Sunday, 12 January 2014

Tri Talk - Not exactly my best foot forward

Despite being ready for a new year and a fresh start - last week was not exactly my best week training-wise.

I was feeling pretty enthusiastic about 2014. I was all geared up. I had a plan. I picked a race.  I was starting a new job (more on that later this week). And I was ready to train my booty off ironman-style. But by Saturday I had a scratchy throat. By Sunday the aches started to set in. And by Monday I was barely keeping together at work - surviving on DayQuil, Crackers, and 7pm bedtimes. BLAH! I was sick! And I am pretty sure these freezing cold temperatures and hustle and bustle of holidays are to blame.

Needless to say training was not high on my priority list, especially as the Polar Vortex continued to reign supreme in our fair city. Despite only squeezing in half of my scheduled workouts, I did make some key training decisions.

1. I got a gym membership
After complaining about this crazy weather and my spoiled runs - I received an email inviting me to special sneak peak of the new Goodlife Fitness facility at 555 Richmond. (*the clouds parts and angels sing*). This could not have come at a better time! I was really excited to see what the new facilities had to offer, because admittedly it has been a very long time since I have been to "the gym".
I gotta say, the new location is pretty swank! It has pretty much everything this little training triathlete could ask for - spin classes, colourful kettlebells, group fitness, and a sauna for post-workout. Plus, it was warm! (*insert blissful sigh*).

We got to check out the facilities before their official grand opening the following day, and sample a few of their awesome group fitness classes. I think it is safe to say that I am not coordinated enough for their step class, but some of the classes we sampled packed a serious fitness wallop! And the line of fancy state-of-the-art treadmills really sold me. I will be beating the cold and kicking it at Goodlife this winter.

2. I have joined a run club
Yep, it is true.I have decided to spend my Tuesday Nights (and maybe Wednesdays too) training with the Marathon Group at my local Running Room.

I have long been a bit of a lone wolf in the running department. I have always logged the majority of my training runs alone. And have preferred it that way, mostly because deep down I am kind of insecure about my running ability. or lack there of (*ahem Robot Heart. Always screwing up my cardiovascular fitness*).

But I have decided that a little push from a group environment might help me dig a little deeper and hit my time goals this year. And having a bunch of equally crazy people to tough out the winter and those difficult speed workouts might just make training a little more fun. So I am trying to step outside my comfort zone this year and am taking the run club plunge. I have signed up and I am running with the group for the first time this week. Fingers crossed I don't totally suck. And I am also hoping I don't get my ass handed to me at this week's training session! EEP!

Sick, Gym, Run Club - that about sums up my week!
Are you a gym regular? Do you think training with a group helps or hinders?

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