Road to Arizona 2017 – Monday Recap 9


Short Walk/Run

This went fine, I did even more running than last time and my ankle was absolutely solid, so I think that particular nightmare is over. (Shout out to Julie, my physical therapist!)


Bike – Intervals on the Trainer

This went really well.  I was able to keep the same cadence for more intervals in a harder gear than last week. Progress!


My legs were exhausted from the intervals so this was a particularly challenging squat-fest.


Short Walk/Run

This run felt good, I increased the running even more and went a decent amount farther than Monday. Ankle still happy.

Swim – Sprints

I got very little sleep and used up my second wind on the run. I was hoping for a third wind but it never happened,  so even though this is one of my shorter swims it still seemed to drag on forever.  Certainly not my fastest time either, but I got it done.

Interestingly in the middle of my swim two folks came in wearing competitive swimsuits, goggles, and hats.  They jumped in, did 5 or 6 of the fastest laps I’ve ever seen in person,then they jumped out and were gone.  I was in the middle of the three lanes and so they took the lanes on each side – it felt like I was standing swimming still as they zipped past – they were super impressive.


Bike – Cadence Work

Spent the day in the hospital with a friend, had to do some serious self-talk to get myself out of the house and on this ride.  I focused on my cadence.  Luckily I’m able to maintain a cadence of around 80-85 if I focus on it, but left to my own devices I would prefer a slower cadence in a harder gear.  The problem with that is that it’s inefficient over the long haul, so it’s important that I get used to keeping my cadence up.  I hit my cadence goals but was slower than I wanted to be – I’ve got to work myself up to a harder gear at this cadence to get the speed I want.


Another day, another zillion squats.


A day off by any other name would still be as glorious!


Long Run

This did not go well. I was planning to run in the morning and have a massage in the afternoon.  I wasn’t able to get the run in (totally worth it, one of Julianne’s Grandmas came to our house to visit) So I had my massage in the afternoon and then ran at night.  I don’t know if this happens to other people but if I don’t give a massage around 24 hours before I try to run I just end up in all kinds of pain and that’s exactly what happened.


Bike – Trainer

My stomach was upset all day so I decided to do this on the trainer due to its constant proximity to the restroom. In some ways the trainer is better – there’s climate control and television and the aforementioned bathroom.  In other ways it’s not as fun because you work really hard and don’t go anywhere and I’m actually quite a bit more comfortable riding on the trail than riding on the trainer.  Got it done though!

Here are this week’s selfies (missing one strength workout – why can I not remember the strength selfie?)


About danceswithfat

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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2 Responses to Road to Arizona 2017 – Monday Recap 9

  1. Denny says:

    I’m not sure if you ever get inland towards Pomona/Ontario area but I have the most amazing massage therapist there. She did wonders me when I was more active and she has done wonders for my wife’s neck and back problems. I would be happy to pass on her for you.


  2. Angela Davie says:

    Well done Ragen! Looks like a solid week of training. Glad the ankle seems to be healing!


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