2022 week 34: roller coaster ride

Last week was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Monday morning started out with an amazing run with speed work, but mid day things took a turn. I took Mojo to my awesome bike mechanic/bike fitter (Kyle, you are the BEST) to get a new saddle put on and new bike shoes. The shoes were the easy part…the saddle not so much. There is more dense foam in the new saddle, which meant I needed to have my seat post lowered just a bit so I wouldn’t be reaching so much with each pedal stroke. This is where things turned dicy…with all of the miles I have ridden comes all of the salty sweat. And if you know me, you know I am a HEAVY and SALTY sweater! Wouldn’t ya know it…all of that salty sweat has cemented my seat post in place and it won’t budge…at all. Kyle kept Mojo overnight and tried EVERYTHING to get the seat post to move, but it is cemented in place. So we are back to riding the old broken in saddle for the last few races of 2022 while we look for a new steed. Mojo has given me 10 amazing years and I am grateful for all of the adventures we’ve been on and the memories we’ve made! The ebb and flow continued throughout the week.

Quote of the week:

“Life is like a roller coaster. Sometimes you close your eyes and hold on in shear terror & other times, you just have to raise your hands up in the air and enjoy the ride…”


Swim highlights: 11,829 yards

Swimming outdoors is drawing to a close, so I am grateful for the last few swims in the fresh air before being forced back indoors (and into a brand new facility + pool…so freaking excited!) for the next 9 months. This is the last week of outdoor swimming for the season, but I’m enjoying every minute of it! Saturday I got to swim 5000 m in the 50 m pool and I soaked up every minute of it!

  • Warm up:
    • 100 kick
    • 100 pull
    • 100 swim
    • 4×100 descending (20 sec rest)
  • Main Set: each one more effort than the next
    • 3×800 (30 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 100 any
Do you allow the numbers to determine if you have achieved success or if you’ve “failed”?

If I let the numbers dictate my success, I would have failed Tuesday’s swim session. Good thing the numbers aren’t the only measure of success!

The main set of this swim was 3×800 descending starting hard and getting harder with each one. If I look at the numbers, my first one was the fastest with the second one being 4 seconds slower and the third one being an additional 5 seconds slower. BUT…my effort definitely increased from the first 800 to the third 800. I was working harder in that last 800 than I did in the first one or even the second one. I am so damn proud of the effort I put into my swim Tuesday and that my friends is worth celebrating! ⚡️

Avoid getting caught up in the numbers. Instead, I challenge you to look for alternative measurements to determine success.

Bike highlights: 148 miles

Mojo and I got to spend some quality time together after her visit with Kyle…Friday afternoon was glorious; Saturday was awful. The awful days make us appreciate the glorious ones even more! #IAmWillingToFeelEverything

Sometimes you’re the hammer (Friday)…
and sometimes you’re the nail (Saturday), but both are necessary to build a solid, strong, sturdy, durable, weather resistant building. #keepbuilding

Run highlights: 8.19 miles

Monday’s speed work session went so much better than last time I did this workout! Adding more money in the bank!

How would you show up differently if you were twice as confident?

⚡️ Show up with that confidence NOW!
⚡️ The belief in myself is what makes the goal worth going after.
⚡️ I will always give my best effort even when there are no guarantees.
⚡️ The goal is worth going after even if I don’t hit it the 1st time, the 2nd time, or even the 9th time.
⚡️ I keep showing up with trust that what I am doing is working and it’s getting me closer to achieving my goal.

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 26 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training

Attitude of Gratitude:

I love a good sunrise! 🥰
Having horses on campus to pet as a midday break is 🥰
Getting my Normatec squeeze on!
Sushi FTW! Definitely a great way to recover post hellacious ride Saturday.

What were your highlights from week 34 of 2022?!

4 thoughts on “2022 week 34: roller coaster ride

  1. Oh no–Mojo! I never would’ve imagined something like that happening, yet it makes sense-SCIENCE. What a bummer.

    I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end…my little guys go back to school tomorrow and the oldest starts uni next week. It’s not been a great summer as nearly half of it was spend dealing with covid going through Dave and the kids. All are well now, but I’m feeling so listless…without goals or purpose. I did move my road bike into the garage…so maybe some bike rides might help clear my brain??

    Have a great first week of Sept!

  2. That’s a bummer, but also yay new bike? But boo new bike prices… I don’t know if this would mess up other parts or even work at all, but is there a way you can turn Mojo upside down and get the seatpost into a bucket of water, and maybe soaking it would loosen up the salt/rust?

    1. Right?! Not to mention tri bikes are much harder to find right now…you can easily get a gravel bike though. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Kyle thought of that and tried it over night, but no luck. He was worried leaving it that way for longer might make it rust and damage her more causing me to need a new bike even sooner. I am going to ride her for the rest of 2022 and keep our 🤞🏻 that tri bike inventory picks up by the time I’m ready to get a new one.

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