And I guess I’m ok with that. Maybe.
After 14 days straight, with no day off, of multisport training, I must rest today. My body is tired. I am sore and beat. I couldn’t even get comfortable last night. Yesterday I ran 4 miles with 9 min/mile pace then headed to the pool. I increased my swim intensity and completed 16 x 50 yd repeats with 10 seconds rest between. It was hard. Today’s plan called for 7 x 400’s @ 5k pace. I don’t really want to skip this workout all together, I know the benefits of speed work and the impact it has on my overall race day performance. I have a few options. I can do it tomorrow before my 25 mile indoor bike ride (instead of the planned 3 m pace run) or I can do it Friday with my easy 1000 yd swim. I’ll see how the rest of the week works out. But today I rest. I might go for a walk. That’s still resting. Right?
Last night I read the first chapter of the Triathlete’s Training Bible. Maybe that is what inspired me to take a day off. I was able to identify my training philosophy and the book clearly stated that my philosophy can lead to burn out (Duh….), injury (double Duh….), breakdown due to illness (well color my purple and tickle me pink….). So with all the Duh’s happening I realized I should be training smarter, not harder. “By adopting a philosophy that is more moderate, such problems are avoided and racing performance improves.” Sold. Rest day it is.
What is your training philosophy? I think mine changes throughout the year and depends on the race scheduled.
I am really looking forward to getting into the Nitty Gritty of this book. Self-coaching is difficult, yet I have been doing it for three years and I believe I have been doing a pretty darn good job of it. This time around is different though. I am working my way through three sports, two of them completely unknown racing territory. The challenge is exciting!
“Many dedicated endurance athletes don’t need to be told what to do-they need to be told what not to do” –Scott Tinley, Pro Triathlete
What do you KNOW you need to be told not to do??? And I know you know, we all know…we just have a hard time listening to ourselves. Or am I the only one?
And for Radom photo #1, because I love him and think he the coolest kid ever: 5 1/2 year old LB in his 3T Spidy costume with Spidy baseball cap, Spidy slippers, gloves, and water gun. He is ready to fight the bad guys.
Random photo #2: I need new glasses. I love LOVE these frames and have been too
cheap busy to go to the stinking store to order new ones…I highly doubt my clients take me seriously when I sit across from them wearing these beauties. “Um hm….yes. I see. uh hu.. Go on….yes. How does that make you feel?”
What are you too cheap to buy these days? With two ridiculous race entry fees paid, a new bike, a trainer and still more stuff needed, some things fall on the way side. Unfortunately for me it is glasses.