!
Increasing my bike conditioning and running mileage at the same time is proving to be difficult, especially considering also that my daughter and I walk 2-4 miles every evening. Running 3x a week and biking 3x a week and walking almost everyday, my legs ache every night. I am so sore. A good sore, but still so sore. Not sure how long I can keep up this routine. I have some thinking to do.
(Notice lifting is not mentioned anywhere in this plan. That”s all I will say about that!!
Tomorrow is a new day. Another day quarantined here at the house. Another day of exercise and puttering around. Another day to think things over. Another day to try to come up with a sustainable plan. What to do?
Hang in there, friends. We’ve got this!