Training Recap 1.9 – 1.15

Hi all! Happy Sunday! Just popping in for a quick weekly training update. 


  • a.m. Masters swim 1 hour 15 minutes


  • a.m. Indoor cycling class 1 hour, strength 30 minutes
  • p.m. Straight swim 20 minutes


  • a.m. Ride with intervals 1 hour 53 minutes
  • p.m. Swim 1 hour 10 minutes


  • a.m.  Elliptical 1 hour, strength 35 minutes


  • a.m. Masters swim 1 hour 5 minutes
  • p.m. Bike trainer spin 1 hour, core 10 minutes 

Saturday: Masters swim 1 hour 10 minutes, Base ride 3 hours 30 minutes

Sunday: Elliptical 1 hour, strength 30 minutes


  • Swim – 5 hours
  • Bike – 7 hours 23 minutes
  • Run replacement – 2 hours 
  • Strength – 1 hour 45 minutes 
  • 16 hours 8 minutes 


Healthy Regards,





Mental Toughness and Training Recap 1.2 – 1.8

“A large part of getting back into shape is remembering how to hurt. Mental ‘toughness’ is a skill that fades and grows with training.”

I saw this quote on Linsey Corbin’s Instagram this past week. As I was grumbling and struggling to roll out of bed every morning a 4:30am, this was a good reminder that resilience, mental toughness, grit, whatever you want to call it, isn’t something that anyone has without working for it. Mental toughness is a  skill that is sharpened by relentlessly waking up one morning after another to pursue your goals. I kept this idea with me as I went about my week of training. 

At 18 weeks out from my first potential race, my focus for these next couple weeks is getting back into a consistent training schedule. My intention is to start adding some volume back in without pushing anything that could be a lingering injury. With a few days that I had to shuffle around due to snow and opting to ride inside all but one day this week,  I was able to get in every session. 

My biggest struggle this week was waking up! I’m an early riser by nature but anything in the 4 o’clock hour seems immensely more difficult than anything after 5 am. Reminding myself that this will (fingers crossed) get easier and not letting myself give into my reasons to stay in bed helped me this week. Besides that, training never felt too difficult and I never felt overly tired. I do have some lingering pain where I had my stress fracture in August which is why you won’t see any running in my training. Because I have done the “return to running” thing wrong so many times, I am leaning towards being overly cautious right now. I would rather take a few extra weeks off right now than continue to deal with pain or something worse later this year. 

Ok! Let’s get to that training, shall we?

Monday: Rest


  • a.m. Indoor cycling class 1 hour, strength 50 minutes;
  • p.m. Straight swim 20 minutes, aqua jog 30 minutes 


  • a.m. Masters swim 1 hour 15 minutes
  • p.m. Elliptical 1 hour


  • a.m. Indoor cycling class 1 hour 30 minutes 
  • p.m. Strength 1 hour


  • a.m. Masters swim 1 hour
  • p.m. Bike trainer spin 1 hour

Saturday: Masters swim 1 hour 10 minutes, Elliptical 1 hour, Strength 50 minutes

Sunday: Ride 3 hours 


  • Swim – 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Bike – 6 hours 3o minutes
  • Run replacement – 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Strength – 2 hours 40 minutes
  • 15 hours 25 minutes 

Happy Training!


Healthy Regards,


Workout Playlist – September 2015

Admittedly, I don’t stay well versed in music. Whatever is on the radio or Pandora is usually fine by me! At least for the past year or so that is…

When I am teaching indoor cycling classes however, I am on it. A playlist can make or break a class and I am all about musical motivation. I love programming indoor cycling classes and I almost love having the perfect playlist just as much. 

I have been away from teaching indoor cycling for about a year but with my move I have been determined to get back to it. With a few interviews and auditions I have felt nostalgic in the playlist making process. 

Below are some of my favorites as of late. Fingers crossed that I will be able to share more in the coming months!

September Workout Playlist


P.S. Have you made the Pumpkin Nut Butter?! I am almost out of my current batch. It is absolutely perfect on toast. 


Healthy Regards,



Lets chat: 

What do you have planned for this weekend?

Any song suggestions for my workout playlist?

First track workout in 2 years

Yep, that happened today. 

It was not impressive, definitely nothing to write home about. I had a measly 2 x 3k’s at 10k pace. 

After 2 years away, I don’t even know what my 10k or tempo pace would be right now.

2 years ago it would have been sub 6 min/mile.

2 years ago I was in the best running shape of my life.

2 years ago I would have laughed at my 2 x 3k workout.

2 years ago I would have run my long runs at the pace my 3k’s ended up being today. 

But today I stepped on the track thankful that after 2 years of pain, disappointment and depression, I can run. I am far away from my fittest or fastest self but I am making an effort to get back to that. So today, I am proud of myself. 


Healthy Regards,