What’s Up?! – April 2018

It took most of April, but I think spring has FINALLY arrived and I am more than ready for it!! I’m ready to put away the winter running gear!! I’m ready to get out and ride on the open roads with the wind in my face and the sun on my back!! But first, let’s recap the month of April!!

Training:

I finally had a solid month of training with a race thrown in! I successfully saw green in Training Peaks everyday in April and completed 10 minutes of core strength everyday as well! I’m finally finding my stride again! Hello consistency…I’ve missed you!!

Swimming into the light
When Coach gives you a “Just for fun…random power challenge”…aka FTP test, you pull out the magic @coeursports kit!! It worked! My test went better than I expected!
First race of 2018 is in the books! My finish time wasn’t as good as I’d hoped for, but it was better than I expected! #happygirl #mydrakerelays

Swim: 29, 550 yards (16.8 miles)
Bike: 203 miles
Run: 76.4 miles
Monthly Totals: 45 hours & 23 minutes

Enjoying:

SPRING!! Spring finally decided to show up in the last week of April!! I am so happy to have FINALLY put my winter coat, stocking hats, and mittens away for the summer!! Now if I could just put all of the winter running gear away…I think it might be a bit early for that though.

Signs of spring…FINALLY!
What a BEAUTIFUL morning for a run with bubble gum tongue! So glad I showed up this morning! #Basillovesrunning

Reading:

Racing Weight: How to get Lean for Peak Performance by Matt Fitzgerald is a great read for all endurance athletes! Matt focuses athletes on improving their diet quality score, managing appetite, balancing energy sources, monitoring weight and performance, and timing nutrition to stay lean for training. He has included food diaries from 18 pro athletes, recipes and strength training workouts to accelerate changes in body composition.

Carrie Cheadle’s blog post “Slow Down: How to Relax Your Mind Under Pressure” is a great reminder to stay focused and present. Allowing your mind to be distracted means you are likely “not bringing 100% of yourself to your performance and you are more likely to get injured.” Our society thrives on how much can you jam into a short amount of time. Carrie has us SLOW DOWN, meditate, and breathe to recenter ourselves and find our focus.

New Research is Changing the Game for Female Athletes by A.C. Shilton…ladies and gentlemen…women and men are different! Women take longer to acclimate to heat. According to Stacy Sims, “Progesterone elevates your core temperature, so you’ll feel hotter to begin with. On top of that, lower blood volume during high-hormone days means it’s harder for your body to sweat and cool yourself.” Women’s cycles impact performance. Knowing how your cycle impacts your performance can be a huge asset to you while training and racing. Women on low carb diets often produce more cortisol. With more stress hormone in our systems, our bodies don’t recover as well because it can directly inhibit muscle repair. The good news?! Women tend to dominate at long distance races and when racing at altitude! Our bodies are better able to metabolize and burn fat for energy. So ladies…go the distance! Race in the mountains! Oh…and take a nap! Women tend to need more rest than the men they train with.

Listening to:

Tina Muir’s podcast with Allie Kieffer is so real and inspiring! Allie’s positive body image message is spot on! “Could I be smaller? Maybe. I don’t think that means I would necessarily be faster.” Allie is always pushing herself to be stronger + faster without worrying about body image. “Don’t box yourself in by putting limits on what you think you are capable of. Set yourself up for success, not failure.”

Are you looking for more motivation? If so, you should listen to the podcast IronWomen did with Dr. Kristin Keim. They discuss ways to get and stay motivated as well as mental health, post Ironman blues, and dealing with eating disorders.  It is a great listen!!

Looking forward to:

Summer break! Now that we have turned the page and are officially in the last month of the school year, I am officially counting down the DAYS to summer break! I am also really looking forward to rolling on the open roads with the wind on my face and the sun on my back! I LOVE riding my bicycle! Oh…and my first triathlon of the season this month! I’m a bit nervous about the water temperature due to the cold spring we’ve had, but am excited to test my current fitness! Yay for race season!

Grateful for:

3 of my favorite little bunnies!
Getting blood work done to learn more about what I can do to improve as an endurance athlete.
When you are unmotivated to workout and your AMAZING husband knows it, so he drew this beauty on our chalkboard wall by my bike to encourage and support me! #imaluckygirl
Traci, we love you! So grateful to have amazing friends at work!
We have two very happy girls because spring FINALLY decided to show up!! Yay for long walks in the warmth + sunshine!!
New Garmin day! #therunnersflat

How was your month of April?! What are you looking forward to?! What were you grateful for last month?!

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10 thoughts on “What’s Up?! – April 2018

  1. I too am grateful for spring! While I have already been fortunate enough it get in a few outdoor rides, it is MUCH later than normal. I hate to complain because your spring has arrived later than ours and I was more than ready! April was a good month…I too am working on my training recap for the blog. You have shared some great resources for reading and podcasts….these sound quite interesting. Glad you had a good month of training and feeling like the consistency is back. I hope you are able to get on bike this weekend and NOT on the trainer!

    1. Thanks Lee! It looks like I should be able to get a ride outdoors on Saturday! Yay for two wheels, the open roads, fresh air, warm temps and sunshine! I’ll look forward to your recap!

  2. Last month of school? That’s awesome! The boys aren’t done here until the end of June…however…once they are done my in-laws arrive and I’m taking off for nearly a whole week by myself. There is going to be lots of swimming, drinking coffee, reading, and being quiet.

    1. Yes, the kids are done May 31 and I’m done June 5. Can’t wait! This has been a very long winter! You have lots to look forward too! You deserve the week away Amy!! ❤️

  3. Your reading list! I’m jotting some of those down, they sound good! You’re always crushing your training, so fun to watch your journey. I’m also really happy spring finally arrived! We deserve a summer of perfect weather after that never-ending winter!

  4. I’m curious about the blood work you get to see how you can improve as a triathlete. Is that something you would ever feel comfortable writing a post about? I don’t know anything about that topic!

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