Thursday, April 14, 2011


  • I am feeling rather resilient these days.

  • Resilience is the property of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically and then, upon unloading to have this energy recovered.  

  • Able to weather tribulation without cracking

  • Resilience - the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit

  • Resiliency - resilience: an occurrence of rebounding or springing back

I was actually a bit worried on Monday that maybe I'd pushed just a bit too far over the weekend and that it might take me quite a while to bounce back. When I went riding on Monday morning and saw that my HR would hardly even get up into the bottom of my aerobic zone, even while standing up and climbing a hill, I thought I just might be in some real trouble. 

Of course I cut that ride short and soft pedaled home, which was absolutely the smartest thing to do on that day. Can't train a tired body. And you know what? I didn't even resist the rest this week. I know, weird, huh? I think in the past I have resisted rest b/c deep down I didn't feel I really needed it. But that's one of the many cool things about training by HR. There was no mistaking looking at that data and seeing that rest was in order. Of course rest in my world doesn't necessarily mean doing nothing, it just means backing off a bit on volume and intensity, which I did. And by Wednesday I felt pretty much back to normal. So now my HR is normal and I'm like Ok can we get back to training again?? Coach knew I would feel this way and told me that I was not allowed to bitch about a lighter load for a few days... so I'm not bitching. Just sayin'. I'm good to go. ;) Which is good, because I'm racing my first triathlon of 2011 on Sunday! I sorta wish it was a 1/2 Ironman or something, but it's not, it's a little local sprint... not sure what to expect of myself with this but I'm just gonna buck up and go as hard as I can the whole time and see what happens.

You know who else is resilient? Moana. Holy cow. Last night after her bath she put one of her dancing skirts on and was spinning around and around and around and got all dizzy and did a complete face plant right on the tile bathroom floor. Broke the fall with her forehead. I was completely sick to my stomach and looking at the HUGE goose egg that formed immediately I was thinking we needed to take her to the ER or something... but we put some ice on it right away and then within like 3 minutes she stopped crying and was acting completely normal. I was nervous about putting her to bed- got up and checked her breathing several times in the night... She seemed fine though- woke up her normal happy bubbly self. Amazing. Now of course she has this huge bump/bruise right on her forehead and I found myself trying to convince her daycare lady this morning that we do not abuse the poor little girl... I swear, had that happened to me, I don't think I would have bounced back so fast. Little kids are amazingly resilient.


Molly said...

You are so strong!!! Glad to hear your legs came back, mine are flirting with it so there's hope yet.

And I love how kids bounce back because they don't know they are supposed to hurt. I saw it a lot with my sister in the hospital, they handle it so much better than adult patients.

Kathy said...

Have a great race this weekend! Look forward to the report.

Beth said...

Good luck on Sunday! You won't be needing any luck though I'm sure!!! :) You are more than ready to go. Wish you were coming to NOLA. Maybe next year! :)

Iron Krista, "The Dog Mom" said...

Resilience. I LIKE it!!

Aimee said...

Awesome! You are going to do amazing at the spring on Sunday!! Good luck!
Oh, and kids are the most resilient of is just amazing!

Regina said...

Oh! Race?! Good luck! You're gonna do great!

They are resilient, those little ones. I think every kid has had a goose egg; it's like a right of passage. My son's was on the edge of bed, ouch!

Michelle said...

So happy you found a coach you are happy with:) Embrace the pain Sunday!