Remember that 70.3 simulation I mentioned last week? Well, due to feeling a bit under the weather (speaking of weather, it was pretty crappy too), the simulation did not happen. Fortunately, after discussing everything with my coach, we decided it would be best to do it four weeks out from Boise. I am going to do another FTP test next week and use that information during my simulation. I am hoping for and expecting big improvements on the bike. Here’s how the week went down…
Monday: REST DAY!
Tuesday: 2500yd swim and 25 miles on the trainer (womp womp). The weather was really cold and gloomy today, but I decided to swim in the outdoor pool anyway. One of the perks of a rainy, windy morning at the pool is that you get it all to yourself. It was incredibly peaceful and I had one of my best swims to date. Because of the nasty weather and my desire to get my ride over with, I went home and immediately jumped on a trainer. It was brutal. After riding outside for a few weeks, I really had to push through to complete my ride. I was tempted many times to stop.
After I finished my workouts, I noticed that I was feeling extremely fatigued and rundown, to the point where I laid down on the couch and slept the entire afternoon. That evening I was not feeling 100%, took in a lot of vitamin C and immune boost, and got some good rest.
Wednesday: 2050yd and 38 minute track workout. I felt OK when I woke up, so I decided to push through and get through my scheduled workouts. Again, I had the outdoor pool to myself and then headed directly to the track for some speed work.
Thursday: Base pace 4.25-mile trail run. I was going to take the day off because of the weather and my continued effort to fight off any sickness, but the clouds cleared for a few hours during lunch and I felt the urge to get some fresh air. I did an easy run along the river and felt fine – probably a combination of endorphins and scenery.
Friday: Nada. It became an unscheduled rest day. And, I was completely fine with this decision.
Saturday: I met up with Mike (coach) and two of his clients, Grayson and Jake, for an unexpected 48.5-mile ride (2,540ft ascent). Mind you, there is a huge difference between a “scheduled ride” and a “scheduled ride with coach.” During the first half of the ride, Grayson was put through his first FTP test for 30 minutes as we all stuck with him and shouted him on. It was quite entertaining watching someone else go through the test (it is b-r-u-t-a-l). After he was finished, Mike, Jake, and I continued on for another 75 minutes, battling a good headwind toward Benham Falls and back. It was a tough ride, but a good reminder of how far I have come.
Sunday: One hour run at base pace, with the last 15 minutes at half marathon speed, for a total of 7.5 miles. Still a little coughy and wheezy, but definitely feeling better and back on track. Most importantly, I have my head back into the game and am really looking forward to another intense build week.
Week 9 Totals:
Swim: 1hr 25mins, 4,550 yards
Bike: 4hrs, 73.5 miles
Run: 2hrs 11mins, 16.3 miles
Sleep: A LOT
Time: 7 hours 36 minutes
Whelp, it is what it is. I think I really needed a week like this as I have had some tough build weeks and am not used to training this much or this hard. Even though I managed to complete a few of my workouts earlier in the week, my head definitely was not in it. I am beginning to realize more and more how much our mentality controls everything we do physically. When I confessed to Mike that I wasn’t 100% and that I took an extra day off, he gave me a pat on the back and said, “Hey, that’s great. We all have those weeks. Don’t worry about it. Look forward.”
I also believe it is SO important to meet up with or talk to others who are in a similar frame of mind and/or who understand what I am going through, which is one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. The comments, support, and feedback I receive through the blog, and the inspiration I receive from reading other’s blogs, provide a much needed boost since I do a lot of my training alone, which I do not mind at all, but sometimes when you train alone you begin to feel alone in the journey or process.
I know this is absolutely not the case, as I have support all around me. But when I am out there dragging myself to the track in the rain, or 20 miles away from civilization on my bike and yelling at a stupid sheep, there is a sense of isolation. This sort of thinking does not occur very often, but when it does it becomes a good reminder that I need to reconnect with my circle. By joining Mike, Jake, and Grayson on Saturday and getting a chance to talk and listen (especially with Jake who I had just met and who is also training for multiple triathlons) it reminded me of the great community of athletes I am part of and that someone out there will always understand, blood, sweat, meltdowns, glory and all.
Do you prefer training/working out with other people or alone?
In all aspects of life, what inspires you to push through and keep going when times get rough?