3 things to remember when life gets in the way of training + training recap 1.15 – 1.21

Hi, friends! I hope you are having a great weekend. I am typing this from my kitchen table as I watch the snow fall outside. It will be our first, bigger snowfall this year and while I am not a huge fan of the snow, it sure makes for a cozy Sunday morning. 

Training this week didn’t go as planned. I’m usually a stickler for sticking to my training plan but this past week was one of the more overwhelming ones. I recently accepted a promotion at work which is very exciting but as I take on the new job while still taking care of things and training someone for my previous position, I have been spending more time dedicated to work. In addition to that, the puppy thing is a ton of time, mental energy and not a lot of sleep. Both are exciting and I wouldn’t change either decision but I felt very overwhelmed this past week. I am accustomed to being in complete control of my schedule and thrive on routine and consistency so this week felt very chaotic. Additionally, I am baby-ing a pain in my left ankle area and wasn’t able to run this past week. Since running is my biggest stress relief and most time-efficient form of exercise, not being able to run was especially frustrating. 

Here are 3 things I try to remember when I have to skip or alter a workout or training week:

  1. Do what you can do. If you don’t have time for a 2 or 3 hour workout, get in what you can instead of throwing it out the window completely.
  2. Make the most of the time you have by being present. When you are training, make sure your mind is in your training and not wandering off to the stressors of your week. An hour training session is going to be more beneficial if you are focused on the goal of the session. Not to mention, giving your mind a break from “real life” will make you more calmer and more focused when you go back. 
  3. Life happens, give yourself grace. The hardest one for me. Don’t beat yourself if things do not go as planned. Be kind and give yourself a pass every once in a while. 

Training Recap 1.15.2018 – 1.21.2018


  • AM: Indoor bike workout 1 hour 40 minutes 
  • PM: Swim 1 hour; 3400 meters


  • AM: Elliptical 1 hour


  • AM: Swim 1 hour; 3500 meters
  • PM: Teach indoor cycling 1 hour 10 minutes + Gym strength session 40 minutes


  • AM: Indoor bike workout 1 hour 30 minutes


  • AM: Masters swim 1 hour; 3000 meters
  • PM: Easy ride 1 hour; 17 miles


  • Trainer bike workout 2 hour 30 minutes 


  • Swim workout 1 hour 15 minutes; 4000 meters
  • Elliptical 1 hour
  • Gym strength session 40 minutes 


  • Swim – 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Bike – 7 hours 55 minutes 
  • Elliptical – 2 hours 
  • Strength – 1 hours 20 minutes

15 hours 30 minutes total


Healthy Regards,




  1. Bonniesays:

    Hayley, I think these three tips really speak to me this week. I especially like the tip to give oneself grace when things aren’t going as planned or when you aren’t feeling up to par. This weekend at camp, I learned to love stretching and yoga a little more, and feel that I can do this more when I don’t have time to do a bigger workout. Thanks! PS: Puppies are hard! They kind of are like Honey Badgers…they never give up or give in.

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