How is everyone doing on this beautiful Monday morning? Still coming down from the 4-day weekend high?
I kicked Monday off with a visit to the hotel’s fitness center.
Both of the treadmills were in use when I walked in, so I tried my luck on the elliptical. I probably only hop on an elliptical once every few months, so I’m not familiar with it at all. This morning I went with the “Hill Workout” at “Level 5,” opened the CW app on my phone (had to catch up on last week’s episode of Hart of Dixie 😉 ), and just went for it. The hill climbs on the elliptical were steady and definitely had me working up a sweat.
I was on the elliptical for thirty-five minutes, then did a mini circuit of jumping jacks, lunges, squats, push-ups, and sit-ups. I completed four rounds and felt good about it. Kinda wish I had some heavy weights to lift, but body weight moves work just as well on the road. 🙂
Breakfast was purchased last night at Whole Foods.
My room has a mini-fridge, so I was able to keep the yogurt and berries cool overnight. This morning I mixed the yogurt and berries with a spoonful of almond butter and walnuts.
If there wasn’t a fridge, my plan was to store the yogurt and berries in an ice bucket with ice. I’ve learned over the years that the ice and ice bucket at hotels are pretty handy when it comes to cold yogurts, berries, leftovers, etc.
Not a bad breakfast. 🙂
You Are An Ironman Review
I finished “You Are An Ironman” on my drive to Miami yesterday (the audiobook- I promise I wasn’t reading a paperback at the wheel 😉 ) . The book, which I started last month, follows six “weekend warriors” as they train for their first Ironman. What really drew me to the book is the fact that it follows six average joes (from various athletic backgrounds – some of them had never even run a marathon or completed a 70.3 before they started training for their IM) and not elite or experienced triathletes. This is not a training manual, it’s simply their stories as they train for a common goal.
I’ll admit the book felt a bit dry and drawn out for the first few chapters, but once you got into the meat of the weekend warriors’ training, it gets better. The story was told through the author’s voice as he followed all six weekend warriors (from various locations around the country) as they trained for Ironman Arizona. Each character has their own set of challenges and goals for the race that I think the majority of us could relate to, especially their struggles with time management, battling injuries, balancing a social life/ family time with training (one husband and wife team were training together as newlyweds), nutrition, and all other mental hurdles that an Ironman brings.
The characters all kept blogs that the author referenced and quoted frequently. This book almost felt like a condensed version of all of their blogs. Not a bad thing, just something that made me giggle. It was actually nice to have it all condensed; I made sure to bookmark all the blogs so I could go back and read the majority of their training entries on my own.
I don’t want to give too much away on what happens to all of the characters, but I will say that not all of them make it to the finish line in Arizona and I did tear up in the final chapters. Competing in an Ironman is a very emotional thing and I thought the author did a great job conveying that during the race.
In the end, I’m really glad I listened to this book before I started training for my own Ironman (Ironman Florida in 2013!). It was just the type of story I needed to remind myself that I can do this. Many of the characters were hitting times similar to mine in their races leading up to IMAZ. They weren’t swimming/cycling/running superstars, but they had determination and a goal worth fighting for. If they can finish in less than 17:00 (spoiler: the ones that finished, all finished under 16:00!) then so can I! It was also helpful to know what to expect with the emotional roller coaster of training and racing. I’ll probably listen to it again (at least the last two chapters) in another 6 months for a little training boost. If you’re currently training for an Ironman (or considering one) I would highly recommend it. If you have no interest in an Ironman at all, then you’ll probably lose interest after the first chapter. 😉