October 29, 2012 by IowaTriBob
Today I spent several minutes thinking about what I wanted to share about my training, nutrition, events, or anything triathlon related and I came to the conclusion that there really isn’t anything in particular happening. In fact, this past week has been somewhat of an average type of week.
After running a new PR last week my calves and right hamstring felt really tight and sore for the next couple of days so I went easy on them with only swimming, some P90X core, and some spinning. Thanks to a review by Chatter and previous mention by Elisariva I purchased a foam roller with some heavy duty spikes and can say that I absolutely love it – thanks.
On Saturday I had a bike time trial where after a 15-20 minute warm-up I rode hard for time and distance for 20 minutes, recovered for 2, and then rode another 20 hard for time and distance. I averaged 18.5 mph on the first twenty (into a 5-10 mph headwind) and just over 21 mph on the way back. Nothing spectacular on either split and it felt like a good struggle the entire ride. In addition to feeling like putting in a few average workouts my nutrition seems to have slacked off a bit as well.
Saturday was my birthday so I used it as an excuse to have some ice cream, snacks – including some Twinkies, and junk food with the family and a few drinks (and some appetizers) with a good friend while watching the college football games. We were talked into trying a new drink called an “Irish Breakfast” by the bartender. In case your curious, it’s made of Jameson mixed with some type of butterscotch liquor with an orange juice chaser and slice of bacon on the side.
Somehow the eating gaps seem to have started on Thursday evening and rolled over into today. I wouldn’t consider it to be a really bad week as there were a lot of really solid meals in between and some of the snacking might even be considered healthy (like the Peanut Butter bars that my daughter and I turned into Goblin bars from a recipe Carrie posted at fitnessandfrozengrapes). But it still just felt like an average week.
So, I’m hoping I can find a little spark and motivation over the next 24-48 hours to get back in the swing of things and break out of the feeling of being just average.