Weekly Training Recap 11.7 – 11.12

There are very few cardio exercises that I dislike. After seeing the doc last week and discovering that my stress fracture isn’t healing on the expected timeline, she suggested that I refrain from using the elliptical (which I don’t love but have learned to accept it with all my injuries over the years) because it is still weight-bearing.  NBD, I thought! I decided that on Tuesday morning I could simply replace the time spent on the elliptical by doing 30-40 minutes of rowing, ha! I got to 3 minutes and quickly realized that it would be a miracle if I made it to 10. I am not sure why I dislike it so much but I am certain that rowing is now right behind skate skiing on my short list of disliked aerobic exercise. Rowing a boat? I think I could like that. Rowing on an indoor rower for longer than 3 minutes? Count me out.  oakley Lefthand Canyon, Boulder, CO. img_2812

Here is my (mostly enjoyed) training from this past week:

Monday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour 5 minutes 

PM: Easy bike 1 hour 5 minutes

Tuesday

AM: Strength 1 hour + a mix of rowing/elliptical 40 minutes 

Wednesday

AM: Bike 1 hour 50 minutes

PM: Swim 1 hour 5 minutes

Thursday

AM: Bike 1 hour

Friday

AM: Strength + cardio circuit 1 hour (to be shared this coming week!)

PM: Swim 1 hour

Saturday

Masters Swim Practice 1 hour 15 minutes followed by 3 hours on the bike with 3×20 minutes at Half Ironman effort 

Sunday

2 hour 15 minute ride + 30 minutes strength 

 

Totals –

  • Swim: 4 hours 25 minutes 
  • Run replacement cardio: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Strength: 2 hours
  • Bike: 9 hours 10 minutes

16 hours 45 minutes

Trying to fit things in with a busy work schedule and less daylight after work was a challenge this week. I had to move some things around to make it work. I haven’t always been the most flexible when it comes to my training so this is a good/but not always easy practice for me. The longer efforts on my Saturday ride were hard! I did the efforts on a long climb so the recovery between each effort didn’t really feel like recovery. Just like any tough workout however, it felt good to get it done!

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


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Rowing, yay or nay?

How is the weather where you are? I am going to start to sound like a broken record but this fall in Colorado has been phenomenal.  I can’t get over how perfect it has been and I don’t want it to end. Also looking into places that have this weather year-round, is that a thing?

 

 

 

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6 random things from my week and 7 tips to landing a job you love

Happy Friday, friends! Today I want to share some tips for those who are feeling as lost but also as picky as I was while trying to figure out what in the world I wanted to do for “work”. But first….

6 Random Things From My Week:

1. On Monday I was in the pool to see the sunrise and on the bike to watch the sunset. I don’t remember the last time I was outside to watch both on the same day! Anyone else love the feeling? img_2812

2. After waiting in line for 90 minutes… (but of course with gratitude for the privilege to do so)

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3. Annnnd anyone else avoiding social media after Tuesday?

4. A kale salad a day keeps the doctor away? But really, kale salads are super hot in my life right now. This one included roasted beets, sweet potato, apple, pumpkin seeds, avocado and balsamic glaze (also obsessed with this).  img_0016

5. These leggings. The fact that I can wear leggings to work and it is acceptable (well in my head, I don’t ask for opinions) makes me feel like I am winning.  img_2808

6. This Is Us. Bachelor franchise shows are typically the extent of my TV watching but a friend suggested This Is Us and since the bachelor doesn’t start again until January and it is on Hulu, I figured I would give it a shot. So good! It reminds me a lot of Parenthood which I also loved. They are only 6 episodes thus far so you have plenty of time to get all caught up! this-is-us-tv-series  


3 years out of college (wait, really?!) and 6 months into a job I love, I think it is fair to say that it has been a long and surprising journey. There has been no lack of thought, tears and time put into getting to a place where I am happy, grateful and excited to go to work every day. 

Here are 7 tips to finding (maybe unexpectedly) a job you love: 

1. Accept the truth that there is no “perfect” job. 

When I was in school I had this misconception that I would be able to land a job that was just the right combination of my passions, education and dreams. I believed that an employer would find my education from a good university highly valuable and that my degree would be taken into account when offering me this fantasized job that was made for the exact skill set I had acquired. I was sure that whatever I was doing, I would be able to feel the difference I was making every day!

If you have been out of school for about 5 seconds you can probably find some humor in all of this. While there is no harm in dreaming big and while I do think you can find purpose in any job, there is not a job in the world that is perfect. You probably won’t be doing what you expected to be doing, especially right out of school. If you do end up in the job you expected to have, it probably won’t be what you expected every single day. Every job has hard days. The job you least expected, may be the one you love. 

2. Work on that resume. 

I mean duh, right? But really, make your resume look good. If you are still in school, visit your career center and make an appointment to meet with someone who can help you with this. Make sure you don’t ignore the small things like your address, email address and phone number. Taking the time to perfect your resume may be worth it when an employer is flipping through hundreds. 

3. Follow your heart.

My most cliché point but I had to include it. If I hadn’t followed my heart to Colorado, I wouldn’t have been in the situation to meet the person who encouraged me to apply for the job I now love. 

4. Be social. 

I was encouraged to apply for my now current position, in an industry I knew nothing about, by having a conversation with a Dad of one of my cross-country athletes at a race last fall. It has been easy to notice since then that it really is all about who you know. 

5. Take every interview. 

Not only for the obvious reason that you will get better at interviewing, but after interviewing for positions you aren’t 100% sold on you will get a better idea of what the position entails and the company culture. You may just find that the interview you were going to for experience ends up being the job you want the most. 

6. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t settle.

If you are still browsing job sites, maybe “just looking” incase there is something better, you probably aren’t happy where you are.  Don’t settle! If you happen to apply to one of those jobs and are offered an interview, go! 

The interview process for my current job started in February and at the time I was interviewing with other companies. When I received another job offer in March for a different position, I gladly excepted. I quickly learned however that the job was not for me and when my current company eventually offered me a job just 2 months into this other job, I was torn because this company had just brought me on and there was nothing that was unbearable wrong. In the end I knew I would regret not taking the other offer and now I am SO thankful I didn’t settle but that also brings me to #7….

7. Don’t feel like you owe an employer anything. 

This can be tough – you wan’t to be a loyal employee, that is great trait to have! At the end of the day however most companies are looking out for number one. Ultimately, you have to do the same. 

 

Lastly, don’t be afraid to start over or do something that wasn’t in your 5 year plan. I know I invested a lot of time into certain areas only to realize those things weren’t for me. It would have been a shame if I had kept heading in one direction simply because I had already spent so much time going down that path. It is never too late to start something new. 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


 

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1. What is one random thing from your week?

2. Kale salads, yay or nay? Favorite toppings/add ins?

3. What is the best piece of career advice you have been given? What is some advice you could give from your experiences?

 

 

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Weekly Training Recap 10/31 – 11/6

I am excited to be posting a weekly training recap again! Like I mentioned last week, I am currently dealing with a tibial stress fracture and haven’t been able to run for 11 weeks. I am feeling 75% better but practicing patience and waiting until I am 100% to run again. I am SO thankful that I am able to swim and bike in the meantime. 

Here is my training from this past week:

Monday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour 15 minutes 

PM: Easy bike 1 hour 5 minutes

Tuesday

AM: Elliptical 1 hour + 45 minutes strength

Wednesday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour 15 minutes

PM: Bike with 2 x 10 – 30 seconds fast/30 easy (by feel) 1 hour 45 minutes total

Thursday

AM: Elliptical 1 hour + 40 minutes strength

PM: Straight swim 20 minutes

Friday

AM: Masters swim 1 hour

PM: Easy bike 1 hour 10 minutes

Saturday

Long bike 4 hours, 72 miles (longest ride since February!) + core 15 minutes 

Sunday

Rest (: 

Totals –

  • Swim: 3 hours 50 minutes 
  • Elliptical: 2 hours
  • Strength: 1 hour 40 minutes 
  • Bike: 8 hours

15 hours 30 minutes total training 

I was very happy with my training this week. I did have a bit of a scare with my injury situation. In the end it was all good and left me feeling thankful for what I am able to do, even if it isn’t what I would be doing in a perfect non-injured world. I am a little anxious to see how this next week of training goes. The time change will make it difficult to get on my bike during the week as those rides happen after work and I won’t ride in the dark. ALSO this coming week last year looked like this: 

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Can it already be that time of year?! 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

 

 

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Life Lately – 16 about 2016

Where do I begin? 11 months into 2016 and I have maybe blogged twice the whole year. I hope to make this blogging thing a regular affair again so lets just ease into it today with a quick update.

16 happenings and random things from my 2016:

1. I started my first “big girl” job back in March. I also quickly learned that this was not a good fit for me…

2. And started another new job in May that has been such an incredibly surprising blessing in my life this year. I am excited to share more job stuff in a later post.

3. One of the best parts about living in Denver is it seems like there is always someone visiting or passing through. I love showing friends and family my new home. img_2239

4. I moved to a new apartment in May.

5. I then moved again in October… fingers crossed that there are no more moves in my near future.

6. I survived the worst spring… weather… of my life. What they don’t tell you about Colorado is that the worst “winter” months happen to be March and April. It even snowed in May!

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7. In September I was diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture. After the past 2 years, another injury this year was pretty frustrating. Expect a more detailed post in regards to injury and recovery soon.

8. Between hikes and weekend trips I had so much fun enjoying Colorado this Summer.

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9. I went to my first Rockies game plus two more! img_2381

10. I helped pace at the Leadville 100. I paced for 11 miles towards the end of the race but crewed all day. It was such a fun experience and I just might have caught the ultra running bug (which right now is just a lot of pent-up energy since I can’t actually run). img_2529

11. There has been no shortage of flying this year. Trips to California (4 times), Michigan, Texas and Florida have made this my most “frequent-flyer” year by a lot.  img_1927

12. I climbed my first 14’er.

13. I turned 25!

14. I am officially a Colorado resident. Apparently this is something you should do within the first couple months of moving to a new state (actually you have 90 days as two police officers have kindly let me know). It becomes a difficult process after 13 months.

15. I cut off all my hair off!

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16. I haven’t missed a single episode of a bachelor franchise show. Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise… I am fairly certain this kind of dedication is something to be shared.

If you are still around to read this post after my very long blogging hiatus, thank you! 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

 

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