I try to mix things up in the off-season: spin classes, yoga, weight training, and basically having fun staying fit. Not that I don’t do that when I’m training for an event, but now is the time to spend more time with your family, enjoy yourself and stay fit for the sake of just staying fit. I do have to gear up for the Eagleman 70.3 on June 9th, but I have time before I have to start doing big volume. I have a 12 week Endurance Nation 70.3 plan so I still have a little more time to play around. Mostly, an early season 70.3 is about easing into the volume so you don’t hurt yourself. I’ll add speed work when the weather gets nice in May.
In the meantime, I’ve been loving my spin class. My instructor is also a triathlon coach so she really mixes things up for both endurance, strength training and speed. I’m also on my home trainer and doing Spinervals but I like mixing it up. And, I have a new drink I’ve been using recommended by my accupunturist for cold season as an immune booster, but I think it just tastes great and is a nice change from my regular mix. I also figure that this time of year I can do with less sweetness and calories, although you can fiddle with this drink and add honey if you want. (Think honeystingers!)
Take a water bottle with filtered water (or warm it up if you’re drinking at home) and add:
1 tablespoon Goji berries
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder or chop an inch of fresh ginger root
1-2 slices of lemon (squeeze and drop rind and all into bottle)
1 dash cayenne
Optional: cinnamon (added today), honey, agave.
Enjoy the indoor training if you are in North America or Europe and those down under enjoy summertime!