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The last couple weeks have brought a few days of warmer weather (with some snow mixed in), so I've finally had a chance to get outside and begin training for the 2019 race season. In addition to brick workouts, I'm trying to mix it up a bit with some backpacking and yoga. It's been several years since I practiced yoga consistently, and I can tell my body is going to need time to readjust. But I know it's something I desperately need.
My biggest challenge during this time of year is pacing myself. It's so easy to overdo it when the weather finally turns a corner and you've been waiting all winter to get outside and enjoy it. This is why I'm doing my best to find a balance between different types of activities and avoid overtraining. In the last two weeks, I've hit the gym, explored new trails and attended classes at two different yoga studios in an effort to maintain balance. Here's a quick breakdown of my spring training so far:
Yin Yoga at Hot Yoga Findlay
My first brick of the duathlon season consisted of a 10-mile stationary bike ride followed by a 2-mile walk with my puppy Harper. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor workout, but since my bike is still hidden away in the deepest recesses of the garage, I hit the gym for the cycling portion of the workout.
Mixed Level Vinyasa at Harmony Yoga
Backpacking on the Slippery Elm Trail
How are you getting in shape this spring? Share your favorite cross-training activities in the comments!