Let's just say it's been a tad bit windy.
Thankfully, we did have some warm days this week, and we also had a fair amount of sunshine. But that wind! Most days brought us wind speeds in the upper-teens and 20's. Nonetheless, whether it was a balmy breeze out of the south or a frigid blast from the north, the wind was a beast to battle.
Alas, it's a good thing I'm #IowaTough...
Before I disclose the windy deets of the week, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
After work, I decided to revisit some of the route I'd run last Saturday. There had been numerous discarded mini shot bottles on a 2-mile segment, so it was my mission to do some pre-Earth Day plogging. Ugh, all told, I picked up 19 empty bottles! More details are on Friday's post (HERE), but suffice it to say it was an exhausting 6-mile endeavor with the heat, the humidity, the wind, and the awkward bottle-filled bag to carry. But, I was ever-so-glad to do my part in trying to leave the streets better than I found them.
So, in summary, it was a week of WIND. Honestly, the wind has been simply insane, but it certainly makes for great resistance training. I kept the running low-key; 13 miles logged in the running shoes. Walking wasn't anything stellar (due to the crazy wind, almost on the daily); 12 total miles of that. Biking was back within my usual range, and had a total of 67 miles in the saddle (six of which were outside!). Other than Wednesday's Barre class, there wasn't much for lower-body strength work (but plenty of stretching and Theragun'ing), and the three upper-body workout sessions were legit.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. As mentioned, Friday turned rather windy by mid-morning, and the wind never did lighten-up. My solution was the chunky-knit color-blocked cropped cardi (go ahead, try saying that three times fast). All the colors of spring and the warmth of winter, LOL.
Knock wood, the magnolia tree pretty much reached full bloom status this week! It survived last weekend's snow, sleet and rain, as well as all the crazy wind this week threw at it. If it can make it through the remaining hours of this weekend's freeze advisory, it should be good!
And, we have tulips!
Finally, remember my amaryllis bulbs? Pictured below is the bulb that started blooming last weekend. The stem on the left has four blooms, and the stem on the right currently has one bloom that has opened (but has four blooms in-waiting). It's so top-heavy, I had to move the pot to the floor to have the cabinet to lean up against.
So, that's the latest! It was a crazy week with all things wind, but all is well. We cannot control the weather, so it's best to just go with the flow (and laughing as much as possible).
How did your week play out? Any crazy wind (hot and balmy or cold and frigid)? Any especially fun or badass workouts that need mention? Any races, this weekend or upcoming?