I’ve been away from blogging due to some work travel. My apologies, although I knew it was coming and mentioned it briefly in a prior post.
As expected, my fitness activities were sidelined due to travel. I made a quick trip over to Germany (quick trip and Germany shouldn’t be used in the same sentence) last week. I arrived there Wednesday morning and flew back to the US early on Friday morning. Quick trip. I took a tiny suitcase and while I thought about bringing my sneakers and workout gear, I knew that a) it wouldn’t fit, and b) the days would be long and working out just wasn’t realistic.
I had brief visions of running around the streets of Frankfurt and then I snapped back to reality. Running around a foreign country with no knowledge of the language probably isn’t a good idea. Not to mention it didn’t even get light until after 8am. I definitely talked myself out of that one (luggage limits aside).
Lucky me also managed to get sick during my quick trip. I felt the beginning of a cold prior to leaving and then travelling, plus a lack of sleep, contributed to me ending up with a full blown cold. I was prepared though and had medication on hand. The descent on my flight back threw my ears for a serious loop and I ended up in extreme pain and unable to hear for most of the day. While it improved slightly, it didn’t improve enough so I went to the doctor on Monday evening and was diagnosed with a double middle-ear infection and blood in my right ear. Lovely.
In addition, I was supposed to fly to Vegas today for yet another quick trip. Thankfully the doctor told me I shouldn’t fly, so here I am.
Of course the travel and the sickness haven’t done much for my fitness. I taught a packed class on Saturday off the bike because I was a mess. I taught again last night (packed again!) and managed to ride for most of the class. It felt good to do a little excersise although I definitely still felt off at times.
My tentative plan is to take the rest of the week to get healthy and then pick back up with things on Saturday.
I got an email from my coach talking about starting training about 8 months in advance of the half (as opposed to the normal six). The additional two will be a slow ramp up phase. He makes it sound very do-able. He also didn’t seem phased by me telling him that I hadn’t been doing much running.
My goal now is really just to stay healthy and get back to a regular routine. I was doing pretty well pre-travel so I know I can get right back to it. I will of course keep you posted.
Class last night was full, which was very exciting to me because the Tuesday class, while a great group, is never particularly crowded. We have 22 bikes and we tend to average around 12-15. It’s definitely January at the gym, but a full class is a full class. I had three first time riders and all did well. Hopefully they will return!
I wanted to do a ride I hadn’t used in a while, so I went with my best of 2013 ride. Some of the songs had been really played out at the time, but after a year I felt it was OK to play them.
Here’s a screen shot. Let me know if you want to follow me on Spotify.
As always, feel free to share any good tunes!
Have a great Wednesday!!