Monday, February 16, 2015

Surviving Winter

I guess you could say that I'm still hanging in there. I am not one to wish my life away, but I am counting down the days until winter is over.

 -6 degrees this morning, yuck. That's why the four of us are planning a warm getaway next winter!

We haven't seen the ground since December or the beginning of January. It's been so long that I can't even remember. I feel like I am constantly living in a black and white film, since Rochester is typically pretty grey most of the time anyway. We've probably only had two or three days that have been above freezing, and with the windchill I bet it has only been one day.

 The Bern checking out all of the snow

The piles of snow at the end of our driveway are getting to be so high that I can't even see when I am backing out, I just hope that no one is coming when I pull into the road!

However, I am still getting in the majority of my training runs. I did "skip" my first run of this 50K training plan yesterday. It was close to -30 degrees with the windchill and Mike and I don't have appropriate gear for running in those conditions. The roads were iffy, so we decided against driving to our gym (which I think was a good decision, based on my drive into work this morning).

 30 mile ride and some strength

I ended up riding 30 miles on the trainer. Cycling and running aren't the same thing, they use muscles in different ways, but my legs still got in a good workout. I had about 82 miles between swimming, cycling and running last week - so in the end it was still a great week.

 We've been getting in a lot of snuggles on the couch

This is the last week of "just" 50K training. Starting next week, Mike and I will start training for our two 70.3 triathlons that we have in June and July. While it will be a bit more daunting for me, I'm ready to get in some more consistent swimming and cycling!

Thankfully, looking ahead to this weekend the temperatures are looking a bit better. We are going to get some more snow, which doesn't surprise me at this point, but I'm looking forward to getting in some good trail miles!

I know that training in and persevering through these conditions will benefit me when I toe the line at my 50K in May. I am working on my mental toughness this winter, that's for sure!


  1. Exactly. Surviving winter is what we are all doing.

  2. I absolutely can not imagine what you are going through with your intense winter! I am in NC and we have had cold temperatures (not "your" cold though) and today is the first day they are forecasting significant precipitation for our area. It will be very little snow, but lots of sleet and ice! UGH! I know you are just dreaming of warmer weather! In January, we traveled to DR for a warm weather get away! We starting planning it last winter and this was our first time traveling in January to escape! It was blissful and I know you will love it next year!

  3. Ugh I feel you! Every year I say I'm going to move to a warmer climate, then winter comes and I'm still here! Next year maybe?!

  4. Typically I love winter but my patience is wearing thin with this one. Its far too cold this late in the season and I'm not wild about running in it. I'm grateful I don't have a spring marathon on tap. All the best with your 50k and HIMs!

  5. This winter has been trying, sidewalks are a mess, and the constant dark leaves me always feeling sleepy. I've been able to log some treadmill miles and spin classes, but am looking forward pavement (not ice) and trails that aren't knee deep in snow.

  6. Stay strong! I really can't complain about Chicago after reading about Rochester!!

  7. Stay strong girl! At least you're getting that work done - even fi it is the trainer and not a run. You can power through, and it'll make you love spring all the more, right?

    PS - you're welcome in Cali any time! :)

  8. I cannot complain about winter at all--Upstate is getting crushed. Hang in there!

  9. Burrrrr.... so cold. Great job getting your workouts in still.
    Next winter you need a race somewhere warm to escape to.

  10. I"m getting just one run in outside a week. It is what it is, I guess. We've had cold days (-40c), but at least they've been sunny. Spring will be here soon enough!