2023 week 11: spring

Last week was spring break on campus, but it definitely didn’t feel like spring. With today being the first official day of spring and our temps predicted to reach the mid 50s, I am hopeful that it will feel like spring and stick around for a few months. Regardless of what the weather does, we are still getting a little more daylight everyday this time of year, and that is a WIN!!

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

~Henry Van Dyke

Swim highlights: 11,150 yards

Last week I had some solid swims and felt great in the water! It has been a LONG time since I have had the power of choice at a masters swim workout, so it was so nice on Wednesday to have that power. ⚡️

Choices. We all have them. We all make them. Choice is the most powerful tool we have. What choices are you making to bring you closer to your goals and dreams?

During Wednesday morning’s swim we had a choice of what distance(s) to swim for part of the main set. I chose the option that I knew would push me, challenge me, and allow me to learn and grow the most because I am always striving to do and be my best. ⚡️

Bike highlights: 123 miles

I had some great bike workouts last week that each challenged me in different ways, but I was all in for each of them and committed to giving my best effort on the day. That mental training is key for success!

I am committed to giving my best effort ⚡️ • Thursday’s ride was no joke. I pushed myself to the edge, stayed committed to giving my best effort, and found where my current limit is. ⚡️

Run fun: 18.6 miles

Sunday’s windchill was about 30F warmer than Saturday, so we took the run outside. It was still pretty cold, but we knocked out 9 miles as a family. Running outside on Sunday in the colder temps made me even more confident in my decision about racing on Saturday.

Grateful for my pack, fresh air, sunshine, and all the miles. 💙#sundayrunday

15 minutes of core strength daily
2×30 minutes of full body strength

30 minutes of yoga

Weekly Totals: 16 hours & 12 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

How often do you celebrate the wins? Even the small wins?

Monday I am celebrated all of the small wins. The previous week I had an emotional week. I was feeling more anxiety and stress, which caused me to not show up to some of my workouts and take more rest than was planned. BUT that is what I needed at that time. Last week I felt less stressed, less anxious, and more rested. AND I chose to celebrate the wins.

Monday I am celebrated:
⚡️ getting up early to swim (oh…and that is a huge win with the new time change that I am not a fan of)
⚡️ pushing myself in the pool to swim hard
⚡️ showing up to do a strength session followed by a run on the treadmill after work
⚡️ doing some speed work during my run
⚡️ fueling and hydrating well all day long
⚡️ deciding to quit drinking alcohol over 3 years ago and not looking back
⚡️ deciding ahead of time that today is a new day
⚡️ setting myself up for a successful tomorrow by getting to bed early

What wins are you celebrating?
It’s the little things. Do you look for hearts wherever you go? 💙
A much needed stress relief.
Helping the twins paint their bedrooms. Who knew using your foot to help put the outlet cover back on was a technique?! 😜🤣
We are so lucky that this fun, curious, adventurous, lovable, active, cuddle bug chose us as her forever home 3 years ago! Happy gotcha day Jersey! We 💚 you baby girl!
Going to work with mom is exhausting, but this is how I spent my “Gotcha day” and I loved it! ~Jersey 🐶🥰
Do what makes you happy and have fun! If it isn’t fun, why are you doing it?

I chose to not run a 1/2 marathon race that I was signed up for Saturday morning because running in -10F windchills with 35 mph winds didn’t sound fun. I’m so happy with my decision, because I got to swim + bike + run (on the treadmill) Saturday and challenge myself in a way that brought me joy. ⚡️
A day full of swim + bike + run = joy! 💙
Mom, please hold my head up with your foot. ~Jersey 🐶🥰

What are you highlights from week 11 of 2023?

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