Cheering, training, & so much trail running

Last week kicked my butt. I physically and mentally crashed and burned. One, it was peak training! And two, I basically lost 24 hours from volunteering and spectating at the Ironman Madison 70.3 Normally on Sundays I prepare for my chaotic weekly schedule, prep food, finish laundry, tidy the house, give my dogs attention, etc. If you read my last post, you’ll understand how important it is that I stay on top of planning ahead!

This is not to say that I regret volunteering and cheering. I got to catch up with some awesome long-distance triathlon friends, do body-marking, ring my giant cowbell, and make people laugh or groan at my silly race signs.

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Training last week:

Monday: Rest. Normally I do core & yoga but I ended up going home from work sick and slept for a couple of hours. Spectating took all the energy!
Tuesday: Afternoon long run on trails.
Wednesday: AM core. Skipped PM workouts because I still felt fatigued and lethargic.
Thursday: AM open water swim. PM bike hill repeats with the team!
Friday: Slept in! I still needed the extra rest.
Saturday: Ironman WI bike loop with the team, followed by an isometric alternative brick workout.
Sunday: Mid-length trail run plus hill repeats.

Each training cycle for each race I always have these grand ideas of unique workouts I’ll do to prepare for the race. Things like hill repeats on a similar to race-day hill I know is on the course, or running into the water for a run-in swim start. Most of the time I put myself to work and do these race-specific workouts, but there’s always that one thing that I didn’t (have time to) squeak in.

I hate having to say “I didn’t have time” because it sounds like an excuse. The one thing I didn’t get to work on this training cycle didn’t fit in with my chaotic schedule and I’m smart enough to listen to my body when it needs rest. See last week’s training above, I needed rest and I took it! The other thing is whoever made the quotes “We all have the same 24 hours in a day” or “Don’t say you don’t have time, say you don’t prioritize” do not have a 45-60 minute commute to work each way daily.

Instead of dwelling on the one thing I didn’t get to work on, I get to be proud of some recent training accomplishments:

– Fastest long ride on the Madison 70.3 course
– Fastest long ride on the Ironman WI bike course
– Some speedy trail miles, and hey, even in the slower ones I was working!
– Some decent open water swim paces
– The ridiculous skip, hop and sprint alternative brick workout I learned at triathlon camp

The thing about doing speed-increasing workouts is that in the moment I am not running  (or biking) fast, show-off paces. Instead I’m working really hard. Sometimes that means it’s a ten-minute mile, sometimes even twelve! With biking, when I ride a humbling, hilly bike route my mph average is slower. The faster paces show up later. Don’t be afraid to do uncomfortable training that in-the-moment looks slower, because when you keep doing them the speed shows up when it matters.

Incorporating trail running into my training has been awesome and I can’t wait to see the speed/strength translate in road running. I got muddy, out of breath, and enjoyed some really great views.

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One comment

  1. Yes, rest is often the one key piece of training that often gets overlooked as people try to cram in everything. I’m glad you listened to your body! It will thank you and reward you this weekend! You are SOOOOO strong, and I can’t wait to see what you achieve!!

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