I am a planner, a control freak and pretty much an altogether un-spontaneous sort of girl most of the time. But lately, circumstances are conspiring against my well-laid plans. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I’m sure it’s good for me to jump right through when a window of opportunity opens up.
WoO #1: The Hubs’ weekend training schedule has officially reached “insane” levels, so I decided to re-arrange my long runs to other days. I don’t like leaving the kids alone for too long and I feel Mom Guilt about both of us training so hard and ignoring them. This week that meant I ran 10 miles bright and early on a Monday morning. Even after a weekend of celebratory eating, I cranked out a spectacular 8:08 pace. Where did that speed come from? I have no clue, but I’m not complaining. Next week’s long run will likely be on Monday as well, and then after that it’ll depend on what my work schedule looks like. I guess I’ll run when the WoO opens.
WoO #2: Just this morning, The Hubs decided to race an Olympic distance tri this weekend. It’s the right time in his plan to do a tune-up race and his schedule called for a swim, bike and run this weekend near Oly distances. It was a total WoO to jump into a race, but can I tell you how professionally jealous I am about this? He’s at a level of fitness and training right now where he can just randomly say, “Hey, I’m gonna do an Oly this weekend. For fun.” Must be nice (she grumbles in a totally loving and supportive way).
WoO #3: Oh, yeah, speaking of last minute racing additions, I’ve added another race to my schedule later this month! I have the tri bug so bad right now and just enough wiggle room in my marathon training schedule that I had to go for it. I don’t want all this tri-fitness to go to waste, right? This Sprint distance is the same swim (.5 mile), but a slightly longer bike (20 miles) and a slightly longer run (4 miles) – just the challenge I didn’t even know I was looking for!
WoO #4: This one is actually about how easy it is for a WoO to slam shut in your face. I worked a mid-morning shift today, which meant I didn’t have enough time to swim before I went to work, but by the time I got home I was hungry for lunch. What to do, swim or eat? I chose the “swim” option because if I ate first, it would be another hour before I got in the pool and there were other things I needed to do this afternoon…blah, blah, blah. WRONG choice! I don’t even think you could call today’s swim mediocre, it was so bad. I had no form, no focus and barely enough energy to finish the distance (1000 meters). I need to take advantage of that tiny WoO and eat a snack on my way home from work to fuel a pre-lunch workout. Lesson learned.
What windows of opportunity have opened up for you lately? Did you take advantage of them or let ‘em slip by?