Rest Day: And I did just that. Starting to understand why they are so important. My legs are heavy and stiff.
20 min Run: Since trying to make a comeback from my extended vacation and being sick for two months my focus for running, has been way off even though my legs and breathing seem pretty good. I had been thinking about using the C25K app again, but was feeling kind of embarrassed because I used to be able to run 8 miles naked (without GPS & music) many times a week. I was very proud of that and now here I am starting over. Wow! But I got over myself and used the app today. The run went really well and I was pleased. I went back to the Jamaican restaurant and got the same dish but no rice. I replaced the rice with mixed vegetables. Cabbage, mixed veg and curry goat. It was amazing. Eat when you are up and eat when you are down and everything in between. Untamed emotional eating is a beast.
At this rate I guess I'm not trying to lose weight. Clearly I'm exercising for my the sake of my lungs considering my diet is all over the place. I'm so hungry after a workout and eat too much that it is scary. If I'm not careful I will have gained weight by the end of this training.
70 min Ride: I'm excited to let you know that I now have an excellent Cycle Coach. Nedra Deadwyler, Owner of Civil Bikes came on board to help me out. I met her at the office. Today was my first lesson and what a world of difference it made.
I knew I needed help but I was also a bit skeptical. I grew up riding a bike. Do I really need a lesson? How difficult could it really be? Well, the difference turned out to be night and day.
The main reason for wanting a cycle coach was to solve some of the issues I was having with gear changing and seat
The first part of the lesson was centered around how to conduct the ABC test. This test needs to be completed before each ride. We headed out for a ride so she could see me in action. She gave me in depth instruction on gear handling, along the way, which made a lot of sense and provided me with a visual to help me.
Since the lesson I have been out on my own twice and there is a marked difference in my performance. My handling has improved. My speed has increased and my confidence in handling the terrain has skyrocketed.
Nedra herself was very comforting and encouraging yet firm. She told me I had a mental block concerning riding in the street. I definitely agree, but I will say that I totally surprised that she had the gumption to say that to me. I think that alone sold me on her as a coach.
30 min Ride: After my ride yesterday I was eager to put everything I had learned into practice. I did well and I was proud of myself. I've gone from being concerned about not being able to competently ride to feeling like I do have a chance in this
Rest Day: Finally, I did the restorative yoga at the crack of dawn. I had been struggling with giving up an hour to do what basically seemed like laying on the floor, but I did it early before the toddler got up and felt amazing. Just as my session was ending and I was feeling mellow, the toddler woke up, "Mum, Mum, what you
45 min Run / 15 min Ride: I was determined to do my best on the run and ride. Both went very well. Couldn't have asked for better. After my training was completed I hung out in the park with Zj and Aunt Gina.
What is clear:
- I need to get my nutrition under control
- Work at eating the right foods before and after working out
- Find some way to make food prep work for me
- Address the emotional eating, again.
Overall, it has been a great week and I feel myself gaining confidence and improving. If I look at the times and distances I'm definitely behind, however deep down on the inside I'm getting excited. I feel I can do it. So I'm going to ignore everything and do my absolute best.
How do you handle emotional eating?
I am happy to announce that Nedra Deadwyler of Civil Bikes will be sharing her cycling wisdom on MW in the coming future. Nedra, through Civil Bikes, is a full service cycling service - providing rentals, lessons, camps, tours, and historical tours to both individuals and groups. Click here for more info.
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