Got in a lot of time on the bike last week. Which is good because I didn't get in any runs. Pitiful!
I about died on the hills on Sunday while riding with some fellow CTCers. But I toughed it out and didn't have to get off the bike and walk home.
My legs have felt like toast all week. Probably all the cycling...
Got out last night for what was supposed to be an easy trail run to ease back into running. I don't know what it is about me and solo runs on the NC bridle loop but I just can't take it easy. I found myself racing through the forest like I was trying to win a local 5k. And not surprisingly I ended up with my fastest time yet for the 4.5ish mile loop, despite it being long because of a detour around the bridge that is out.
This fast mindset has got to go. It isn't going to work for Steelhead or for JFK. I need to learn how to slow down! (At least on the run) I get one track workout a week to get in speed and I am going to risk burnout if I can't slow down on my other runs.
Cycling on the other hand, I have no problems riding slow :) I need to get better on the hills for sure. Planning on riding the Ironman Wisconsin bike course with Wil and Trisaratops second weekend of July and if I don't want to die I better get with it.
Next two weekends training will probably be light due to two out of town weddings, so I need to make sure not to slack during the week.
I am going to overhaul training a bit. I have been getting overwhelmed with my to do list which ends in me missing more training than if I had just cut down on the load in the first place, and I have decided I don't need to get in 100% of the workouts on my planned training calendar. I am a good swimmer and runner and I don't need to worry so much if I miss a swim or run here and there or I can't get in a swim and bike on a weekday. There will be plenty of time for open water swims/bikes on the weekend.
Lots of thinking about why I am attempting the whole "going long" in the tri and running scenes lately. I am not really confident of my reasons for signing up for Steelhead and that has probably not helped my motivation to train. It's like, sure I think it's cool that I can go out and ride 30 miles then run a half marathon and that if I put my mind to it I could ride a century ride, but I am not sure that I want to have to do those things, if that makes any sense. I enjoy the speed involved in a sprint or Olympic tri, and I am not so sure I am going to take to the slower more extreme endurance of the half iron.
So major Steelhead goal right now is to find my motivation to slow down and go long.
On the running front I couldn't be more excited. I cannot wait for JFK. I think once I figure out nutrition I am going to take to the long easy trail runs. I truly think I was made to run all day, I may not be the fastest chick out on the trails but I really think my body thrives on running long.
So my new mantra for the season: SLOW.
I need to learn how to slow down and enjoy the scenic route.
I am far behind on reading blogs and I apologize. I am working on it! If I am going to continue to get in those workouts though I definitely need to cut back on time spent doing some other things. My major priorities right now are family/friends, training, and work. Everything else has kind of been put to the backburner.
Hopefully my next post will be less scatterbrained :)