A difficult week (Where is MoJo?)

When I write my blog I always feel I should be positive and I usually am but this week I have struggled a little.

My body has rebelled after two weekends of virtual ironman racing in a row (unsurprisingly), a tight back, very tired legs and a shoulder injury that wouldn’t seem to go away. My motivation seemed to take a dive this week, not only with sport but in general and I’ve found myself a little withdrawn perhaps.

I intend, however, to find my mojo this coming week starting tomorrow. I shall look for it in a walk, with friends online, in my running and cycling which I may do differently this week to mix things up. I shall also look for it under the sofa, in my wardrobe, in the garage but definitely not in the biscuit tin….. although mojo does often hide in the biscuit tin I will admit 😬

Still I did do some training this week and some other things, so here they are:

Tuesday

I had a day off work and had intended to go on a bike ride with hubby but it was raining so we went for a run instead. It was just a four mile loop but its a hilly loop and was on reflection not a bright idea having done a race on the weekend (see Wednesday). It was none the less very enjoyable and I’ve definitely refound a love of trail running.

Wednesday

Words can not express how hard I found the bike ride on Wednesday. This was another holiday from work and there was no rain so hubby and I set off looking forward to our hilly adventure. I have developed a love for riding in the hills. I think the combination of having a good day and really feeling challenged but fit as you make it up the hill is so great and of course the stunning views are always worth it. Admittedly on this occasion my legs were tired from the off and I got to a point of not enjoying it as much which is a shame. On the last hill which felt really steep I didn’t think I would make it up to the top and I felt very out of breath. I would however like to go back and do that ride again on a day when my legs feel better. It would be good to really give it a solid go and feel good about it. Later on Wednesday we had our zoom session with our PT. This was difficult but we managed to do a good job of it and hopefully can give a bit more next time.

Goya Valley before the big hill
Top of Windgather

Friday

Had a rest day on Thursday. On Friday I did a very short recovery run of 2 miles. It’s sometimes better to turn the legs over and get the blood moving than to sit still so I followed this guidance and went off on an ambling jog.

Saturday

Yesterday was to be my long run. I decided to shorten the run from the original intended 9 miler to just 7 miles but I also decided to take the run into the hills/on to the trails. It was a beautiful run which I throughly enjoyed and if my Achilles allows I think I may find mojo on some of these runs.

My exit Styal is behind all of these sheep

Sunday

Today I was supposed to do a long bike ride but after the demanding bike ride on Wednesday I decided to only do my ‘loop’ which takes about an hour. My legs didn’t feel quite as tired which bodes well for next week, perhaps recovery is on the way.

Ok now I’m off to find mojo. I will definitely not start with that biscuit tin…….

Motivation

Anyone remember record breakers tune? Motivation, Motivation, ……..Motivation that’s what I need, if you want to prevent a frown, want to survive this lockdown,……yes motivation is what you neeeeeeddddd…la la la

So the last couple of days mine has been waning a tad, well a lot actually. I’ve gone from someone that always made an effort to look nice for work, getting up early to do a workout before work, to rolling out of bed, pulling on my joggers and sitting down to my work desk in the same clothes with messy hair, no makeup and definitely no pre work workout. I’ve started to notice my energy levels dropping and a loss in interest in my beloved sport and my favourite tv shows. Levels of biscuit eating have increased exponentially and I’m definitely having far too many coffees. I mean what next eh 😂

So today I decided that the only way to find motivation was to kick myself up the backside and force myself to shower, change and make myself look nice/ready for the day. At lunch I went for a run; just a 2 miler but its a lovely 2 mile trail run straight uphill and down again.

Mid afternoon I spotted this bird on the lamppost outside preening itself. I decided to take a picture and if it appears again tomorrow I might even name it. Not sure of a good name for a pigeon? Percy?

After work I got on the turbo for 35 minutes and followed this up with a 30 minute gym workout with my son in the garden, focussing on forearms (something he wants to work on). We also enjoyed some entertainment whilst gardening, apparently we have an extra from Dr Who living in the garden:

Exterminate……

Finding the light

I’m generally an optimist but following yesterdays update on the news I will admit to ‘worrying a tad’. I’m also sad to hear of friends losing their jobs at this time and my heart goes out to everyone. I hope the financial reliefs offered are swift and genuinely beneficial to all that need it.

I will also admit to feeling somewhat selfishly sad by the realisation that I would need to cancel my Ironman this year and either re-sign up to it later/nearer the time or simply do it next year. But when you think what others are dealing with it really puts things in perspective and I should quite frankly shut up and be happy for what I have.

So with that all being said, I woke up this morning and thought right time to find my optimism and happiness again. So I went for a run. I have been wearing a scarf around my face whilst out running on cold days way before anyone knew the word covid but now people appeared wary as the woman with the ‘bandit’ look ran past and they kind of shuffled even further away as I went by.

Scary running bandit
Beautiful views on the run

Following the lovely run our personal trainer Emma came round to our house and we did a workout outside in the sunshine. She is great and now offering virtual workouts for all her clients, go Emma.

Doing dumbbell swings
Press ups
Hubby showing off 😉
Punch up warm up with Emma 😁

Wired now and ready for the rest of my day, bring it. 😁🌞🌞