Well, just like that, we're facing the first Spring 'Fessional Session of 2022.
Although the calendar shows Spring, this first official week of Spring has felt a bit more like late Fall. The sunshine has been hit or miss, and the temps have been a bit chilly. Of course, that annoying wind has been unrelenting...but all is well. The increased daylight neutralizes the weather whiplash. At least we're now on the bright side of the Equinox!
Anyways, shall we get to the 'fessing?
If you don't mind, I'll go first...
For starters, I'll MaxFess that things have been less-than-ideal with his recent ACL repair surgery. I wish I was fluent in dog talk, so I could communicate with him. Honestly, he's 12 years old, but acts like a 6-month old puppy with his energy. Trying to keep him "immobile" is more stressful than bringing home your first newborn. The hubby has had a lot of evening meetings (and a long-weekend business trip), the past two weeks, so I've had to arrange for my parents or sister to babysit Max anytime I've wanted to leave the premises. I love this little furry guy, but I'm ready for the house arrest to end. Fortunately, the sutures were removed Thursday, and the cone is history. He should be fully recovered within a month. Onward!
Moving on, a couple days ago, I noticed a really odd "taste" in my mouth, mid-morning. Then, I had a quick awkward uh-oh moment...I MemoryFailFess that I couldn't remember if I'd brushed my teeth before leaving for work. Rest assured, I brush my teeth frequently (morning and night, at the minimum), but I couldn't recall actually doing it that particular morning. Fortunately, I have a toothbrush and paste in my desk at work. Crises (somewhat) averted.
Can we talk about first world problems for a second? I had two biking workouts (via Peloton) on tap for the early morning, on Wednesday. I wasn't even half way through Tunde's Tabata workout when my bike's screen went blank (ummm, #batteryfail). Just like that, the onscreen stats had gone *poof* (mileage, RPM's, pace, elapsed time, etc.), and I no longer could adjust the resistance level (and didn't have any more D-size batteries in the house). For about 10 seconds, I BikeFess that I was on the verge of panicking. Then, I decided to just continue on...after all, I could still pedal, and I could do some pretty fast sprints with little (to no) resistance, LOL. I estimated I'd done about 14 miles in those 50 minutes. But, it gets better...after work, I repeated both workouts, almost 13 hours later! It turns out my 14-mile guess was pretty close, after all. Ending the day with four bike workouts (two of which were Tabata-based!) and over 28 total miles, I slept pretty soundly that evening.
**Tabata is a type of HIIT workout that's just four minutes long. In Tabata, you cycle through eight rounds of 20 seconds of intense work and 10 seconds of rest. This particular workout had three "sets" of Tabata over the course of 20 minutes (with recovery periods between each set).
I haven't said much about it, but I'm really excited for the upcoming Drake Relays Road Races Half Marathon (April 24th). I've done this race numerous times, so I'm not nervous about anything. I RaceFess, though, that I've kind of let the event sneak up on me. I have a solid base, and I've done a couple of 8-mile long runs, so I will be half-marathon-ready in four weeks. This is a hilly race course (and the weather is almost always cold, windy, and damp), so gunning for a 13.1 PR is pretty unrealistic, though last year I came close to a course PR. We shall see...
Finally, I've mentioned my daily #OptOutside streak before. This all began on Thanksgiving 2020 (with that year's RW Winter Streak). After that streak ended (January2, 2021), I decided to keep getting outside, everyday, for some form of fitness. Many days, it was just a short walk, but all those short 1-mile walks counted (as well as my runs and bike rides). Anyways, Day 500 is approaching, on April 8th! I RunFess that it's been great getting outside, daily, no matter what the weather is doing. That meant a couple of quick 1-mile walks, this week, in the rain...but there are worse things, am I right? As much as I detest less-than-perfect weather, it's pretty empowering facing it head-on instead of cowering inside.
As always, it feels oh so liberating releasing another set of 'fessions. Kind of a spring cleanse, LOL. Thanks for indulging me.
Surely, I'm not alone in this. Do you have any 'fessions that need sharing? Have you done any walking in the rain, yet, in 2022? Ever forgotten if you've brushed your teeth? Would you re-do an entire workout, for the sake of verifying just how far or intense it was?
I'm linking this with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions link-up