Monday, July 9, 2012

Aquabike Week 4/HIM Week 17: homestretch

Well, it's Monday again.  Monday of race week.
And I feel....
flippin awful.  ( I just wrote awesome by accident.  Sign that I should try to get off the bitter bus and think positively?  Probably).
(Blows out a big breath).
Fine, I get it.  You want to talk about training.  Should been an awesome week.  Ii don't think it was though.
Numbers, numbers
Weekly Stats
Bike: 168
Swim: 5600 meters
Run(!):  2.64 miles (2 widdle 5 minute testers, one 15 minute brick!
Strength:  2 full body, including abs.

Week High:  The runs.  Haha.  You know what I mean.  The doc gave me clearance to start out again, so you know within 24 hours I was hittin the bricks.  Pavement.  Treadmill.  Whatevs.  My first run felt a bit off, but Saturday's run was pretty good.  Keepin it slow side with run walks.  No need to get re injured.  Also, I'm rockin some cool orthopedics (snorts).  Hey, whatever works, works.
Week Low:  The effin bike.  If it wasn't mechanical issues, it was the engine (yes, that would be me).  Too many miles?  Too much time in the saddle?  Life stress? Too much chocolate?  Who knows.  All I know is...I don't feel like I'm ready to rock a half ironman.  Meh.

Ohh....someones still in a titchy mood, aren't they?  (Yes, that would be me.  I'll get over it.)
Not sure what it is, guys.  The numbers above....look good.  My speed was a bit low, but according to HIM standards (minus the run, of course), this is a high mileage week.  So I kinda expected that. 
And my runs rocked....simply because I haven't run in so long!

So whats my beef?  Not sure.  I was talking to a fellow tri friend post swim and I think she hit the mail on the head.  She's doing Shoreline for the second year in a row and feels like she needs to set a PR because she's already done it once, so she should be faster, right?  Not necessarily, I told her.  It makes sense to try to keep getting faster and faster...but sometimes life doesn't allow it.  Sometimes you can't train as much.  Or as hard.  Sometimes life gets in the way.  Sometimes you need a step back.

If I'm honest with myself, that's what I intended for this year.  It's what my body and head need.  But when you win a free entry to a race, you don't just turn away.  You do it.  And I'm grateful for it.  I just hope in the next 5 days I can mentally get where I need to be.  I know I can cover the distance.  It won't be fast.  But I need to get to a place where I can enjoy it.
Welcome to taper week.  It's all downhill from here (Literally and figuratively!)

1 comment:

  1. I don't know what the answer *is* but I do know that it *IS NOT* "too much chocolate."