I was fortunate to have a three day weekend this weekend and made the most of it!
Saturday started off with an indoor triathlon at FFC East Lakeview! This one was different than my first one in that it’s a part of a series that travels to different gyms and only utilizes the gym machines (rather than cycling on the computrainer). This race was also measured by time, so your success is determined by total distance you’re able to cover during the standard times.
We started off with a 15 minute swim, where I was able to complete ~1/2 mile in the 15 minutes. Then a quick transition to change, and onto the stationary cycles for a 20 minute ride. I was the last one to the cycles, and there was one broken upright cycle, so I had to use the recumbent bicycle. While I love these for an easy recovery workout, I think I may have lost some power due to lying back. The one advantage was that I was able to see 3 of my competitors from my wave, and set mini-goals based on their performance. I definitely was telling myself: “you can get 0.10 further than she is.” and “Try to keep up within .25 of Kate…” (which then turned into 0.30, and then gave up). My bike distance was 6.76 miles in 20 minutes.
After the bike, it was onto the run! Treadmill run for 15 minutes. My goal was not to go out so fast that I have to slow down to complete the time (I definitely took a few walk breaks during the sprint triathlon 5K). I did well, and finished 1.71 miles during that time!
VQ Course Ride:
After the indoor triathlon, I came home and majorly rested! In bed, for 2 or 3 hours until I had to get out for our computrainer class at VQ. Dave asked if I wanted to do IMWI part 2 (Part 1 last week was hillier than I have ever cycled! I did my best, but it was HARD). I meekly said no, he could pick another course since I’m not training for IMWI. We ended up with Ironman Florida course and that was not very hilly at all.
Since I was still feeling tired from the tri earlier that day, I expected to have a hard time on the bike, or not able to get my normal power #s that I’ve been getting in training. Interestingly enough, I didn’t do too bad at all! My power was about what it’s been recently, although I did definitely notice when I ran out of fuel. I don’t think I ate enough in between my indoor tri and the course ride to keep going for a full hour and a half. But I could cycle IMFL if I had to based on Saturday’s ride.
Mike took me out Saturday night for a real Valentine’s date! (No, the Chipotle & swimming wasn’t the big kahuna!) We went out to the Paris Club – we have a tradition of going to french bistros for Valentines Day and this one didn’t disappoint! We indulged on cocktails, wine and the seafood tower (!). I wasn’t feeling any of the entrees, so I got a lardon frisee salad (the kind that has bacon & poached eggs) and got a sauteed foie gras with the salad. OMG. I think that was a whole little liver. Sorry Kim. It was delicious. Dinner was pretty much gluten free, but definitely indulgent. We also got some truffled mini-twice-baked potatoes (so cute!) and lentils that were soooo rich.
Dinner was topped off with some indulgent desserts. I got a trio of pots de creme, and Mike got a waffle w/ blueberries & ice cream. Everything was so delicious and we were so stuffed that we actually headed home from this night out and chilled to watch a movie. We couldn’t muster ourselves to even get another drink somewhere else since we were already out! An amazing meal & night overall.
After sleeping so well from a busy day & rich meal, I went to the gym before getting too far into my day. I had grand plans to do a hilly treadmill workout, but got caught off guard from a call from a friend. I really need to learn how to push “pause” on the treadmill instead of just stopping it. So I got 2.86 miles in, but couldn’t find my groove again post-call. So I did 20 minutes on the recumbent bike, some light strength work, foam rolling & a plank.
We met up with some friends for coffee in the afternoon and had a great time catching up! It’s sad when there are certain friends you can’t keep a long distance relationship up with, but mesh so well when you’re together. It was a lot of fun, and coffee & a rice krispie treat were definitely in order for today.
Mike & I were still hungry from our morning workouts, so we headed over to Revolution Brewing for some pub grub & beers. He was jealous after my last visit, and I used my gluten-free cheat today. I had a mole stout and a stuffed-potato-pizza. Go big or go home. Mole stout was OK, so I got a Maple Leaf cocktail second, and the pizza was amazing. Perfect meal.
Chilling & Chili making. Movie watching. Relaxing. Keeping Emma away from the toilets.
After driving Mike to an errand, I headed to the gym for some Vinyasa yoga. This was an AMAZING class. I must go back to that teacher.
At home, I made myself a stir-fry (WTF!) and had it with sparkling wine for lunch. I also did some baking (vegan blondies– very crumbly, and easy oatmeal bake from Katie). After that, I headed out for a facial that I’d promised myself a while back.
Busy start to the weekend, but then lots of relaxing overall, and a great holiday!