What is Next?

A little late but spring is starting here in New England. With many races cancelled through June, many runners and triathletes ask what is next. Will races still happen in August through the fall or 2020 will be the year canceled races. No one knows but for now it will be virtual racing. This means you don’t need to stop training. When Patriot 70.3 and half marathon canceled, I did 2 weeks of low training. The first week, only worked out 5 days because I was exhausted. Biked and run at heart rate zones 1-2. Added 2 days of strength and core workouts because of no place to swim. Maintaining a good base with strength training is perfect to be ready for races in the late summer through fall. I put an Olympic triathlon on my calendar at end of August for a focus and motivation but won’t sign up until it is safe. My triathletes and runners are following the same plan to keep their training interesting and fun. You can control your own destiny but it is how you do it. Stay healthy and safe!

Contemplating Our New Normal

A year ago, I was getting ready to retire, well semi-retire. This year, we are quarantined for the Covid-19 pandemic. This is our new normal by being isolated. The first 2 weeks, I was stressed like many thinking on how to pay my bills. My job is considered non-essential; I just train and teach people how to be healthy. Then I got many emails from gym members asking about their memberships, because the gym franchise based in NY is not big on communication.  Welcome to corporate America of today.

The hardest part as a single person is the isolation. I thought I was an introvert from the years sitting at a computer as software engineer. But that all changed when I got in the fitness/health industry, I became an extrovert.  It all hit me and I broke down in tears with my boyfriend hugging me.  He made me feel better. So every weekend, we spend time just hugging. Communicating by texting is not the same as human interaction. Maybe more people will put their cell phones down to see that face to face is the best communication which many are doing zoom and Skype.

What keeps me going was my training for the Half Ironman in June. The half marathon, I was planning to do on Saturday. But it was cancelled as many other races and events in April. Saturday morning, I woke up to snow and I was happy that I was not running the race. Luckily we were able to transfer to another half marathon in September. Friday night, got email the Half Ironman is canceled.  With many races canceled, it leaves runners and triathletes in uncharted waters of no focus.  Not really, because we will find another race, reassess our goals, take a short break then get back on track. As I reassess my goals, I realized the half Ironman training volume is hard on my old body. Last week after 2 heavy weeks, I felt exhausted. No acupuncture means no sleep, not good for any training. Taking a short break but won’t stop me exercising just do it without structure.

Today’s break was run the trails near me. Listening to the wind, the beepers and birds saying remove your ear plugs; enjoy the earth and nature that is free to everyone. Happy Earth Day! @tritobeyoungathlete

And We Keep On Going..

I think the pandemic has tested our mental strength, creativity and flexibility. As we see more races and events get canceled, we fine ways to stay on course and challenge ourselves to do it virtually. But sometimes you have to listen to our bodies to know when we are putting our health and your well being in jeopardy for the cornavirus. This week is my push back easy week of my half Ironman training but I feel exhausted and not sleeping. Allergies are bad and making asthma act up. Luckily, I had a telehealth with my doctor yesterday to talk about all this and the virus. First, she said events will be cancelled in June and large crowds won’t happen till August, maybe. Second, she was concern me getting covid-19 because of my age, have asthma, have 2 autoimmune diseases and the stress on the body from half Ironman training. She wants me to exercise but not at high volume. I totally agree with her. So I am not doing the race but first feel better. I will continue to bike and run but not at high volume. Be safe and stay healthy!

A Little More

We are almost done with our 3rd week of isolation. Hope you are doing good and doing the isolation to slow this virus. Hope you are exercising for your mentality, physically and emotionally well being. Today, I added 2 more exercise videos: https://gearupforfitness.com/videos/. Created these videos to keep you active. Also, hope you can go for a walk, run or able open the windows. Being with nature calms your soul. Be safe

Looking at Bright Side

This picture shows the bright side clearly! Everything is clear and the lake water looks blue. Why because the earth is able to breath again without the pollutants. When I run or bike outside, I just want to enjoy the nature around me. I think the pandemic is making everyone slow down to enjoy it. Yes races are being cancelled or postponed but that shouldn’t make you stop biking or running. Many of us don’t have jobs now. We don’t know what our future will look like in a couple months. But it makes you realize what is really important for you, your family, your friends, and community. We are all in this together and we come better and stronger.

Smell the Fresh Air

It is spring according to calendar even though we are doing social isolation for Covid-19. By the end of yesterday lock away in my condo I felt a little down. I was missing that socialization which my job thrives on. Today was blue skies and my training plan had easy run which I needed. Saw other people out for a walk and we all keep our social distance of 6+ feet. Birds were singing beautiful music and saying spring is here. Every body was waving even though we had some snow on the ground. I felt more productive for the rest of the day. Go out and smell the flowers and fresh air. Do it with your kids. You will be smiling.

Do You Have 5 Minutes, Then You Can Meditate

This coronavirus is making everyone stressed. I have talk many times in my blog about meditation. It only takes 5 minutes. My favorite 2 mantras are: “Patient with the Process” by Angela Naeth and “Love, Peace, Harmony, Laughter” by Deepak Chopra. Steps to do a meditation: Sit comfortable with palms up; Close eyes; Take 3 long deep breaths (breath in through your nose on the count of 5, hold for count of 5, exhale through your mouth on the count of 5): Start repeating the mantra for at least 3 minutes. I have had clients do this in the bathroom because it is the quietness place from their kids. You can play yoga music if you want. The more you do it. your mind will get quieter. This will make your day easier and you will sleep better. Be safe and be healthy

Don't Stop Exercising

Our country and the world are experience pandemic. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, we all need to minimize our contact with other people but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. With a few pieces of equipment you can do a core and strength workout. Great for runners, triathlete or anyone that wants to keep up their strength exercises while gyms are close. The videos on Videos page demonstrate these exercises. I will be adding exercises every couple a days and refine the videos. Go to this page for the videos: https://gearupforfitness.com/videos/

Stay strong and we all will beat the cornavirus!

Let’s Workout

I know many of you are freaking out because your local gym is closed temporarily. This to keep us safe from the coronavirus and to stop the spread. Being stuck inside doesn’t have to stop you from doing your workouts or training. I have clients that workout at home or I train them at their house. All you need is couple items that you can order online or get it sporting goods store. They can easily can be stored in a closet including small condos/apartments.

The picture above is a few pieces of equipment: First get a cushion yoga mat (core, planks, push ups, superman and more). On mat starting at the top: Rubber bands with handles (great to practice freestyle swim stroke, work arm and back); Middle is medicine ball (6-10 lbs): abs, squats, lunges, core, push ups; Bottom is Therma Bands: legs, shoulders, arms. Just let your imagination go for it.

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