Happy Friday and February 1, friends!
I ventured to the New York Road Runners (NYRR) office yesterday afternoon to pick up my t-shirt and bib for the Gridiron 4-miler race, and my walk to and from the subway took me through Central Park. No complaints here!
Workout #1 – Swimming
Recovery week team workouts officially ended this morning in the pool. How’s this for a pleasant surprise—Andrew moved me from fast lane number two to fast lane number one! (During our team swims, Full Throttle Endurance uses five of Chelsea Piers’ six lanes—one slow, two medium, and two fast.) Technically, I’ve been in the fast lane for this training cycle, but it was the slower of the two. (I’ve mentioned this before, but I should note again that I’m training with the “level-one” team; if I were training with the racing team, then I’d probably be in the slow lane.) Anyway, Young C got called up to swim with the big dogs! I also learned I’m a semi-decent kicker: The guys in my lane told me to lead our 6x50s. I was a little hesitant to hop up to the lead-off spot, but I put on my big-girl pants and set the pace.
I just like to kick—kicking’s my favorite!
Overall, I really liked life in this new fast lane. Swimming alongside these guys (I was the only girl in the lane) was definitely more challenging, and I had to work harder to stay on pace. That will hopefully lead to improvement, though, so I hope to stay in that lane for future workouts. And honestly, based on my basketball experience, I’ve learned that guys—in terms of both coaches and teammates—push me more and typically don’t take things personally. Case in point: All four told me to lead the kicking drills. This honesty makes it easier for me to do the same. Case in point: Once it was time for the pulling drills, I promptly demoted myself and took the caboose spot. (Remember the pulling drills from last week?)
Finally, after practice, we tried on team cycling and racing uniforms! (When we start riding outside, everyone wears a team jersey and shorts, which makes it easier for the coaches to tell who’s in our group.) Much like getting my FTE t-shirt, trying on tops, bottoms, and jerseys made everything seem real—it still blows my mind that I’m part of an awesome NYC triathlon team sometimes. I’ll definitely share pictures when the gear arrives!
I refueled after practice with my go-to spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich.
With a slice of pepper jack cheese for good measure.
Workout #2 – Biking
Originally, I planned to ride during tomorrow afternoon’s SU game, but since my family will be here, I want to watch the game with them—and not be pedaling away on my indoor bike trainer. Around 11 a.m., I hooked up my bike, hopped in the saddle, and put in my 60 minutes of zone-2 work. Done and done.
I can’t decide if I like the spicy black bean quinoa better hot or cold; I eat it chilled at work, but always heat it up at home.
Either way, the avocado needs to be there!
Time to clean my apartment for the fam—enjoy the day!
Do you prefer working out solo or with a group? Have you ever trained alongside members of the opposite sex? What did you think?