Welcome to the deep freeze! Its been really cold in Ottawa this week, the last few weeks actually and I for one have had enough of it. There is no way to enjoy yourself outside when it is -40C and cabin fever is setting in. I do have to go out everyday to walk the dog but even his walks have been cut short due to the weather.
I got my new training plan this week and I did a few of the workouts and all I can say is I have my work cut out for me. I am trying to be more consistent with my workouts this year so I have all my key workouts in the morning before work and the evening workouts are flexible so if I have to miss them, it is OK. On Sunday my workouts is outdoor, either a snowshoe run or skiing so I hope the temperatures get a little more reasonable. I have swimming Monday and Wednesday and a bike session on Tuesday and Thursday but those bike sessions will be tough. On Saturday I have a long trainer ride and a 10k run. Right now the 10k run is not happening, I need to focus on getting my time on the bike up because this week I could not even do the minimum time never mind the maximum time. Today's snowshoe run did not happen due to a non-functioning furnace and to be honest a lack of desire to go out in the -40 temps. I need to acknowledge that sometimes the motivation is not there but I can try again tomorrow and make it a better day.
I am excited to have a new training schedule but it also means my first big race of the year is closer, less than 6 months away and I need to do a lot of work to be ready for it. I really need to work on my cycling, I am slow and it takes a lot out of me so my goal over the next few months is to hit those bike workouts and be more consistent with them so I see the dividends when the snow melts and I get back outside. Another area for improvement is my weight. Like most of us, I put on a few extra pounds over the holidays and I hate how my clothes fit. I know if I work on it now, I will feel better in the spring and it will help my training. I am doing a nutrition course for athletes and am learning a lot and my son Stephen helped me figure out my macros and built me a spreadsheet to use. I know that this year slow consistent effort will bring me the results I want so I am not worrying about a missed workout today, I am worrying about getting ready for the next one and the one after that. One day at a time, I will get there!