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Recap – Week 43

It was hard to shampoo my hair this week.

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Swim – 3:00:00 – 7200m
Bike – 1:13:37 – 32.11km
Run – 1:14:15 – 15.47km
Strength – 1:30:00

Total – 6:57:52

I got back into the weight room for the first time in about 6 months. it felt great, until the next day; I was walking backwards down my stairs at home. I started with the ‘Pre-Hab’ routine outlined in ‘The Four Hour Body’ by Tim Ferris to identify any muscle imbalances that may have crept into my body over the summer. Good news, everything checked out great.

The rest of the week was uneventful by my standards, logging lengths in the pool, commuting on the bike, and a couple of quality runs. I had planned a long bike ride for Saturday as the weatherman called for 14 degrees, then snow for Sunday. He was right (how often does that happen) but unfortunately I was not. I wasn’t able to squeeze it in, opting to spend time with the family instead. Balance right?

Right.

Fall is a great time in Calgary, even if it only lasts 4 weeks. The weather is awesome allowing for some pretty great walks and hikes after supper. Case in point; we headed out on Monday evening with the dog who wanted to go for a walk, and a 6 year old who didn’t. 45 minutes later we were dragging both of them out of the tall grass to get home for bed time. It was so nice out we had to strip our jackets off and t-shirt it all the way home.

With the snow on Sunday it would appear that winter in going to settle in a little earlier than anticipated, meaning that me and the dog will head solo more often than not. That is okay with me, I enjoy the solo time with a good cup of tea and the fresh air.

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With the 2014 race season a long time away, starting with Escape from Alcatraz on June 1, I am trying to find some motivation for the winter. The couple of half marathons early in the year should keep me on track, but as most of us struggle with, I want to enjoy my training this year and not just log the hours. It is that darn trainer in the basement

Check back as I haven’t really found it yet.

Question: How do you find motivation in the off season?

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5 responses

  1. How do I find motivation? Blind habit brother. Training in the winter sucks (except for running). By the time spring rolls around I feel like a zombie.

    October 29, 2013 at 1:34 am

    • Yeah, zombie sounds about right. The trainer time does make that first outdoor ride pretty awesome thou.

      October 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

      • Indeed it does… The only other ride that could be classed as better is the first shorts and short sleeve jersey ride.

        October 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

  2. I think I’m the only person in the world who looks forward to the treadmill and the bike machines in the winter. It’s a lot easier to justify the football or hockey game on TV when I’m on one of those machines then just watching it from the couch.

    October 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

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