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#MotivateMe Monday: What You See on the Outside is not a True Reflection of What is Happening

If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward.

Happy Tuesday evening everyone!

I’m sorry for dropping the ball on you yesterday and not posting. I hope that you can understand that my blog is a hobby that comes secondary to my family, work, training etc. Web design has always been like that for me too. I only take on one off projects as I can never be sure of the time I can commit to ongoing support. I’m sure that is true for many of us. This past weekend was a holiday weekend for most of Canada. It was Victoria Day, a day off from work in which we honour Queen Victoria’s birthday by planting our gardens, enjoying BBQ’s with friends and for those of us training for races it gives us an additional day to train. To all my Canadian friends, Happy Belated Victoria Day!


This past week’s training focused on running and cycling. Monday I took off as a rest day – I find that on Monday’s I am absolutely exhausted from my weekend training and need a rest, so I listened to my body and rested. On Tuesday I ran 2 min repeats with 2 min recovery jogs with my best running friends before work for a total of 9.39 k, then went to spinning class during lunch for 45 min. On Wednesday I still felt exhausted so I skipped my morning swim, then that night I coached my daughter’s softball practice. On Thursday morning I ran 7.6 k easy with my running friends before work. After our run we did two sets of planks, side planks, hamstring bridges, Russian twists etc to build our core strength. During lunch I went to spinning class for 45 min. On Friday I did the Inferno Power workout on DailyBurn after work, then went to my friend’s house to finish off the shower invitations we’ve been making for my friend’s wedding. Then I definitely made the most out of the weekend! On Saturday I rode 20 miles (32 k) on my bike, including trying to tackle the Escarpment nearby (I fell off my bike when I began going backwards!), then ran 3k to make it a brick workout. Later that day my neighbour came over and helped to complete my garden renovation project:





On Sunday afternoon I ran 9.8 k with my best running friend. We had planned to run 15 k but it was so hot out that we gave up on that idea very quickly. During our run we ran from shady spot to shady spot as much as we could. Afterwards we were a hot sweaty mess!


Then yesterday I went for my very first group social ride. This was also the third time ever riding my bike outside. Together with Emma, Jason, Kim, Zindine, Irina and Ivanka I rode 60 k (almost 40 miles). This was the longest ride I’ve done in years!


This week was very empowering. I’m feeling much more confident about my ability to complete the 70.3 triathlon. I only have 5 weeks of hard training left, and then it’ll be taper time! I’ve gotten much more confident on my bike, learned how to clip in and out with cycling shoes and have become a much stronger/faster runner. For the next 5 weeks my focus will be on adding in the swim training. I do admit to finding it interesting that the improvements I am feeling in my performance are also not being reflected on the outside. The scale is the same, my body fat percentage is the same, yet my running is much faster and I have definitely improved my cycling endurance. I’ve learned recently that that we can’t always judge what you see on the outside. There is often more to every story than what we see. This perspective can also extend to things like social media and even to people in our personal lives. You never know what is happening on the inside by looking at the outside.

With that deep thought, here is this week’s training plan:

Monday: 60 k group cycling ride – DONE
Tuesday: 9k run with the o’dark thirty club – 2 min hard with 2 min recovery jogs for 9k, followed by a brief core workout.3 sets of: Planks, side planks, hamstring bridges, pushups and supermans – DONE. During lunch I went to spinning for 45 min – DONE
Wednesday: 1k swim before work, then coaching softball after work.
Thursday: 9k tempo run with the o’dark thirty crew, followed by a brief core workout.3 sets of: Planks, side planks, hamstring bridges, pushups and supermans. During lunch I’ll go to spinning for 40 min.
Friday: 1k swim before work. After work I’ll try to do a DailyBurn kettlebell workout.
Saturday: Longish bike ride – hoping for 40k, then a short 5k run.
Sunday: Rest/Recover from my friend Laura’s stagette/volunteer at a softball tournament/pack for LAS VEGAS!

I’m going Vegas next Monday! Four days of swimming laps lazing around the pool, buffet dinners and checking out the shows and night life… I can’t wait!  Only 6 more sleeps!


A weekly linkup on Mondays for you to share your weekly fitness plans and meal plans #MotivateMe http://www.fitnesscheerleader.com


  1. Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up.  All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
  2. Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
  3. In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com
  4. Read what the other linkers, are sharing.  Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other.  The more you support, the more support you will get back.

Have an active and healthy week!


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  • Lucie Palka
    May 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    You sure are one busy Mommy! It was great that the Long weekend was hot and sunny to boot! It looks like you are doing extremely well in your training. I think you’ve earned your trip to Vegas! Have fun!

  • Emma
    May 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

    So happy I finally got to see you for a ride!! Looking good out there!

    • Janice
      May 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

      It was fun, thanks for inviting me!

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    May 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Have fun in Vegas. What shows are you seeing?

    • Janice
      May 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

      We haven’t decided, do you have any recommendations? I have to admit that I’m the most excited about going for an early morning run along the strip, then swimming laps in the hotel pool, then falling asleep on a chaise under a tree.


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