Wind Blows.

It’s tough getting longer workouts in with my school and work schedule. I have a short break on Monday mornings to get stuff done. Normally I get school work done, but with the upcoming 31 mile bike race, I planned ahead, worked extra last night, and woke up ready to ride!

 

I rushed out the door for my 7:30am class without eating. OOPS. I was sstttaaarrrrvvvvviiiiinnnnggg by the time I got home at 9:00 am. I wolfed down a bowl of oatmeal topped with brown sugar, banana, and blackberries.

 

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It tasted better because I was so hungry. 😀

 

Once I got going on my bike ride, I realized that it was SO windy. As in, I thought I was going to be knocked off my bike by the winds. I think that if I would have stopped pedaling I would be going backwards. UGH.

 

Since when is it windy in Florida?!

 

I planned on riding 25.0 miles as my last long ride, but there was no way I wanted to fight the wind for that long. I ended up riding 15.0 miles, which felt more like 100. My legs were burning and it honestly felt like I was weightlifting, not biking.

 

My average pace was around 12.0 mph, which is way slower than average.

 

Riding against the wind BLOWS! Literally.

 

 

When I came home, I knew that I needed protein to help my muscles recover. I whipped up some eggs and veggies:

 

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  • egg whites
  • spinach
  • green peppers
  • onion
  • sundried tomato
  • cheddar cheese

 

Carbs are also necessary in any well-rounded lunch, so I piled it all on a toasted everything bagel.

 

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This was to die for. I loved it! It was so filling, and oozing with veggies.

 

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Later, I snacked on a huge platter of pita bread, celery sticks, and hummus.

 

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What can I say, I’m a hungry girl!? That workout kicked up my appetite!

 

Sometimes I feel like it’s not really about the exact mileage completed, but the effort put into it. Sometimes 15 miles feels like 5, and sometimes it feels like 100.

 

Do you tend to listen to your body (perceived effort) or go strictly by the numbers (miles, heart rate, speed, pace) when judging how well your workout went?

 

I felt like I got a great workout today, even though I was much slower than normal!

 

❤ MegaNerd

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16 Responses

  1. I definitely go by the numbers, even though I think the percieved effort is so much more important. I’d rather run 10 miles than a tough 7, to be honest, but I know it should be the other way around.

  2. I agree that effort is MUCH more important than numbers.
    And i’m loving all of the bagel action! YUm!

  3. When I really have to push myself to get through my workout, I usually end up really proud of myself for getting through it! And what is with the wind? It’s been super windy up north for at least a week!

  4. Though sometimes I feel guilty if I don’t get all of my mileage in, I tell myself sometimes getting something in is better than nothing at all! 🙂 Good job in the windy 15!

  5. I totally listen to my body! numbers aren’t everything for sure.

  6. I definitely go by numbers – even though I know I shouldn’t! I’m the silly girl you see running up and down the street staring at my Garmin. If my 6 mile run ends up being 5.95, I run to the end of the block and back for an even 6.00. 🙂

  7. I generally go by numbers, but then I figure running into the wind or running uphill might still be 2miles or whatever, but it feels a heck of a lot harder…IDK, it’s tricky!

  8. Tell me about it! I didn’t run outside much last Spring so I don’t remember how it was last year but I swear it is so WINDY this year…….and I never remember it being this windy in Orlando, maybe by the coast but not inland!?!?!

  9. I haven’t been on my bike because of the wind, either. I live in New Orleans. I don’t know what’s up with the wind here lately! Hate it!!

  10. Argh i had a WINDY ride on the weekend and feel your pain!! It was slow – but HARD!

  11. I try to listen to my body when determining my workout effectiveness but all too often I am a slave to the numbers! UGH!

  12. I usually go by how my body feels, but as an engineering student, you know I love my numbers!

    Look at the wind as a substitute for hill training 🙂

  13. SO true, it’s all about the effort. That bike ride must have been KILLER.

  14. Ijudge by how I feel- you always know when you get a good workout in!

  15. I have days where my runs feel so hard and days where I feel great. I think the days that are hard are the days that you are really doing your best training. Getting through the hard workouts let you know you can get through the race.

  16. I go by how my body feels definitely!

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