Back in May, I mentioned that I had stopped cross training with the exception of cycling in order to focus on taking care of household chores. So, I thought I'd give a little update on my "cross training" activities this summer.
This is the easy part. I've been doing quite a bit of biking this summer, although less than is probably ideal. I have been trying to get out on the bike once per week, and for the most part I've succeeded in that. I've been pretty much sticking to riding on the trail near my work (also where I do my long runs), and I've been doing 11-14 miles per week. Last week, I even joined my work friend Amer on a ride and he let me know that I'm the only person so far that had truly been able to keep up with him on a ride (besides his riding buddy, Jared, who was home sick that day).
I bought a bike repair stand so that I can give my bike a bath. At this point, it's really muddy. I'm hoping to get to that this weekend. Then, once we get into fall and it gets colder, I'll probably be moving indoors. I'm a fair weather cyclist.
I started out wonderful at keeping up with housework. I went the first 6 or 8 weeks keeping everything under control. My strategy was to take all of the little chores and things that I have to do and divide them up over the days of the week. I then use Remember The Milk to put all of the chores in, and I am reminded each day as to what 2 or 3 things I am supposed to do. I've been using Remember the Milk for years now, and it is basically how I keep all of my chores and tasks straight. I have my weekly expected miles in there, birthdays, social obligations, chores, reminders... everything. It's an excellent tool for keeping track of stuff.
So, as I did this, things were going so well. I was doing a load of laundry on 5 of 7 days per week. The sheets on the bed were getting changed regularly. I was dusting, vacuuming. I had my basic chores to be done every day, but then I was also focused on one area of the house each week (for example, the kitchen on week 1 and the bedroom on week 2). Things started out so awesome. I started writing blog posts in my head about how to keep your house "guest ready" at all times. Things were going great.
Then... well, I don't know. Work was busy, we had a scuba class for several weeks that kept us out of the house one night a week (which meant we weren't making new mess that night, but my tasks weren't getting done either). I started missing days. It wasn't a big deal because the plan was to make up those tasks on Sunday (which has no tasks), or on Saturday (which has few tasks). So, I spent several weekends working on the house all weekend to make up for it. I started to feel like I spend every weekend cleaning the house, which was exactly what this whole new process was supposed to stop.
So, here I am, currently up to 3 weeks behind on some of my household tasks. I work hard all day and then go home feeling like I have a mountain of stuff to do when I get home. This is exactly the feeling I was having before I started this process, and now it's back again. I feel pretty disappointed about how this has gone. Disappointed in myself, and just plain bummed that things were going so well and I've ruined it. I really, truly, do not understand how other people keep themselves together as easily as they do.
There's always the option of hiring someone to do the housework (in fact, I've had a maid before), but I just really want to avoid that extra expense. So, I'll plug along and see how things will go.
In the meantime, I thought I ought to do something to work on my upper body. I was doing a lot of weight training for the last few years, but I have to be totally honest with you - I hate weight training. I just hate it. I don't want to do it, and I don't want to go back to forcing myself to do a bunch of stuff that I hate. I had totally given up on it, but then I felt really weak and floppy in my arms. Along came LB with her Project Pull Up Challenge and I've decided to participate! The goal is to successfully do one pull up within the next month. At this point, I've yet to do even one - EVER. In my WHOLE LIFE.
I'm going to be adding in push ups and planks, and the hope is that I'll gain some upper body strength without subjecting myself to the torture of weights 2-3 times per week. I'll have more on this later.
I've also thought about adding something more structured once I get through my marathon. Swimming? Crossfit? I don't know, I have to think more on it between now and then. So, another post on this later.
Ok, have a great weekend!
UPDATE: This post makes me feel better.