All or Nothing

Race time!

My legs are finally coming back to me.  Oddly enough, I was never super sore after Wildflower? Which actually surprises me since (a) It was a half Ironman! (b) It was the roughest course I’ve ever raced on, and (c) My post race nutrition was not as ideal as it could have been (in terms of timing.) However, what I’ve noticed as working before, was to go stand in the 63 degree lake water for 10-15 minutes and let the water cool my legs with the same effect as an ice bath.  Saying this though, my legs didn’t really have any power this past week.  This led to some shorter runs, a lot of elliptical, a lot of spinning, and actually, no swimming- even though swimming would have been the best thing I could have done.

I talked myself into taking more days off than I wanted to this week though. After being forced to take 2 days off after the race, I did 2 hard days with a mix of shorter running and a lot of cross training.  But then, for some reason I took another 2 days in a row off. Maybe I needed it after the race…maybe I’m a whuss.  However, I committed to myself that this would be a baller weekend and made sure it was.

Saturday was a: 9.2 mile run in 1:02:00, 30 minute bike, 30 minute spin, burpees and core work.

Then Sunday, I planned to go run for the first time in the morning… but when I woke up, it was too late to do the full workout, BUT instead of going back to bed, I went to the gym and had a great 60 minute lift instead!  I came home from this and had some “overnight oats” that I’ve been trying to do for a while.  I still haven’t gotten this perfect, lol, but I’m working on it.

This was a mix of delicious fresh organic strawberries, oats, vanilla protein powder, and 1 cup of Strawberry Banana Honeymilk

Strawberry Banana HoneyMilk oats

I'm so close to getting this right... just a little less liquid next time? Maybe yogurt?

I think I should have used a little less liquid (or more oats) and apparently I should be using yogurt too?

I grabbed a quick nap and then headed back to the gym for round 2.  I ALMOST bailed on this….The lift in the morning really took a lot out of me…. standing on the treadmill contemplating…. but I remember all the guys that beat me last week and all the success I want to have this year and just started running.  I said, “get to 2 minutes and see how you feel”, “get to 5 minutes and see how your feel”.  30 minutes later I had run 4.51 miles and then continued it out 5 miles. I then did some cross training and finished with a BRUTAL spin class… On Sunday’s there is an awesome teach who actually knows what she is doing and every workout is very specific with an actual objective.  Then I jumped on the treadmill and ran another 1.8 to work on my bike/run transitions. Finished with some core and I was finallllly headed home.

Home to where my crispy tacos were awaiting me to cook them!

Crispy taco shells are so good. Had a soft one too

Monday, as sore as my legs were, the weather was gorrrrrgeous.  I actually went out alone on a ride for the first time–haha straight out and back do I wouldn’t get lot.  On the ride I saw a circus (?) a woodchuck, and a place to get “the world’s best fried chicken”.  Got a solid ride in, then bricked a 4.5 mile run with some elliptical.  I took tonight off to let myself “get stronger” (recover) and be ready to get back at it tomorrow!

I also grilled these up earlier this week!

Organic chicken drumsticks from a local farm


Mother’s Day made me remember something my mom called me out on a while ago.  She told me I am completely all or nothing.  Either I go to the gym and absolutely crush it, or if I’m tired I just skip it completely.  This isn’t a healthy way to live- your life needs balance between hard and easy days and tasks.

If I don’t go all out, I carry the weight of this with me until the next workout and really begins to tax me.  Read this amazing post by Lindsay and how to let go of these mental injuries.  Should everything be so all or nothing?  If I don’t push myself to my limits everyday, have I failed?  No, two-fold: from an exercise standpoint, your body can’t take that every day and if you ask it to do what it doesn’t want to or can’t handle, then you are doing more damage than good.  Pushing your limits is definitely the way to make progress, but one can’t do this everyday.

From the other perspective, what kind of a way to live life is it where everything is either black or white?  Most things aren’t that simple, there is no one answer, and there is no perfect solution.  You’ve go to craft each day as it comes to you and each decision is another chance at success.  I didn’t say “success or failure”, but simply success.  Just because everything was not absolutely perfect does not mean I am any lesser because of it or that the resulting outcome wasn’t still really good if we still deem that it wasn’t perfect.

But who the hell is to tell you or me what perfect is anyway.  Not to sound mushy or anything, but we are all already perfect and everyday are presented with situations to make right choices.
Make the right choices–you’ll always be successful.

I’m off to Tampa on Thursday to find a place to live, so if you’re in the area or know anyone down there, hit me up!  There’s also a triathlon down there Saturday morning and I’m reallllly tempted to rent a bike and race it…

  1. How have you been successful this week?
  2. What weekend plans do you have?
  3. Know anything about Tampa?
And I thought this was hysterical:
P.S.  I’ve got an awesome crispy peanut butter chicken recipe coming tomorrow!  Assuming it works, that is….

16 thoughts on “All or Nothing

  1. Great post matey.

    9 miles in just over an hour a few days after a half iron man. You sir are unbelievable. I’m so impressed by what you manage to achieve even though you work full time.

    I totally agree with the all or nothing thing I’m very much like that myself, though I’m getting better. Adaptation and flexibility are great traits and help us all cope with everyday life and |I’m sure you’ll feel the benefit of ‘living in the grey’ if you will. It’s uncertain, it’s scary but it’s also exciting.

    1. I have managed (though not on my own) to get our equipment fully functional at last. Things have been running smoothly all day so fingers crossed we get some good data.

    2.I’m hoping to go to Osaka again konshumatsu (this weekend). Been working like 13 hour days so I feel I deserve a break.

    3.Fraid I don’t but I bet t’s awesome.

    I look forward to the chicken recipe, sounds awesome. I tried some wicked chicken wings over in Kobe. They are called Teba Gyoza. You basically remove the bon and meat from inside the wing. Mince it with scallions, ginger, carrots and so on. Stuff it back in and use the bone you’ve removed like a stick. Then quickly deep fry. They’re so nice you should give it a go.

    Loving the picture to 🙂

  2. I finished my 50 page paper and that is the most successful thing I’ve done in a while.

    I’m glad to see those rest days are working for you Chuck. Whenever I have a really hard race-it’s not that I’m after…unless there were hills, it’s more that I suffer deadlegs. My cross country coach always says to just take runs nice and slow the next week to recover and to eat lots of protein.

    Only because you tried overnight oats am I going to think about trying it.

    I don’t know too much about Tampa, I know I have been there a few times but not as much of where to live or anything. My friend lives in Lakeland so it’s halfway between Tampa and Orlando blech.

  3. Yay for organic/local chicken! And good luck with Tampa! I’ve been there a couple of times, but I’ve spent most of my time in St Pete (including a visit to the local hospital post being hit by a SUV, but that’s another story…lol). It’s a gorgeous area, so that’s about all I know!

    I’ve been struggling with finding the right middle ground for training/life lately. Decided to take time off until I graduate–next week!–and then get back into the swing of it. I pushed myself too hard earlier this year, but starting next week I’m ready to get back to the grind of figuring out the best workouts for my body. Yay!

  4. I haven’t really been successful or not successful this week. I tried pasta for the first time in forever, which was both scary and fun!
    It sounds like you’re finding your balance with your training. and that you have the right motive for working out and not bailing. It seems like you know when ED is telling you to exercise and when you do it to better your times for competitions. This is really great!
    overnight oats are great! I think yogurt works wonders because it is thicker. big fan of greek yogurt 🙂

  5. what a great post Chuck! I think we often feel the guilt of rest days when we haven’t has success in an area that we want to improve, but often its due to TOO MUCH force and not enough rest, both mental and physcial. I am the queen of that myself. My husband is amazing at it. He can rest of weeks if he knows it better for him, then bam….all is better. Its time for us to let go of what our mind is saying and really listen to what our heart and our bodies are saying, right?

    • I think it was great you took a few days off, I’m sure you’re listening to your body and doing what’s best for it.

      Also, I recently made some overnight oats…although their slightly different from what you’re going for, but I thought looking at that recipe might help you with yours a bit? Mine has the opposite problem, it’s a very very thick consistency. Maybe some yogurt some milk? Not sure, but hope you figure it out!:)

  6. I have that same all or nothing mindset a lot of the time. You’re right, it isn’t healthy, and it doesn’t make sense! Our world really is almost always somewhere in between. Finding this balance is great, and you did that this past week. That’s great! So happy for you 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  7. And the overnight oats look good! I like some yogurt or kefir in mine, makes it super thick! Isn’t it great how versatile it is?!

  8. I think that if you took those extra days off, you’re body was telling you you needed them. I wouldn’t feel bad about it at all. That’s how you strengthen your body! Lindsay really did say it best (as she always does):)

    Being perfect is a state of mind. It’s an illusion. I’ve definitely had my struggles with this all or nothing way of life and I’m now much more relaxed than I ever have. I think blogging and reading other peoples’ experiences helped me. But just knowing that I give my all during the current moment is enough for me. If I’m tired or not feeling quite up to a “challenge” I stop and ask myself why- if it’s because I’m feeling lazy, I make it happen. If it’s because something isn’t right with my body or I’m drained mentally, I give myself some room to rest.

    All in moderation. Life is a work in progress. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s