Well training just hasn’t been going to plan. Sometimes you just have to accept things the way they are, and start working with what you have, instead of trying to force something you want. I wish I had the time to train 15+ hours a week, and always do 2 a days on weekdays, but the reality is I don’t. I’m having a hard time accepting that, but it is what it is. I have work, sleep, life – running errands, laundry, eating, spending time with friends, and honestly just decompressing and watching t.v or reading a book. I decided to tell myself, IT’S OK to only get one workout in per day during the week, and when you can fit in 2, do it, but don’t stress about it. There’s just something about getting used to two a days, that make me feel gross and lazy when I only get one workout in a day. There was a time when I only ran, and I did marathons. I mean, I only even ever ran 4 days a week, and did 2 strength sessions a week, and always had 1 full rest day. Yet, the second you introduce two other sports, you feel bad if you don’t at least get 3 sessions of each in per week.
It is what it is, and sometimes we have to accept what is and make the most of it.
So, here’s what training has looked like the past two weeks:
Monday – rest day – needed to get a lot of stuff done for work and clean my room, do laundry, etc.
Tuesday – 1hr ride – 20min at tempo
Wednesday – Missed my fartlek run workout because was working on NEW BIKE!!!
Thursday – Swim 2500yds – bike 35min – but that’s because I got a flat and didn’t have a flat kit with me for my new bike…another post coming on that!
Friday – Swim 2400yds
Saturday – Run 1hr 33min
Sunday – Ride 2hrs 48min
Total Time: 7hrs 25min
Total distance: 78 miles
Monday – 5 mile run w/ my bro who was in town visiting for a short biz trip! It was sooooo good to see him! Just love his positive energy and the way he sees life. It’s refreshing.
Tuesday – 1hr 34min ride – got hit by a car :/ not bad…but definitely shook me up a bit. The story is…
I was heading north on the 101 in Encinitas, and the car was headed south, and there were cars to the left of me, the woman decided to make a left hand turn right into me, because she saw a gap in the cars. When I looked at her with a blank stare, she said…”I had been waiting there for a really long time, so I saw the gap and decided to go.” My response was, “You decided to go because you had been waiting too long?” It’s amazing how impatient we are. She couldn’t just wait another 1-2min? Eventually she would get to go. That traffic opens up because there are stop lights. Grrrrr. I was like a mother protecting her new born child, the way I protected my bike. I literally was like, hit me, but don’t hit my brand new bike. And thankfully, she didn’t. She caught a tiny bit of the front wheel, but everything seems to be okay. It could have been a lot worse. I was like, should I hit my breaks really hard and potentially fly off my bike, and have both bike and me in bad conditions, or protect my bike, and essentially “let” her hit me. I chose the latter, and I’m glad I get, because it turned out to not be so bad.
I had a bad crash a year and a half ago, and part of me wanted to just go home, but I told myself to buck up and get back on my bike and go ride. I don’t ever want fear to control me, and going home wasn’t going to accomplish anything or make me feel any better. Conquering my fear and riding anyway, I knew was the only way to make myself feel better. And so I rode on. 🙂
Wednesday – 6 mile run w/ 3 – 1 mile repeats w/ 1/2 jogs in between
Thursday – REST DAY
and now I’m out of town for the weekend…
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and live life. 🙂 Training can’t always be perfect, and I’m excited about the travel I have coming up!
I guess the moral of the story is focus on what you can do, instead of what you can’t, and make each workout quality and forget about quantity. I’m not a professional, and yes I would LOVE to be podiuming as an age grouper, and maybe I can even with the minimal amount of hours I can dedicate to triathlon right now, and that’s where I’m going to focus my positive energy. That anything is possible with hard work and quality work. I’m going to make each workout count, and do what I can with what I have.
Happy training friends!