Rest: Does a Body Good.

After three full days of rest (TORTURE) I think I’m finally getting back to normal. I was able to get back on the bike trainer tonight and actually breathe. And I think I’ve only sneezed twice today which is a huge improvement from yesterday’s 27 sneezes.

I’ve stepped down off the “OMG I’VE MISSED THREE DAYS OF WORKOUTS AND IT’S ONLY MY THIRD WEEK OF TRAINING” ledge thanks to some level-headed friends who reminded me that rest will do me better than overexerting myself when I’m not feeling so hot. Hooray for rest. Does a body good. (Or is that milk? I actually hate milk so we’ll go with “rest”.)

So does snuggling on the couch under a blanket after running 200 miles...

So does snuggling on the couch under a blanket after running 200 miles…

I think we all (AKA me) need to stop being so anti-rest. We’ll make ourselves go to work, make ourselves exercise, overexert our bodies until the point that we just get sick all over again. No more. Let’s embrace what a little rest can do for us, okay? Okay.

I’m only three weeks in so I think I’ll survive.

So, let’s move on. Here’s what my coach had on the schedule today:

10 minute warm up
Single Leg Pedaling: 5 x 90 seconds (45 Right/45 Left), after each set include 60 seconds regular pedaling)
Seated Sprints: 5 x 15 second sprints with 3 minutes recovery between each
10 minute cool down

I hopped on the bike trainer as soon as I got home from work. By the way, I’m officially obsessed with bike trainers. Brendan has had one sitting in the garage for over a year now, but I never really knew how to work it or how to set it up so I ignored it. Honestly, I always figured it wasn’t worth it. How could it be a good workout if you can’t change the resistance or incline? Someone finally told me that switching gears does the trick…genius. Who knew?!

So, Brendan helped me get set up on Saturday. I’ve only done two trainer workouts, but have already realized that 90 minutes on the trainer at home with a movie is freakin’ amazing (“Easy A” anyone? Emma Stone? Love her.)…well, as amazing as it can be when you’re stationary because it’s 20 degrees and snowy outside and you simply can’t ride outdoors.  Still, much better than staring at the wall at the gym. And spending 25 minutes driving back and forth from said gym.

Bike Trainer

  Give me a table of Nuun and this would be golden. 

My sprints tonight were pretty pathetic but I’m not super surprised. My energy levels aren’t quite back to normal but I did my best coming off the cold from hell. Although, sickness aside, I do feel like I generally push harder when I’m somewhere like FlyWheel. (This needs to change!) Can someone just give me money or class credits? Please and thank you.

If only I could turn my living room into a studio with loud, super upbeat music and someone yelling motivational sayings at me...

If only I could turn my living room into a sweatbox with loud, super upbeat music where other people could see my stats on a torq board. That thing gets me every time.

When I finished tonight, I was 5 steps away from the dinner table, where Brendan had dinner waiting for me. What a guy!

I plan to swim tomorrow morning pre-crazy snowstorm “Nemo’. Is it just me or does the name “Nemo” not really feel threatening enough to warrant a trip to the grocery store to stock up on non-perishables? I might be more concerned if it was Winter Storm Ray Lewis, but hey. They name these things before Disney movies are created and NFL players become legendary.

Not the same.

Who killed the lights at the Superbowl? Ray Lewis.

Apparently it could be 30 inches of snow or one inch, nobody knows. I’m down with being snowed in, though. (As long as everyone is safe and sound, of course!) A snowy run on Saturday morning would keep things interesting, although if it does snow a lot I won’t be able to make it to Central Park to run with my team. I don’t want to be that team member that no one knows but it’s also hard (read: annoying and expensive) for me to get into the city on a weekend.

Wherever you are, stay warm and safe this weekend!

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Do you feel anxious when you miss workouts during a training season? What’s the winter storm status where you are? (Or are you somewhere balmy and tropical? If so, send pics ASAP!)

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  1. February 7, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    Sometimes I feel anxious about missing a workout, just depends on what it is and if i can do something later in the week. But honestly, once you’ve been running for a few years I don’t think it matters as much. If someone misses a week of couch to 5K training for their first 5K, yes they will be behind… but it’s not the same with us. I’d like to think those miles are “banked” somehow, hehe. Good luck with dealing with the weather too!

    • February 8, 2013 / 11:27 am

      I like that way of thinking :) I’ve certainly stored up quite a few miles! Makes sense…definitely would be hard to miss a week if doing the “Couch to 5K”, but for me, I know I’ll be fine. Thanks Amy!!

  2. February 8, 2013 / 12:12 am

    Rest is definitely a good thing! It lets you recover from all your hard work!! Sleep is key too!!

    The bike trainer is awesome. If you use it all winter you will be surprised how much faster/better/stronger you are when you go back out to the road!

    I’m in the northwest…I think we are suppose to have a mild weekend. Sorry to hear about your weekend forecast!!

    • February 8, 2013 / 11:26 am

      I’m loving it so far (obviously!) I hope I feel strong this Spring outdoors!

  3. February 8, 2013 / 9:20 am

    ugh I am so happy we are getting no no no snow. I just can’t stand that stuck inside feeling. at all. Rest is the best way to recover and look at you, already back at it

    • February 8, 2013 / 11:25 am

      Yeah, I do hate that feeling too! But for one day it’s nice :) Hopefully it doesn’t last much longer, haha

  4. February 8, 2013 / 10:28 am

    Whoa I would love to see stats on a screen — or watch a movie at home. Both good!!

    • February 8, 2013 / 11:25 am

      I live for stats!! That’s why I love FlyWheel; they give you all sorts of juicy data. You need to lobby for a Denver location!! :)

  5. February 8, 2013 / 10:32 am

    I wish I had a treadmill in my apartment so I could watch movies while I run during this storm!

    • February 8, 2013 / 11:24 am

      Me too! I could never afford a good enough one though, haha.

  6. February 8, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    I need to get a trainer seriously! My bike is just sitting here useless in my apartment right now. BTW have you tried Revolve? They have a $99/month unlimited deal and their rides are just like outdoor cycling. Its great!

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