Last week was a whirlwind week here! My mom has been visiting from India. Cal and Elin turned 2! We had dentist appointments, doctor appointments, Easter. I am just getting over a sinus infection.
I am always amazed how much more difficult life seems when I’m sick. Since Cal and Elin started daycare in Jan, we’ve been sick a lot! The good news, though, is that I’m feeling a bit better and ready to re-engage with the world. Spring is in the air here in NYC and I feel a renewed sense of energy and purpose. It probably also helps that my apartment is clean, my mom helped stock the fridge before she left, and I managed to take the babies to the doc by myself with what I’d term “great success” (hey – it’s all relative, right?). And I’m well caffeinated. 😉
Birthday: I feel a smidge sad that my kids are kids now and not babies, but mostly I’m rejoicing. This age, 2, is sooooo much better than the baby days (for me). They’re fun and funny and basically like little drunk people. I find they are less physically dependent on me and a bit more emotionally and intellectually dependent, which I like. Plus, it gives me hope that one day my posture will recover from these years of being hunched over and awkwardly maneuvering two kids!
Mom visit: Gosh, is it ever helpful to have another adult in the mix!? My mom cooked, cleaned, ran errands & more while she was here. And on her last day here, we actually had the opportunity to go out for brunch at one of my favorite vegan restaurants and talk. I hope she enjoyed her time with us despite all of the chores and chaos.
On the plus side, she got to take a couple of rowing classes at City Row! My mom’s a beast. Here she is with her instructor, Holis.
We had a chance to talk a bit about our motivation behind staying active. My mom has always been an exerciser. From a young age, I remember her doing Jane Fonda’s 20 minute workout on the living room floor first thing in the morning. If my brothers and I woke up early enough, we’d all sit on the couch behind her and watch as the ladies danced on the screen in coordinating leotards. This is probably part of the reason I released lots of big sighs when 80s fashion started to make a comeback!
Later she started teaching aerobics to mothers and their kids after school. I came along for that, though I don’t think it helped much with my coordination. After I graduated from college she started doing pilates and became a certified instructor. She rows everyday, so long as she has access to a machine. In Delhi, where she is now, she lifts and runs. She’s also pretty disciplined when it comes to her diet. We talked about how good it feels to be strong. That’s her main motivation, I think, though it has definitely evolved over time.
My training: I have such mixed feelings about it. I can’t believe how fast it has gone by. My big race is in less than 4 months and I think it just hit me that I have A LOT of work to do. Here’s how I came to that conclusion:
- I joined Michael at Mile High Run Club, the indoor running studio in NYC, for a speed workout a couple of weeks ago. That was an eye opener. I felt so slow compared to my effort level and pace on the run in the fall. It makes sense – I’ve only been running 2-3x a week in zone 2.
- I also recently had the chance to bike outdoors a few times, which felt so much harder than riding on the trainer! And I have heart rate data to prove it.
- In swim practice, we did a drill where we swam in the pool with our eyes closed and pretty immediately I crashed into a lane line, which isn’t inspiring me from a swimming perspective. I need to work on my sighting and OWS skills stat.
These things combined with feeling under the weather on and off these last few months are worrying me.
I’m not about to give up. If anything it is more motivation to focus and reorient myself to my goal. This week, is the start of our “build” phase of training. I’m hoping that, combined with more outdoor rides builds my confidence fast!
Happy (& healthy) training. 🙂