Sunday had me scheduled for a 2-hour ride and to make up a 30-minute run from Saturday. Gorgeous day forecasted, if not a little chilly and windy, but I could not bring myself to do an outdoor ride. The thought of having to put off my workout until the afternoon – when it was warm enough – and have a workout looming again was too much to bear. Plus, I’m still a mom – and the amount of time I’m not spending with my kids is beginning to wear on me.
My solution – 2 hours on the indoor cycling bike. I teach a cycling class at 8:30, so I just went and did an extra hour before hand. With the run completed before I left the house, my entire workout/workday ended at 10:30. An indoor ride isn’t quite the same as an outdoor one, but my mental health needed it. Plus, it gave me time later to hit the putt-putt golf course with the kids, bake cupcakes and make these “raw” cookie dough bites. (oh my, those are yummy) I even managed to make a real dinner that had a St. Patrick’s-like theme. For the first time in many weeks, I felt almost normal.
My hat goes off to those training for an Ironman who have a family and a 9-5 job. I don’t know how you do it. 139 days as of this morning – my training plan calls for an hour and a half of strength training. I’ll hit that an more with an hour of cycle class, an hour interval class and an hour strength-training class. I could really use a few more of those “normal” feeling days – but I can handle you, Monday.