Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of December 15

Hiya, friends!  Not going to lie, I really didn’t want this weekend to end.  ‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings, which I’ve been able to fully enjoy thanks to the offseason.  As you know, my triathlon team hosted its party Thursday night where I received the award for Most Improved Cyclist; and on Friday, some of my coworkers and I completed our annual Fun and Sexy Run.


Plus, there were two parties on the calendar Saturday night.  Needless to say, I’m enjoying being a “real girl,” and it will be tough to transition back to my triathlete ways in a few weeks.

Speaking of, this week proved to be a mixed bag in terms of workouts.  Even though I logged some quality sessions, I deviated from my original plan and sort of fell off the swimming wagon.  Meh.

Monday – a.m. 45-minute bike trainer ride

I wanted to try the new-to-me Cobb Gen2 saddle before Tuesday morning’s CompuTrainer class, and immediately, I noticed a huge (read: positive) difference.  It’s going to be a tough saddle to top, but I hope to try the Cobb V-Flow this week.

Tuesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class at Tailwind Endurance; p.m. 40-minute easy shakeout run

As per usual, another butt-kicking class for Threshold Tuesday.  We warmed up and completed shorter intervals before tackling our main set:  one 15-minute effort and one 10-minute effort at our wattage threshold.  I still have plenty of room for improvement, but I’m already starting to notice a difference in terms of overall strength and average wattage.  We’re doing a true threshold test this Tuesday, and even though I’ll be riding the pain train, I’m excited to see what kind of effort I can produce.  Oh, and I went running on a whim after work.  Figured it would be a good idea to turn over my legs and jumpstart the recovery process.

Wednesday – a.m. 40-minute bike trainer ride

Another day, another ride on the trainer.  Starting to notice a pattern?  Like I wrote last week, I’ve been enjoying the offseason biking a lot and honest prefer it to running right now.

Thursday – off

So we had an early morning team photo shoot for our calendar.  Really.


And I planned to swim afterward.  However, the master’s program took over the pool, and honestly, I could not motivate myself to run so I took an unplanned rest day.  No regrets.

Friday – a.m. 20-minute bike trainer spin out and strength train; p.m. run

OK, so the fact that I chose to warm up for my strength training on the trainer as opposed to the ‘mill speaks volumes.  Just saying.  Also, since we had our Fun and Sexy Run at night, I knew some running miles would be logged.


Fun and sexy times had by all.  Without getting into the backstory, the girls dressed up as “fun”—lots of neon, sparkly headbands, and bright compression sleeves.  And the boys did “sexy”—shirtless with three-inch split shorts.  Since we started running around 9 p.m., there may have been some adult beverages consumed beforehand.  Anyway, we ran through Central Park, took some photos by the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and basically bopped around midtown yelling, cheering, and ringing cowbells.  Oh, and not only did we take a bunch of ridiculous pictures, but we also crashed a bunch of tourists’ photos—and a lot of them asked for photos with us too.

Saturday – a.m. yoga

Yep, waking up was tough, but our free in-store yoga class was worth it.

Sunday – 45-minute bike trainer ride

During the Syracuse basketball game, of course.

Here’s what I have on the docket this week—let’s Write It Down, Do It Up:

Monday – a.m. run and strength train

Tuesday – a.m. CompuTrainer class; p.m. run

Wednesday – a.m. swim; p.m. indoor bike trainer

Thursday – a.m. swim; p.m. indoor bike trainer and strength train

Friday – a.m. run and strength train

Saturday – a.m. run

Sunday – off

How do you make time for fitness during the holidays?

16 responses to “Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of December 15

  1. this looks like such a blast. and I mean a photo shoot is certainly the best reason to have an unplanned rest day. those happen. last week I changed my rest day because my body was screaming at me one day early. happens.

  2. Good luck on that FTP test this week! They are always “fun”… 🙂

    • Oh, so much “fun” was had–yikes! On the bright side, I’m glad to have some concrete values/wattage numbers to hit during workouts now. 🙂

  3. I am the same way. I didn’t want the weekend to end in the slightest…ugh week days. Nice work last week and good luck this week of course 🙂

  4. PHOTO SHOOT time looks FUN! WORK IT!

  5. So I just got a bike trainer and have done 4 or 5 rides in the past 2 weeks on it (and have been really loving it!). I’m just wondering what you do while on the trainer. A straight ride with consistent intensity, varying intensity, etc?

    • I always do a 10-minute warm-up and 5-10-minute cooldown in my small ring. After warming up, I’ll do some shorter intervals–like 2-5 minutes hard, one minute recover, and repeat that four or five times. I’ll do some “longer” efforts too, like 10-15 minutes hard. For me, it’s all about varying the intensity so I don’t get bored. 😉

  6. Hahah I love that group run idea! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend, I didn’t want ours to end either!

  7. What a fun run! I definitely would’ve asked to take a picture with you guys if I had seen you out and about!

  8. I’m feeling a bit nervous about transitioning back to training mode, too! I’m excited but also afraid it’ll be hard to get into that mode, especially when it’s so cold out. Let’s hope we’re getting all the winter weather out in December and that January is more mild!

  9. Yeah, it’s going to be interesting to see how this transition goes. Right now, I’m definitely ready to resume structured training, but I’m sure I’ll be kicking myself for saying that after the first week!

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