And yesterday I worked in a late evening 55 minute brick workout where I actually felt spunky running off the bike...even better. I am oh SO glad to be moving forward (cautiously, but happily)! It's a good thing too, because I have some longer races coming up and I would really like to put in some quality training beforehand.
Moving forward... I've had some good training sessions and not so good training sessions (i.e. zeros in the book) in the past month. Overall, I feel "behind" in my training and have more than a few points of doubt as to whether my upcoming goals are attainable and realistic (Overwhelming fatigue will certainly do that to you). But the past is the past and, with my return to being healthy, I am looking forward with optimism, not backwards with regret :) Setbacks are setbacks, and these things I know to be true:
I've come a long ways already this year...
I will continue to be optimistic and work hard and trust in the plan, and...
The rest of the details will just have to take care of themselves!
One positive of my down time: It has given me to the opportunity to sit back and reflect on what needs improvement as I move forward. Honestly, while nutrition is my area of "expertise," with the stress of the past 6+ weeks of work it has not been a strong point more recently. Eating on the fly works some days, but is not really to optimal in ensuring I'm getting enough of the right foods. As I move forward towards longer training sessions, I know it will be a KEY factor in my fueling and recovery and overall energy levels. So the past two weekends I've spent collecting my sports nutrition knowledge, applying the evidence-based research and formulas to hash out my own personal nutrition plans. This is long overdue for me something I feel will be crucial in getting the most out of my training. Since I am a nutrition nerd, I have found building such plans to be quite fun! I thrive off structure so I am excited to infuse a bit more regime into to this aspect of my life again.
So yea, things maybe have not gone according to MY plan, but I am reminding myself of the importance of keeping faith through the ups and downs of training and that life will continue to move forward (ready or not!) according to God's plan :)
Here's to Monday... and moving forward... with optimism!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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