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Training Balance

on January 3, 2017

When we moved to Steamboat Springs, I was certain that I would love the summers but was a little unsure about the winter months. Summer=perfect temps, low humidity and endless adventures. Winter= snow, snow and more snow. Or so I thought. I figured I would be forced to workout inside for the majority of the months (5 months?) and I was a little nervous about that. One can only handle so much of the bike on a trainer….and I can only handle about half of that!

I must say, I have been pleasantly surprised. Winter has turned out to be one of the most active seasons that we have had! In the summer, I typically chose from cycling or running (and let’s be honest, 99% cycling). During these winter months I am forced (poor me) to choose between running, cycling (fat bike/cross bike with studs), snow shoeing (a fave with the kiddo), nordic skiing or simply pulling Brooke up the sled hill innumerable amounts of times! Did I mention shoveling, plowing and snow blowing??

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The weather has been pretty fantastic-yes, I realize that this changes all the time…but we have had a pretty nice introductory year so far. We typically have a huge snow storm, sometimes lasting a couple days and then we are blessed with 3 or 4 absolutely gorgeous bluebird days. The temperatures are anywhere from the negatives (inside workout days) to the 30s-which seems hot at this point! Anything over about 10 is fair game for outside activities. I actually really like running right around 20 degrees and dont mind if it is snowing!

The county does a great job of plowing our road in the morning and we currently have a road of ice with packed snow on the sides. This makes running with spikes perfect and the fat bike crushes it! Our sweet neighbor groomed a cross country ski path in our yard for me. I literally have a hard time choosing what type of workout I am going to do each day!

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Speaking of workouts….I am in this strange place of trying to find a new balance in my training. In the past, I have either been training for running or for cycling races. One trick pony! This year, I am branching out into prepping to race both in the world of running and riding…any possibly triathlon (er, swimming?!). My goal is to be a more well-rounded athlete, but what does that look like? Especially if you are training for certain events? I have penciled out some training plan ideas, mainly centered on marathon training, while adding in cycling and cross country skiing for recovery…and trying to fit in yoga and weights…and you know, life!

Any tips from you multi-sports peeps out there?

Marathon training has taught me that I need to work on building some mileage…right now my long run has just hit the 5 mile mark. Huge, I know. But I have to say, I was pretty proud of my run on Sunday! (Minus that whole, opposite of negative splits thing)-I blame the uphill on the way home šŸ˜‰

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But seriously, tips on training for more than one sport??!! Thanks.

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