Sunday, October 18, 2015

My New Normal (WW # 11)



Welcome to the Weekly Wrap!

This weekly linkup is hosted by yours truly and my good friend Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.  The purpose is to connect with and support other active women.  We want to hear about your weekly adventures.  You are encouraged to include anything you did to be active or anything you considered fun.  Please tell us how you amazing women accomplish it all.  You can summarize your whole week or just a small portion of it.  It's up to you!  See rules here.    Rule Change:  You can now link beginning at 6 pm (CT) on Sunday evenings!


After several days of honky-tonking and sightseeing in Nashville, we spent Monday in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I highly recommend the Jack Daniel's distillery tour even in you don't drink.  We also enjoyed shopping and eating in the quaint town square.  We had the best red beans and rice and BBQ pizza at the BBQ Caboose.  In town you could find just about anything flavored with Jack, including ice cream.  But, you can't buy the product.  It's a dry county.  Oh, the irony.


This is Jack on the Rocks.   Seriously!  It's what the plaque said.


Just a random Fall picture.
After resting Tuesday, it was back to my new normal hurt-foot training routine.  I rode my bike 12 miles Wednesday morning.  My heart rate averaged a much higher 136. Although thrilled, I found it odd because I didn't push any harder than last week.

Thursday was pool day.  Last week after pool running for an hour, I felt I didn't get the best workout.  I wrote my blog post early since we were leaving town.  I must tell you my lungs were seriously sore for 2 days.  My opinion definitely changed.  This time, I hit the water at 5:21 a.m. for 70 minutes.  This blind old bat appreciates the huge digital clocks they have on every wall. 



I drove PoPo's truck to work as he was having tires put on my car.  I kept smelling bleach and thought, "What has he been cleaning now?"  You see, he loves using Tilex!  I do not.  (He wipes behind me every time I take a step on our boat's white floor.)  I finally realized it was coming from my own skin.  Even after showering, I smelled strongly of chlorine all day.  Eua de Tilex!
 
Me...and my jowls.
Saturday I biked 15 miles.  It was beautiful but windy.  There were hills and I pushed hard.  At times I gasped for air.  My average heart rate?  97 -- NO WAY!  Finally, it dawned on me that excessive vibration could be making my Fitbit HR info inaccurate.  It is erroneously recording a lot of steps too. 

I road tested bike shorts by Nishiki.  I like that their padding tapers down the inside of the legs instead of just stopping.  Those of you who worried about my Spiderman helmet should be happy that I now own a big girl one.  The rest of the day was spent off of my feet and watching football.  Roll Tide!

On Sunday, I took my bike to a Shakespearean style park for a change of scenery.  I dutifully wore my Garmin's chest strap monitor to test my Fitbit theory and rode 26 miles.  It was irritatingly windy!  My HR was 140 per Garmin (actually higher because I forgot to stop it!) and 107 per Fitbit.  I proved that theory!  After grocery shopping on the way home, again I stayed off of my feet the remainder of the day.


A beautiful park, but the pavement was awful.



In summary, I rode 53 miles and pool ran for 70 minutes.  This is my new normal for probably another month or so.  I should probably increase one of my activities each week just as I would a long run.  I'm debating over how to do that.  I do expect to start pool running twice a week, especially if the mornings get too cool for a dark bike ride. 

And that's a wrap!


Has anyone else been to Nashville or Lynchburg?
How was your week?  I want to hear about it!


48 comments:

  1. Your foot - ugh! Injuries are so frustrating. For me, it's one of the hardest parts of being an older runner. My brain still thinks it can run like I'm 30, but my body doesn't agree!

    I went to Nashville as part of a family reunion several years ago and there's talk of going there again soon. We spent so much time visiting with family that we didn't get out to visit the local sights very much.

    Thanks for the link-up. It was the perfect week for me to join!

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    1. Oh, I agree. My mind still insists I'm 33. If only my body would cooperate. Downtown Nashville can get very crowded, especially if there is a Titans game...and there was. I think that's why I enjoyed the much slower pace of Lynchburg. I so glad you could link with us!

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  2. Sounds like a great week of training! Like I told you before, my bike was my best friend both times I was in the boot. I was surprised too at how hard my workouts felt, even tho my heart rate didn't get up all that high. Do what you can do and when you get to run again, you will be so shocked at how much fitness you still have.

    Thinking of you...

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    1. Biking is still a great cardio workout. I always say I will incorporate biking into my running routine but then I never do. In the summer, I'd rather ski. In the winter, it's too cold. I really appreciate your thoughts Wendy! I'm feeling more like myself now.

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  3. Ahh, that makes sense now. I just got a fitbit charge HR. I wore it on my MTB ride (as well as my Garmin with HRM strap). The fitbit is much less accurate. Garmin showed my HR peaks on climbs as 170+ whereas the fitbit barely registered above 140. I think it may be something about the wrist mounted straps, I had similar difficulties with my Miolink while riding. Glad to hear you've gotten yourself into an active routine, despite restrictions on running.

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    1. I can't believe it took me that long to figure it out! I knew it was picking up enough vibration to think I was stepping, but it didn't dawn on me it couldn't properly read my HR. I guess my wrist bounces around too much. I do love it for running though. It's spot on.

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  4. Nashville sounds like a fun time! I am glad you got away- just want you needed! You are getting into a new routine and that is good! Thinking of you!!!!

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    1. Thanks, MB. It is a very fun city but crowded downtown, especially if the Titans are playing...and they were. I can't tell you how much having a routine helps. I'm not sure how I would cope if I was unable to do anything active. Yikes.

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  5. Great job biking and pool running! I had tried the fitbit charge and realized the hr monitor seemed inaccurate too. I haven't been to Nashville or Lynchburg but sounds like great places to visit! Interesting that you couldn't buy Jack Daniels there.

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    1. My Fitbit HR is accurate with running, so it took me a while to realize it wasn't with biking. I just think my wrist is vibrating way too much for it to record properly. We thought it was pretty funny that the county the distillery is in has always been dry. HA.

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  6. Glad you got the HR thing figured out.

    Love the Jack on the rocks ! I didn't realize there were dry counties in the US and I have never visited that part of the country.

    Have a great week.

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    1. I'll have to wear my chest strap monitor on the bike. Oddly, it didn't bother me like it did other times I've used it running. Maybe because my upper body is more still on the bike. I don't think there are many dry counties left!

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  7. Looks like a great trip! Nice job getting in your workouts even though you can't run. You will be in such great shape when you get back to running! Plus its always good to do different kinds of workouts.

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    1. It helps to having something to do...a training activity. Something to count up (miles, time) and mark it off the calendar. Otherwise, I may be a little nuts. Truly.

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  8. You're working hard! Great job!

    That *is* ironic that it's a dry county.

    My week was pretty boring. Except for Chester & that wasn't a good boring (in my blog). I get so tired when the days get so short (not to mention gray). I'm a solar powered girl.

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    1. I absolutely agree with the solar powered statement. I've got to at least see the sun (prefer to feel the sun) for energy and motivation. I've known it all my life. Add a body of water and I'm in pure heaven. But, cloudy day = gloomy HoHo.

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  9. I think I've been to Nashville....wait maybe it was Memphis. Sounds like a fun trip. Girl you are making the most of your training so kudos to you, I know it isn't easy but it'll pay off.

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    1. You'd know if you'd ever been to downtown Nashville...enough said. It's not easy Marcia. Some days are worse than others. I just keep pushing forward. There's nothing else I can do.

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  10. Sounds like a good trip to Nashville! Way to go with the biking and pool running and glad you figured out why your HR was inaccurate.

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    1. I'm very interested to see now what my true HR levels really are. Sunday was a comedy of errors with my watch, stopping, the wind, losing my water bottle, traffic, etc. I want to record a consistent bike ride and see how it stacks up.

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  11. What a difference between the Garmin and Fitbit. Technology's supposed to make things better, right?

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    1. Lesley, I think there is just too much vibration at my wrist for the Fitbit to properly records my HR on a road bike. I just wished I'd thought about it sooner. I find it very accurate for running, though.

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  12. I've never been to Lynchburg but have visited Nashville and I loved it! Sounds like you had a great trip. Well, that's frustrating about your monitor but at least you were able to figure it out! Being on the running sidelines stinks but it's good you are doing other activities!

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    1. Nashville really is fun and has something for everyone. Being on the sidelines does stink. I've been here before, and probably will be again - but hopefully it will be a very long time. I enjoy bike riding now, but I'll become wimpy in cold weather.

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  13. No to either city but I'd love to go.

    Jowls - I hate this look...and aging!

    Great week on the biking.

    I could never get into it but I didn't have the shorts so ouch!

    Keep it up. You'll be out there running before yo know it.

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    1. I don't like looking in the mirror and seeing my Mother. Don't get me wrong, she was a lovely lady. It is just a reminder that I am aging faster than ever. Noooo.... I have to admit I was already saddle sore before I tried those shorts. I hope they will help as time goes on. Yowser. I also have a gel cover on my seat. Still yowser.

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  14. I'm glad the pool running and bicycling are going better. And that you figured out that HR discrepancy. That's a pretty huge difference between the garmin and the fitbit. I finally got my fitbit back after it stopped working on vacation so I'm back in business tracking steps :)

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    1. I wondered what happened as I noticed your steps were gone. I'm not stepping much to help my foot heal. My wrist is just vibrating way too much for the Fitbit to get an accurate HR reading. I was getting really paranoid I wasn't working hard enough!

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  15. Look at you getting all those bike miles in! Glad you are doing something while you are recovering.

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    1. I'm glad my injury is such that I CAN do something. I would be completely crazy if I was required to do nothing. Yikes.

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  16. I've been to Nashville! It's pretty awesome! I'll have to go to the Jack Daniels Distillery. That sounds cool...my college is in a dry county, so to buy liquor, we would have to drive to the 'county line' and go to the package store called 'The County Line'. I'm sure they made a ton of money! How is your foot feeling now??

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    1. I think there were a lot of County Line stores in the south. LOL. My foot is about the same. It only hurts when I put pressure (step) on it. It's not excruciating by any means, but I'm still aware of mild pain. Thanks for asking!

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  17. My grandbabies are in Nashville so I'm down there quite often - LOVE that town!!!!
    Glad you're getting in new workouts with biking. Its all about growth ... & healing!

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    1. There is so much going on in Nashville. If you like country music, you should be in heaven. The talent is awesome. I'm trying to salvage some level of fitness. I do enjoy biking, but will be a big old wimp when it gets too cold.

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  18. Crazy that the JD distillery is in a dry county! My husband is a big jack fan, so I had to show him that picture. Ha! That's a lot of bike riding! When you decide to do something, you really do it big! Great week.

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    1. The tour is very interesting. They finally (just recently) are able to sell commemorative bottles in their gift shop. But you can't buy it anywhere else. JD has two new liqueurs: Honey and Cinnamon. Yummy. I have to do something, otherwise I would go crazy. Oh, and "they" say it takes 3.5 times the biking to equal running. Jeez.

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  19. Love that Jack Daniels is in a dry county! Are you doing strength training? I did that at spinning/cycling all summer.

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    1. I should Coco! But I am pretty limited right now. My right elbow still needs surgery (ugh!) and my foot can't be used to press on anything much right now. Suggestions?

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  20. So pool running, tell me more. How do you get through it without being bored to death?

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    1. That is a challenge. Music saves me! I clip my shuffle to my elastic headband and wrap the cord around my ponytail. I'm rocking an awesome look, btw. You learn to play little games. For example, I'll sprint for a "lap". People watching is fun. There are usually classes going on.

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  21. I'm glad you figured out what was wrong with your HR measurement! I was looking at that FitBit so I'll have to keep that caveat in mind if I wear it biking.

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    1. Me too! I thought I wasn't trying hard enough. I guess the wrist vibrates too much for it. I do like it for running, though.

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  22. Isn't that funny you can't buy Jack in Lynchburg! Hearing you had BBQ Pizza made me think how I love it at Pizza Hut, I use to get the personal pan pizza it was so good and I haven't had it in so long! I think I need to change that! Your so creative with your pool running and music by wrapping your cord around your pony tail! You have got to send me a picture of that!!! Keep it up though seriously you'll be back running in no time!

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    1. Back in the day, they gave liquor to their employees every Friday as part of payday. Oooh...I love Pizza Hut's version too. I'll definitely post a picture of my hair / music contraption. Old lady ingenuity at it's finest. Us old ladies don't care about appearance either. Hee Hee. I appreciate your kind words and support more than you'll ever know!

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  23. I've never been to Nashville, but I really want to go. I really, really want to run the Country Music Half there in April (renamed Rock n' Roll Nashville). Beautiful pics from the Shakespeare Festival! I haven't been there in quite some time. You're doing great with your recovery and cross training. You're going to have a strong comeback. I just know it! Roll Tide! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I ran the Nashville Women's Half in Nashville last year in September. That was our first trip to the city and we had a blast and wanted to go back for more than just one day. I think the route is the same or at least very close. It is definitely not flat.

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  24. Stupid foot. Sounds like you're at peace with the training though. Keep up the good work!

    I've been to Nashville and I thought it was a really neat town. I went there in April 2007 to run my first half marathon, which was also my first road race.

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    1. My first trip there was for a half marathon too! We had so much fun we wanted to go back and spend more time.

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