I'm back trying to get myself running, erging and rowing. It's not been easy, it seems like since I took May off, I just can't get my groove back on. Although I certainly have my eating groove going on! The erging is fine - it's a class and I feel guilt if I don't go and work hard when I do, but the rest... it's a struggle.
I'm finding the rowing to be particularly challenging. I feel like, I just don't feel like, I am, a novice rower trying to hang with the competitive women. It's challenging to put it mildly. Everyday I finish practice and I think, "I'm going down to Intermediate, I gotta go down to Intermediate." There's so much I need to work on that I can't keep it all in my head. As soon as I focus on one thing, everything else goes to hell. I practically panic when they bump the stroke rate up and then I tense up and it all gets worse. I'm a mess. If I'm being completely honest, I don't think I'm that much worse than everyone else, but it sure feels like it. If we could just spend all our time rowing at about a 20 and doing drills I'd be perfectly happy. Doesn't sound much like a competitive woman to me. :o(
And the running.... Geez, it's like I've never run before. I can't even run a mile without having to stop and walk. I might as well be doing a Couch to 5K program, run a minute, walk a minute. Geez it's ridiculous. I feel like my legs weigh 800lbs and I'm huffing along like a gimpy elephant. It's just not fair. 2 years of running and I take one freaking month off and it's like I've never run before. It doesn't help that I'm about 6lbs heavier than I'd like to be, which is like I'm carrying a bag of sugar with me on every run. Today I ran 2 miles on the trail and then did 3 -one mile repeats on the Boathouse hill. God, that hill sucks! I was pretty happy with my performance. My new goal will be to run that freaking hill without having to stop, by the end of summer.