Summer of Ing: The Swimming, Biking, Run-A-Marathon Twice Diaries – Part 7

This week’s post is a little different as I was on vacation with my family at Martha’s Vineyard. I still managed to stay on my training program. But I must confess I did have a rib bone or two from the local rib joint “Smoke ‘n Bones” and some Black Out Cake from “The Black Dog Bakery” – all in moderation! The important thing with travel and vacations so you don’t dig yourself a big ‘ole ffat hole, is structure. Here are more tips on how to enjoy your vacation without the fitness wheels totally coming off. Jen Turner’s MAD COOL VACAY FIT TIPS.

Here are the workouts I did:

Monday – 1 hour tempo run on treadmill at 7:30 – 7:45 pace. Lower body weights; core work

Tuesday –50 mins Speed work -2 mins fast; 3 mins recovery, building up to 6:10 pace; core work

Wed – indoor cycle, 1 hour, high cadence 1 first 30 mins, then climbing and recovery for 25 mins, 5 mins of recovery; core work

Thurs- 11 mile run outside; wonderful running parallel to the ocean. Martha’s Vineyard is extraordinary. Truly inspiring.

Friday – indoor cycle 1 hour; core work

Saturday – 1 hour swim

With the core work, I’ve recently started to do fewer reps with heavier weight and less rest in between (15-30 secs) to make the muscle more dense. It seems to be working. Abs, as I’ve said many times before, is the bane of my existence…literally here today, eat 1 chicken wing…gone tomorrow, ugh. But it does appear staying on top of the diet of course, doing some kind of core work (stability ball, planks, kneeling on the ground, and pulling the tricep rope forward, crunching down to the ground) consistently, really does help.

The Malibu Triathlon is coming up on September 15th. We’ll see how it goes. I’m mostly focusing on going into the race healthy and rested and having a good time. As I said, I’ve got a lot going on this summer and whereas I’m highly competitive with myself, I’m also being realistic and honest with myself about what I can do within the time I have. I’m good with whatever time I get. After all I have 2 marathons to do after!

So that was the clinical, training part of the week.

The emotional, awesome part of the week was being able to hang out with my family – my mom, my aunt, my sister, and niece. I call us the women of Brewster Place. My sister and I affectionately refer to my mom and my aunt as “The Golden Girls”. My mother truly is the black Sophia Petrillo with her stories, “Picture it. Alabama 1957”. She’s a hoot, seriously the funniest person I’ve ever met.

My sister has been coming to the Vineyard for 12 years. It’s only in the last 3 years that we started taking this trip as a family and I truly, truly appreciate it. Since moving back to the East Coast from L.A. four years ago, I’ve been fortunate to see my family quite frequently.

It was so wonderful to have shared this vacation time with them. What does this have to with fitness? Because it reminds me what this “healthy thing” is all about. Being able to share these precious moments with your friends and family to the fullest. To be externally focused and sharing the moment with them vs being internally focused, laden with health issues or concerns about weight. To have energy to do the things we enjoy.

I feel truly blessed to have gone through my past health challenges because it makes these moments so much sweeter. Looking forward to the next trip and to seeing my family in October for the Chicago Marathon which I will run with my sister. Let’s go get ‘em big sis!

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