Right now the bad days are definitely out weighing the good days but I’m trying not to let it get to me. I’ve accepted the fact that there will be days that I can’t train. At first it really brought me down in the dumps. Training has a snowball effect on my brain for some reason. If I miss one day of training I am completely UNmotivated to train the next day (which you think the opposite would happen) and I just get depressed about the sport and convince myself I am out of shape and slow. On the flip side, whenever I have a good session or even better – 2 or 3 workouts in a day (rare lately), I can’t wait to get up and train and my confidence is through the roof! Anyone else have this issue? It’s been a battle with me over the past month to look at the big picture and not sweat a forced day off and realize that I have a great base under me and it’s all about getting sharp and fast for IMCDA.
Deep down inside I know that I’m in great shape and that I’m capable of having a great race. It’s going to be all about executing and learning as I go since this is my first Ironman. I’m really looking forward to traveling with the family and racing. Lately I’ve been spending maybe 30 minutes a day with them Monday through Friday and it is killing me. I know the end is near and I can’t wait to race and then taking a break away from triathlon. That break may be one month to get our house sold/buy another and then build into Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Canada or that break may be for 15 years so I can focus all of my energy and attention towards my family. I know it’ll be possible to balance triathlon and life once I eliminate my long commute but I’m not sure if I want to do that. I may just buy a road bike and be a roadie for awhile, do some cyclocross or maybe see if I can pop a sub 2:30 marathon – who knows.
Here’s a summary of last week’s training which was pretty light but it was all I could do with such a busy week. I’m just going to post totals – don’t think anyone was interested in specific workouts!
Totals (2 swims, 2 rides, 3 runs)
Swim: 6,500 yds /2:17
Bike: 93 miles / 6:04
Run: 26 miles / 4:00
Total hours: 12:20
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