So did you guys hear about the Coney Island Cyclone? For those of you who aren’t Brooklyn-centric, the Cyclone is a super old and iconic roller coaster on the Coney Island boardwalk. Welp, turns out it got STUCK on opening day. Can you imagine? I seriously cannot even fathom. I mean, I’m good with heights and actually LOVE roller coasters, but being stuck on one (especially in the cold) sounds particularly awful.

IMG_0088In any case, while the Cyclone was not running, I sure have been! Literally and figuratively – in fact, I ran myself ragged! Last week I was on point with training – it was a great week and I was feeling good. Maybe a little too good, because I decided I could party a little harder than I have been while training, stay up a little later, and stretch and recover a little less. BIG mistake. After a weekend of approximately 3 times as many drinks as I usually hit in a week (which is down to about 2 – I know, I’m wild!), I woke up on Monday with a nasty cold. Womp-womp.

I’ve tried not to let it stop me this week, but when push comes to shove, I’m putting sleep before training. So yes, I slept 10 hours last night, and no, I didn’t do both of the workouts on my schedule, I only did one. BUT – I did the one, and gave my body time to heal itself, and for me that’s a serious win. Sucks to be sick, but it’s great to learn to balance self care and training. And being sick is a really good reason to eat Shake Shack.


On another high note, I’m learning the benefits of training with others. Since high school, I’ve been a lone wolf when it comes to workouts (excepting my Back on My Feet runs of course! Did I mention I’m fundraising for them? Oh no – deets here). When I started swimming with the fast swimmers on the masters team, I realized that I was pushing myself harder to keep up. And guess what? I’ve gotten stronger (shocking, right? A teenager from the 90s should really be following me around everyday for all the “DUH” moments I’ve had this year). I’ve been working more and more group workouts into my training – going to a Flywheel class with a friend instead of rocking the bike trainer solo, meeting a new neighborhood friend for my weekend long run, even joining the informal swim workouts in the fast(est) lane at the rec center pool. Working out with others is 1) FUN and 2) pushes me to go harder. It’s awesome and I cannot wait for tri club workouts to start so I can try to hang on in workouts with the big kids!

Obviously every workout can’t be with a group – I crave some alone time sometimes too, but I’m really excited to see the kind of impact this new element will have on my racing this summer. It’s been a week of highs and lows, but training is definitely turning into a blast of a ride!

So who wants to come workout with me? I’ll bring snacks!


About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans

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